Compliment or Praise a Speaker — Letter-Writing Tutorial


A speaker at a seminar, symposium, conference, meeting, or convention deserves your special compliments and praise if you benefited from his or her efforts. The speaker may wonder how the audience received the speech. A brief, sincere note with positive feedback will always be appreciated.


1. Tell the speaker that you enjoyed his or her speech.


  • I enjoyed the lecture you gave at Doe University last Tuesday.
  • I appreciated the speech you gave yesterday.
  • I want to compliment you on your speech. It was very relevant to our current debates on funding local education.
  • I am very grateful you took the time out of your busy schedule to address our small group.
  • You gave a terrific presentation at this year's Doe symposium.
  • We were all pleased with your topic for Saturday's lecture.
  • Your comments the other evening were exactly what I needed to hear.
  • Your discussion-group presentation was the highlight of the conference.


  • a most valuable addition to
  • am glad that I attended your
  • appreciate the time you gave
  • express my appreciation for
  • feel fortunate to have
  • how much I appreciated
  • the highlight of
  • thoroughly enjoyed the
  • want to compliment you on
  • want you to know
  • was a great success
  • was a pleasure to listen to
  • was most stimulating
  • was one of the finest
  • were enthralled by
  • were so impressed with
  • were very pleased with
  • wish to express my appreciation for
  • your fascinating presentation on
  • your presentation was
  • your insightful presentation

2. Mention specifically what you liked about the speech or presentation and, if appropriate, explain how you have personally benefited from the speech.


  • It was the best lecture of the year. You were witty and very informative.
  • You maintained remarkable poise in the face of a potentially hostile audience.
  • As usual, your speech brought new insights from current research. Your talks always motivate our staff to stick with their work.
  • Your presentation drew the audience in and held their attention for two full hours. There was never a dull moment.
  • I was glad you reserved a few minutes to field questions. Your answers were very insightful.
  • It was a pleasure to hear your humorous stories.
  • Your remarks triggered new ideas that will benefit our corporation for years to come.
  • You helped kindle a renewed enthusiasm for my profession.
  • I plan to implement some of your ideas with my own clientele.
  • You gave me a new sense of pride in my career.
  • We have already begun to implement some of your suggestions and are confident they will improve our manufacturing process.
  • Since we have just purchased a new home, your remarks about personal money management were especially helpful.
  • After listening to your report on the situation in Third World countries, I knew I had chosen the right course of study.


  • both the style and the substance of your
  • both witty and informative
  • brought new insights
  • came alive for me
  • clear, factual analysis
  • delightfully entertaining
  • gave rise to ongoing discussion
  • gave me a new sense of
  • have already taken steps to
  • heartily agree with you that
  • hit the nail on the head
  • imaginative presentation of
  • intelligent, well thought-out solutions to
  • particularly appreciated your
  • plan to implement your
  • put some of your ideas into practice
  • rekindled an enthusiasm for
  • triggered new ideas
  • used humor to make your point
  • valuable information you gave
  • were especially helpful
  • will certainly help me in
  • your in-depth knowledge of
  • your original approach to

3. Conclude by thanking the speaker.


  • Thank you for your helpful comments.
  • Thank you for your enlightening speech.
  • I appreciated your lecture and felt as if you were speaking directly to me.
  • Please accept our thanks for a great presentation
  • Thank you for speaking to us this week.
  • We thank you for your stimulating speech.


  • accept our thanks for
  • am grateful for
  • best wishes for
  • for an outstanding
  • for all the
  • for your time and effort
  • for adding so much to our
  • for speaking at our
  • giving us such a worthwhile
  • hope you will be able to
  • it was our privilege to
  • look forward to
  • on behalf of
  • particularly appreciated your
  • such an excellent
  • thank you once again for
  • thank you for
  • will be sure to
  • wish you continued success
  • your most helpful

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