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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2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards

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SpeechwritingI’m delighted that transcripts of the 25 best speeches selected by Vital Speeches of the Day are now available.

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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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Becoming a Freelance Speechwriter

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Members of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable joined speechwriter, screenwriter and author Mike Long on a conference call earlier this week. Freelance Work Podcasts Speechwriting Mike Long

The Professional Speechwriters Association

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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 part two he reviewed highlights from the 2015 Ragan Speechwriters Conference.

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.

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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. Shel […] On Wednesday October 4th the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable hosted a conference call with Shel Holtz. Podcasts Speechwriting

The changing world of speechwriting

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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.

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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 part one Mike talked about becoming a freelance speechwriter.

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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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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 [.] Speechwriting raganspeech

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Survey: Speechwriters Seek to Turn Serendipity to Security

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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?

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Guest posting: A Speechwriters Wish List, by Boe Workman

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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 Checklist

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Book Review: The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

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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

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Speechwriters Conference Debrief 3 of 4: Michael Long

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In this third edited highlight from the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable call, freelance speechwriter Michael Long shares his impressions of the conference. He also presented on Time management for speechwriters and relays [.]

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Speechwriting & Soundbiting

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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. […].

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, [.].

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 [.]

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Listening tips for speechwriters

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International speakers SpeechwritingWhen interviewing your client for a major speech, talk less and listen more. You’ll get better information – and the executive will get a better speech. Sit quietly. Watch body language. Listen to tone. Don’t interrupt.

NY Speechwriters Conference Debrief 2 of 3

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He comments on the “Know your Worth” breakout session with Fletcher Dean, Julie Conway and Harry Kruglik and the relevance of salary surveys in journalism which might be valuable for speechwriters to initiate. Podcasts Speechwriting

2014 130

101 Top Tweets from the 2013 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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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 Twitter

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NY Speechwriters Conference Debrief 3 of 3

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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

2014 130

Video: 2012 Ragan Speechwriting Conference

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

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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

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Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable to host Matt Teper

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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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NY Speechwriters Conference Debrief 1 of 3: David Murray

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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. Podcasts Speechwriting Brian Jenner David Murray

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Freelance speechwriters: Time to update your website?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Freelance speechwriting is a global business – if you market it globally. A freelance speechwriter who attended 5 of my speechwriting seminars has turned a local speechwriting business into a global speechwriting business.

The Speechwriting School - Where Communicators Become Speechwriters

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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.

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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.

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Quick advice for speechwriters

Joan Detz Speaker Services

” [Norman Cousins] Wise words to guide your speechwritingSpeechwritingWhat images do you create in the minds of your audience? “Some say that nothing is more vivid or memorable than a picture. We disagree. No visual image is as vivid as the image created by the mind in response to words.”

Meeting Report: The wit and wisdom of speechwriter Hal Gordon

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On Thursday September 17, 2015 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters welcomed Hal Gordon as our guest on a conference call. Hal was a speechwriter for the Reagan White House and later wrote for Gen. Since 2005, Hal has provided executive speech writing for top executives of Shell Oil, Royal Dutch Shell, CenterPoint Energy, GE […] On Thursday September 17, 2015 the Silicon Valley Speechwriters welcomed Hal Gordon as our guest on a conference call. Speechwriter’s Guild.

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The business of speechwriting: Get recommendations

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Whether you work on-staff as a speechwriter or work independently as a freelancer, you need testimonials for your speechwriting. These recommendations can be as brief as one phrase (“The best freelance speechwriter we’ve ever hired”) or run as long as a paragraph.

UK Speechwriters Speak Out

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A small group of UK speechwriters held their first conference in Bournemouth last month and recorded a fascinating video highlighting the similarities and differences between speech writing in the USA and UK. It’s an extremely eloquent statement of the value of speechwriters. Tags: Speechwriting UK speechwriters

UK Speechwriters Speak Out

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A small group of UK speechwriters held their first conference in Bournemouth last month and recorded a fascinating video highlighting the similarities and differences between speech writing in the USA and UK. It’s an extremely eloquent statement of the value of speechwriters. Tags: Speechwriting UK speechwriters

UK Speechwriters Speak Out

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

A small group of UK speechwriters held their first conference in Bournemouth last month and recorded a fascinating video highlighting the similarities and differences between speech writing in the USA and UK. It’s an extremely eloquent statement of the value of speechwriters. Tags: Speechwriting UK speechwriters

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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What is a Speechwriter?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

If you’ve wondered about those rare beings called “speechwriters&# , David Murray offers some provocative insights on what makes us tick: A speechwriter is well-educated, and usually better educated both formally and informally than her workaday PR colleagues. A speechwriter is well-read on current events. Tags: Speechwriting

What is a Speechwriter?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

If you’ve wondered about those rare beings called “speechwriters&# , David Murray offers some provocative insights on what makes us tick: A speechwriter is well-educated, and usually better educated both formally and informally than her workaday PR colleagues. A speechwriter is well-read on current events. Tags: Speechwriting

What is a Speechwriter?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

If you’ve wondered about those rare beings called “speechwriters&# , David Murray offers some provocative insights on what makes us tick: A speechwriter is well-educated, and usually better educated both formally and informally than her workaday PR colleagues. A speechwriter is well-read on current events. Tags: Speechwriting

Speechwriting: Use active verbs

Joan Detz Speaker Services

SpeechwritingNote the series of active verbs in the following sentence (from the address by Daniel Webster at the cornerstone laying of Bunker Hill Monument in June 1825): “Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote its great interests, and see whether we also in our day […].