Does it fit with the spirit of the event? Sure, speakers have people to thank.
If the speaker intended to remind me how powerful that personal attention and forgiveness could be, he succeeded in spades. Never lose sight of the essentials as you tend to the day-to-day and vice versa. Write it so that when your audience hears it, they get it right away.
Mind the time A man once said that the key to crafting a great speech is writing a good beginning and a good ending, and making the two as close together as possible.
Senate Majority Leader. On stage, you can be you at your best. Still, there are ways you can use words to connect. Personally, I enjoy giving updated versions of my "standard" speech about the five key things any entrepreneur must understand in order to be successful: mindset, urgency, resources, people, and happiness.
Connect, connect, connect. Each of your audience members has an emotional Elephant side and a rational Rider side.