Speechwriting in the Zoom era

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Jeff Nussbaum and Kate Childs Graham, the 2020 Democratic convention speechwriters, have written a fascinating article in the Washington Post detailing how the ‘Zoom era’ has radically transformed political speechwriting. While this probably won’t cause Bob Lehrman to tear up the guidance in his excellent book The Political Speechwriter’s Companion, it shows how the future […]. Speechwriting DNC2020 political speechwriting Robert Lehrman

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Speechwriters: Foxes or Hedgehogs?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing” — Archilochus I recently had a situation where a potential client in the technology industry preferred to hire a speechwriter with deep domain knowledge rather than go with someone with general writing skills. Speechwriting

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Book Review: Speechwriting In Theory and Practice

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Speechwriting In Theory and Practice, by Jens E. Kjeldsen, Amos Kiewe, Marie Lund and Jette Barnholdt Hansen Reviewed by Neil Hrab, Rhetoric Editor, Vital Speeches of the Day A Book We’ve Long Awaited Speechwriters have hoped for a long time to see a book like this appear in print. Speechwriting in Theory and Practice’s 13 […]. Speechwriting Book Review

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The Professional Speechwriters Association

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. In part two he reviewed highlights from the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. In this third […] Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. In part two he reviewed highlights from the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference.

Becoming a Freelance Speechwriter

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined speechwriter, screenwriter and author Mike Long on a conference call earlier this week. Mike is the former director of the White House Writers Group, and an accomplished speechwriter, author, essayist, and award-winning screenwriter and playwright. He […] Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined speechwriter, screenwriter and author Mike Long on a conference call earlier this week.

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Speechwriters speak out in Cambridge

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The European Speechwriter Network held their 16th annual conference at King’s College, Cambridge on 12 & 13 April. This 13 minute video features three top speechwriters: Stephen Krupin (speechwriter to Barack Obama), Jessica Cunniffe (speechwriter to David Cameron) and Lindsay Hayes (speechwriter to Sarah Palin). Speechwriting

IBM Project Debater – will AI eliminate speechwriters?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Speechwriting Technology AI Artificial Intelligence DebatingI caught a rebroadcast of an Intelligence Squared debate on NPR last night. Intelligence Squared is a weekly forum for balanced and intelligent debate. Their goal is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. Hurray for them, although I can’t help thinking they’re p **g into the prevailing wind these days.) […].

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2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m off this month to the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington DC. Speechwriting raganspeech silicon valley speechwriters roundtable It’ll be my fifth conference. As in previous years, I’ll be podcasting interviews with attendees and presenters and grabbing some video with my Flip video camera to post to YouTube. Conference Call On Thursday February 20th at 7:15pm (Eastern) I’ll host an [.].

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Speechwriting secrets for professional speakers

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Saturday we heard from two communications experts: Speechwriter Pete Weissman and visual thinking expert David Sibbet. Award-winning speechwriter Pete Weissman revealed how he helps […]. Speechwriting National Speakers Association Pete Weissman This is the first of a two-part report on the September 27th meeting of Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

The changing world of speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined Vital Speeches of the Day Editor David Murray on a conference call earlier this week. David is executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association and was the MC of the recent Ragan Speechwriters Conference. He’s been […] Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined Vital Speeches of the Day Editor David Murray on a conference call earlier this week.

2015 147

Screenwriting and Storytelling Secrets for Speechwriters

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined speechwriter, screenwriter and author Mike Long on a conference call earlier this week. In part one Mike talked about becoming a freelance speechwriter. In this second edited highlight, Mike talks about how his experience as a […] Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined speechwriter, screenwriter and author Mike Long on a conference call earlier this week.

2015 175

16 Tips from Top Speechwriters

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The final day of the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference ended with a Speechwriter’s Survival Guide Panel session: Caryn Alagno (CA), SVP, Corporate Issues at Edleman Mike Long (ML), Freelance Speechwriter Colin Moorehouse (CM), Freelance Speechwriter David Murray (DM), editor of Vital Speeches of the Day Pete Weissman (PW), Freelance Communications Strategist and Speechwriter Fletcher Dean, [.].

Book Review: The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In a book that is in part the machinations of The Good Wife and in part the political farce of Yes Minister, Barton Swaim shares insights he gained into the life of a speechwriter during the second term of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. The author of The Speechwriter does not dwell on the series […]. Cultural Differences Speechwriting Book Review

2015 156

The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

An interesting post in OZY explains why the next hot job in Silicon Valley is speechwriting. Leslie Nguyen-Okwu does a great job interviewing David Murray, head of the Professional Speechwriters Association, who comments that When twentysomethings get “spit out of the administration after working 23 hours a day and [making] s**t money,” they’re “interested in […]. Speechwriting OZY

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The Speechwriting Secrets of Jon Favreau

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

During his first term in office, much of this help came from a young man who is arguably the most famous living speechwriter—Jon Favreau—who began working for then Senator Barack Obama [.] During his first term in office, much of this help came from a young man who is arguably the most famous living speechwriter—Jon Favreau—who began working for then Senator Barack Obama as only his second writing job out of college. Speechwriting raganspeech

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Survey: Speechwriters Seek to Turn Serendipity to Security

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Having “stumbled into” influential roles and a relatively lucrative career, members of the new Professional Speechwriters Association seek a safer, more strategic path, says the results of a membership survey. And what do the speechwriters say? Speechwriting Professional Speechwriters Association

2015 149

Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many speechwriters did you kill today?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Speechwriting Presidential SpeechwritersThanks to David Murray for pointing to a piece from DelanceyPlace.com about President Lyndon Johnson’s relentless work schedule that exhausted most of those who worked for him in the West Wing. This from the book Organizing the Presidency by Stephen Hess He worked a two-shift day, 7:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. to […].

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A Conversation with Ian Griffin on Speechwriting, Social Media & Blogging

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Barbara and I discussed my career as a freelance speechwriter, corporate […] On Thursday, December 13 the Silicon Valley Speeechwriters Roundtable hosted Ian Griffin in a free conference call. Barbara and I discussed my career as a freelance speechwriter, corporate employee, and blogger. We reviewed how I got into speechwriting, my experience in Silicon Valley companies, my Professionally Speaking blog as well as my new Booch News venture, and more.

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Video: 2012 Ragan Speechwriting Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

From first-time attendees to 10-year veterans, attendees at the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference were uniformly impressed with the event. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters ConferenceHear what a random baker’s dozen of the audience had to say.

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Speechwriting in Ancient Rome (II)

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Speechwriting CiceroRe-reading the wonderful historical novel on the life of Cicero by author Robert Harris – Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome that I last enjoyed back in 2010 I was struck by this quote on the effort Cicero expended when he was preparing a speech (p. 83): No one can really claim to know politics […]. Culture Shock!

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Guest posting: A Speechwriters Wish List, by Boe Workman

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

At a recent conference for senior speechwriters, Boe Workman the Director of CEO Communications at the AARP shared a one page ‘wish list’ for speechwriters to use when developing a presentation for their client. Speechwriting ChecklistBoe said he keeps this list pinned to his notice board and refers to it whenever he starts a new project. […].

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The 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards – A conversation with David Murray

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

And the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the speechwriters and the speakers who make it great. And the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the speechwriters and the speakers who make it great. Presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the prestigious monthly collection of speeches, the Cicero Speechwriting Awards recognize the work that makes the speeches that help leaders lead—in every sector of business, politics and society.

2018 116

A Conversation with Jeff Davenport on Speechwriting, Screenwriting and Delivery Coaching

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Jeff Davenport in a free conference call. Using his background as a screenwriter and professional public speaker, […] On Thursday, August 30th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Jeff Davenport in a free conference call. The secrets of the “Duarte Method” that any and all speechwriters can employ (Hint: read Resonate and Illuminate).

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A Conversation with Bob Sands on Sermons and Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands. Bob is a speaker and speechwriter who has helped people and businesses tailor and tell their stories for the last 25 years. Currently, he is focusing his time […] On June 19, 2018 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable held a conference call with Bob Sands. His segue intro speechwriting, and where he finds most of his freelance clients. Podcasts Speechwritin

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Speechwriters Conference Debrief 3 of 4: Michael Long

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this third edited highlight from the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable call, freelance speechwriter Michael Long shares his impressions of the conference. Mike taught a pre-conference workshop on Storytelling for speechwriters and has strong opinions about the keys to constructing a speech around a story. He also presented on Time management for speechwriters and relays [.]

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Speechwriters Conference Debrief 4 of 4: Q&A Session

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this fourth and final edited highlight from the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable call, we hear from the callers who had comments and questions. In this fourth and final edited highlight from the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable call, we hear from the callers who had comments and questions. By listening to the Q&A you’ll hear comments and opinions about many aspects of the first day of the Ragan Speechwriters conference.

2014 152

138 Top Tweets from the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 14 – 16, 2012 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. Over 200 professional speechwriters met for two days and attended a series of main stage keynotes and break out sessions. Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference TwitterUnlike other Ragan Conferences I’ve attended, where I had to select a small number of “top [.].

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101 Top Tweets from the 2013 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The annual Ragan Speechwriters Conference was held March 20 – 22, 2013 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. If you’d like to read more speechwriter tweets, check out [.]. Business Communication Speechwriting Ragan Speechwriters Conference Top Tweets TwitterI was not able to attend this year, but, like anyone who has access to Twitter, I enjoyed following the conference virtually via the hashtag #raganspeech.

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Speechwriters Conference Debrief 1 of 4: Jon Favreau keynote

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable conference call took place Feb 20 at the end of the first day of the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference. The Roundtable is open to anyone who is interested in speechwriting in Silicon Valley, not just those of us who live and [.] The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable conference call took place Feb 20 at the end of the first day of the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference.

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A Conversation with Matt Kivel, Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday, July 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Matt Kivel in a free conference call. Matt is the overall 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner for his speech The Power of a Story delivered by Gregory L. This is a searing personal story about the experiences […] On Thursday, July 19th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted Matt Kivel in a free conference call. His career transition from rock n’ roll critic to speechwriter.

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Podcast: Shel Holtz on Social Media and Speechwriting

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Wednesday October 4th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with Shel Holtz. We discussed the ways in which social and digital media — which have given rise to content marketing — offer a host of options to speechwriters to draw attention to the speech before, during, and after its delivery. Shel […] On Wednesday October 4th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with Shel Holtz. Podcasts Speechwriting

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Speechwriting & Soundbiting

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Speechwriting is the top paying specialty for writers. Speechwriters who know how to produce good soundbites get the best jobs – whether on staff or freelance. Learn how to make speechwriting and soundbiting work for you at my PRSAdallas bootcamp on Friday March 24. Career info Professional organizations SpeechwritingBring your questions … get professional answers … boost your career. […].

What drives speechwriters to drink?

Successful Speeches Blog

If speechwriters work for you, please watch this. If you’re a speechwriter, I know you’ll be able to identify with the others in this video. Speechwriters …what drives you to drink? Tags: Interviews Opinion Public Speaking Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing customers executives speakers speechwriters This short video from Ragan.com is priceless.

The 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

I’m off this week to the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington DC. Speechwriting Ragan CommunicationsIt’ll be my fourth conference and the second one at which I’ve presented. As in 2009, I’ll be podcasting interviews with attendees and presenters and grabbing some video with my Flip video camera to post to YouTube. It all fits with the [.].

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NY Speechwriters Conference Debrief 3 of 3

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this third and final edited highlight of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable conference call from the PSA World Conference, I give a summary of Bob Lehrman’s break out featuring a conversation with David Kusnet who was Clinton’s speechwriter. Podcasts Speechwriting

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Speechwriters Conference Debrief 2 of 4: Rosemary King & Douglass Hatcher

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

In this second edited highlight from the call, freelance speechwriter Rosemary King and Douglass Hatcher, VP of Thought Leadership at MasterCard, share their impressions of the conference and specifically the panel they were both on: Chart your career path: Job advice from successful professionals. By listening to Rosemary and Douglass you’ll hear tips and tricks about ways to chart a successful career as a speechwriter.

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NY Speechwriters Conference Debrief 1 of 3: David Murray

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable conference call took place May 21 at the end of the first day of the Professional Speechwriters Association (PSA) World Conference held May 22-23 at New York University. The Roundtable is open to anyone who is interested in speechwriting in Silicon Valley, not just those of us who live and work there. He concludes by describing advantages of becoming a member of the newly formed Professional Speechwriters Association.

2014 136

The Amazing World of Speechwriting

OnSpeechwriting

So I heard an amazing story last week at the Ragan Speechwriters’ Conference. OK, maybe not amazing but it’s a story every speechwriter and everyone who uses a speechwriter should hear. I was there to mingle with some of the best people in the world: speechwriters who “get it.” The speaker was Jon Favreau who was President Obama’s chief speechwriter for about eight years before he stepped out of the White House to open his own shop.

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The Speechwriting School - Where Communicators Become Speechwriters

OnSpeechwriting

Just a reminder that the second edition of The Speechwriting School is coming up. where you get to rub shoulders with some of the best speechwriters in the business. and the place where communicators become speechwriters. Sponsored by The Professional Speechwriters Association, it's the ONLY speech training designed by speechwriters, for speechwriters (and those interested), and given the seal of approval by the PSA.

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The Speechwriting School - Where Communicators Become Speechwriters

OnSpeechwriting

Just a reminder that the second edition of The Speechwriting School is coming up. where you get to rub shoulders with some of the best speechwriters in the business. and the place where communicators become speechwriters. Sponsored by The Professional Speechwriters Association, it's the ONLY speech training designed by speechwriters, for speechwriters (and those interested), and given the seal of approval by the PSA.

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Meeting Report: Silicon Valley Speechwriters hear about the Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Carmine Gallo was the featured speaker at today’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable. Business Communication Speechwriting Carmine Gallo silicon valley speechwriters roundtable Steve Jobs Gallo is the author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience Gallo is a communications coach for the world’s most admired brands. A former anchor and correspondent for CNN and [.].

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Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable to host Matt Teper

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable will host a conversation with Matt Teper on Wednesday, February 24 at 11:45am Pacific. SpeechwritingAll are welcome to join this free conference call by registering here. Matt is the Head of Editorial at Google, where he is the leader and founder of the Google Ink team, keeping participles undangled and […].

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The rise of the speechwriter

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Speechwriters are the coming thing. According to the Google Ngrams database of millions of terms from their vast collection of digitized books in American English, “speechwriter” is an increasingly common word. SpeechwritingIn fact, this is a profession that is more talked about, and more written about, than ever. Want proof?