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posted 01-12-2012 09:42
So, I had my last day at work yesterday and over tea and cakes I had to give a speech. All went well until the last sentence, when my voice noticeably wobbled.

How f*cking embarrassing is that? Even now, waking up with a huge hang-over after a great night with friends, it's the only thing on my mind.
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posted 01-12-2012 10:24
Nothing wrong with it. You didn't cry, but you showed some emotion, which demonstrates that you're sad to leave people you like and respect.
I'll bet everyone there thinks a little bit more of you now, rather than any less.
posted 01-12-2012 10:34
Cheers hobbes, I started the thread to get that kind of assurance.

Still feel as embarrassed as hell, but that's natural whenever I have a hangover.
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posted 01-12-2012 10:40
Oh don't get me wrong. I still think it makes you a massive bell end.

/comedy slapdown
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posted 01-12-2012 10:46
Welcome to middle age.

This has happened to me a couple of times when farewelling genuinely valued colleagues.

Bell-end hobbes? Thought so.
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posted 01-12-2012 12:00
Farewell speech? What are you - American?
posted 01-12-2012 12:20
Farewell speech? What are you - American?


What kind of comment is that? In line with your cateto location description?

Click here, sportinguista. Bought your shares yet?
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posted 01-12-2012 12:31
Sorry. No smilies here.
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posted 01-12-2012 17:00
As mentioned on a previous thread this began happening for me around 50 years-old, and has increased in frequency (and embarrassment) since. So much so that I went to see a psychologist last year. He basically said it was OK, even laudable, and in public situations I should continue to control it with beta-blockers, which I do.
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posted 01-12-2012 17:04
Well this thread went weird until AdeC rescued it.
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posted 01-12-2012 17:36
It's all right. Lodz just happened to think that my lack of enthusiasm for corporate rites and American-style speeches (ba-dum-tssshhh) is caused by a deficient exposure to cosmpolitanism due to my Madrid location.
Last Edit: 01-12-2012 17:55:43 by Pat McGatt.
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posted 01-12-2012 19:52
So just to clarify. If you leave a job in Spain, perhaps after a lengthy tenure, you don't make any form of farewell utterance^ to a group of colleagues you may have become quite friendly with? We used to do that when I worked in London, and we do it here in Sydney. I've never worked in America.

^or is it the word "speech" that's the issue?
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posted 01-12-2012 19:58
Actually more importantly, I hope your issue isn't with Americans?
posted 01-12-2012 20:40
My guess is it's an issue with the Americanisation of British English. "Leaving speech" is not a term that needs fixing.
posted 01-12-2012 20:51
All right, major voice wobble story here. Wife and I taught for 9 yrs. in rural Alaska, absolutely loved it. My dad has leukemia in New Mexico and is not doing well. We made necessary, but painful decision to leave place we loved in order to be closer to family. The school board creates a plaque for me and has a meeting for those leaving the district. Yeah, have to give a speech and then, major voice wobble, felt a bit red-faced, but so be it.

As AdeC puts it, I too get a helluva lot more 'wobbly' as I get older and while there's a touch of embarrassment, no shame.

P.S. My dad hung in there until this August when he finally passed away. He got to get close to his only grandchild and I like to think that our moving close to him only helped his recovery. We think fondly of our Alaska years, but have zero regrets about leaving.

Just curious, but where ya heading Steveeeeeeeeee....?
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posted 01-12-2012 21:27
Nice post CA and condolences about your Dad.
posted 01-12-2012 22:57
Cairo, go next Sunday. My condolences too CA.
posted 01-12-2012 23:44
Not a voice wobble as such but, in my head, my wedding "I do" was meant to be a deep baritone Richard Burton-esque "I Do" but came out with a question mark on the end "I do?"
posted 01-12-2012 23:56
steveeeeeeeee wrote:
Cairo, go next Sunday. My condolences too CA.


Thanks. It was for the best. Enjoy Cairo. Many yrs ago we hung out in Alexandria and met the head of an international school there. Not much salary, but not much expenses either.
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posted 02-12-2012 12:57
Janik wrote:
My guess is it's an issue with the Americanisation of British English. "Leaving speech" is not a term that needs fixing.

Well, apologies for hijacking the thread.

My issue is not a linguistic one. I just consider human relations on a personal level and I don't feel I need a corporate filter. It seems terribly awkward and cheesy to me to prepare a speech for people you've probably spent more time with in the last years than your own family, not to mention the compulsory sub-Vegas comedy act by your supervisor. It would be the equivalent of giving a speech to your wife.

You can tust me to by everyone drinks, but speeches? Forget it.

My condolences, CA.
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