The opening speech is one of the most important parts of a big event. The reason is, opening a speech can be regarded as a task that can be easy or difficult. There are many factors that can make someone successful in presenting a speech opener, one of which is the material for the opening speech itself.
One example of a speech opener that is easy to find is the State of the Union address. In this state address is usually read by the president. However, of course the state address is different from the school ceremonial speech. The figure who gives a speech in a school ceremony is, of course, usually the headmaster or someone who is trusted to represent him.
Well, in this article we will focus on discussing the opening sentence in a speech or often called the opening speech. However, before entering the material about speech opening examples, we should review again the meaning and purpose of the speech. Happy reading!
A. Definition of Speech
According to the Big Indonesian Dictionary or KBBI, speech can be interpreted as an activity to express thoughts in the form of words addressed to many people. In general, speech can be understood as a form of creativity carried out by someone to express what is in the heart or convey information to a certain group in a particular event or media.
Therefore, speech has a definition as a discourse that is prepared to be spoken in front of an audience. Speech itself is basically the fruit of one’s thoughts conveyed in public.
B. Purpose of Speech
The purpose of speech is generally used to convey a meaning or core message to listeners. It can be in the form of thanks, greetings, to speeches with certain themes using formal and interesting Indonesian.
Meanwhile, the purpose of a speech is basically to deliver good information to listeners. Starting from conveying a certain idea or it could be a suggestion that builds and leads to something that has positive value.
Speech can also be said as an activity that has the goal of giving an invitation and appeal to someone to do something. Speeches usually do have a good theme. There are almost no speeches that carry unfavorable themes and lead to ugliness.
Therefore, in formal speeches, speeches usually have the aim of convincing, encouraging or motivating, informing or appealing, to acting or doing. Meanwhile, in ordinary or informal speech, speech tends to be used to make the atmosphere warmer so that the listeners become happier and happier.
C. Speech Method
After knowing the meaning and purpose of a speech, of course we know that in opening a speech we must use the right technique. This is because someone who gives a speech will be witnessed by many people in public places.
Well, in his own speech there are several methods that need to be considered, including the following:
1. Impromptu, which is a speech method that is carried out without the need for prior preparation.
2. Memorization, which is a speech method that is conveyed by memorizing the speech text carefully and precisely beforehand.
3. Manuscript, which is a speech method that is used by reading text or script.
4. Extemporaneous, a speech method that is carried out by preparing an outline of the concept beforehand.
D. The Language Used in the Speech
As stated in the previous section, a speech cannot be made haphazardly. There are several methods and ethics that need to be followed and adhered to so that the words spoken in speech become more coherent and have a systematic structure. This is done so that the information or messages in the speech become easier to understand the meaning and intent of others.
In making a speech, one should not use a lot of excessive and halting repetition of words. This is because it can produce a sound that is less attractive to listeners. Therefore, if you get an assignment to make an Indonesian speech, then it’s a good idea to use standard language.
The first step that can be taken, of course, is to prepare the words that will be delivered in a coherent speech so that the message to be conveyed to many people can be conveyed properly and there will be no misunderstandings.
E. Speech Opening Structure
Formally, the opening speech consists of three parts, starting from greetings, greetings, to thanksgiving. However, in ordinary or informal opening speeches, opening speeches are usually carried out without fixed provisions. So, here are three speech opening structures that you need to pay attention to, including:
The opening structure of the first speech is the opening greeting. This opening section usually includes a greeting. Greetings are usually located at the time someone starts a speech.
Furthermore, the second speech opening structure is the salutation. Greetings are usually made by mentioning the person with the highest position first, whether present or not present at the speech activity.
For example, if a speech is given at a school, then the greeting can be started by mentioning the headmaster as the highest office holder in the school, followed by the teachers and teachers, to friends who were present.
Then, the third speech opening structure is thanksgiving. The thanksgiving itself is usually usually conveyed by the person giving the speech to the listeners for having agreed to attend and gather at the event.
F. Examples of Opening Speeches
Speech opening greetings do require some preparation so that they can be delivered steadily and confidently. The opener becomes the initial face of a speech in front of the listeners, a good opener will have the potential to make a successful speech.
So, here are eleven examples of speech starters according to their needs, namely:
1. Example of Opening School Farewell Speech
Good morning all.
To the teachers, school staff, and friends, thank you for taking the time to attend.
On this sunny morning, let’s give thanks for the presence of God Almighty around us, because of his grace and blessings we can gather together. Introduce, my name is ___, class ___ student. It just so happened that I was given the honor of giving the valedictorian speech for the ____ class. Before starting the speech, there is a saying that reminds me of our journey during our ___ years of schooling, namely “Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again.”
2. Examples of Opening Islamic Speeches
Alhamdulillah, today we are all given the opportunity by Allah SWT. to gather and at the same time carry out some of our activities, and masha Allah, from the many servants of Allah SWT. who are doing activities today, it turns out that ladies and gentlemen and friends were chosen by Him to be here. May all of us present have their steps lightened, their hearts softened, and their lives extended to learn some of our religious guidance.
May we also get the grace of Allah, as promised by Rasulullah SAW. so that out of here get guidance and goodness from Allah SWT.
3. Examples of Opening Islamic Speeches / Lectures
Peace be upon you, may peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you.
Alhamdulillahi rabbil ‘alamin, was praying wassalamu ‘ala, asyrofil ambiyaa iwal mursalin, wa a’laaalihi wa sahbihi ajmain amma ba’du.
First of all, let us all give thanks to the presence of Allah SWT, who has bestowed His grace upon us. Thanks to His pleasure, we can gather on this sunny morning in good health to carry out (name of event). This lecture will discuss the benefits of alms and its good impact on our lives in this world and the hereafter.
4. Sample Prayer / Opening Arabic Speech
الـحَمْدُ للهِ رَبِّ العَالَـمِيْنَ ، وَالعَاقِبَةُ لِلْمُتَّقِيْنَ ، فَلَا عُدْوَانَ إِلَنَّا عَلَى الظَّيِ وَالصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَى أَشْرَفِ الأَنْبِيَاءِ وَالـمُرْسَلِيْنَ ،نَبِيِّنَا وَحَبِيْبِنَا مُـحَمَّدٍ أَرْسَلَهُ اللهُ رَحْـمَةً لِلْعَالَمِيْنَ ، وَعَلَى اَلِهِ أَزْوَاجِهِ الطَّاهِرَاتِ أُمَّهَاتِ الـمُؤْمِنِيْنَ ، وَعَلَى آلِهِ الطَّيِّبِيْنَ وَأَصْحَابِهِ الغُرِّ الـمَيَامِيْنِ ، وَمَنْ تَبِعَهُمْ بِإِحْسَانٍ إِلَى يَوْمِ الدِّيْنِ ، أَمَّا بَعْدُ
“Alhamdulillaahi robbil ‘aalamiin, wal ‘aaqibatu lil muttaqien, falaa ‘udwaanaa illa ‘aladzoolimiin. Wassholaatu wassalaamu ‘alaa asyrofil anbiyaa-i wal mursaliin. Nabiyyinaa wa habiibinaa muhammadin arsalahullahu rohmatal lil a’lamiin. Wa’alaaalihii wa-azwajihit-thohirooti ummahaatil mu’miniin, wa’alaaalihiit-thoyyibiin, wa asabihil ghurril mayaamiin, wa-man tabi’ahum bi-ihsanin ila yaumiddin. Amma ba’du.”
5. Opening Speech in English on Education
ladies and gentlemen,
Today is November 10 and we are celebrating our Heroes’ Day.
We must know that our predecessors had fought and sacrificed their whole body and soul to drive the colonizers out of our land, Indonesia. They fought ever so bravely to maintain this country’s dignity and of course, for our freedom. Even though they were outnumbered and didn’t have weapons as advanced as those who were against us, our heroes did not give up and fought to their very last drop of blood.
Therefore, today, I will deliver a speech in order to commemorate their fight and how important it is for us, the youth, to keep their spirits and bravery alive.
6. Example of Opening Speech Text in English about Work Ethics
How are you guys? I’m sure you’re all in good health. Before I start, do you guys know me already? There is a saying that if you don’t know a person, how can you love that person? Therefore, I would like to introduce myself first. My name is Muhammad Adam Kharisma, you can call me Adam. I was born on February 17th 1997 in Magelang. Right now, I’m working on my own business and farming chickens. Do you guys want to be an entrepreneur like me?
If so, in this opportunity, I will tell you some of my bitter experiences in building a business. Hopefully, you will later be motivated when pursuing this field.
7. Examples of opening sentences for speeches about the environment
Peace be upon you, may peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you
On this auspicious occasion, let us offer praise and gratitude to the presence of Allah SWT. who has given us all his favors and guidance so that we can gather in good health today.
Distinguished guests, the short speech that I will deliver this time explains how to maintain cleanliness. Allah SWT really loves people who are clean and likes to clean everything that is in them. So let’s start maintaining cleanliness for the safety and good of ourselves and also others.
8. Examples of Speech Opening Poems
a. Islamic rhymes
Meeting a long-lost friend
Turns out he has a law degree
I hope your lips will be decorated with a smile
b. Wise Pantun
The sun rises not yet high
Just an inch along the run
Dear friends, good morning.
May blessings be upon you all day long
c. Funny Pantun
Eat kuaci while doing some flips
Open candy while lying down
Because it’s time for you to give a speech
So listen and pay attention
9. Examples of Opening Lectures / Islamic Speeches
Peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy and blessings
Praise and gratitude let us pray to the divine presence of the Rabbi, for His grace we can gather together in the context of tholabul ilmi, seeking knowledge. And we can stay in touch, face to face in this noble assembly in good health, safe and secure. Hopefully every step we all take can produce a reward that can be an eraser of sins and an elevator in front of Allah SWT.
Also, don’t forget, blessings and greetings are always bestowed on the prophet Muhammad SAW, to his family, friends, tabi’in, tabiut tabiahum, to all of us, and to all his people until yaumul qiyamah later.
At the beginning of this event, let’s set our intention together to always strengthen my intention and base every step as a sincere intention because of Allah SWT. On this occasion too, let’s bring our hearts and minds together to seek knowledge, and when we return from this ta’lim assembly, we always get and apply the knowledge we get so that it becomes useful.
10. Example of opening speech text about business
Have you ever thought why entrepreneurs tend to have a fertile body and are always happy? This is of course because they never become sardines in the morning like employees in general, hehehe. Except for me, a businessman who is still a beef steak on the road. Even though there is an air conditioner, it’s still hot inside due to traffic jams. If later all of my colleagues practice what I’m talking about at this time, of course, you have to make sure you don’t become sardines or steaks like me. It’s not good! hehehehe.
Therefore, I am standing here to provide a delicious solution to being the right entrepreneur.
11. Islamic Speech Opening Sentences
Peace be upon you, and Allah’s mercy and blessings
Honorable Chancellor of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta as Chair of the Senate,
Honorable Members of the Senate of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta,
Honorable, all teaching staff at Syarif Hidayatullah State University Jakarta,
As well as the audience who are happy,
Alhamdulillahi rabbil ‘alamin,
Was praying wassalamu’ala,
Asrofil ambiya iwal mursalin,
Sayyidina wa maulana Muhammadin,
Wa ‘alaa’alihi wa shohbihi ajmain.