Closing Remarks For Presentations
Two aspects of a speech or presentation hold immense importance to ensure that you are able to leave a lasting impact on your audience, i.e. the opening and closing remarks. Using the right words can help you leave on a high note and needless to say, failing to do so can make your presentation forgettable and in some cases, regrettable.
Sample Closing Remarks and Tips for Presentations
The type of closing remarks you add to your presentation will depend upon the environment, the topic of the speech and the kind of audience you are addressing to. Let’s take a look at some sample closing remarks that you can use, along with some basic tips for concluding your presentation in an appropriate manner.
Formal Closing Remarks
You might want to end your presentation formally with comments like these:
- “It’s been a pleasure being with all of you today, thank you”
- “Thank you all for your patience, I wish you all a very good evening. Good Bye”
- “It’s been an honor to be among such accomplished individuals and to be able to present my perspective before you all, thank you and good evening/day”
- “Thank you all for being here today and taking the time to patiently listen to what I had to say, I wish you all a blessed day”
Below is an example of a formal closing remark by Bill Gates at the Harvard Commencement.
Funny Closing Remarks
You can also add a touch of humor to make things more interesting with a closing remark like these:
- “It is finally time to end the excruciating pain I have all given you, time to get some caffeine! Thank you!”
- “It’s been a pleasure torturing you all with convoluted statistics and wordy speeches, have a great day!”
- “Now that we have that out of the way, time for me to get back home before my parents ground me!”
- “I hope you were all unable to understand anything I said! Confused? Good! Have a good day”
Note: Such a closing remark might be suitable where you have been able to keep your audience laughing throughout the presentation session and the audience might be in the right mood to receive such a remark in a lighthearted manner.
Even when you crack a joke, make sure to follow it up with a formal comment like ‘Thank You’, ‘Good Bye’, ‘Good Evening’ or ‘Have a Great Day’. Say it with a smile, to make sure you don’t look rude or the audience does not misunderstand you in anyway.
While the below comment by Will Ferrell wasn’t a closing remark but it serves as a good example as to how you can end your presentation with some humor.
Tips for Adding Closing Remarks to Your Presentations
There are a number of ways by which you can add closing remarks to your presentations. Below are some methods you can use for leaving a major impact on the hearts and souls of your audience.
Adding closing remarks with the conclusion: This can be done to closely knit your conclusion with a closing remark which might inspire your audience.
Keeping the closing remarks separate from the conclusion: Sometimes it’s best to keep your closing remarks aside from the conclusion to avoid confusing the audience. This might be suitable when your closing remarks are meant to stand out apart from your conclusion. For example, your conclusion might be neutral but your closing remarks might provide your perspective on the topic and what you think is the best course of action.
Closing remarks and a summary of your presentation: When your closing remarks are closely tied to your conclusion/summary, you can use this method. Summarizing information can help the audience gather their thoughts and be reminded of essential aspects of your presentation, followed by a closing remark which resonates with the summarized content.
Using amazing facts to inspire your audience: This can be a very handy approach, i.e. to use a mind boggling fact to inspire the audience and to direct them towards your preferred opinion.
Call to action: Almost every type of presentation has a call to action. It is unlikely that a presenter in some way or the other will not be encouraging the audience to act, be it a sales presentation, motivational speech or a presentation about social issues.