Imagine that you’ve been with your current company for a few years, and now you’re moving on to a new job. On your last day at the old company, your co-workers and friends get together to celebrate you – or maybe just to make sure that you’re actually leaving :)
Anyway, at this reception one of them gives a short speech about you. About:
- What you’ve stood for in the company.
- The results you’ve created.
- The people you’ve helped out.
- What they’ve appreciated about working with you.
- What they’re going to miss about you.
Your mission this Monday is to write the speech you hope they will give you. Don’t make it too long, just 3-5 paragraphs extolling your virtues based on the points above. Remember, at a reception, they’re not going to blame your for your mistakes or list all your faults – they’ll be nice.
Of course, the real question here is: What do you want to be known for? How do you want to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be? Then take a look at the speech you’ve written and ask yourself what you can do to live up to it.
The Chief Happiness Officer’s Monday tips are simple, easy, fun things you can do to make yourself and others happy at work and get the work-week off to a great start. Something everyone can do in five minutes, tops. When you try it, write a comment here to tell me how it went.
By the way: Do you have any ideas for future Monday Tips? How do you make yourself and others happy at work in fun, simple, easy ways? I’d love to hear your suggestions, so write a comment if you have one.
3 thoughts on “Monday Tip: Write your exit speech”
I have repeated this issue several time in my mind & I loved it so much.
But the question is: Is it what exactly will be happen when I am leaving.
As I did quite my job twice, I got some sort of this speech already :-)
However, I love the exercise – thanks for the idea!
An ideal speech my co-worker or manager could deliver at my goodbye party would be quite short:
We are really sorry to see you leave the company. If you don’t like your new workplace and decide to come back, you are always welcome here and we would be happy to hire you again.
And I have to do my work much, much better in order to actually here this.