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. Speechwriting

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

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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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.

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

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2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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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.

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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

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. The secrets of the “Duarte Method” that any and all speechwriters can employ (Hint: read Resonate and Illuminate). Podcasts Speechwriting Storytelling Screenwriting

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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

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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. In part one Mike talked about becoming a freelance speechwriter. In part one Mike talked about becoming a freelance speechwriter.

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The Next Hot Job in Silicon Valley Is Speechwriting

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An interesting post in OZY explains why the next hot job in Silicon Valley is speechwriting. Speechwriting OZY

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A Conversation with Matt Kivel, Cicero Speechwriting Award Winner

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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. Speechwriting Cicero Awards

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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?

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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

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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

Speechwriters Conference Debrief 1 of 4: Jon Favreau keynote

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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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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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Speechwriting in Ancient Rome (II)

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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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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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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

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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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Speechwriters Conference Debrief 4 of 4: Q&A Session

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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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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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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. […].

Meeting Report: The wit and wisdom of speechwriter Hal Gordon

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

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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138 Top Tweets from the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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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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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

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The 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference

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

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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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Meeting Report: Nancy Duarte discusses presentation excellence with Silicon Valley Speechwriters

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Nancy Duarte was the guest speaker at Monday’s meeting of the Silicon Valley Speechwriters Roundtable. Business Communication Keynotes Public Speaking Speechwriting evita peron Garr Reynolds nancy duarte sherly sandberg Sparklines

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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.

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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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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The rise of the speechwriter

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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?

Freelance speechwriters: Time to update your website?

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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.

7 Executive Communications Lessons for World-Class Speechwriters

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Business Communication Public Speaking Speechwriting Blog AnniversarySeven years ago this month, I added this Professionally Speaking blog to my Executive Communications website. Now, on New Year’s Day 2013, which happens to be my father’s 92nd Birthday — Happy Birthday Dad! — I’ve reached the milestone of 700 blog postings. This seems like a suitable moment to reflect some of the key [.].

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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