Who speaks first when a number of dignitaries are present at an event?

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To determine the speaking order at an event a variety of tools can be used. One of those is the Order of Precedence - the established order of people for official functions and events. Although the basic order has been long established, the Order of Precedence evolves over time to incorporate the recognition of more diverse groups in our society. Speeches are usually given in ascending order, with the most important dignitary (according to the order of precedence established) being the last to speak. If the program for the ceremony or activity places the important moment at the very beginning, the speeches would then be given in descending order, with the most important dignitary being the first to speak. more
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