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Giving a Certificate of Appreciation or Recognition: What Shall I Say?

Ruby writes from the Philippines. She teaches college courses including Speech and Theater Arts, etc. She enjoys reading and gardening.


Every time I am assigned to give a certificate to a Resource person or Speaker during an event, I often stumble and stop to think about what to say to the person before I give the certificate. Of course, I can't just give the certificate without saying anything first to the person who will receive the certificate. I need to say some noteworthy words to make him comfortable that he really deserves to receive the prepared certificate. Thus, I must compose a short speech for this particular event.

Here, then I have created this article and given a sample of how this speech goes according to structure and content.

Structure of the speech

Any normal speech type generally follows the standard IBC pattern. These are the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. This is how you organize your thoughts in your head, before they come out of your mouth. This will guide you as you then speak. That means that you begin your speech with an Introduction, followed by the body of your speech, then the conclusion of your speech.

Content of the speech

People who are tasked with thanking a speaker frequently make the error of repeating parts of their speech. This makes the speech completely unneeded, dull at best, and at worst, it makes the room empty.

Before the event starts, make a point of introducing yourself to the speaker and making sure that you know how to pronounce his/her name. If you plan to thank him/her. Inform the speaker that you will be thanking him or her, then have a brief conversation while keeping an eye out for any points you might be able to utilize in your thank-you speech. Maybe the speaker had to return from a trip early in order to retain the engagement. Perhaps the speaker traveled a very long way just to deliver the speech. Normally there isn't, but if something noteworthy does occur, make sure to mention it. Avoid using expressions like "taking time out of your hectic schedule" or "honoring us with your presence," though.

You must pay close attention to the speech and take notes that will guide your decision of one or more suitable adjectives to use in describing it. You should also make a note of any unexpected elements in the speech, such as a shocking revelation or a particularly wise bit of advice.

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Ex. "Thank you very much, Ms. Speaker, for a (insert suitable adjective) presentation." Then, add one or two (but no more) noteworthy elements from the speech, such as the startling discovery or the insightful counsel mentioned before. Make sure to bring up any noteworthy information you learned about the speaker's personal sacrifices or extra efforts to be present.

Call the speaker back to the podium if you're giving a gift, and then give the gift while making a brief speech that is suitable. It's OK for the speaker to offer a few words of appreciation. However, never force a speaker to do anything. If you are also the master of ceremonies, you should continue with the program at this point; otherwise, if it is already over, you should declare its conclusion, make any necessary announcements, thank everyone for attending, and leave the podium. Just go sit down if you're not the master of ceremonies.


An acceptable and persuasive thank-you speech is shown here:

We thank Ms. Dela Cruz for her very informative and enjoyable lecture on how to properly apply for a bank loan; it was helpful to have this murky topic addressed. Your suggestion to always provide the loan officer with a budget paper outlining our plans for using the loan funds and our ability to repay the loan is extremely helpful. We owe you a particular thank you for being here, Ms. Dela Cruz, even if the audience may not be aware of it. I just so happened to learn that you postponed your annual golf vacation by a few days so that you could attend. We are very grateful for that. I have a tiny gift for you, Ms. Dela Cruz, to show our thanks. We sincerely appreciate your accepting it.

Keep in mind that you are not the star while introducing or praising a speaker. Thus, keep yourself out of the scene or picture when introducing or praising the speaker. Finally, remember to give the speaker a warm handshake with a genuine smile that really says "We really appreciate and thank you."


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