How to Write a Tribute Speech Outline

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Have to write a tribute speech for your com class? You're in luck; a tribute speech is one of the most practical speeches you can learn to give. According to, tribute speeches are given at reunions, weddings, funerals, and special events. Essentially, a tribute speech is designed to praise a certain individual or group of individuals. By following these tips, you can write a winning tribute speech outline.

1 List the specific purpose

List the specific purpose, main idea, and organization. The beginning of your outline, this will help you focus your speech. It is also a requirement for most communication classes.

2 Create a header

Create a header labeled "introduction." In this subhead, you'll need sub-points of attention getter, credibility, topic, and body preview, according to Amarillo College. On your outline, fill in each of these subheads with the information you plan to use in your speech.

3 Create body subheads

Create body subheads. Make a list of the characteristics of the person that you want to emphasize. Each of these areas should be a subhead. Under these subheads, list specific examples to support your claims.

4 Conclude

Conclude. The final heading in your outline should be the conclusion. According to Amarillo College, your conclusion should reinforce the main idea, while also making an impact on your audience.

  • According to College of Charleston professor Anne Fox, tribute speeches do not need a specific outline. However, if you have one, you can help yourself remember your main ideas.

Miranda Morley is an educator, business consultant and owner of a copywriting/social-media management company. Her work has been featured in the "Boston Literary Magazine," "Subversify Magazine" and "American Builder's Quarterly." Morley has a B.A. in English, political science and international relations. She is completing her M.A. in rhetoric and composition from Purdue University Calumet.