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40 Examples of Farewell Speech for Colleagues and Others

“Farewell” we wish people who leave us to start a journey all new. Farewell means that wherever you go, whatever you do, may it be in peace and you get success. “Farewell” is not just a word, but an emotion. So, is there someone who is retiring or , among your colleagues? Or is anyone leaving your institution and joining others for growth and prosperity? Then you would want to give them a farewell speech. It isn’t difficult to do that, however, you would want the speech to touch their heart, wouldn’t you? Then you would need to have some guidelines and examples before writing down your own. who

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Examples of Farewell Speech for Colleagues and Others

How do you give a farewell speech?

The best farewell speech is the one that comes from the heart and not what you read on different articles. Although the examples cold be useful to actually shape your thoughts into words, your farewell speech should be the one that has a taste of what you experienced at the place you are leaving behind. For example, mention the first day that you had at your workplace of college that is where the story starts. Gradually include how you got familiar with people around you and made some amazing friends who stood by you through thick and thin. Further, credit your mentor, for it is because of him/ her that you could survive in that environment and blossom. Tell everyone all the fun moments that you had with your friends and what mischiefs you did. Make everyone remember the memorable days that you had spent in there and how you will always cherish being there.

Why is farewell important?

When a baby is born, everyone celebrates its birth and eventually, it is a celebration to wish the baby a good new start. Similarly, when a person leaves an institution, he is bid farewell so that the journey that he has a merry journey ahead as he had where he had associated. A farewell ceremony is therefore important as it acts as a get together to wish someone happy journey.

What should I write in a farewell letter?

Remember, farewell is associated with a positive feeling that is mutual of one who left us. So when you write a farewell letter, keep it positive. Remember that you want their journey to be happy and positive so even if there were and negative incidents between you, avoid them. Start by addressing them in a friendly manner. Then inculcate some amazing, happy and funny moments you had with them. Write how you will miss them and doing stuff with them. Finally wish them good luck, success, and happiness for the future.

How do you give a farewell speech?

Remember, a farewell speech is not a formal speech so you don’t have to behave formally and it is okay if you are emotional. Moreover, the best way one can give a farewell speech is by being emotional. A few tips for giving a farewell speech are

Jot down the speech on a paper and read it form that paper.

If the speech is emotional, let your emotions flow.

Speak of the memories you had with the one you are delivering the speech for.

Wish them all the best for their future and have a promise of keeping touch.

 EXAMPLES OF FAREWELL SPEECH FOR COLLEAGUES

Example Speech 1:

Good Evening Everyone!

I am sure all of us know Ms. Sarah Summers in the Sales Department of our office. She has always been an outstanding employee and it is impossible for anyone not to have heard of her yet. Fortunately for her and unfortunately for us, Sarah has chosen to move out of the city to study further. And I, as the head of the sales department, would like to say a few things about her, to her and all of you here, before she leaves.

Sarah joined our company as an intern, right out of college. Though our organization was a little hesitant to hire her for her lack of experience, they also saw true potential in her. And, might I add, she never missed an opportunity to prove us wrong. A highly passionate girl, Sarah has, if anything, greatly contributed to the improvement in the function of the sales department. We are now more organized, we challenge ourselves to think differently, and we implement plans we thought would be impossible to implement. While many discard the vision of a youth as a mere idealistic tendency, we found that these inputs indeed helped us move ahead and give our department a much-needed change.

Sarah, we are going to miss you deeply, for the liveliness you brought whenever you entered a room, for the spark your enthusiasm could ignite, and for the sheer dedication, you gave your job. Replacing you is going to so difficult. I, on behalf of everyone here, wish you all the luck with your life ahead. We hope to see you shining brighter and achieve what you truly deserve. God Bless!

 Example Speech 2:

Good afternoon everyone,

I am delighted to welcome you to the farewell party. It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to deliver this speech. Today, we are all here to bid goodbye to our very good boss, an exceptional leader and a mentor who retired from active service.

It gives me great satisfaction to say that we must recognize, respect, and appreciate all the valuable skills, knowledge, and all the positive qualities that our amiable boss had instilled onto us and to thank him for all his time and efforts in shaping our profession. Of course, we all know how painful it is, to say goodbye to a very friendly boss and a father. However, we all need to express our sincerest gratitude to him for all his uncommon contributions not only to this organization but toward every staff career progression.

He spent 15 years guiding and inspiring everyone in the workplace; it seems like it was yesterday we started to work under him. Sir, you have given us so many opportunities to be thankful for. I see myself and my colleagues as lucky to have worked under your leadership. Words are not enough to express how much we are going to miss you.

You will be remembered for the great things that you have done not only for this company but for every staff in the workplace. If it had been possible for us to stop your retirement, or decrease your age and increase the number of years left to continue with what you know how to do best—creating a peaceful workplace for the superiors and subordinates to work together in harmony—we would have done that for you. However, it is your turn today. Our own retirement period is also waiting around the corner when someone else will have to bid us goodbye just like we are doing for you today.

I am also delighted to have witnessed today’s event, and proud to have worked under your leadership. Not only are you an amazing boss, but you have shown yourself to be a loving and caring person. I remember when I was sick and had lost all hope of ever getting on with this job, you counseled me, gave me moral support, and prayed for a miraculous healing from the illness. During that difficult time, all your words of encouragement, inspiration, and kindly support put me back on track for optimal job performance. I will never forget the positive influence that you have made on my life.

Through your compassionate heart and support, you have put smiles on many faces. Your leadership made working in the office easy and enjoyable. Thank you for opening many opportunities for me and my coworkers and for being so passionate about our well-being and career advancement.

I remember when the company was facing some financial difficulties, with your professional skills and knowledge in making quick decisions in a very hostile situation; you were able to bring back hope to the organization even beyond our expectations. Indeed, your exceptional qualities have inspired us in so many ways. For that, we cannot thank you enough — the sweet memories of ever working with you will remain in our hearts forever.

Thank you for all your support and encouragement, you are the best boss we have ever worked with. Your many contributions to our success are immeasurable. You have contributed immensely to the company’s success in so many ways. It is no gain saying that it will be difficult for anyone to surpass the good examples that you are leaving behind.

Our very good outgoing boss has put in great efforts in instilling values, such as determination, tolerance, equity, kindness, honesty, patience, and professional skills that are needed to get on with the job even in his absence. You have worked assiduously; now it is time to enjoy all that you have labored for all over the years and live life happily without any stress. As you join the seniors of this great country, I pray that God continues to grant you sound health, mercy and blessings. And may you find life after retirement a happy moment with endless sweet memories.

On behalf of the company and my colleagues, I wish you good luck and full success in future endeavors.

Thank you.

Example Speech 3:

I remember the first time I saw you,” Allie said.
“I thought you smelled me first.”
“Right,” said Allie. “The chocolate. But then I saw you as I sat up in the dead forest, thinking I knew you. At the time, I thought I must have seen you through the windshield when our cars crashed…. But that wasn’t it. I think, way back then, I was seeing you as you are now. Isn’t that funny?”
“Not as funny as the way I always complained, and the way you always bossed me around!”
They embraced and held each other for a long time.
“Don’t forget me,” Nick said. “No matter where your life goes, no matter how old you get. And if you ever get the feeling that someone is looking over your shoulder, but there’s nobody there, maybe it’ll be me.”
“I’ll write to you,” said Allie, and Nick laughed. “No really. I’ll write the letter then burn it, and if I care just enough it will cross into Everlost.”
“And,” added Nick, “it will show up as a dead letter at that the post office Milos made cross into San Antonio!”
Allie could have stood there saying good-bye forever, because it was more than Nick she was saying good-bye to. She was leaving behind four years of half-life in a world that was both stunningly beautiful, and hauntingly dark. And she was saying good-bye to Mikey. I’ll be waiting for you, he had said…. Well, if he was, maybe she wasn’t saying good-bye at all.
Nick hefted the backpack on his shoulder. “Shouldn’t you be heading off to Memphis?” he said. “You’d better hit the road…. Jack.” Then he chuckled by his own joke, and walked off.”

Example Speech  4: A Poem!

“Out of the starless night that covers me,
(O tribulation of the wind that rolls!)
Black as the cloud of some tremendous spell,
The susurration of the sighing sea
Sounds like the sobbing whisper of two souls
That tremble in a passion of farewell.

To the desires that trebled life in me,
(O melancholy of the wind that rolls!)
The dreams that seemed the future to foretell,
The hopes that mounted herward like the sea,
To all the sweet things sent on happy souls,
I cannot choose but bid a mute farewell.

And to the girl who was so much to me
(O lamentation of this wind that rolls!)
Since I may not the life of her compel,
Out of the night, beside the sounding sea,
Full of the love that might have blent our souls,
A sad, a last, a long, supreme farewell.”
― W.E. Henley,

Example Speech 5:

Today is a very sad day for us in the office as we have to say goodbye to our wonderful coworker. He/she has worked with us for a long time and has never let us down. He/she has always been extremely  professional, hard-working and a team player. He/she has a brilliant mind and always brought creative new ideas to the team.

He/she has not only been a fantastic colleague, he/she has also been a true friend. He/she always took the time to ask how his/her fellow colleagues were, always had time to listen and talk to anybody with a problem and was great fun in the office. He/she was always full of energy and happy to see everyone on Monday mornings.

He/she is a great loss to our company but we were lucky to have the opportunity to work with him/her. We all wish you the very best in the future. I know that whatever the future holds, he/she will excel and continue to be successful.

We will miss you but this isn’t goodbye as we know you will keep in touch and we will see you sooner rather than later. Thank you for everything you have given to the company.”

If you want to make this speech more effective, you could include a funny or memorable story or a time your colleague excelled at work. I would also use their name whenever you can so it is more personal.

EXAMPLES OF FAREWELL QUOTES THAT YOU CAN USE IN SPEECHES

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

Rumi

 

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)

 

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

T.S. Eliot

 

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”

Mahatma Gandhi

 

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web)

 

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”

Paulo Coelho

 

“This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you.”

Nicholas Sparks (Message in a Bottle)

 

“The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.”

Moira Rogers

 

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Dr. Seuss

 

“Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell.”

Jean Paul Richter

 

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”

Richard Bach

 

“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”

Charles M. Schulz

 

“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”

Ernie Harwell

 

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”

Anatole France

 

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

 

“We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again, some sunny day.”

Vera Lynn (We’ll Meet Again)

 

“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”

George Eliot

 

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

 

“Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.”

Dr. Suess

 

“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.”

Helen Keller

 

“Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, though somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends.”

Unknown

 

“Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.”

Ritu Ghatourey

 

“Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.”

Dave Mustaine

 

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”

Confucius

 

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

Charles Dickens (Nicholas Nickleby)

 

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Though miles may lie between us,
We are never far apart,
For friendship doesn’t count miles,
It’s measured by the heart.”

Unknown

 

“To part is the lot of all mankind. The world is a scene of constant leave-taking, and the hands that grasp in cordial greeting today, are doomed ere long to unite for the the last time, when the quivering lips pronounce the word – Farewell.”

R.M. Ballantyne

 

“Goodbyes are not forever,
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you,
Until we meet again.”

Unknown

Are these Examples of Farewell Speech for Colleagues and Others helpful? We hope they are! Keep in mind the tips we shared with you on making your speech effective and write the speech in your own words rather than coping it. You can always have some inspiration from the examples give above, however, your experiences are yours, and they cannot be found in example speeches. One effective way of wishing farewell is by writing the speech in the form of a poem or in other words sentences that rhyme. In this, you can include all the names of the members you had memories with and this will help you indulge everyone actively in your speech.

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