That actually depends on the occasion of your reunion. Whether it's a funeral, a holiday (most likely) or just a reunion I think personally you need to speak from the heart. Don't try to hard to impress other people with fancy talks and such. Just try to be at ease. I would be glad to help you in starting your speech if you give me specifics :)
There are a few things to remember when making a speech to read out in front of your family, but the most important thing is to make sure it's not too business-like.
A family speech should connect on a personal level, and should not be written in the same manner that a business speech would. Here are a few tips to consider when writing your family speech:
- Connect - as mentioned above, a speech made to your family should connect on a personal level. Try to incorporate things that your family can relate to.
- Informal - a family speech is likely to be less formal than that of a business speech. This should be reflected in your writing. Don't try to make your speech too formal.
- Get to the point - although you may have a lot to say, some of the best speeches get to the point quickly. Try to avoid rambling sections of speech if possible.
- Engage with your audience - this one should be pretty simply considering the audience is your family. Try to add a few private jokes that everyone will enjoy, but remember not to offend anyone.
- Be yourself - your family likely wants to listen to YOU speaking, and not a pre-written robotic-style piece of writing. Let your personality shine through in your words.
- Relax - my final tip is to relax. You're not being interviewed for an important job, you're simply speaking to your family. It's okay to be nervous, but remember that they care about you, and are interested in what you have to say.