10 Of The Best Things To Say In Closing Remarks (2024)

A closing remark is the last sentence, paragraph or concluding part of your speech or presentation. They are also referred to as ‘concluding remarks’.

In a speech/presentation, the outset and the conclusion are 2 essentials. It leaves an impact on the audience and makes your speech/presentation eloquent.

We have written an article on opening lines in speech writing, read this article to know how to begin your speech perfectly.

Every speech or presentation comes with an objective and something to take away from it. The point is that if you don’t end your speech appropriately the main essence of your speech/presentation will be forgotten and dispersed just as quickly.

The closing remark will be your last chance to be innovative and make up for the missing bits if any.

The limit of your closing remark must last between 10% to 15% of your speech. So for instance, if your speech is a 7-minute speech your closing remark must last for at least a minute.

The main purpose of closing remarks is, it lets the audience know that the speech is supposed to end.It helps to summarize your speech in short and accentuate the main points of your speech.

Also, research suggests that the audience often remembers the end closing part precisely than the entire speech.

A powerful speech ending does 40% of your work. It’s also not easy to write a ‘Closing remark’. You have to think and choose the right words that hit hard and leave a mark. Here’s a detailed video we have made of some amazing speech ending lines you can get inspiration for your own speech:

The speaker must follow a few things with respect to the format of the speech. Here are some dos which will help the speaker in concluding his speech.

Indicate that the speech is close to the end

An experienced speaker will always signal that the speech is about to end so that the audience is mentally ready for a conclusion. For example- In a novel, the author uses Epilogue as a tool to let the readers know that the story is going to get over soon.

Give a rundown of your speech/presentation

At times, it’s possible that the readers may have missed some points while you were speaking or they may have zoned out during the span of your speech. So give a brief run-through of your points at the end and this will reinforce the message of your speech.

Make eye-contact

As mentioned above, the closing remark or concluding part of your speech will be the last chance of leaving an impact on the audience. So a confident eye-contact may let the audience know so much more than just words could convey.

It will also make your call-to-action more effective and influencing.

In case you find eye contact difficult (like I did), here are some alternatives you can use that give the illusion that you are maintaining eye contact without you actually having to do so:

Some things should be avoided when writing your closing remarks for a speech or presentation. Given below are the most primal things that the speaker should keep in mind.

If the speaker does not add a closing remark, the speech would look incomplete and end abruptly. Also, try not to make the closing remark too prolonged, this may bore the audience and they may lose interest.

The audience may also not be able to distinguish between the main points and jumble up what is important and what is not.

Don’t end with a simple ‘Thank You”

Saying a dry and plain ‘Thank you’ to be polite at the end of your speech is not very persuasive. It is a very mundane way of ending your speech.You need to drive your point home so be creative.

Don’t add new material out of no where

Adding in new material in the closing remarks which are not mentioned in the speech will catch the audience off guard. The audience may not be able to process what’s going on. So mention only those points in your closing remarks that have already been spoken about.

You want your closing remarks to be such that the audience can get a flashback of the entire presentation or speech with just what you said at the end. These may alter accordingly with what kind of a presentation it is.

What is it?

The fitting remark is the most basic remark of them all. It’s to the point, decisive and direct. The idea of your presentation is conveyed through this remark.

The fitting remark mainly summarizes your speech in sweet and simple words with no extra spice to your conclusion.

Here is an example of a Speech where Emma Watson closes her speech with a fitting remark. Like I mentioned above, this speech is to the point and decisive. The idea of Gender Equality was conveyed very clearly and directly by her closing remark.

What is it?

The motivational remark is used when the speaker uses motivational quotes, phrases, or even dialogues for that matter. The objective is to leave the audience on a ‘motivated to do something’ note.

This remark is to re-energize your audience towards your speech/presentation. When the speaker ends his speech it should have such an impact that they remember your words and do something with that motivation.

Motivational speeches can be given on a variety of topics. We have written an article about ‘How to give a motivational speech on leadership to students’. You can check it out to get a better idea. This is just one example of how to go about it.

This speech by Jeremy Anderson just leaves a mark that has you sitting straight and energized. It motivates the audience to know their worth and not let themselves down.

What is it?

In this type of a remark the speaker shares his anecdotes, his own experience or has a very relatable end to his speech. The main purpose of such an end is so that the audience can connect to the speaker on a deeper level and know exactly what he is saying.

It’s a sort of a congenial connect with the audience. We have written an article on Storytelling approaches you can use in your speech or presentation. This article will give you an insight into why storytelling is so important what are the different techniques used.

Priyanka Chopra in this speech shares her own experiences and anecdotes that people can connect with which makes her speech so much more interesting and inspiring.

What is it?

The contemplative remark leaves the audience pondering over what the speaker has said. Its goal is to make the audience think about all factors such as the lessons, the theme of the speech and wavelength during the span of the presentation/speech.

The speaker can emphasize ‘what the audience thinks’ and leave it there for them to figure out their thoughts.

For instance, President Obama in his speech about Bin Laden’s death concludes with a contemplative remark that leaves the audience pensive.

“Finally, let me say to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 that we have never forgotten your loss, nor wavered in our commitment to see that we do whatever it takes to prevent another attack on our shores.

And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.

The cause of securing our country is not complete. But tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is the story of our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a safer place.

Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

President Obama in his speech about Bin Laden’s death

What is it?

In this remark, the speaker ends with a piece of advice for the audience. It’s more subjective than objective. This is more like a suggestion/tip.

Michelle Obama’s speech is an advice for students about how to succeed in life. Her closing remark suggests that it’s not important if you went to an Ivy League or a State School what is important is the hard work you do and that will take you closer to success.

What is it?

The rhetoric remark has to do with a question that doesn’t really need an answer. The speaker leaves the audience hanging with this question.

The speaker has no intention of expecting an answer from the audience and neither does he want one. He just wants the audience to consider what he said and reflect upon it.

Rhetoric is used in many forms and speakers use rhetoric in their speeches for a powerful effect. Here are 4 ways how you can use rhetorical devices in your speech to make it powerful.

“In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?”

President Obama in 2004 Democratic National Convention Speech

What is it?

One of the best thing that helps make your speech effective and interactive is humour. It lightens the environment and works as a tool to break the ice between the speaker and the audience.

Adding humour to your speech will make the audience lively and enthusiastic. If you leave the audience laughing at the end of your speech you will leave on a positive note and they will most probably leave with a good impression of you and your words.

Humour can be one of the strongest tools in a speech, especially for a closing remark, if used correctly.

Qualified speakers frequently make use of humour all through their speech and then at the end strike with a humourless thought and leave the audience serious. Such a sudden change has a powerful impact.

In this speech by Dananjaya Hettiarachchi he uses humour to close a speech by successfully summing up the title and summarizes the content of his speech.

What is it?

In this type of remark, the speaker ends with some facts related to his speech and presentation. Adding facts as the closing boosts your speech. Facts presented in the form of tables, graphs and diagrams are easy to understand and visually appealing.

At times facts can seem boring if not presented appropriately. To know what facts to add and what not to add in a speech follow our article on ’11 Steps to Add Facts in A Speech Without Making It Boring’.

Given below is a paradigm of a pie diagram. The speaker can fill in his facts according to the theme and research of his presentation.

10 Of The Best Things To Say In Closing Remarks (4)

Call-to- action

What is it?

This is the most common remark and can be utilized in most of the closing remarks. Call- to- action is simply requesting your audience to take a step forward and take action towards the theme of your speech.

Make your CTA direct and don’t hint at it, this may induce confusion.

Why is it a must, you may ask? This is because the audience may have listened to your entire speech but until and unless you won’t take the initiative and be upfront not everyone is compelled to take action.

Example of a call-to-action

Leonardo DiCaprio in this speech is asking the audience and people to take action to put a price tag on carbon emissions and eliminate government subsidies for coal, gas, and oil companies.

What is it?

This closing remark can be one of a kind for the audience. In this kind of a remark the speaker can undertake an activity that will help the audience understand the theme of the speech with an act of creativity.

For instance, the speaker can make use of his talents to showcase his message through them. Like singing, doing a trick or playing a quiz with the audience.

Sparsh Shah a 13 year old boy who ends his inspiring speech with a song and rap wants to tell the audience that nothing is impossible in life. He uses music as a closing remark to end his speech in a heartening way.

Meetings are often compulsory as compared to presentations or speeches. They can be called at any time and are mostly informal. Whereas, a conference is formal and has a specific time and place, where it is conducted.

But in both of them, the purpose is to plan and execute. So end your closing remarks with action.

For example- Reiterate the actions that need to be executed so that the actions will remain fresh and can be recalled easily.

Here is a pro-tip, do not drag the meeting/conference over time and then rush up to close the conference. This will make no room for your closing remark and many things will remain unsaid even if you manage to close the meeting/conference in a rush.

As the heading suggests the closing remark for a school activity will be for school kids so try not to use too many technical terms or make it complicated. Keep the remarks simple and fun.

Here the speaker can use the Activity remark mentioned in the types of closing remarks.It is creative, engaging and hence the kids will connect more to fun activities rather than to boring long remarks.

For example- The speaker can use the Q & A method to end or play a quiz and include all the points mentioned in their speech/activity.

Workshops come with an intent to teach and for the audience to learn. So make your closing remarks interactive. You can ask questions like ‘What is your take-away from this workshop?’

This will let the audience ponder over what they learnt during the entire span of the workshop.

One more way to end is by requesting the audience to fill out the feedback form and cater step by step guidance.

Since a zoom meeting/webinar is a virtual platform, there are chances the speaker might not see all the audience or ‘participants’ of the meeting but everyone can see the speaker.

So this may also fall as a disadvantage in the speaker’s case but don’t let this demotivate you.

In your closing remark, you can add a poll that is a feature of zoom to know how many of them are listening. Before closing the webinar, leave your Twitter or Facebook handles so that if the audience has questions they can connect with you on these platforms.

A ceremony is more of a large scale event with too many decorations, music, and arrangements.

Keep in mind though, these things are not what the audience will want to leave with, so what you say last will be the end of what they take-away. Therefore, in a ceremony, you can use any one of the types of closing remarks mentioned above.

For example- You can use ‘The expository remark’ where you can share your own story to make your closing remark relatable and two-sided.

Some last words

Closing remarks are important in speech writing because without a closing remark your speech will seem unfinished. To leave on a happy note the speaker must organize his speech with the perfect end and time it accordingly.

Closing remarks can be of varied types but using the appropriate closing remark according to the situation and time can make a huge difference in your speech.

Still looking for inspiration? Check out this video we made on closing remarks:

10 Of The Best Things To Say In Closing Remarks (2024)


What are the 5 techniques in the closing process? ›

5 powerful sales closing techniques
  • The Now or Never Close. This is also known as the scarcity close. ...
  • The Summary Close. ...
  • The Assumptive Close. ...
  • The Sharp Angle Close. ...
  • The Question Close.

What do you say when closing? ›

  Whether you're writing a thank-you letter , business letter or a letter of recommendation , it is important to end with a professional closing.
They can be used in any situation, formal or casual.
  1. Sincerely. ...
  2. Kind regards. ...
  3. Thank you for your time. ...
  4. Hope to talk soon. ...
  5. With appreciation.

What is a good closing statement for an interview? ›

"I am grateful for interviewing with you today. You have given me a clear overview of the position. I think my experience and accomplishments can provide value to the organization. Is there anything else you need to confirm if I am the right candidate for this position?"

What are 4 types of closes? ›

Here are 4 highly effective sales closing techniques that are popular with sales reps:
  • The assumptive close: This technique involves using a phrase or language that assumes the close is a done deal. ...
  • The option close: ...
  • The suggestion close: ...
  • The urgency close:
20 Apr 2017

What is an example of a direct close? ›

Example: Salesperson XYZ gets to know that customer ABC wants his product. He need not advertise or persuade in that case. He just asks the customer whether he is ready to place an order.

How can I improve my closing skills? ›

Here are some sales closing techniques that will help you in any situation, to close sales without much effort.
  1. Be impassive. ...
  2. Don't get upset. ...
  3. Accept the opinion of your client. ...
  4. Focus your speech on your client. ...
  5. Carry about your client. ...
  6. Take ownership of the customer's problem. ...
  7. Take initiatives. ...
  8. Don't feel superior.

What are closing skills? ›

Top 10 sales closing techniques for any sales scenario.
  • Visualization close.
  • Puppy dog close.
  • Assumptive close.
  • Question close.
  • Analytics close.
  • Now or never close.
  • Urgency close.
  • Empathy close.
1 Oct 2020

How do you end a speech? ›

Thank the audience

The simplest way to end a speech, after you've finished delivering the content, is to say, "thank you." That has the benefit of being understood by everyone. It's the great way for anyone to signal to the audience that it's time to applaud and then head home.

How do you close a lead? ›

How to Close Leads
  1. 1: Be quick. It's well documented that the contactability of an online lead decreases quickly. ...
  2. 2: Invest in tech. ...
  3. 3: Improve your no-contact strategy. ...
  4. 4: Make sure your offers are relevant. ...
  5. 5: Review your collateral.

How can I impress interviewer? ›

How can I impress the interviewer with my answers?
  1. Be passionate. Have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic when talking about yourself and your career. ...
  2. Sell yourself. ...
  3. Tell stories. ...
  4. Ask questions. ...
  5. Ask for the job.

What are the top 5 questions to ask an interviewer? ›

Best Questions to Ask the Interviewer
  • How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
  • What are you looking for in a candidate?
  • What are the biggest challenges of this job?
  • How would you describe a typical day in this position?
  • What is the typical work week?
  • Is overtime expected?
18 Apr 2022

What is a summary close? ›

The Summary Close is a tried and true sales closing technique that involves reiterating all the features and benefits of your offer before you ask for the order. This method helps move prospects to yes when they are distracted, choosing between several products or managing several different purchases for the company.

What are the 3 most important things that are required to close a sale? ›

3 Essential Tips to Closing a Sale
  • Identify and Solve a Real Problem. The first thing to remember is you are trying to identify and solve a real problem. ...
  • Work with the Right People. ...
  • Communicate Appropriately. ...
  • Closing Techniques. ...
  • Bonus Tip: Salesvue.
30 Mar 2022

When you ask a closing question you should immediately? ›

When you ask a "closing" question, you should immediately: Circle only one answer! Summarize all the key features quickly to refresh their memory before they say "No."

What is continuous Yes close? ›

The continuous yes close is similar to the summary of benefits close. However, instead of summarizing the benefits, the salesperson develops a series of benefits questions linked to a trial close, then follows with a summary of benefits close. For example.

What is a service close? ›

service close. a closing method in which you explain services that overcome obstacles or problems. suggestion selling. selling additional goods or services to the customer.

What is a professional closer? ›

A closer is a salesperson that specializes in the final part of the sales process. As a closer, you typically do not make cold calls or sales pitches to the customer; you follow up after another salesperson has established a relationship with the customer.

What's the most important mindset a closer should have? ›

7 qualities top closers can all say they have
  • A desire to build relationships. ...
  • A focus on customer needs. ...
  • A mindset to speak in terms of value. ...
  • An ability to listen first, sell second. ...
  • A thirst for industry knowledge. ...
  • An ability to create a closing process. ...
  • Effective time management.

What is a closer personality? ›

Closers are generally a persuasive personality type who can seal the deal. Often, they are a higher authority, such as a veteran salesperson or manager. Common traits: Concerned with results. High sense of urgency.

How do you sell things to people? ›

How to Sell Anything
  1. Make it about them.
  2. Do your research before reaching out.
  3. Build rapport first.
  4. Define your buyer.
  5. Contribute first, sell second.
  6. Ask questions, and listen.
  7. Be mindful of psychological quirks.
  8. Approach them on their level.
4 Jan 2022

What are the 6 methods for closing a sale? ›

There's no one way to close a sale. Your approach will shift based on the prospect with whom you're engaging and what their needs are.
What are the most common sales closing techniques?
  • Assumptive close. ...
  • Puppy Dog Close. ...
  • Scale Close. ...
  • Scarcity close. ...
  • Takeaway Close. ...
  • Summary Close.

Why is closing so important? ›

Closing a sale is important because it is the part of the sales process where you convince your prospect to commit to your offer. All of the other skills a salesperson needs, such as active listening, overcoming objections and negotiating, lead to that final step where the client or customer finally says yes.

What is minor point close? ›

a closing technique in which a salesperson attempts to get the buyer to agree to the value or usefulness of various smaller attributes and features of a product so that it will be easier to get a favourable response to the bigger decision - to purchase the product.

What are 5 open-ended questions? ›

Examples of open-ended questions include:
  • Tell me about your relationship with your supervisor.
  • How do you see your future?
  • Tell me about the children in this photograph.
  • What is the purpose of government?
  • Why did you choose that answer?

What are 20 open-ended questions? ›

Here are 20 open ended questions for kids:
  • What is something that you can do tomorrow that will make your day better?
  • What do you think about when you wake up?
  • What is the best thing about being a grown up?
  • Today was fun because_________?
  • What's the funniest thing you have ever seen?
  • Which 3 words describe me best?
13 Sept 2016

Which of the following is an example of a closed question? ›

If you can answer a question with only a "yes" or "no" response, then you are answering a closed-ended type of question. Examples of closed-ended questions are: Are you feeling better today? May I use the bathroom?

How do you ask closed questions? ›

Closed-Ended Questions. Open-ended questions prompt the beginning of a longer conversation by asking questions starting with "why," "how," and "what if?" Closed-ended questions can be answered with single-word answers, such as "yes" or "no."

How do you create a close ended question? ›

Tips for using close-ended questions
  1. Become an expert but write questions for those who aren't. ...
  2. Keep questions simple and clear. ...
  3. Ensure answer choices are exclusive and exhaustive. ...
  4. Only provide relevant answers.

What are 3 open-ended questions you could ask to establish your customers needs? ›

So let's dive into what this is all about and how you can use open-ended sales questions to improve your customer insights.
Here are some follow-up questions you can try.
  • How so?
  • Why is that?
  • Can you tell me more about that?
  • What caused that to happen?
  • How'd that make you feel?
  • Did it improve or get worse?

What are closed-ended questions? ›

What are closed-ended questions? Closed-ended questions are questions that can only be answered by selecting from a limited number of options, usually multiple-choice questions with a single-word answer , 'yes' or 'no', or a rating scale (e.g. from strongly agree to strongly disagree).

How do you write a good question? ›

  1. Focus on one item in each question.
  2. Keep it natural - phrase questions in your own words.
  3. Only ask relevant questions.
  4. Add positive feedback for correct and incorrect answers.
  5. Try to keep question text as short as possible.
  6. Create questions that require thought.

How do you start a conversation? ›

How to start a conversation
  1. Ask for information. A good way to start a conversation is to ask for information from the person you want to talk to. ...
  2. Pay a compliment. ...
  3. Comment on something pleasant. ...
  4. Introduce yourself. ...
  5. Offer help. ...
  6. Ask for help. ...
  7. Mention a shared experience. ...
  8. Ask an opinion.

How do you respond to a closed-ended text? ›

Someone may be giving short replies because you're asking closed-ended questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no". An open-ended question requires them to give a more fleshed out reply. For example, instead of asking if they had a good vacation, ask them what the highlight of it was.

Why close ended question is important? ›

Closed-ended questions are often good for surveys, because you get higher response rates when users don't have to type so much. Also, answers to closed-ended questions can easily be analyzed statistically, which is what you usually want to do with survey data.

How do you analyze close ended questions? ›

Since closed-ended questions have discrete responses, you can analyze these responses by assigning a number or a value to every answer. This makes it easy to compare responses of different individuals which, in turn, enables statistical analysis of survey findings.

Which statement is considered to be closed-ended? ›

A closed-ended question refers to any question for which a researcher provides research participants with options from which to choose a response. Closed-ended questions are sometimes phrased as a statement which requires a response.

What are the 3 types of closed questions? ›

Closed-ended questions come in a multitude of forms, including: multiple choice, drop down, checkboxes, and ranking questions. Each question type doesn't allow the respondent to provide unique or unanticipated answers, but rather, choose from a list of pre-selected options.

What are the 4 types of questions? ›

The 4 Main Types of Questions in English + Examples
  • General or Yes/No Questions.
  • Special or Wh-Questions.
  • Choice Questions.
  • Disjunctive or Tag Questions.
24 Sept 2022

What are clarifying questions? ›

Clarifying Questions are simple questions of fact. They clarify the dilemma and provide the nuts and bolts so that the participants can ask good probing questions and provide useful feedback. Examples of Clarifying Questions: • Is this what you said…?

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