14 Ceremonial Speaking


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the different types of ceremonial speeches.
  • Explain how to deliver a strong ceremonial speech in different contexts.


A man entertaining a crowd on the streetAlan Bell – Entertaining – CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

There are many occasions in which one may be called to speak that do not focus on informing or persuading an audience in the ways we’ve already discussed. Special occasions mark life events, celebrate milestones, and commemorate people and situations. The speeches delivered at these types of events provide perspective on the occasion, help the audience make sense of its significance, and can become a lasting part of the memories formed from the event. Whether you are standing up to give an award speech, a wedding toast, or a eulogy, knowing how to deliver speeches in a variety of different contexts is an important skill of public speaking. In this chapter, we will explore the functions of special occasion speeches, as well as several specific types of special occasion speeches, and four key items to remember when you are asked to deliver one these speeches at an event.

Functions of Special Occasion Speeches

Chris Hoy's Acceptance Speech


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