How to Write the Perfect Tribute Speech

The purpose of a tribute speech is to honor or commemorate a specific person. Writing a tribute speech requires some careful thought and planning in order to come up with the right words to respectfully illustrate why the subject of your speech is worthy of being commemorated. A tribute speech should also be moving and evoke emotion in the hearts of your listeners, but not so emotional that the message is unclear.


1. Start out by spending some time thinking about the person that you’re paying tribute to. It’s important to think about specific qualities that person has that you can focus on during your speech. Don’t rush this process, or your speech could seem lacking or meaningless.

2. Begin your tribute speech with a statement that grabs the audience’s attention. This could be a quote from a famous author, or a bold statement that expresses what the person you’re writing the speech about means to you.

3. Tell the audience who and what your speech is about. For example, if you’re writing a speech about a sibling, you can say something like “Today I’m going to speak about my sister…and how she helped me to become the person that I am today.” This part is called the thesis, and it’s the backbone of your speech. All parts of your speech should be centered on this main idea.

4. Make three to five main points in your speech. These should go in order and all relate back to your thesis. Following the above example, if you’re writing a tribute speech about how your sister has impacted your life, your three points could be qualities you’ve learned from her such as persistence, patience, and determination. You could elaborate on each one of those points and include a short anecdote on how you came to learn these traits.

5. Wrap up your speech with a conclusion that ties everything together and relates directly to your thesis. Your conclusion should be concise and clear, leaving your audience with a sense of completeness regarding your speech.


Take the time to proofread your speech and practice it beforehand. The more times you run through your speech, the better your actual delivery will be. If you don’t feel comfortable proofreading your speech, you can ask a friend of family member to look it over.

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