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Accepting Awards


Whether you’re accepting an Oscar or community recognition, Toastmasters International offers these proven tips for delivering a powerful acceptance speech for any type of award:


  • Show your personality. Your ¬≠acceptance speech should come from the heart
  • Be gracious. Acknowledge the good work done by your fellow nominees and thank the organization that ¬≠selected you for the award.
  • Show excitement. You don’t have to climb over chairs or even cry, but the ¬≠audience should recognize that you’re happy to have won the award.
  • Be modest. Your acceptance speech should be heartfelt but not self-congratulatory.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Rehearse with a timer, memorize key people to thank and allow time for the unexpected.

Learn more about acceptance speeches by exploring the Toastmasters International Special Occasion Speeches handbook.