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How to Write a Welcome Speech
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Are you on welcome speech duty for an upcoming program or event? You’ve got nothing to worry about—with the right format and tone, it’s super easy to write and present a welcome speech for just about any occasion. We’ve outlined everything you need to know, from your opening greetings and acknowledgments, to establishing the right tone and nailing your closing remarks. You’ve got this in the bag!
Greeting the Audience
- Keep the tone more serious if it's an important occasion. Use more formal language and don't crack any inappropriate jokes. For example, at a wake, you might say, "We're so glad to have you all here tonight. We appreciate your presence at this difficult time."
- For an event with close friends and family, more informal language might be appropriate. Include a few jokes and keep your speech more lighthearted.
Grab your audience's attention with a strong opening. Start with a loud voice and a strong presence that welcomes everyone and gets them involved. Ask a question they can respond to or tell a joke — anything to connect with the audience. Do something that grabs their attention and excites them and makes them thrilled about the event.
- Special guests include any people of honor, those that may play a particularly important part in the event, or those who have traveled a long way to be there.
- Make sure that you practice all of names, titles, and pronunciations of the special guests before your speech.
- For example you could say, "We'd like to extend a special welcome to our guest of honor, Judge McHenry, who will be speaking later tonight."
- Alternatively to welcome a group of people you might say, "While we're excited to have you all here tonight, we'd especially like to say welcome to the students from Johnson Middle School."
- For an informal event such as a birthday party, you could say, "We're so happy to have you here tonight to eat, drink, and celebrate another year of Jessica's life. Now, let's get to it."
- For a more formal event such as one run by an organisation, you could say, “We are so excited to have you all here to participate in our 10th annual pet’s day, organised by the Animal Rescue Group.”
Forming the Body of the Speech
- An example of acknowledging individual people is saying, “We couldn’t have pulled off this fundraiser without the hard work and dedication of Grace and Sally, who worked tirelessly from day 1 to make today a reality.”
- Avoid reading off a long list of people or sponsors, as your audience will begin to get bored. Stick to just a handful of highlights.
- For instance, at a conference, you might point out when the dinner will be held, or where particular sessions will take place.
- At a wedding reception, you might note when dancing will start or when the cake will be served.
- Alternatively, you could end the body of your speech during an informal gathering by saying, “I can't wait to see you all out on the dancefloor!”
Ending the Speech
- You could also say that you hope that the audience takes something away from the event. For example, “I hope that today inspires ideas and discussions around the ways that we can make our city a better place!”
- At a formal event, you might say, "Now, for our speaker. Rebecca Roberts comes here from Montreal, Canada, and she is a leading expert in the study of the human brain. She'll be speaking tonight on what drives humans to make decisions. Let's welcome her."
- For a more informal event such as a party, you could say, “Next up is Sam, who has been Kyle’s best friend for 10 years strong. He has a decade of embarrassing stories about Kyle to share with us tonight!"
- Alternatively you might say, “Thank you again to everyone for being here tonight to celebrate Joe and Kathleen’s 50th wedding anniversary! Let the celebrations begin!”
- If you are unsure, ask the organiser or host what an appropriate length of time for your speech will be.
- Practice your speech in front of trusted friends and family in the days leading up to the event.  X Research source Thanks Helpful 1 Not Helpful 1
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About This Article
To write a welcome speech, start with a greeting to your audience that’s appropriate to the situation. For example, you could try “Good evening ladies and gentlemen” if you’re introducing a formal event, or “Thank you everyone for coming on this sunny day” for a more relaxed occasion. After you’ve finished the greeting, introduce the event by talking about who organized it and what its purpose is. In the main body of your speech, acknowledge 2 or 3 people who played important parts in organizing the event. You should also emphasize special parts of the event that people should pay attention to, such as where dinner will be or where a conference session will take place. When you’re ready to conclude your speech, tell the audience to enjoy the event by saying something like “I hope you all enjoy the exciting speakers to come.” Finish your speech by thanking the audience for attending. For tips on how to introduce people at a special occasion, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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Effective opening remarks step by step
By: Susan Dugdale | Last modified: 09-16-2022
So you're going to give the welcome speech for an event. Congratulations! And now you want to be doubly-sure you get it right.
You'll find everything you need here: a complete step by step guide to help you write and deliver a good welcome speech.
What's on this page?
- notes on the function or purpose of a welcome speech ,
- notes covering language choice to set the tone of the event ,
- a speech template (recipe) to follow ,
- a short welcome speech sample to read ,
- a free printable blank speech outline planner to use,
- as well as extra tips on writing and rehearsing and links to other welcome speech examples
The video has an overview of the process and the resources available to you on this page.
Understanding the function of a welcome speech
Before you write it's a good idea to know what a welcome speech does, or its functions. There are several.
One is that it signals the beginning of an event or occasion requiring a formal opening. For instance a meeting, a lecture, a workshop, or a special celebration could all be opened with a short welcome speech.
Another is to officially welcome people into new situations. For example: new employees to a company, new volunteers to a community action group or a new member into a club.
Tone setting - starting as you mean to go on
Yet another, and less obvious, function is how a welcome speech sets the tone * for an event. The words you choose, how they are structured and delivered all come together to create tone.
Get tone wrong, and it's a disaster.
(Yes, that's a little bit of hyperbole but I'm sure you get the idea!)
Get it right, and it's a triumph!
* Tone - mood, quality or feeling
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Getting the focus and tone right for the event
The focus of an effective welcome speech is always your audience and, your goal is to make them look forward to whatever is coming next. You are uniting and bringing them together in the common purpose at the heart of the occasion.
The best way to ensure you strike the right tone in the language you use is to consider the audience and the event itself.
Is it a fun event? Or is it a formal event?
Think about the common interest everybody shares - their reason for coming together, the purpose of the event. This will give you clues to guide your language choice.
What is appropriate?
Is it formal language, informal or somewhere in between?
Is this an informal "Gidday, howzitgoin?" or a formal "Good morning, how lovely to see you" event?
Would jokes fit in? What sort?
Do spend some time thinking it through. Misunderstanding the requirements can be very embarrassing for everyone. If in doubt, ask!
When you're sure you know what's wanted, you're ready for the next steps.
The speech writing process & resources
1. the foundation or speech template.
To be effective, to fulfill its purpose, your speech must meet expected, as well as any specific, requirements dictated by the occasion.
Standard welcome speech content ingredients
The essential ingredients (important information) to cover in your opening remarks are:
- to specifically acknowledge and welcome the chief guest and any other special guest(s)
- to generally welcome all the guests, stating the name of the event and its host and to thank them for coming
- to give a brief introduction of the host (the business, organization, family or person)
- to give a brief introduction or overview of the event
- to introduce the next speaker if appropriate|
- to conclude having made everybody feel at ease, eagerly anticipating what is to come
This forms a basic welcome address template. Pick, and alter, what you need from it to suit your occasion.
2. Short sample welcome speech for a conference
Now let's put all the elements above into some simple, effective, opening remarks for a conference that you can adapt for your own speech.
* (This speech is pure fiction! I made it up to show you how it's done. You'll see its tone is formal rather than informal to fit the occasion.)
Example welcome speech - "Readers by Right"
"Sue-Ellen Thomas, Jim Smith, Jane Brown and all of our guests, welcome.
My name is April Molloy, and it's my privilege and great pleasure on behalf of Parents United to welcome you here today.
We are delighted to have you with us to participate and share in this special occasion, our 5th annual Children's Day Conference. Thank you for coming. That many of you have willingly traveled long distances to be here serves as a reminder to us all just how important our work is.
Parents United is committed to actively raising the quality of life for every child. We want all children, regardless of race, creed or circumstance to achieve their full potential. Our task is to make it possible. Our mission is to provide practical, step by step assistance.
This year our theme is literacy. We've named the day 'Readers by Right'.
Thanks to the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights we are aware of 'rights' in many spheres, including education. That agreement declared in Article 26 education should be compulsory and free for children.
That goal, is as pertinent today as it was then. It's a goal I know we all share - the full development of every child. As a body Parents United recognizes good reading skills established in childhood as the foundation of fulfilling, and ongoing education.
We are honored to have Sue-Ellen Thomas, Jim Smith and Jane Brown with us today. All three are esteemed specialists in teaching young children to read.
Sue-Ellen has worked for a long time with educational authorities to establish programs that put in place the necessary pre-reading skills. Her hard work needs no introduction. The results speak for themselves.
Jim and Jane bring their passion and knowledge of how to reach those in our communities who are frequently overlooked or bypassed. Their work among English-as-a-second-language families has bridged gaps that were deep dark chasms.
Prepare yourself to be challenged, excited and inspired.
And before I handover to Lesley Watts, our coordinator for 'Readers by Right', who will outline the day's various events, I want to say once more on behalf of the Parents United organizing committee, welcome. It's wonderful to see so many of you here."
3. Get your welcome speech started
Save yourself time.
Shortcut wondering "Should I say this?" or "Maybe I should say that?" and, "Then again there's also ...", I have a very simple solution for you.
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Download and print my special greeting address planner .
It includes ALL the necessary ingredients you've just read about that go into preparing a successful speech. It's simple to use and easily filled out. Once it's done writing your speech will be a lot less hassle as you'll have the core content ready to work with.
If you are really stuck for time and need a welcome speech very quickly, I have a solution that will help you prepare one fast. Check my speech builder out.
4. Write your welcome speech
tips to help you get your writing right.
- Ensure you've got all the names of individuals or special guests you need to mention specifically and, that you know how to pronounce each of them. Also check that you know and use their preferred pronouns: them/they, she/her, he/him...
- Double check the remarks you're going to make about your guests are factually correct.
- Use your introduction of them/or the event, as a "teaser" for what is going to come. It will help create anticipation in the audience. Don't ruin it by giving too much away! Just enough to tempt and no more.
- Unless you've been requested to do otherwise, keep it brief. One to two minutes is generally sufficient.
Use the S-S-S formula for success: Short, Simple and Sincere. Your listeners will appreciate it.
Get a hand with vocabulary
If you'd like a hand with words to use, click the link to find a large selection of adaptable welcoming phrases with example s entences.
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Help rehearsing your welcome speech.
Get step by step instructions on how to rehearse including how to make and use cue cards.
And please do rehearse. It makes a huge difference! You'll sound, and look better. Taking the time to rehearse shows respect for yourself, the audience and the event. Truly.
Help to manage pre-speech jitters
Nervous? If you're shaking in your boots at the thought of having to speak in front of an audience, click overcoming public speaking fear for assistance. Take your time. There are a lot of suggestions to consider.
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Or perhaps you need welcome to the family speeches or a church welcome speech sample ? Click the links to find easily adaptable examples.
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How to Write and Deliver a Welcome Speech: A welcome speech is delivered to mark the beginning of any special event or occasion or to welcome a person into an organization. The purpose of a welcome speech could be many- it could be delivered to welcome the guests at the opening of an office, hotel, function etc, it is also delivered to welcome the chief guest of an occasion or to welcome a new employee etc. The bottom line is that a welcome speech is delivered to welcome any person or occasion like- Boss , guests, events, chief guests, employees, opening ceremonies as the occasion demands.
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By going though this article you will be able to know about what is a Welcome, how to write an effective welcome speech, how to be prepared and have much confidence, characteristics of a gracious welcome speech , and how to start a welcome speech.
What is a Welcome?
A welcome is an instance or manner to greet someone and a welcome speech does the same. It is a gesture to greet arrival of guest/s on various occasions or places. The regular welcome could be just exchange of greetings or could also be in the form of some gestures. For Ex- visitors to an amusement park are welcomed at the main gate by employees dressed up in different costumes and waving at them, customers in an eatery are welcomed by the polite smile of the manager saying ‘welcome’, airlines staff welcome the passengers with a folded hands etc.
How To Write An Effective Welcome Speech?
A welcome speech might be given on a variety of events like- opening of a new school, office, hotel or any commercial or public place; where there is a need to welcome the guests, informing them about the occasion and its purpose. Welcome speech conveys the message that how important the guests are to you and to your cause as well.
Now, to write an effective welcome speech you must know the sentiments of your subject as well as the sentiments of your audience. A welcome speech can also be broken up in three parts- introduction, main body and conclusion, like the farewell speech.
Below given is an explanation on how to write an effective welcome speech, to help you prepare speech for events at your school and society. After going through the content you will be able to write an effective welcome speech and earn accolades by your family and friends-
The Introduction of a Welcome speech can be divided into two parts as described below-
The first rule of a welcome speech is to welcome the audience first. Start your speech with- ‘Good evening ladies and gentlemen, hi everybody etc. If you are speaking on the opening ceremony of hotel, office, hospital etc, then the audience is also your guest and must be welcomed. Next, if there is a chief guest of the occasion then he or she must be welcomed and introduced to the audience. You may ask the audience to greet the chief guest or welcome speech for chief guest by a big round of applause. You may include phrases like- “audience please welcome Mr. X by a huge round of applause or “we are thankful to Mr. X for joining us today” etc.
The Introduction of your welcome speech should be short and effective welcoming the audience and the subject, thanking them both for their time and presence.
II Main Body of the Speech
This is the main part of the speech, where the audience gets to know the purpose of the event and is informed more about the subject. If the reason for the event is opening of a house, office or any commercial establishment, then the audience is informed about the purpose of it and how both are mutually beneficial to each other. Whatever the purpose it has to serve, a welcome speech must have the following characteristics-
1) Polite and Humble
The speech should be conducted in a polite and humble manner. Whatever you write in your speech or say, must be pleasing to the ears and sound generous.
2) True Facts and Figures
The facts that you present to your audience about the chief guest or the reason for the event, must be true to the core. Any exaggeration of any person, place or thing must be avoided at all cost.
3) Inform The Chief Guest
The Chief Guest is also informed about the purpose of the event and is introduced to other dignitaries present and other distinguished personalities. Inform the chief guest personally about the event and its purpose.
4) Introduce more
Let the audience know the event, purpose, occasion, chief guest- the more you inform your audience the more effective the speech will be. If it is a special guest for whom you are giving the speech, then inform the audience about his/her achievements, the distinctions they hold in the society and how grateful we all are to him/her for taking their precious time for the occasion.
5) Add some humor
If you have a humorous incident or event in mind, which fits in the occasion and is appropriate- go ahead! Adding a little humor will make the situation lighter and more rememberable.
How to be Prepared and have Much Confidence?
The following points must be stressed upon in order to prepare oneself for a farewell speech. They include some effective ways that you could use to deliver your fare well speech. After going through it you will know how to prepare for an effective Farewell speech as well as how to have much confidence-
- Know your audience and chief guest advance.
- Understand the purpose of the event.
- Gather information about the chief guest from other sources.
- Know his status, achievements and capacities and capabilities.
- Prepare an effective welcome speech.
- Make the speech concise and compact by removing unnecessary sentences.
- Rehearse the speech in a loud voice, better if in front of a mirror.
- Rehearse using appropriate gestures as you would do in actual speech.
- Ask your parents or friends to be the audience/chief guest and rehearse in front of them.
- Work on the feedback given by your family and friends and work on your weak points.
- Arrive to the event before time.
- Make yourself comfortable with the surroundings.
- Socialize and speak your heart out before the speech.
- Put more emphasis on your facial expressions i.e. smile only when it’s required.
- Feel confident or at least pretend to be confident even if you are nervous. Nobody can guess unless you show your nervousness.
- Make direct eye contact with your audience and the chief guest.
- Add some last moment incident or a joke if it fits well.
- Don’t fight your fear, just ignore it. Fighting is a waste of time.
If you are getting nervous then going through the following lines will sure boost up your confidence-
- Even experienced speakers get nervous at some point of time.
- They don’t know it, so don’t show it.
- Audience or the other dignitaries are listening to you, not judging you.
Nervousness has a habit of revealing itself through the following-
1) Through your eyes
Avoiding direct eye contact with the audiences or the chief guests shows that you are nervous. So, don’t hesitate to make direct eye contact.
2) Through facial gestures
Avoid unnecessary facial gestures, especially smiles. Smiling without reason is an indication of your nervousness. Smile only when necessary.
3) Through Unwanted Hand Gestures
Avoid unnecessary gestures and use only appropriate hand gestures.
Characteristics of a Gracious Welcome Speech
A gracious fare welcome speech must have following characteristics.
1) Be polite and courteous
2) Welcome all the guests and dignitaries with enthusiasm.
3) Introduce the dignitaries to the audiences.
4) Share the distinct qualities of the chief guest with the audience.
5) A little humor would be great if it fits in the occasion.
6) Make everyone present feel special
7) Rightly time your speech. Not too short neither too long.
8) Use appropriate hand and facial gestures, only if required.
9) Narrate the qualities and achievements of chief guest to the audience
10) Acknowledge your audience and dignitaries for their time and presence.
11) Once again thank the audience and chief guest present.
12) Introduce the next speaker to the audience.
How To start A Welcome Speech?
A great welcome speech is started by welcoming the Greeting audience and the chief guest of the occasion. The chief guest and the other dignitaries present must be welcomed individually by calling out their respective names and designations.
Below we are providing a few opening sentences for your welcome speech on events in your schools and colleges.
First Welcome the Audience
The audience present at the venue must be welcomed, using the phrases like-
- Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I/we thank you all for your presence and time.
- Good evening ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to have you all here.
- Good evening ladies and gentle men first let me introduce myself. I am … I thank you all for taking out your precious time for the occasion.
Then Welcome The Guests
Once you are done with welcoming the audience, it’s time to move on to the chief guest and other dignitaries. It should be kept in mind that the chief guest and other special guests are to welcomed individually by the speaker, also on behalf of the audience. For Ex-
- I take this opportunity to introduce you to Mr. X (chief guest) and also request you (the audience) to welcome him with a huge round of applause. I would also like to introduce you to Mr. Y (Name and designation), Mr. Z (Name and Designation) and once again request you all to welcome them with a huge round of applause.
- I feel proud to introduce you to Mr. X (chief guest) and also request you (the audience) to welcome him and all other dignitaries present, with a huge round of applause. I would also like to thank Mr. Y (Name and designation), Mr. Z (Name and Designation) for taking out their precious time for the event and make it more memorable. A huge round of applause for them, Ladies and Gentle men!
An effective welcome speech addresses all present in a very polite way, making them feel important and by admiring their presence. Whether the speech welcomes a single person or a group; it should be framed to honor them and also to inform them about the occasion, event or function. I am confident that after thoroughly going through the article, you would be able to write an impressive welcome speech, practice it and also deliver it with confidence.
How to Write and Deliver a Welcome Speech FAQs
How do you give a guest a welcome speech.
To give a guest a welcome speech, start by greeting them warmly and expressing your delight in having them. Share a brief introduction and the purpose of the event.
How do you start a welcome speech for an event?
To start a welcome speech for an event, begin with a friendly greeting, mention the event's significance, and thank the attendees for being there.
What is the anchoring script for welcoming guest?
An anchoring script for welcoming a guest typically involves a warm introduction, acknowledging the guest's importance, and expressing gratitude for their presence.
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Have you ever been to a conference where the welcome speech left you wanting more information or didn’t make you excited for what’s to come? Yikes! You may not be alone in that sentiment.
But were you invited to give the welcome speech for the upcoming conference you’re attending, and want to do a better job? Fun stuff, congratulations!
We can’t take the conference jitters away, but we can help you learn about welcome speeches and how to write one in this article. In the end, you’ll see how Orvium helps the research community prepare for a conference.
What is a Welcome Speech?
A welcome speech (or address) sets the tone for a conference or event. The speech must describe what’s to come and get everyone excited for the event and feel welcome. It should also create an appropriate environment for knowledge sharing.
Anyone can deliver a welcome speech, but a minimum of excellent presentation skills, fun and creative demeanor, and the ability to be personable are major pluses. If you haven’t given a speech of this caliber before, remember that preparing your notes, writing your speech, and delivering it are all a part of the process . Practice makes perfect.
An excellent welcome speech will unite the audience, helping them come together for a common purpose.
See some examples of welcome speeches here , and learn how to write your own below.
How to Write a Welcome Speech for a Conference
1. get the event focus and tone right.
Since a welcome speech sets the tone for a conference or event, you must ensure it’s informative and interesting. While thinking about this, decide whether or not you’ll use formal or informal language . How you choose, structure, and deliver your words matters. These all come together to create the “tone”.
To decide between formal and informal language for your welcome speech, consult the graph below:
Typically, you’ll want to use formal language for a conference (but not overly formal) depending on your audience demographics and ensure everyone can understand you. A welcome speech has the following structure:
- opening and welcome
- theme and main topics
- outcome (or agenda)
- thank yous (to attendees, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, speakers, etc.)
- a closing statement.
Pro tip : you want to connect with your audience, grab their attention, and get them excited about the event, so start with a strong but warm opening. Don’t mention everyone involved throughout your speech, as that can get lengthy; instead, mention the essential speakers, organizations, associations, or volunteers. Finally, end the speech on a good note to get everyone excited with stats and pertinent information, such as:
- the high number of attendees
- any high-impact research that will be shown
- the different represented countries
- the variety of covered topics.
If you don’t know where to start, follow this welcome speech planner and read the information below.
2. Take Notes and Draft an Outline
From our Full Guide to Planning an Academic Conference, you know that your welcome speech must add value to the conference , just as each keynote and session speaker does. To do so, research (and reach out to) essential participants (keynote, session speakers, vendors, etc.) to make sure you know what kind of approach you can take with your speech. Humor works in the right circumstances, but you must spend time thinking it through; not all jokes will be taken lightly, and you want to avoid any misunderstandings.
Remember, your goal is to unite and bring together like-minded individuals who all have a common purpose, that of advancing and sharing knowledge .
In your notes or outline, you’ll want to include the following steps:
- Welcome the audience - use a clear and strong voice to welcome all attendees and grab their attention.
- an example of an informal greeting: “Hello and welcome, everyone!”
- an example of a formal greeting: “Good evening to all attendees. It’s wonderful to see you all.”
- Introduce the event - say the event’s name, purpose, and age or history (if it’s a repeat event or conference), and talk a bit about the event’s organization.
- Mention any distinguished guests - ensure you get their names, affiliations, and credentials correct.
- State the main topics - the main topics are the attendees’ common interests, so you may choose to present a specific subject within the field selected that year.
- Outline the agenda - mention whether there’ll be sessions with specific poster presentations, (sub)topics, or areas and spaces to exchange and discuss ideas or network. Direct attendees to the conference website, content management tool , or brochure for schedule specifics.
- Motivate everyone - highlight any conference strengths and warmly introduce the first speaker or entertainment.
Important to note : for virtual events, ensure that attendees can see and hear you clearly and look up from your notes or outline often.
3. Write Your Speech
As you’re finalizing your notes or draft, ensure that your speech is around the five-minute mark to avoid boredom or giving the audience too much information right off the bat (to not take away from any speakers). Consult with the organizing committee about a time frame, as the length of the speech can vary from conference to conference.
Pro tip : add individual greetings as necessary for special guests, speakers, or sponsors.
4. Rehearse Your Speech
Once you’ve done the necessary research, outlined, and written your welcome speech, it’s time to rehearse it a few times to familiarize yourself with your speech. Read it out loud and practice it with colleagues or friends to get their input and feedback on areas of possible improvement.
However, don’t over-rehearse your speech . You want to still sound natural, not robotic or like you’re reading a script.
Again, ensure you know how to pronounce everyone’s name and credentials as you’re rehearsing, and practice making enough eye contact with the audience or specific attendees as you’re speaking.
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If you're responsible for calling to order a meeting or event, you will need to deliver a brief welcome speech. If you're not a speech writer, the thought of deciding what to say can be a bit stressful. However, you can make easy work of writing a winning speech when you use this example as a template to help you get started.
Welcome Speech Template
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Tips for Writing a Welcome Speech
When delivering welcoming remarks at an event, focus on thanking the attendees for being there, acknowledge the people who worked hard to put the event together, provide a brief overview of how the event will unfold, and tell attendees any logistical information they need to know. Once you give those details, turn the microphone over to the person who is in charge of introducing the first speaker or activity.
Your opening remarks don't need to be long and involved. It's best to provide only a brief introductory speech to kick off the event in the very beginning. It is usually delivered by the event chair or an organizational representative who has been selected in advance of the start of the actual program.
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Tips for a Welcome Speech
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- Greetings: Begin by extending a warm and enthusiastic greeting to the audience. Consider the occasion, time of day, and the nature of the event.
- Introduce Yourself: If you are not well-known to the audience, briefly introduce yourself and your role, if applicable.
- Express Gratitude: Thank the audience for being present or participating in the event. Express your appreciation for their time, presence, or support.
- Acknowledge the Purpose: Clearly state the purpose of the event or gathering. Explain why everyone has come together.
- Set the Tone: Establish the tone for the event by conveying its significance, whether it’s celebratory, informative, or formal.
- Engage the Audience: Use a captivating or thought-provoking quote, anecdote, or question related to the event’s theme or purpose to grab the audience’s attention.
- Provide a Roadmap: Briefly outline what the audience can expect during the event or gathering. Mention key activities, speakers, or highlights.
- Keep It Concise: Ensure that the opening remarks are concise and to the point. Avoid overwhelming the audience with details at the start.
- Maintain Enthusiasm: Speak with energy and enthusiasm, conveying your excitement for the event.
- Connect with the Audience: Use inclusive language to create a sense of unity and connection among the audience.
What are some lines for welcome speech?
- “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, a very warm welcome to [event/occasion].”
- “I’m delighted to see so many familiar faces and new ones in the audience today.”
- “Thank you all for joining us on this special day.”
- “It’s a pleasure to stand before you and extend a hearty welcome.”
- “I extend my warmest greetings to our distinguished guests, colleagues, and friends.”
- “We’re gathered here today to celebrate [occasion] and share in the joy of this moment.”
- “Welcome to this exciting journey that lies ahead.”
- “As we begin this [event/occasion], let’s embark on a journey of [purpose].”
- “I would like to express my deep gratitude for your presence and support.”
- “Our [event/occasion] would not be complete without each of you here.”
- “Let’s make this [event/occasion] a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone.”
- “I hope you’re all as excited as I am for what’s in store today.”
- “The energy and enthusiasm in this room are truly contagious.”
- “To our first-time attendees, welcome to our [event/occasion] family.”
- “Get ready for a day filled with [highlights/activities] that will leave you inspired.”
- “Our goal today is to [purpose], and we couldn’t have asked for a better group to do it with.”
- “As we come together, let’s celebrate our unity and diversity.”
- “Let’s create memories that we will cherish for years to come.”
- “It’s not just an event; it’s an experience we’ll treasure.”
- “Without further ado, let’s officially kick off [event/occasion].”
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Long and Short Sample Welcome Speech for an Event
Naturally, everybody anticipates the introductory speech for an event. And that is because it is the opening speech for an event that sets the tone for the entire event or any function. One can easily attract the attention of the audience with a catchy first line and introduction. So it is very important to make a good first impression. And sustain their attention and excitement through the entire duration of the event. In this article, we will look into different sample welcome speeches for an event one can present. It can be a Long Welcome Speech For An Event or a Short Welcome Speech For An Event.
Long Welcome Speech for an Event
This form of opening speech for an event is extremely important when one intends to take time and welcome and extend gratitude to everyone involved in making the event successful.
Good Morning everyone, a very warm welcome to the respected teachers and the incredible parents. I am so grateful to welcome our students to the commencement ceremony (mention the name of the event). I feel privileged to open this event and stand here where many accomplished men and women who I admired and looked up to once stood.
A very special welcome to our Chief guest (mention his/her name) who truly has set a benchmark for multi-hyphenated achievements. She/he is an entrepreneur, coach, and author of the best-selling books in our country and even abroad (mention their achievements). Her/his quiet charitable endeavors at such a young age command attention to the person they are and the upbringing they had. Thank you for accepting our invitation to address our students who will start another new chapter in their lives.
A semester has passed, and another year has come to an end. I am certain that you are all feeling anxious and giddy with excitement at the same time. This is the final official ceremony that my dear students will attend in our prestigious school/college (mention the name). We are all gathered here to give our certificates for completing this year successfully.
We are fortunate to have so enthusiastic and talented students who have brought laurels to the name of our school. It has only added to our school’s prestige and good name. The support and encouragement of the parents throughout the entire year are truly remarkable. Be it a sports event, dance and singing competition, quiz, or any important tournament they stood by like a rock. Our faculty is thankful for the cooperation and trust that you have shown in us. It would not have been possible without your guidance.
The passion for life that I have seen in you as students for everything you do is extraordinary. Whatever you put your mind to I am certain that you will achieve it. Going ahead there will always be trials and tribulations in life, always remember that you just have to believe in yourself. When you have faith, you have confidence in yourself and that will come in handy wherever you go.
There are no free lunches in the world, just because you studied here doesn’t mean you are entitled to all the opportunities. You must remember that you have to work harder and earn to be deserving of every opportunity you get. Take every challenge you face as an opportunity for another chance to prove your worth. Also, know the difference between people to who you have to prove yourself and those you need not prove to.
Always remember to have a sense of humor in life only that will get you through the tough times. Life is truly special and with patience and hard work certainly, you will make responsible decisions for yourself, your family’s side, and your country as well. Take accountability for your failures and learn from them. Don’t let anything bring you down and be this passionate and driven as you are today. Keep achieving and go high with flying colors.
Short Welcome Speech for an Event
This form of welcome speech for the event is helpful when the presenter wishes to keep it simple, short and effective without diverting focus from the main event.
Good Morning everyone, a very warm welcome to all present here, respected teachers and the parents, and students. A special thanks to the Chief Guest of the day (mention his/her name). It’s an honor to be graced by the presence of such an accomplished author and entrepreneur. Thank you for accepting the invitation for giving the keynote speech today and guiding our students to new beginnings.
I am standing here, feeling lucky to be a part of a small way of our student’s life.
This school is so proud of all you have accomplished and every achievement you have garnered for yourself. This is the highly multi-talented batch of students in our school. You have been excellent performers in academics and won so many olympiads and awards. And you don’t hold back even in extracurricular activities like sports tournaments, like martial arts, football, basketball, and badminton. Our school has always been a top performer in inter-school events like dancing, singing, speech, elocution, and debate.
The book club that you have started which is now thriving also shows your innovative side.
The teachers have guided you in all your endeavors and your parents have constantly supported you too. This would not be the same without them. I extend my sincere thanks to all the teachers and parents for their understanding and support.
From now you will start a new journey and often have to deal with challenging situations alone along the way. All I can say is that I know you will make wise decisions and choose the right one. Whatever you do with conviction. No mountain is too high and the sky is only the limit. Be limitless in all that you do and like you have brought laurels to our school continue to do so for everyone around you. Looking forward to all that you are gonna start and make waves. All the best.
Significance of welcome speech
The significance of the welcome speech can be understood from the following points:
It is significant since it marks the beginning of an event and gives a brief knowledge about the following sequences of events to the audience.
It is the most vital part of any event as it sets the right tone for an event and gives a particular way to carry on for it.
Important Tips to be Followed While Giving a Welcome Speech
Here are some of the tips that one must follow while giving a welcome speech-
For a formal event, welcome the audience using serious language by picking an appropriate greeting such as, "Good evening ladies and gentlemen." You can also use phrases for welcoming the audience to the event such as, "It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to our beautiful venue tonight."
Here you must note that the tone should be kept more serious if the event is an important occasion. Also, use more formal language and avoid cracking any inappropriate jokes.
The Guests can also be greeted informally by using light-hearted language. Straightforward greetings are more preferred such as, "Good morning everyone!" You can also express your gratitude towards the guests by using phrases.
For special guests, one can add individual greetings by including their names when they are a part of the audience. The special guests may include people of honor, those who may play a particularly important part in the event, or the ones who have traveled a long way to be there.
Introduce the event by providing a short introduction to the name and purpose of the event. You can say the name and age of the event, if relevant, and talk a little about the organization conducting the same.
10 Line Welcome Speech for an Event
This is helpful when one needs to keep it short and use simple and effective language.
Welcome to all the teachers and students. Special thanks to the chief guest for graciously accepting to speak to our students on the commencement day.
It is indeed a special occasion and an important moment for the students who will embark upon a new journey now.
I am certain that you are wondering and probably anxious about what the future holds in store.
The challenges are for everybody, how you deal with them is what makes you stand out.
Try not to fit in with the norms, rather challenge and question them.
Don’t take failures to heart, see them as learning.
Always keep learning and don’t stop being curious.
Do everything that you are interested in, it is never too late to start.
Be there for your loved ones, as without their presence many things would be different in your life.
Take time to appreciate the little things and be your role model.
Base on what the experts have compiled as welcome speeches here. Focus on the points you want to mention in a speech regarding the event and practice. Once you start, you will surely feel more confident. Be expressive and interactive with the crowd to make the welcome speech a success.
FAQs on Welcome Speech for an Event
1. How do we start a welcome speech?
A welcome speech is always started by greeting the audience. You can welcome the audience in a serious language for any formal occasion. Also, you can pick an appropriate greeting such as, "Good evening ladies and gentlemen." Then you can welcome the audience to the event using a phrase such as, "It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to our beautiful venue tonight." This endeavours way the guests feel elated and respected in the event. Moreover, this gives a sense of formality to the audience and pays them high respect.
2. How can we welcome a guest with a speech?
To welcome a guest to any events one may address the chief guest with a formal salutation, like Dr./ Mr./ Mrs./ Ms., etc. One can add the recognitions of the guests after researching their achievements and current work of the guest before and include this in the speech. The achievements must be framed in a sequence that starts from the present or in exact reverse order. At last, the one must bid a thank you to the guest and appreciate their presence at the event.
3. What is an introductory speech or a welcome speech at an event?
An Introduction speech or often known as the Welcome speech is an opener written to introduce the event, the speaker, and the purpose of the event that will be taking place. It is helpful to provide the audience with details of the event, its background, and about the special guests, and their achievements to establish the credibility of the event concerning the audience in a way that shows respect and importance for them at the event.
4. What are some welcoming words that can be used in a welcome speech?
Some of the welcoming words for a welcome speech include the following:
Glad welcome. "It's a glad welcome we bring to you this morning, filled with the desires, hopes, and dreams we all share."
Hospitable welcome. "We're delighted to offer the most hospitable welcome we can."
Amiable welcome. "Dear guests, look around you! We owe you an amiable welcome to this evening.
Gracious welcome. “It’s our pleasure to offer you a gracious welcome to the event.”
These are some of the welcomes that can be addressed to the audience for an event.
5. Where can I get the welcome speech for an event?
The students can easily get the Welcome speech for an event from the Vedantu website for free. The website offers the students several other free resources like essay writing on different topics, resources for writing, and others. They can be easily accessed from the web and also be downloaded in pdf format for future reference or viewed online as this will help the students to easily learn and practice the much-needed co-curricular skills along with their studies.
Welcome Speech for a Scientific Conference: Examples & Tips
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Having a well written welcome speech that you’re confident about goes a long way in overcoming public speaking nervousness.
A great welcome speech sets the tone for the conference. It makes everyone feel welcome and creates the appropriate environment for the exchange of knowledge. The speech should broadly outline the contents of the event and, most importantly, make everyone feel excited for what’s to come.
In this article, you will find our best tips to create a successful welcome speech and some examples with analysis for inspiration.
Quick Tips for a successful welcome speech
Formal vs. informal language.
The first thing you should decide is whether you want to use formal or informal language. For larger events that include scientists of various fields where everybody might not know each other, you may want to use formal language. For smaller yearly conferences for researchers in your field where most people know each other, it’s common to use informal language.
I find that, in general, a rather informal or casual speech is more successful. That way you set the tone and bring everyone to the same level, promoting questions, comments, and socialization during the event.
Greet and welcome everyone
Start with a warm welcome. As alluded before, this can range from very formal (“Good morning to all attendees”) to informal (“Hello and welcome, everyone!”). These will be your first words, so you need to grab everyone’s attention—use a clear, strong voice.
A smile goes a long way to make everyone feel welcome and in a good mood. Make eye contact as you start addressing the room.
It can be great to inject a bit of humor, if appropriate. It could be something as simple as, “We are lucky to be in such a beautiful location with so many beaches close by. I hope that is not the main reason you’re here!”.
Talk about the event’s history and purpose
Is it a first-time event, a yearly conference put on by a scientific organization? In any case, you’ll want to mention the motivation behind the conference, what brings you together. If the event is related to a specific organization, you can mention its history and purpose.
Mention any distinguished guests
It is common for scientific conferences to have one or more distinguished guests or speakers. Mention them and thank them for accepting the invitation to participate. Make sure you have their names, credentials and affiliations correct.
Thank creators and/or organizers
If the event is being held for the first time, thank the creators by name. Give some words of appreciation to the organizing committee. You don’t need to mention every single person involved, but rather the essential ones.
State the main topic(s)
Mention the main topic(s) of the conference, the common interests for all attendees. For annual conferences of scientific organizations, a specific subject within the field is usually chosen for each year. For example, for an annual meeting of an immunology organization, the year's topic could be “Infectious Diseases” or “Immunotherapies.”
Touch on the agenda
Briefly outline the event’s agenda. You can mention whether there will be sessions with specific (sub)topics, poster presentations, spaces for exchange and networking. Don’t get into too many details. You can direct people to the conference brochure, if there is one, for specifics on the schedule.
End your speech on a high note by getting everyone excited about the talks to come. Highlight all the strengths of the conference: any high-impact research that will be shown, the variety of topics that will be covered, the great number of attendees, the different countries represented.
Introduce the first speaker
If the first speaker follows your welcome speech, don’t forget to introduce him or her. Introduce them with their full name and credentials and give a brief description of their career achievements.
Rehearse a few times
Practice with colleagues and friends to get some feedback and familiarize yourself with your speech. You want to be familiar enough that you don’t need to look down at your notes constantly. However, don’t over rehearse. You don’t want to sound robotic, but rather natural and conversational.
Be sure you know how to pronounce all the names in your speech. Make eye contact with the audience and with specific attendees as you mention their names.
Keep it brief
In general, you should keep your speech short, usually around 5 minutes. Consult with the organizing committee so you know how long they expect you to talk.
In-person vs. virtual event
Virtual events are very common right now and likely will be for a while. This creates some challenges when giving a welcome speech. Making eye contact with the attendees is not possible when you’re on a video call. That being said, you can still give a great speech and get people excited virtually. Just make sure that people can clearly see and hear you before you start.
Welcome speech examples
1. welcome and opening remarks - 2015 coast/ssew symposium.
In the above example of opening remarks for a scientific symposium , the speaker starts by welcoming everyone with a smile and lots of eye contact. It seems the attendees are in the same field of research and among familiar faces. Accordingly, her language is informal. She adds a bit of humor when she talks about collecting money in a bowl.
She follows by explaining the origin of the organization that the symposium is for, along with the main topics that will be covered. In the middle, she asks the audience some questions to keep them engaged. Finally, she creates positive expectations by presenting a “sneak peek” of brand-new research and mentioning “leaders” in the field of microbiome.
2. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering Welcome Speech
Read this welcome speech for an annual international conference.
This seems to be a scientific conference with attendees from various countries and from a broad range of fields. The formal language used is therefore appropriate. The speaker welcomes the attendees and introduces the distinguished keynote speakers.
The origins and goals of the conference are outlined. He broadly describes the topics that will be discussed. Then, he thanks the organizing committee, companies and volunteers involved. Finally, he mentions “internationally notorious speakers,” a great way to spark people’s interest.
3. Welcoming Address | Dale Mullennix
In this welcoming address, the speaker starts by warmly welcoming the audience. He uses rather informal language since it seems this is a regularly held event where most people know each other. He throws in some humor, directly addresses the audience, and asks them questions to grab their attention at the beginning.
By conveying the value that the attendees will find in the lectures to come, he creates anticipation. He makes lots of eye contact throughout and doesn’t even have notes! By the end, he tells a personal story and connects it to the theme of the event.
With these tips and examples, we hope that you are inspired to write a great welcome speech. Remember to keep it brief, conversational, and not overly formal, unless necessary. Eye contact and a smile go a long way.
If you’re looking for more general conference presenting tips, you should read our 15 Best Tips for Presenting at a Conference .
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How to Write a Great Welcome Speech
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Writing an effective welcome speech is a form of art. It requires a delicate balance of knowledge, wit, charm, and the right dash of emotion to make your audience feel valued and at home.
Knowing how to write a welcome speech that resonates with people and draws them in is no small feat — it takes practice and finesse!
In this article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of writing a successful welcome speech. This will help you confidently greet guests, create lasting impressions, and set the tone for any event.
What Is a Welcome Speech?
A welcome speech is an important part of any event that marks the beginning of a new journey or celebrates a milestone. It sets the tone for the rest of the event and helps create a sense of community amongst guests and participants alike.
A well-crafted welcome speech should have a captivating opening, personalized introductions, acknowledgments, humor, and appreciation for those present. It must also highlight other key elements to ensure that everyone in attendance has an enjoyable experience.
Crafting such a speech can be gratifying as it gives a voice to people’s collective enthusiasm and will help make the event truly special.
Great Tips on How to Write a Welcome Speech
We have compiled some effective tips on how to write a welcome speech that will set the tone and engage the audience. Follow these suggestions and make your speech stand out.
Establish a Connection
Greet the guests at your event with warmth and enthusiasm, welcoming them to the occasion. A few personalized touches can go a long way in making attendees feel welcome and appreciated.
Set the Tone of the Event
Start by thanking everyone for coming, and be sure to use language that reflects the tone of your event. This is especially important if you are having an informal gathering versus a more formal one.
Make it a point to thank special guests or anyone who went above and beyond to help make the event possible. Doing so will show how much their efforts were appreciated.
Give an Overview
Summarize what attendees can expect from the event and provide any key information they should know before participating.
Offer Words of Encouragement
Provide encouraging words to guests and remind them why attending this particular event was important to them. Invite them to make the most out of this experience while also stressing the importance of taking some time to relax as well.
End on a High Note
Conclude the speech by wishing everyone a good time. Express your appreciation once again, or provide an inspiring quote that encapsulates the purpose of the gathering. Be sure to thank each person present for being part of the day.
Examples of Effective Welcome Speech
Take inspiration from the examples below to help you write an effective welcome speech based on your requirements.
Example 1: Welcome Speech for a Corporate Event
Good evening everyone, and welcome to our special corporate event. I’d like to start by introducing myself; my name is [Name], and I’m honored to be here with all of you today.
I would like to extend a warm greeting to our esteemed guests who joined us this evening. Your presence truly makes this night that much more special. It’s great to see such a lively audience here tonight!
As we begin, let me remind each of us how essential it is to include the various perspectives gathered in this room. Only when we come together can we form solutions tailored to fit each individual’s needs.
So without further ado, let’s get started on making this an unforgettable night. Thank you for being here!
Example 2: Welcome Speech for a Church Event
Greetings and welcome to our church event! Let us take a moment to express gratitude for the many blessings and the special opportunity to come together like this today.
We are delighted to introduce you to the amazing speaker who will be presenting here today. He is an individual with vast knowledge of the topic at hand. He has graciously agreed to work with us and share their wisdom with us.
I’m sure by the end of the presentation, we’ll be feeling invigorated, enlightened, and ready to put into practice what we have learned today. So let’s show appreciation for this good fortune, and bid our guest a warm welcome!
Example 3: Welcome Speech for a Cultural Event
Greetings, everyone! Welcome to our cultural event of the evening!
I want to thank all of you for coming here today and participating in this unique experience. I am confident all of us will leave with an appreciation for our cultures and a better understanding of how similar we truly are.
This is a great opportunity to learn about different customs and traditions from around the world. With luck, skill, and hard work, this year could bring success to our mission of global unity through shared experiences.
Good luck to everyone who is showcasing their talent or displaying traditional artifacts! We are eager to witness your ingenuity and creativity. Like all meaningful endeavors, there will be challenges along the way, but the rewards will outweigh them if we work together.
So let’s make sure that this cultural event succeeds by collaborating effectively and celebrating each other’s differences!
Example 4: Welcome Speech for a Fundraising Event
Good evening everyone. I am honored to be here on this very special occasion! Let’s all take a moment to show our respect for the people who have come together tonight with one common purpose. That is – raising funds for an incredibly important cause.
I want to welcome each and every one of you warmly in a formal manner to this function which we are hosting annually. As many of us know, the money raised tonight will go toward helping those affected by natural disasters in our own country. We need your help to make this event successful so we can continue providing aid in the upcoming year.
So let’s make tonight count and work together to reach our fundraising goals! Thank you again for joining us; it is truly appreciated.
Example 5: Welcome Speech for a College Event
Good evening everyone! I am excited to welcome you all to the annual college event tonight. It has been my privilege and joy to be a part of this school and see the amazing students come through each year. So it is a special night when we get together to celebrate our achievements!
I want to take a moment to recognize the incredible job our staff has done in the past year. They helped us focus on improving our skills and growing as individuals. Our faculty members are some of the best around, and they are truly committed to seeing every student reach their highest potential.
Finally, let’s not forget why we’re all here: to have fun and enjoy the company of friends. We’ve worked hard and deserve a break, so with that said, join me in celebrating another successful year for our college. Enjoy the rest of the evening!
This article explains how to write a welcome speech effectively, along with examples. Nail your welcome speech by making it personal, informative, friendly, and outgoing.
The key to a great welcome speech is a brief and well-crafted introduction. As the first speaker, it is important that you establish rapport with your audience. It will leave them in a positive and receptive mood , leading to a successful event for everyone present.
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Why are welcome speeches necessary.
Most of the gatherings and ceremonies are held with a purpose. They are either planned events or spontaneous gatherings. In both cases, it is important to know how to organize such events. We must prepare ourselves to conduct the event properly.
Let us imagine that you are hosting a gathering. You have prepared everything, including food, drinks, decorations, etc., and even set up the stage. However, you forgot one thing – a welcome speech. What happens next? Do you start talking immediately without waiting for everyone to arrive? Of course not!
The same goes for a meeting. How many times did you attend meetings where people didn’t introduce themselves? Or worse, they talked about themselves too much during the meeting. In addition, some speakers talk directly to the audience without introducing themselves. This makes it difficult for the attendees to comprehend the event’s process and connect with its objectives.
So why is a welcome speech in English needed? To begin with, it is necessary to give a brief overview of the topic. Secondly, it helps to provide information about the organization and its history. Thirdly, it allows us to highlight our achievements. And finally, it creates a good impression on guests. Otherwise, they might ask questions like “Where is this event going?”.
Significance of welcome speech
The significance of the welcome speech won’t be apparent without understanding what makes up the history of an event. An event can be defined as a sequence of activities carried out over a period of time. These activities are usually organized into stages, each with a specific purpose. For example, an event may start with opening remarks, followed by a keynote address, and finally concluded with closing remarks. Each stage of an event has a different set of responsibilities.
In the case of a welcoming ceremony, the welcome speech is considered to be one of the most important parts of the whole gathering. In fact, it is the most crucial aspect of the entire event. This is because the welcome speech serves several purposes.
First, it introduces the guests to the host. Second, it provides information regarding the upcoming program. Third, it creates a positive impression among the attendees. Fourth, it helps in creating a sense of unity among the participants. Fifth, it helps in establishing good relations between the hosts and the guests. And finally, it ensures that the guest feels comfortable during the occasion.
Objectives of a Welcome Speech in English
The objective of a welcome speech in English is to introduce yourself and the rest of the attendees at the event. This is done through a short introduction about who you are, what you do, why you’re attending, etc. The following are the objectives of a welcome speech:
- Introduce yourself
- Provide Information regarding the event
- Create a positive impression among attendees
- Establish good relations between hosts and guests
- Ensure guests feel comfortable during the event
- Help build unity among participants
- Explain the purpose of the meeting/event
- Set up the agenda for the meeting/event
- Make introductions
- Give background info about the organization
- Highlight achievements (if any)
Welcome Speech Samples in the Education Field
There is a number of school gatherings that require welcome speeches, be it an official school gathering or an informal event. In this segment, we’ve sorted samples according to the typical events organized in schools. Take note of each paragraph and determine its purpose. You’ll be able to create a workable framework or basis for your current and future speech requirements.
Welcome Address in English For Students
It’s natural for attendees of any event to expect an introductory speech, which sets the tone for the occasion. A host can easily command attention with an effective welcome. Even the longest speeches have the capacity to hold an audience’s interest when delivered in a catchy and impressive manner.
A short opening speech for a commencement ceremony
To everyone present, good morning. A very warm welcome to our respected faculty, our remarkable parents, and our dear students. Special recognition is due for our Chief Guest (name of chief guest). It’s a true honor to have such a successful alumnus (or state the chief guest’s job title). We express our biggest gratitude for accepting our invitation to deliver today’s keynote speech.
I’m standing here as a lucky witness to our dear students’ academic journey. Our school is very proud of everything you have accomplished and your small but not minor contributions to society. You’ve brought prestige to our name and deserve the title of one of our school’s most successful and dedicated batch of students.
With your teachers’ guidance and parents’ support, you’ve reached remarkable heights. I’d like to take this time to extend my gratitude to our faculty and our parents, for understanding, encouraging, and nurturing our students.
Graduates, you are about to start another chapter in your life. An exciting yet scary period. From now on, you will face more challenges, but I am confident that you’re adequately equipped to face any tribulation that comes your way. Remember that with conviction and self-belief, no mountain is too high to climb. The laurels you’ve brought back to our school are only the beginning. I am genuinely excited to see the astonishing feats that your futures hold.
A long opening speech for a commencement ceremony
Good morning everyone! I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our esteemed faculty, astounding parents, and our dear students. I’m honored to open our commencement ceremony and stand here where many of our accomplished alumni who I look up to once stood.
I extend a particularly warm welcome to our Chief Guest (name of chief guest), who as one of our outstanding alumni, has really set the standard for exemplary accomplishments.
(enumerate key achievements of chief guest)
Her/his professional and philanthropic endeavors attest to their upbringing and the values she/he lives by. We want to thank you for responding positively to our invitation to be the keynote speaker on today’s auspicious occasion.
As another academic year reaches its end, I’m sure that our dear students are anxious and also filled with hope and excitement. This is their final school event in our renowned school/college/university (name of school). But hopefully, it won’t be their last awarding ceremony.
We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented and passionate group of graduates who have earned laurels in honor of our school, adding to its distinction and great reputation. The amazing encouragement and unconditional support of our parents throughout the school year have been extraordinary. They have stood by their children in every school event. Our teachers and staff are truly thankful for the trust you’ve given us. Your children’s journey wouldn’t have been a huge success without your guidance and nurture.
It’s been a remarkable experience to witness the passion and commitment our students have exhibited in all their undertakings. I am filled with certitude that you will achieve whatever goal you’ve set your mind on. Adulthood is going to be jammed with more trials you’ve never imagined before. I am kidding. Maybe. Joking aside, you will win as long as you work hard and believe in yourself.
Remember that you are valuable and take every challenge you face as an opportunity to prove your worth and get better. Also, surround yourselves with people who are good for your well-being and treat them the way you’d like to be treated.
Maintain your sense of humor because not much else will get you through when the going gets rough. Life can be very special and you can truly make a mark, which doesn’t always need to have global proportions. Be accountable for your mistakes and learn from them. Keep nurturing your passions and remain as driven, bright, and astonishing as you are today. You are all wonderful and I can’t wait to see your future accomplishments, because they will be great.
Thank you and do us proud!
Welcome Speech for a College Function
(General greeting, i.e. good morning/afternoon/evening) to all (the audience attending the event, e.g. the parents, teachers, students, etc.) and our respected Principal (name of principal). It’s with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to (name of school)’s (name of event or ceremony).
Our college nurtures the ideologies of discipline and pride in one’s work and aims to hone our students as responsible and productive members of society. It is in this spirit that we celebrate today.
To commence our festivities, allow me to introduce one of our most esteemed alumni. Our Chief Guest (title and name of chief guest) has embodied the values fostered by our prominent and respected college. (Enumerate the main accomplishments of the chief guest). We honor you for your contributions to society and our city, most especially, which future generations will surely benefit from. With your hard work, dedication, and charitable spirit, you have set the goalposts we aspire to reach in order to make the world a much better place than we’ve found it.
(Initiate a round of applause)
Welcome Speech for a Yearly Function
(General greeting, i.e. good morning/afternoon/evening to all)
Honorable Chief Guest (name of guest), our beloved Principal (name of principal), our amazing faculty and staff members, our dearest parents and fellow students, and to everyone present, I welcome you all to (name of school/college/university)’s annual function.
My name is Lakshmi Gupta, a student of the Information Technology Department, and also the president of our school’s Cultural Exchange Organization and founder of the Languages Club.
It is with tremendous pride that I announce our prestigious school’s Silver Jubilee anniversary. We’re gathered today to celebrate 25 years of estimable service and success. The remarkable accomplishments of our elite school since its foundation won’t be possible without its long history of dedicated and respected teachers and passionate students, its tireless staff, and the unconditional support from our parents.
It’s also a great honor to introduce our Chief guest and keynote speaker. Any introduction won’t do justice to the extraordinary achievements she/he has attained throughout her/his career. (Enumerate the main accomplishments of the chief guest). She/he is truly one of the most treasured and incredible alumni our school has produced. Without further ado, let’s give a round of applause to (title and name of chief guest).
Welcome Speech for the School Principal
Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning!
I’m truly pleased and honored to welcome our new principal (title and name of principal). He has previously worked for 5 years at Lumos International as principal and has succeeded in revitalizing their academic standing and programs, especially in English and Cultural Studies.
I have gotten to know her/him over the last few days during the transition phase and found her/him to be a brave and progressive intellectual, with a great ideology and vision for the future of (name of school), our beloved school.
On behalf of the current administration, our board of trustees, the faculty, the staff, and our student body, we wholeheartedly extend a great welcome to you (title and name of principal).
We hope that with your leadership, energy, and enthusiasm, we shall start a new era of learning and reach greater excellence.
Congratulations and welcome!
Welcome Speech for Teachers Day
Good morning! We welcome everyone today who is here to celebrate this annual event for their beloved teachers. We don’t always get to thank our teachers, but on this day, we pay tribute to our second parents.
They have provided guidance and given their light to educate and lead us to a journey of wonder, discovery, and knowledge. For their efforts, they deserve the greatest of honors and our utmost respect.
Our steadfast yet affectionate teachers should be our role models. They inspire us daily and motivate us to reach our greatest potential. They impart wisdom so that we don’t only excel academically, but as good people and responsible members of our society.
So on Teacher’s Day, it’s all about them and giving them the honor that many take for granted. Thank you, dear teachers!
Welcome Speech for Children’s Day
Good morning everybody!
Today we extend our appreciation and the warmest embrace to our beloved students to celebrate Children’s Day!
It’s been a blessing to be a part of nurturing children’s sense of wonder and imagination. These are qualities we often lose as we grow up, and it’s awesome to witness them happen every day.
Children’s innocence and love are incomparable and difficult to resist. Their smile is the closest thing to heaven that we can glimpse in the world.
School is your children’s second home, and we teachers are their second parents. We thank you for the opportunity to take care of and guide your little angels.
Join us to celebrate our students and make this day as eventful and fun as it can be!
Welcome Speech for Freshers Party
Welcome everyone to our Fresher’s party!
We’ve all gathered here today to celebrate the gift of possibilities and commence the experience of a new beginning.
It’s of utmost pleasure to welcome everyone, especially all my freshers to today’s festivities. I extend my deepest gratitude to all my teachers and everyone who helped make this event a reality. Look at this place, it’s amazing!
University or school life isn’t just about getting a higher education – brace yourself for the adventure of a lifetime! This is the period to create good memories and meet people who can be a permanent part of your academic and later professional lives. May you develop the relationships and acquire the necessary skills to succeed in life.
But for now, let’s leave our worries and cares out in the hall. Let’s celebrate your wise decision to matriculate in our institution. Our college has prepared special events and an entertainment program highlighting some of our talented students.
The next few hours will be memorable and exciting! Thank you for listening and let’s get on with it!
Have a good time!
Welcome Speech Samples for Business
Much like in academic settings, there are more formal events that happen in professional contexts. Some may need a welcome address to introduce special guests or welcome the attendees of a conference. Some are informal events that welcome those who are invited to special occasions at the office and the people they’re honoring. Note down the key phrases and objectives of the samples below and use the same structure in your own welcome or introduction speech in English.
Sample of Welcome Speech for a Goodbye Get-together
Good evening everyone!
Welcome to my farewell party. I know, I know. You all said you’re sorry to see me go, but that you all would need food and entertainment first to deal with your sadness. So here we are. I shall deliver.
As the Semisonic song goes “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” And so it is with great gratitude that the VP in Japan decided to retire early, so the end of his role can mark the beginning of mine. To Toni Takitani, thanks for deciding you’ve had enough!
Kidding aside, I’d like to thank my friends who made this very corporate event a huge success. Look at this, my goodness!
Most importantly, I want to impart my profound gratitude to my boss (name of the boss). Without you, this party won’t have a band. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor. Or I could, but none of them would have changed my life as positively as you have. It saddens me to leave you the most, but it comforts me that you were my biggest source of encouragement to go. Or it may have been your plan all along. Genius!
So to everyone who came, thank you. I’ll have time to thank you properly later, but for now, let’s eat!
Welcome Speech Sample for a Business Conference
Good morning to everyone who came out to join us here today. My name is Julius Kaizer and I’ll be hosting today’s events.
Before anything else, I’d like to take this moment to thank Merville & Posque Inc., their CEO Mr. Hyori Asano and his team for putting this event together in record time. It won’t be possible without your tireless dedication and contributions. I also want to thank everyone who came, our remarkable associates from Osaka, Chiang Rai, and Quezon, our wonderful clients who have stuck with us through thick and thin, and our amazing consultants in various fields of energy conservation. Your interest and patronage are very much appreciated.
A great welcome to all our extraordinary employees and staff members, some of whom have worked and grown along our company’s 23-year history. A big welcome, too, to our interns who have recently joined and brightened our corporate offices.
Today marks the 15th annual MPBC and it’s an honor to be a host in this glorious congress. I myself will be staying for the conference’s entirety to learn what I can about sustainable energy systems and their various implications and impact on the future of our planet.
The activities today will include an overview of all the forums, seminars, and exhibits around the MPBC complex. Second, we will have the inauguration of the new bio-dome on the grounds where we will also honor this year’s retirees. The afternoon’s seminars will kick off after lunch, and I encourage you to attend the discussions and learn about our future plans and projects. Finally, I’d like to encourage everyone to help yourselves to the snack stations in the hallway. Refreshments and sandwiches are on us for the duration of the conference.
I won’t keep you long and let’s begin the day. I wish all of you a valuable and wonderful time! Thank you.
Welcome Speech for a Business Workshop
Good afternoon everyone!
I am so pleased to see you all here. Welcome to my workshop, or should I say “our” workshop. I am truly overjoyed and excited about learning together and helping you reach a breakthrough in industry-scale coding practices.
This workshop aims to cover new software and the importance of earning certificates in several computer applications such as VM Suite, Landscape 5.0, and NF Tech.
I hope you’ll learn a lot in the next few hours and I promise to try to make our activities as engaging and hands-on as possible. Good luck and thanks again for participating in our workshop.
Welcome Speech for Office Events
My name is (your name), the (position in the company), and your host for this meeting. To our CEO (title and name of the CEO), (next are the dignitaries for the company hierarchy if any), all the staff members and their loved ones, and our beloved employees. I welcome you all to the (name of the event) of (name of company).
We are here today to honor our employees’ achievements in their respective fields and departments. Your efforts to attain and sustain the standards we keep aren’t unnoticed. This awarding ceremony seeks to remind us about the value and pride we should have in our accomplishments, and the significance of collaboration and teamwork. It is our spirit of community and faith in our abilities that represent the vision of (name of company). May we continue to grow through hard work, accountability, and cooperation.
To start off with our first award, let’s call up (title and position of the presenter), (name of the presenter).
Welcome Speech Samples for Family Functions
Huge family events often have speeches: weddings, birthdays, farewell parties, funerals, anniversaries, and so on. Some of these events normally have hosts and esteemed guests. Here are some tips and samples to inspire you.
Tips on Welcoming the Chief Guest?
If you’re searching for tips on how to make a welcome speech for guest, here are some things you can do:
- When drafting your speech, do the research.
- Highlight the key qualities that are worth mentioning in an opening welcome speech for event.
- Take note of the welcome address speech sample in this article and create a framework from them.
- Look up welcome speech quotes and choose the best one to use somewhere in your speech.
- Greet the chief guest at the event personally and introduce yourself if you don’t know each other.
- Extend your hard for a handshake and smile to express that they are honored and welcome to the event.
- Smile and suggest they are being welcomed.
- Address them formally with the usual Miss or Mr.
- Escort the chief guest before you assume host duties.
Welcoming the Chief Guest with a Short Speech
It’s a great honor to welcome our Chief guest and tonight’s keynote speaker. I was worried at first about how to introduce (title and name of Chief guest) because any introduction would pale in comparison to the reality and immensity of her/his accomplishments.
(Enumerate the main accomplishments of the chief guest).
She/he is the ultimate inspiration for young professionals everywhere who want to succeed in the field of international trade. Here to inspire us with her career journey and all the experiences she accumulated along the day, join me in giving a round of applause to (title and name of chief guest).
Welcoming the Chief Guest (Longer Version of the Speech)
Introducing our next attendee is a great pleasure of mine. When she/he accepted our invitation to be tonight’s Chief guest and keynote speaker, I almost jumped for joy. Then I realized I would naturally receive the task of introducing her/him. At first, this gave me great anxiety. How would I be able to pull it off and deliver an introduction that would give her background justice? Then I thought, no introduction would ever compare, so it was foolish to aim for success when failure is guaranteed. So I decided to just do it. Our chief guest has accomplished the following, to name a few:
As I looked at her/his professional and personal successes, I realized here is a woman/man who was faced many times with the certainty of failure but had given her circumstances a grad twist by attaining success against all odds. Then I thought, perhaps I should aim for success in this speech, after all.
She/he is an inspiration to many, not only for all the fields of expertise she has earned and the extreme success that went with the process, but she/he has also set the benchmark for philanthropy and good deeds. She/he has done this quietly, too, and she/he might strangle me for revealing it to the public. I didn’t even know half of the wonderful things she/he has done for our community before my research.
Without further ado, and here to inspire us with her wisdom and grand skill, join me in welcoming our Chief guest (title and name of chief guest).
Welcome Speech for Parents
As host and brother of the groom, I’d like to take this time to introduce the parents of the bride. Without them, my brother wouldn’t be the lucky and happy man he is today. More than that, I have witnessed how they accepted my brother and treated him as a son long before the engagement. I often tag along on family trips and have spent hours of wonderful conversations with them. Apart from my own parents, they are two of the most affectionate and hospitable people I’ve ever met. If I could meet a woman whose parents are just like them, I’d consider myself half as lucky as my brother.
Let’s give a round of applause for (names of the bride’s parents). Thank you for embracing my brother into the fold.
Welcome Speech Samples for National Holidays
Below is a sample of a welcome speech typically delivered during Annual Day. Substitute the appropriate details to match your information and use the framework in other speeches reserved for national holidays.
Welcome Speech for Annual Day
I am overjoyed to have this chance to welcome all of you to our elite institution’s 25th Annual Day. Today’s children are the hope of the next generation. All these graduates we see today, receiving awards for their achievements will go on to lead successful lives. Let them live up to the expectations set before them.
I am very happy to be a member of such an elite school where we learned from such great professors who teach us beyond the boundaries of the ordinary classroom. They’re also the minds and hands behind such a big event every year. I’d like to use this chance to organize such a wonderful event this year. It’s also a great pleasure of mine to introduce our Chief Guest.
Welcome speeches are necessary at events. They usually set the tone or expectations of the people who attended or participated in the occasion. There are many ways in going about delivering a welcome address speech. Review the samples in this article and do your due diligence to craft an outline, framework, or skeleton from the contents that you can use in welcome speeches of your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
A good welcome speech has the following qualities: * It is sincere. * It can hold the attention of the audience. * The ideas don’t ramble. * Welcome address quotes are used. One for a short welcome speech, and 2 for a longer one. Never 3, unless the speaker is trying to be funny. * The contents are relevant to the event. * It has an impressive anecdote. * The length doesn’t exceed 5 minutes.
The last segment of this article contains tips on welcoming chief guests, esteemed guests, or guests of honor. The tips contained here can be divided into things to consider while drafting the welcome speech, and things to do at the event itself when meeting the chief guest.
A simple thank you would suffice. Make sure you reiterate your gratitude. Some welcome speeches can end with a line that welcomes the guest of honor.
Depending on the context, a welcome speech doesn’t always need to be impressive. In some situations, a straightforward introduction is all you need. However, in some circumstances like commencement ceremonies, farewell parties, dinners, and some others, the audience is prepared to listen to long speeches. In this case, the speech needs to catch the attention of the attendees and maintain their interest. An impressive welcome speech often has an emotional element. Not just parroting big words to describe a person’s achievements or flatter them. Try to use humor if you’re funny by nature or if you can deliver the punchline well. Use popular quotes in your speech. Tell anecdotes relevant to the attendees. Or reveal an epiphany. These are how you should draft a welcome speech set to impress.
Make sure that it is relevant to the content of your welcome speech or the point you’re making. You can use phrases such as the following: * According to… * As the old saying goes… * There’s a quote that has always stuck with me… * Events like this always remind me of one of my favorite quotes… Try to find quotes that are unique and not cliche. You can find some in the lyrics of contemporary music, or lines and dialogues from books and movies, and so on.
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