Check out the following blog post, "You Like Me, Right Now, You Like Me," by Suzanne Bates, communications expert and author of Speak Like a CEO.
She outlines a winning formula for giving an acceptance speech when receiving an award. As a former TV anchor, she often had to emcee awards banquets and she shares some horror stories about speakers who went over their time limit:
"More often than I care to remember I had to move toward the podium, and give a loquacious recipient a less than subtle nod. My next intervention would be the hairy eyeball. When all else failed, more desperate measures were required. Once I actually walked up to a woman who had gone 20 minutes on a five minute speech and touched her on the elbow. She kept going. I interrupted and apologized that it was a great story but we were over time. She ignored me and went five more minutes. I kid you not. You cannot make this stuff up."
Read the rest of her post at http://www.thepowerspeakerblog.com/?p=232
And for more on this topic, check out "Patricia Fripp on Award Acceptance Speeches"
Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com