BPS Chapter 25

a speech whose general purpose is to entertain, celebrate, commemorate, inspire, or set a scial agenda

Special Occasion Speech

a short speech whose purpose is defined by two goals: to prepare or "warm up" audience members for the speaker and to motivate them to listen to what the speaker has to say

Speech of Introduction

a speech made in response to receiving an award. Its purpose is to express gratitude for the honor bestowed on the speaker

Speech of Acceptance

a speech whose purpose is two-fold: to communicate the meaning of the award and to explain why the recipient is receiving it

Speech of Presentation

a humorous tribute to a person; one in which a series of speakers jokingly poke fun at the individual being honored


a brief tribute to a person or an event being celebrated


a speech whose purpose is to celebrate and commemorate the life of someone while consoling those who are left behind; typically delivered by close friends and family members


a speech that is likely to occur before, after, or during a formal dinner; a breakfast or lunch seminary; or other type of business, professional, or civic meeting

After-Dinner Speech

a speech used repeatedly and without sufficient adaptation to the rhetorical speech situation

Canned Speech

a speech whose purpose is to inspire or motivate the audience to consider positively, reflect on, and sometimes even to act on the speaker's words

Speech of Inspiration