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Free Retirement Speeches to Help

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One of the most satisfying times at work is either quitting time and the time when you announce your retirement through a retirement letter and then make your retirement speech at a retirement party.

What to say when one retires is not always easy. Many soon-to-be retired individuals look for the right words for retirement as do colleagues of the soon-to-be retired individual who look for the right word for a retirement speech made to the retiree.

When giving a speech, concentrate on what you can give the audience, not what you can get from them.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

You can copy and paste the retirement speeches for co-workers made by colleagues and the retirement speeches by retirees on this webpage into Microsoft Word or Word Perfect and then modify the names and dates as they pertain to you and your organization.


Free Retirement Speech to Be

G iven by a Retiring Employee

(For Those Looking for Retirement Speeches by Retiree)

Thank you, Mike, for your retirement speech with those kind words in my honor. Also, thank you everyone, for being here today to celebrate my retirement, and for this brand new set of golf clubs that you guys have so graciously given me as my retirement gift. I’m glad it wasn’t the proverbial gold watch. Now that I’m retiring, time is not going to be an issue anymore.

Mike, I would also like to thank you for the copy of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.  I don’t have that book, but I look foreword to reading it. I should mention that I have already obtained a copy of the author’s earlier book called The Joy of Not Working.  That was about four years ago, while I was thinking about retiring.

Some of you may have noticed that a few years ago, I stopped working my usual 12 hour shifts, and I started taking more days off and working less hours. Back then I was getting ready for retirement. Ernie Zelinski and his book helped me work less hours and be more productive, but that’s a story for a later date.

I do express my gratitude for this company. Without it I wouldn’t be where I am today. The people and work environment have helped me get to the top. The financial success of the company is only frosting on the cake. I’m sure that the atmosphere will continue long after I’m gone.

I just have one final point to make. I know that I am retiring early, which to some is the new retirement. Early retirement is a gift, and I would like to thank you all for this possibility. I know I’m only 55, while most people retire at 65, but I know that each and every one of you can all do the same. Work hard and you can get a lot of leisure time in return. Actually Ernie’s book helped me save enough so that I would have plenty retirement income in my early retirement and find out where to retire.

In closing, I would like to thank you all for being here to wish me farewell. I will miss you all dearly. I’m consoled by the fact that “retirement isn’t the end; it’s just a new beginning." I know that no matter how much I enjoy being retired, I’ll always miss this company and all of you guys. Thank you for the golf clubs, maybe I can finally beat Eric for once.


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Free Retirement Speech to be Given by a Co-worker

as a Tribute to a Retiring Employee

(For Those Looking for Retirement Speeches to Retiree or Retirement Speeches for Co-Workers)

Charles has been working here for 20 years. He’s a valued employee and I’m sorry to see him go. I have been Charles’ friend over these years and I have mixed feelings about seeing him leave the company. On one hand, I want Charles to stay with us, on the other hand I want him to be happy.

As a gift for your retirement, I have take the liberty of buying Charles the international bestseller How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, by Ernie J. Zelinski. The subtitle being Retirement wisdom that you won’t get from your financial advisor. I hope that Charles has a happy retirement, and this book will help him enjoy the years of your retirement and the years that lie ahead.

This book might provide some ideas on how Charles might enjoy the spare time that comes from retirement. He might have to get used to it since he’s been such a hard worker over these past 20 years. The book will help him plan his time and spend the enormous amounts of money that we all know Charles, the financial wizard that he is, has stashed somewhere. We are sure that he won’t need a financial advisor to help him over these years.

Above all, all of us are overjoyed that Charles gets to enjoy his newfound leisure time and to spend his hard earned money. We all turn green with envy when we look at Charles, knowing that we will have to work into our 80s to earn the money that Charles has managed to hold on to.

Even so, we would all like to thank Charles for the time and dedication he has spent over these past 20 years. Without him, we could have never gotten to where we are today. He helped set the very foundations of this company and to get us to the top. his levels of organization and time management helped put us on track to a new tomorrow and for that, Charles, we could never repay you. Charles, I hope that you will come visit us often and lift our spirits with your presence.

Charles, in closing, I would like to tell you that you have been a great friend, and a great man to work with. I would like to quote the back cover of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: “Retirement is the beginning of life - not the end!” We all know Charles is going to spend his retirement breaking in his new set of golf clubs. We all hope that one day he will decide to cancel his tee off and come to pay us a much anticipated visit. It’s been nice working with you Charles, have a good life.

Free Retirement Speech for Teachers 

(For Those Looking for a Retirement Toast or Retirement Speech by a  Retiring Teacher)

Principal, School Superintendent, and Fellow Teachers:

After reading How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free that was given to me as a Christmas gift, I decided to retire earlier than I thought. (This book should be given as a teacher retirement gift by our School District to all soon-to-be retirees from the District). 

I wish to take this opportunity in this retirement speech to extend my gratitude to you for your cooperation, understanding, and support during my employment here. I would also like to express my appreciation to my fellow teachers and other colleagues for their support and friendship throughout my stay here.

I have been told that retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials - much retirement income to live on and much to live for. I believe that I now have both, having been a teacher for 25 years, and yet having a lot of life left in me.

It is with much pleasure that I announce that, after spending sometime with my with friends in England, I will winter in Australia for four months, camping and cycling. On my return I intend to pursue several interests:

  • Study for a geology degree just for fun to show the joys of teacher retirement
  • Learn how to speak Spanish and Italian fluently;
  • Figure out all there is to know about Writing and self-publishing a book;
  • Read all the "classics";
  • Volunteer as an overseas science/French/English teacher;
  • Study at the Experts Academy to learn everything there is to know about Internet Marketing;
  • Cycle around the world;
  • Play classical guitar to concert standard;
  • Learn tourist German and Portuguese;
  • Paint watercolors;
  • Do the top-ten activities when you retire or ten retirement activities that I haven't thought of doing yet!

If I achieve a third of these aims, I will consider my time well-spent as a teacher in retirement.

In ending this teacher retirement speech, I want to emphasize that I will forever be grateful to this organization for having given me the opportunity to be a part of the accomplishments and the great times we have had over the years.

Thanks again for your cooperation and support for so many years. 

NOTES: You can also check out Retirement Letters on The Retirement Cafe that may give you ideas for your retirement speach and the retirement speeches on The Retirement Quotes Cafe

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The World's Best Retirement Book and Gift  helps readers better envision their individual retirement goals, including where they want to live, what they want to do in retirement, their biggest worries, and what they should do when they are still working to ensure that they have a happy retirement. This book will also help soon-to-be retirees better plan their speech for retirement.

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Key Speech-Making Tips for

How to Make a Retirement Speech

If you have something of importance to say, for God's sake start at the end.
— Sarah Jeannette Duncan

Most of us know how to say nothing — few of us know when.
— Unknown wise person

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
— John M. Keynes

Keep Your Retirement Speech Short, Sweet, and Simple Given That:

  • The Lord's Prayer contains 56 words.
  • The average USA TODAY cover story contains 1,200 words.
  • The Gettysburg Address contains 272 words.
  • The Ten Commandments contains 297 words.
  • The USA Declaration of Independence contains 300 words.
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Retirement Quotes and Other Tidbits That You Can

Use in Your Retirement Speech

By the age of 65, most of us have accomplished whatever work-related goals we are going to reach. If you haven't done it by then, chances are you aren't going to do it. Take the retirement, take the pension, take the Social Security, and sail off into the sunset.
— Sue Lasky

In your 25 years with our organization, Harold, you have used up two truck loads of paper, sent out 9,000 unreadable reports, used up 800 Bic pens, 250 pencils, and, of course, told at least 8,000 bad retirement jokes tolighten up the day for your co-workers. How much money you have made for the organization is in doubt, however, according to the Human Resources Department, as well as how much you ended up saving for retirement  . But the rest of us don't care because you were such a great person to work with.

The sports car and sailboat are investments for my retirement. I'm using them to attract a woman who support me in my old age.
— Glasbergen talking to financial consultant

The Republican Party is a friend of Social Security the way Colonel Sanders was a friend of chickens.

— Charles T. Manatt

Retirement itself is the best [retirement] gift. No gold watch could ever top it.
— Abigail Charleson

Retirement living begins when all the kids move out for good and the cat gets run over.
 Unknown Soon-to-Be Retiree

There are an enormous number of people in this country who have retired on the job. I don't want to be one of them.
— Author Unknown

Retirement can be a great joy if you can figure out how to spend time without spending money.
— Unknown Retired Person

You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
 Tennessee Williams

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