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18 Vote of Thanks Examples

Vote of thanks examples and how to write a brief formal expression of thanks at a special
occasion proposed as a motion at a conference, ceremony or meeting.
How to write a vote of thanks?
In short there are two major
guidelines for the proposer.
The first is refer to the central
message of the speech topics
of the lectures or presentations
given by the previous public
speaker(s). And emphasize
only positive statements, ideas
and thoughts of the keynote
speaker(s). Consider my
Sample Vote of Thanks Speech
as a frame structure, a speech
format outline, and transform
the 18 different vote of thanks
samples to your occasion.
Honorable [name], Respected [name], Mr Chairman, our most valued invited guests, ladies
and gentlemen! It's my privilege to have been asked to propose a vote of thanks on this
occasion. I, on behalf of [name of the organization of the event], and the entire let me call
it fraternity of [field of interest] here together, and on my own behalf extend a very hearty
vote of thanks to all speakers for gracing your important work and sharing with us your
findings and opinions today!
A big 'Thank You' to [name speaker], for her/his efforts towards [speech topic]. Refer and
respond to just one central idea of the speaker that you found particularly interesting.
If there are more speakers, then consider these vote of thanks examples:
I must mention our deep sense of appreciation for [name speaker], for her/his explanation
of [speech topic]. Again refer...
Further, we are greatful to [speaker], for demonstrating her/his [speech topic]. [Refer and
respond to...]
I may like to express our sincere thanks to [name], for giving an excellent coverage to [her
or his speech topic]. [Refer].
I also wish to express my gratitude to [name], for providing encouragement at [speech
topics]. [Refer].
I am also very grateful to [name] for her/his analysis of [point that struck you most].
And, we also would like to acknowledge our gratitude to [name], for exposing her/his theory
of [speech topic].
We are all inspired by your great words!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to place on record our hearty thanks to [name],
[function] for the perfect logistic support and guidance she/he has extended to all of us at
I also extend my thanks to [name], [function] and also to [name], [function] for their
enormous cooperation in the organization of this event.
Vary in language when using these vote of thanks examples.

Well, Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, an event like this cannot happen overnight. The
wheels start rolling weeks ago. It requires planning and a birds eye for details. We have
been fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated colleagues
of [institute, organization] who know their job and are result oriented.
I cannot thank everyone enough for their involvement and their willingness to take on the
completion of tasks beyond their comfort zones! Vary on these vote of thank examples till
your express motion fits the atmosphere right.
More vote of thanks examples. Think about people who are responsible for:


technical arrangements

stage setting and lighting



the press and media contacts

et cetera
in your vote of thanks speeches.
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, once again I want to state that we are all most grateful
to all speakers on this stage. We thank you for being with us this evening - its been a great
Thank You Very Much!
And last but not least: Be brief, clear and sharp, everybody has heard enough, and want to
have a drink :-) Succes with chosing the proper vote of thanks examples!
Drinking toasts are often spoken just before the first drink at a function or ceremony.
A drinking toast should be short and often amusing.
Here are some examples of drinking toasts:
"Here's to the perfect girl, I couldn't ask for more. She's deaf 'n dumb, oversexed, and owns
a liquor store."
"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we
commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk, and go to
"Payday came and with it beer." - Rudyard Kipling
"Work is the curse of the drinking class." - Oscar Wilde
"I like beer. On occasion, I will even drink beer to celebrate a major event such as the fall of
communism or the fact that the refrigerator is still working." - Dave Barry
"May your wedding night be like a kitchen table... all legs and no drawers."
"May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, but never catch up."
"Gentlemen, start your livers!"
These drinking toasts will help you to celebrate that special occassion.
Good luck!

Birthday Toasts
Here are some free birthday toasts that you can use as a simple toast or in a speech for
someone's birthday.
Just to start with let's run over the difference between a speech and a toast. There are two
main differences.
First, a toast is normally shorter than a speech and could be just one or two words.
Second, toasting generally includes a drink.
So, here are some free birthday toasts you might want to use.
Happy Birthday
Many Happy Returns
Although another year is past
He seems no older than the last.
To Lucy, who looks every younger, seems ever wiser, and spends ever more freely.
Here's to Bill. No matter how old he is, he doesn't look it.
May this next year bring you the very best of happiness health and fortune.
To the most cleverly guarded secret in this country: your age.
Anniversary toasts celebrations should include both nostalgia for past memories and
expressions of hope for the future.
It may be that you want to make a toast to your husband or spouse, or to friends or your
parents. Whichever is the case, the same principles apply.
Also, remember some of the key principles in making toasts. The toast is normally the part
at the end of a speech when everyone drinks to show their support for the words someone
has expressed. For example, Good health or Happy anniversary.
Here are a few suitable for anniversary toasts occasions.
"Congratulations on the first fifty years. You certainly seem to have got the hang of it now.
We wish you all the best for the future."
"With fifty years between you
and your well-kept wedding vow
The Golden Age, old friends of mine,
is not a fable now."
John Greenleaf Whittier: The Golden Wedding at Longwood
"It seems but yesterday we met
A sweet memory I hold
And now we've made it 50 years
Let's celebrate in gold"

Introduction of
Guest Speaker Speech
The introduction of guest speaker speech was one of the specific speech topics we
covered on the Dale Carnegie training course I attended many years back.
In fact there is quite a simple formula for introductory speeches.
Well there are probably a number of good ways to introduce a guest speaker, but here's the
one which we were taught.

There are three basic principles:

The final words of your introduction should be the name of the guest speaker. For
example, you can finish with "Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to welcome Bill Gates".

In your introduction of guest speaker speech, do not give your own speech on the
same topic that the guest speaker will be covering.

Instead cover some interesting points about the guest speaker, such as some of their
past achievements or credentials.
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Given these three principles let's see how you can put together an introductory speech.
You can start by an upbeat phrase such as "Ladies and gentlemen, we're in for a real treat
Then you can say a few sentences build up the credentials of the speaker in the mind of the
audience such as, "Our guest speaker is a man who has been the driving force behind this
project for many years".
Then you finish by giving the name of the speaker - on an upbeat note. (Don't just say "So
without further ado I'll hand over to Bill Gates".)
To see a sample introduction of guest speaker speech, see our Sample Introductory
Speeches page.

Sample Introductory Speeches

This page gives you some brief sample introductory speeches and also some links to a
site where you can buy a longer ready made speech.
These sample speeches relate to the situation where you are introducing a guest speaker.
There are three basic principles:

The final words of your introduction should be the name of the guest speaker.

Do not give your own speech on the points which the guest speaker will be covering.

Instead cover some interesting points about the guest speaker, such as some of their
past achievements or credentials.
You can read a bit more about this on our Introduction Of Guest Speaker Speech page.
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Anyway, here are two very brief sample introductory speeches. The first uses these three
principles while the second ignores them. See which you think is best:
RECOMMENDED FORMAT "Ladies and gentlemen, we're in for a real treat tonight. Our
guest speaker is a man who has been the driving force behind this project for many years.
He is the person who knows the whole history of how we got to where we are today: the
stories, the challenges and the little known secrets. Not only that but he's a very
entertaining speaker. Please join me in giving a very warm welcome to Stan Smith".

INCORRECT FORMAT "Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce our guest speaker Stan
Smith. Stan is going to talk about the project, and in particular the factor which he thinks
has been the most important to our success: hard work. I agree with Stan. What I think is
most important about hard work is that no-one gets anywhere without hard graft. I mean,
look at all the training those Olympic gold medallists have to go through. Without further
ado then, over to you Stan.".
Which of these sample introduction speeches would you prefer if you were in the audience or even the guest speaker?

J: Vote of Thanks (by Mr. Mohammed Khaleel, Director of

Environment, Ministry of Planning, Human Resources &
Minister of Tourism Honorable Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture,
Honorable Hassan Sobir, Ministers, Ladies and gentlemen
It is a privilege and a great joy for me to extend a vote of thanks to all those who have
contributed in one way or the other to make this workshop a success.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Director General of Fisheries Research and Development, Mr.
Maizan Hassan Maniku, has been the driving force behind this whole process. His vision,
interest and hard work has once again culminated in another success story. I wish to thank him
for the efforts he has put into developing this new research agenda for integrated reef resource
The staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, especially those at Marine Research
Section, have worked extremely hard, both in the foreground and background. Organizing a five
day workshop with international experts, government organizations, NGOs, stakeholders and
other professional bodies is not at all an easy task. You deserve congratulations for a job well
The Bay of Bengal Programme provided part of the financial resources for organizing this
workshop which ensured smooth running of this workshop. I wish to thank them for their
assistance and acknowledge the support rendered by their Programme Officer, Ms Donna
The international resource persons have brought here with them and shared with us their
knowledge and experiences. You have guided us in the right direction and we appreciate that.
We understand that you have taken time out of your very important schedules to contribute to
this workshop, and some of you have even traveled at very short notice. Thank you for your
invaluable contribution.
I also acknowledge the contributions of all those who have presented papers at this workshop.
The non-governmental organizations, professional bodies and representatives from the
industries have participated actively throughout the workshop. It is what was expected and we

would like to see this kind of close co-operation in the implementation of the strategies that have
come out as well.
I also wish to thank the students who have attended this workshop and expressed your
thoughts. What is decided here would have direct implications for your future and the interest
and enthusiasm you have shown is indeed a good sign for the future.
Before concluding, let me express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Guest of Honor
Honorable Ibrahim Hussain Zaki and the ministers who have raised this occasion with their
presence here today.
Finally, let me put on record our tributes to the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Honorable
Hassan Sobir for his guidance and encouragement.