How to write an acceptance speech
winning an award can be truly fulfilling and uplifting. It gives one a great sense of accomplishment and at the same time, a wonderful feeling of being recognized publicly for your work. You get called up on stage to give a speech and nothing can be more rewarding than to be given the opportunity to express your gratitude for a well-deserved award. But before you go up the stage, always remember to know what you have to say to make it more meaningful and inspiring. It would be best if you have something worth talking, people to thank for having the award and the support that you received to get to where you’re at. Here are some valuable tips on how to prepare and give your acceptance speech. Here are four points that you can prepare ahead of time. You can keep a small piece of paper to scribble down your notes and prepare a simple checklist that can be very valuable at any given moment. Always remember to make an outline and make your acceptance speech short but meaningful.
Express your gratitude to those instrumental in supporting you.
First of all, express your profound thanks. Always remember that the key to your success lies in the opportunity provided to you by the company you are working for. If you have been assigned a task and you excel at it, then it would be fitting to thank the company that gave you that opportunity. Start with a general acknowledgment of your gratitude to your company, followed by your supervisor or direct reports. Mention that you have been provided with the resources that helped you achieve your targets.
Have a list of people you want to thank
Name the people who have been instrumental to the success of a project that earned you your award. If it was a team effort, make sure that you name each of your team members and dedicate the award to them. Mention specific names of the people that provided you with the support you needed. Never hesitate to call out their names so they, too, can be recognized for their moral and logistical support.
Encourage others to work together
Remember that as long as you belong to an organization, you always have a support structure that allows you to aim for and achieve your goals. Do not forget to encourage others to aim big and to always work together. It is always important to remember that you can be someone who can encourage them that nothing is impossible and that they can achieve what you have done as well.
Give an inspiring quote
Prepare two or three quotable quotes from famous personalities that you can mention in your acceptance speech. Do not hesitate to dedicate your award to someone, it is going to be a highly inspirational gesture for a person or a group of people to know that they are being valued for helping you.Inspire others so they can also aim for greater heights. And lastly, do not be stingy with your “thank you's”.