Basic Speech Tips for Speakers

The following is prepared to guide your speech and provide tips to ease nerves!

A general order…

The most basic order for speaking at functions is as follows:

  1. Introduction by the Master of Ceremonies or Welcome by the host.
    1. Start with an opening line… and then introduce people by *protocol
    2. Welcome all guests, stating the name of the event and thank them for coming
    3. Give a brief introduction of the occasion
    4. Introduce the next speaker if appropriate.
  2. Main speech or action by principal speaker or guest-of-honour.
  3. Conclusion by Master of Ceremonies including any other administrative arrangements such as an invitation to guests on behalf of the host to join them in refreshments, or to move to another area.


Master of Ceremonies or Welcome by the Host

Start with an opening line… such as:

  • Cherished guests
  • Dear guests
  • Distinguished guests
  • Esteemed guests
  • Honored guests
  • Much-loved guests
  • Respected guests…


Then open with,

“On behalf of my colleagues, I wish you all a convivial welcome. We are going to have an enjoyable time together I am sure.”

“Looking around I can see many familiar faces – peers, past and present colleagues. What a companionable welcome! It’s great to see you all here …”

“Wow, what a gathering we have. We have dignitaries, fans, and members all brought together for one cause. Ours. Here’s an appreciative welcome to you all.”

“To our special guests; look around. See the smiles of everyone’s faces? We are truly delighted to welcome you here today.”


Then do the protocol,

“Today, we wish to acknowledge the presence of…. …

  1. The Governor (Governor-General)
  2. The Prime Minister of Australia
  3. The Premier, or their representative
  4. Members of Parliament
  5. The Lord Mayor or Mayor, or their representative
  6. Heads of Churches and Religious Communities; *Archbishops of the Anglican Church of Australia and the Catholic Church to take precedence according to the dates of their respective Enthronements. As appropriate, other denominations ranked on an adherent basis according to census figures.
  7. Board Members, CEO’s, Executives and other distinguished guests.


Then do your speech – and/or MC duties.



Carry on and enjoy your event.