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How would a cowboy say "the end"?

My son is handing over the title and crown - what can he say in his speech?

My friend is leaving for India - know any goodbye haiku?

How do we pay tribute to a group of people?

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Farewell Question 1
"I'm looking for the appropriate saying for goodbye or the end for a cow boy theme. How would a cowboy say "the end"?"
Brad from the United States

Cowboys can be very dark - old pioneering stories are full of hardship and un-thanked heroics. Think Johnny Cash. So phrases like "Folks, that's the dead finish" might be appropriate (with a drawl).
If you want to be a little more light-hearted, use this little ditty:

We've had our tootin' falutin' fun,
But now let's imitate the sun,
And let good people rest their heads,
And sinners too, will go to bed!
Yeeehaaah!!

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Farewell Question 2
"My son is handing over the title and crown of Mr HFLC to the next Mr HFLC. What can he include in his farewell speech? Thank you and more power!!!"
Maribel

There can be several elements to the handover:

  • Express how the new guy must feel now, and that your son had felt the same upon getting the title
  • Congratulations on the new guy's hard work, it wasn't easy to get this far (and commend the competition on not making it easy, so that anyone can be proud of achieving the title)
  • Talk about how the experience of being Mr HFLC has been humbling/amazing/eye-opening/developing his character in different ways
  • Thank people for being part of his journey as Mr HFLC
  • End with some funny comments, such as really trivial advice to the new guy about what to look out for while he is MR HFLC. For example, "You might get free pizza but you end up working harder than you have already, to keep it off!" Even if it's corny, it's still nice.
    Or your son can finish the speech by being self-deprecating: "Anyway you've had a whole year of me, it's time to give the new Mr HFLC some air-time".
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Farewell Question 3
"What is a nice way to say goodbye to a friend who is moving to Hyderabad India? Would you know of a good haiku poem by any chance?"
Valerie from United States

When people move away, they often need some comfort from the place they have moved from, to help them adjust to their new environment.

A nice way to say goodbye and good luck would simply be to get people they know to write farewell notes, or to add photos with captions describing the memories, all in a scrap-book.
Add business cards and take-away menus and so on of the places you used to haunt.

This is something your friend can pull out time and time again, and would be a great comfort when feeling overwhelmed or lonely.

If your friend is someone who would embrace their new life enthusiastically, the scrap-book becomes a 'brag-book' where they can show new friends their life in the United States, and ensure that your friend won't forget you.

There are also haiku examples here.

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Farewell Question 4
"We have a farewell luncheon planned. Normally we honor one or two people who are leaving, so it is fairly easy to pay tribute to them exclusively. However, this time we have six people who are departing. Is there a respectful way to pay tribute to them as a group? My feeling is if we do individual tributes, it would become monotonous. Any ideas? Thank you..."
Lori from United States

A. One way to approach this is to give individual tributes, but keep them all short (2 minutes) and make sure each tribute focuses on:
1/ Something the person is really proud of
2/ Something humorous, that 'we all love about' that person
3/ A quality that person has that you admire or something they have taught you
A very short example might be something like this: "Jamie is the only engineer that had the respect of the underground guys [1] - he's a very direct person and takes the time to listen to everyone. [3] But the favor wasn't always returned once he got started talking about Iron Maiden [2]. If you didn't know he's a huge fan, you must have your eyes closed! But besides the history of Iron Maiden, I feel we learned a lot from Jamie about collaborating with people at the coal-face, and that's a skill that is really valued here.[3]"

Your presentation or speech can give a general farewell greeting about the group before the individual tributes, then after the tributes give a general "we miss you" sentiment. This way each person can feel special, and there are light moments in the speech so it won't seem monotonous.

B. Another approach, that does not have specific individual tributes and is more interesting, is to use a slide show with various photos of the people leaving.

Talk about each photo's story as a way of describing the person or people and what they contributed to your company/organisation/group.
The audience is more likely to be engaged due to the use of multimedia, and the story format of the presentation.

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