How to Give Welcome Remarks

If you've been chosen to give welcome remarks at an event, it's because people trust you. Show that you deserve that trust by honoring the guests without getting in the way.

You will need

  • Humility
  • Correct names and pronunciations
  • Purpose
  • Topics

Step 1 Make introductions Introduce yourself and start your remarks by thanking everyone for coming. Be cordial, humble, and speak for a couple minutes at the most. Give your welcome remarks genuinely, as if welcoming people into your home.

Step 2 Say names correctly Refer to each special guest, having prepared by writing down their names, including how to pronounce them. Pay tribute to their successes, linking these to the event as you introduce them.

Step 3 Thanks contributors Thank those who have made the day possible, from the organizers of the event to the wait staff working the floor.

Step 4 Review topics Reinforce the purpose or goal of the event. Offer a lead-in to the speech topics or events to follow.

Step 5 Share your hopes Share your personal hopes, ideas, or plans about the topic of the day.

Step 6 End with good wishes End your speech by wishing all, and especially the guests, an interesting day. Introduce the first speaker, and get out of the way. You are their guide, not the reason they came.

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