Congratulate Someone on a Speech or Presentation — Letter-Writing Tutorial


This letter is an opportunity to acknowledge excellence in the work of a friend, associate, or employee.


1. Start with a direct statement of congratulations that identifies the speech or presentation.


  • Congratulations on the professional quality of your presentation to our club last Thursday.
  • Way to go! I was so glad to finally hear someone talk in a sensible way about the company's production problems.
  • I appreciated your excellent speech last week. Congratulations on a job well done.
  • Good job! I want to congratulate you on the excellent quality of your presentation in the staff meeting last week.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed your talk at the club the other night.
  • Congratulations on your speech to the board last night. It hit the nail right on the head.


  • a job well done
  • appreciated your excellent
  • congratulations on
  • did a great job
  • ever had the privilege of hearing
  • feel fortunate to have heard your
  • heard you speak on
  • hit the nail right on the head
  • how much I enjoyed
  • let me congratulate you on
  • on the excellent quality of
  • on giving one of the finest
  • on the subject of
  • on your outstanding speech
  • on your speech
  • on your presentation
  • thoroughly enjoyed your
  • to hear your speech about
  • want you to know
  • want to thank you for
  • want to tell you
  • was glad to have the opportunity to
  • was greatly impressed with your

2. Discuss the qualities of the presentation that were especially good.


  • I told my wife that if they trotted out one more slide show I wasn't coming back. Thank goodness you were on the program.
  • You addressed the problems directly and perceptively.
  • You spoke clearly and concisely.
  • You made the topic come alive for me.
  • Your visual aids were interesting and easy to read.
  • I liked the way you responded to the questions from the audience.
  • You found a way for everyone to participate; I think everyone felt that the meeting was very rewarding.


  • addressed the problems of
  • an innovative approach to
  • both informative and entertaining
  • came together very well
  • clearly and concisely
  • came alive for me
  • could have gone on all night
  • directly and perceptively
  • found a way to
  • in addition to keeping our attention
  • liked the way you
  • lively and informative
  • opportunity for everyone to participate
  • particularly admired your
  • remarkable powers of persuasion
  • stimulated further thinking
  • such a sensible approach to
  • the way you responded to
  • the audience was practically spellbound
  • think everyone felt that
  • was the highlight of
  • was right on the money
  • your astute analysis of
  • your delivery was

3. Acknowledge such things as the effort, dedication, or skill that went into the presentation.


  • I honestly don't know how you do it. Whenever I stand up in front of a group my knees start banging together so loudly I am afraid people can hear them.
  • I appreciate the time and energy you put into preparation. It really showed.
  • I admire your skill as a public speaker.
  • I know how much effort and energy you put into your work. When you spoke I felt I was in the presence of a man who really loves his job.
  • We all recognized the tremendous effort you had put into the presentation. You are to be thanked and complimented.


  • appreciate the time and energy you put into
  • envy you your knowledge of
  • had put into the presentation
  • hours of research
  • in-depth knowledge of
  • it takes hard work as well as talent to
  • know how much work you put into
  • really paid off
  • spent a lot of time
  • the tremendous effort
  • the way you managed to
  • the effort you put into
  • took the time to
  • was skillfully crafted
  • was readily apparent
  • was so well-researched
  • was a stirring speech
  • we all recognized
  • your skill as a
  • your dedication to
  • your effort and energy

4. Express good wishes for future successes.


  • Keep up the good work.
  • Good luck in your future endeavors.
  • Please let me know when you are on the program again.
  • If all the speakers are half as good as you, I will attend the meetings every week.
  • I am eagerly awaiting your next appearance at the podium.
  • I hope you will consider speaking to us again.
  • Let's stay in touch, because we would like you to appear on our program again.


  • appear on our program again
  • at a future time
  • at the next
  • good luck with
  • have a bright future
  • hearing you again
  • hope you will consider
  • hope you will
  • in your future endeavors
  • keep up the good work
  • look forward to
  • next time you speak
  • on the program again
  • please let me know
  • speak to us again
  • sure you will go far
  • want to thank you for
  • wish you continued success
  • would definitely enjoy
  • would like to stay in touch
  • would like you to
  • your speaking to us again

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