If you're responsible for calling to order a meeting or event, you will need to deliver a brief welcome speech. If you're not a speech writer, the thought of deciding what to say can be a bit stressful. However, you can make easy work of writing a winning speech when you use this example as a template to help you get started.
Welcome Speech Template
To access an easy-to-use template for a welcome speech, click the image below. When you do, a PDF document that can be edited and printed will open in a separate tab or window (depending on your browser and settings). If you experience any challenges launching the document, refer to this handy guide to working with printables.
Once the template is open, click anywhere in the text area to begin editing. At a minimum, you'll need to add information specific to your situation in the brackets ([ ]) throughout the document. You can keep the other text if it is suitable, or make any changes you would like.
When you are satisfied with the wording, use the toolbar commands to save and print the speech.
Tips for Writing a Welcome Speech
When delivering welcoming remarks at an event, focus on thanking the attendees for being there, acknowledge the people who worked hard to put the event together, provide a brief overview of how the event will unfold, and tell attendees any logistical information they need to know. Once you give those details, turn the microphone over to the person who is in charge of introducing the first speaker or activity.
Your opening remarks don't need to be long and involved. It's best to provide only a brief introductory speech to kick off the event in the very beginning. It is usually delivered by the event chair or an organizational representative who has been selected in advance of the start of the actual program.