Here are some etiquette tips to help you not
make a fool out of yourself when giving toasts:
Rule #1 - Never give a toast when you are
Rule #2 - Keep things short and sweet - no
one likes to listen to someone go on and on
Rule #3 - Remember that this is a happy time
for the retiree so donít say things that are going to hurt the
Rule #4 - Donít relieve any future plans or
past mistakes that the retiree told you in confidence
Rule #5 - Make sure you look presentable
before going up in front of a room full of your peers
Rule #6 - Always practice your speech a few
times before the party, its always good to have someone listen to it and
critique your words
Rule #7 - Be confident
Rule #8 - Be Friendly - Even if you are
nervous - Remember to SMILE!!
Rule #9 - Always wish the retiree good luck
in their future endeavours
Rule #10 - Keep in mind that this is their
day and they should be the center of attention in a good way
Wanting to write your own toast and donít
know where to start? Here are some helpful hints to help you to express
yourself and being writing your toast:
Start off by introducing yourself, even
if you think everyone there knows who you are.
Mention how much you enjoyed working
with this specific person and how much you are going to miss them.
Comment on something great that they
always brought to the table.
You can always insert a joke if you are
a comedian but make sure it is not disrespectful.
A quote or a poem that reminds you of
this person or their future endeavours could always be read on their
Always end on a cheerful note, wishing
them well and expressing your hopes for their happiness in this life
If you have a glass of wine or even
something non-alcoholic, a cheer to their happiness is a great way
to end the toast!