An ideal farewell speech is the one that is simple, a tad bit emotional, with a dash of humor. The article below provides you with a farewell speech sample.
Bidding farewell, whether someone close to you is leaving, or whether you are the one who’s leaving, is difficult. Of course, there’s always something new to look forward to, but what you are leaving behind also matters and makes you wonder whether you will ever find this kind of friendship, work, or any other aspect of life that made you so comfortable and happy, ever again. Penning down these feelings and emotions in a farewell speech is probably the best gift you can give someone. Everyone loves to know that they are special and mean a lot to people. Some people tend to camouflage their emotions with humor, which is also a nice way to bid adieu. Every goodbye does not have to be teary-eyed or emotional. It can be a happy, funny, and memorable affair as well. So, when you give your farewell speech, remember to put in a little bit of everything into your speech and make it the best farewell anyone has received. The paragraphs below contain a couple of farewell speech samples to help you write one on your own.
Samples of Farewell Speeches
Given below are examples of farewell speeches for someone who’s leaving, and from someone who’s leaving, with a little bit of humor. However, remember, humor is very subjective, and if you are unsure about how your attempt at humor will be taken, refrain from it. Just keep it simple. Take your pick from these samples and draft one yourself.
Farewell Speech for Someone
|Good Evening Everyone!
I am sure all of us know Ms. Sarah Summers in the Sales Department of our office. She has always been an outstanding employee and it is impossible for anyone not to have heard of her yet. Fortunately for her and unfortunately for us, Sarah has chosen to move out of the city to study further. And I, as the head of the sales department, would like to say a few things about her, to her and all of you here, before she leaves.
Sarah joined our company as an intern, right out of college. Though our organization was a little hesitant to hire her for her lack of experience, they also saw true potential in her. And, might I add, she never missed an opportunity to prove us wrong. A highly passionate girl, Sarah has, if anything, greatly contributed to the improvement in the function of the sales department. We are now more organized, we challenge ourselves to think differently, and we implement plans we thought would be impossible to implement. While many discard the vision of a youth as a mere idealistic tendency, we found that these inputs indeed helped us move ahead and give our department a much-needed change.
Sarah, we are going to miss you deeply, for the liveliness you brought whenever you entered a room, for the spark your enthusiasm could ignite, and for the sheer dedication you gave your job. Replacing you is going to so difficult. I, on behalf of everyone here, wish you all the luck with your life ahead. We hope to see you shining brighter and achieve what you truly deserve. God Bless!
Farewell Speech from Someone
|Good Evening Everyone!
Thank you for this wonderful farewell that has been hosted for me. Nothing is more touching than to learn, when I’m leaving, that I am so special. I am truly moved by this gesture, and if I knew sooner that I was so valued here, I may have reconsidered moving on!
Jokes apart, I want everyone here to know that this place is the reason I have become the person I am today. I have learned everything that I needed to learn, and more, from this wonderful job; things that college never prepared me enough for. You could call it learning the hard way, but I still had everyone here to protect me.
I want to thank this organization, but particularly my mentor, Ms. Zelda McGuire, for giving me the space to grow, for allowing me to make my own decisions, and then learning from my own mistakes, and for honing my personality to a point where I have developed a strong faith in my own abilities. Your guidance and faith in me has carved a special place in my life, and you will always be remembered ma’am.
As I move on to a different world with different opportunities, I can only say that I would never have been able to do this if I hadn’t got my first opportunity here. I will always cherish everything this company has given me. Thank you everyone!
While these farewell speech samples were directed only toward farewell of a person leaving an organization, there are several other scenarios where such a speech may be given. However, this is the basic format of a farewell speech. If you think giving a speech is a little difficult for you, you may write a farewell message that can equally express how you feel about this event. In essence, remember to keep it short, but straight from the heart. You can never go wrong. Good luck!