Listening tips for speechwriters

Joan Detz Speaker Services

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.

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

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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. […].

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

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 Twitter

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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 shaped you as a speechwriter?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

While teaching a speechwriting tutorial last week, my student (a federal government public affairs officer) asked: “What college classes proved most useful for you in speechwriting?” Career info Speaker coaching Speechwriting” Interesting question … easy answer: My linguistics classes. I took both undergrad and grad courses in linguistics. Thanks to The College of William and Mary for granting me a […].

Book Review: The Political Speechwriter’s Companion

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

“How do I get a job as a speechwriter?”. That’s the question Robert Lehrman’s students in his American University speechwriting class have on their minds. The answer, and an extensive catalog of the elements of speechwriting, are contained in the textbook for his course: The Political Speechwriter’s Companion: A Guide for Writers and Speakers (CQPress 2009). [.]. Tags: Speechwriting Bob Lehrman Book Review political speechwriting Robert Lehrman

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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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

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The speechwriter’s skill set: More tips for better listening

Joan Detz Speaker Services

International speakers SpeechwritingRemain silent while a client finishes telling you his account. Then paraphrase your client: “Now, let me make sure I get your priorities straight. First, CSR needs to …” At this point, you should get some feedback from your speaker. Feedback usually falls into two categories. A speaker might say: * “That’s it! That’s exactly […].

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

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

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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Public speaking pet peeves from frequent speakers & speechwriters

The Eloquent Woman

Inside Voice is the interview series in which we ask speakers and speechwriters to share their public speaking insights, lessons learned, and best practices. That's his pet peeve as a speechwriter. Deloitte's top speechwriter Caroline Johns says speakers can take this tactic too far. "I

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Speakers & speechwriters: Why are you quoting Ben Franklin?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

In teaching my speechwriting tutorials, I’ll sometimes review a speech manuscript that reads, “As Ben Franklin once said … ” […]. Presentation skills SpeechwritingToo often, I hear speakers throw in a random quote: “According to Ben Franklin [or Margaret Thatcher or Bill Gates or anyone else, for that matter] … ” It sounds arbitrary and – well, it sounds phony.

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Guest Posting: The Five Roles of a Speechwriter, by Brian Jenner

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Brian Jenner runs the European Speechwriters Network, an association that brings together international communicators to promote the craft and profession of speechwriting. Public Speaking Speechwriting Brian Jenner European Speechwriters NetworkThe Network hosts conferences and organizes training; supporting like-minded individuals, working as freelancers, or within international organizations, to share expertise, exchange ideas and make new contacts.

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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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. Freelance Work Podcasts Speechwriting Mike Long

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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Good advice for advertising & good advice for speechwriting

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Here’s an Ogilvy quote I’ve used as a mantra for my speechwriting business: “Some […]. SpeechwritingI’ve long admired advertising genius David Ogilvy. When I was in the account executive training program at Wells Rich Greene Advertising in NYC, I tried to learn as much as possible about communication. And one thing I learned? Heed David Ogilvy.

Storytelling tips from frequent speakers and speechwriters

The Eloquent Woman

All of the frequent speakers and speechwriters interviewed in my Inside Voice series are storytellers--and some of them help others to tell stories, too. Speechwriter Amélie Crosson-Gooderham adds reality to stories with detail.

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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. Speechwriting OZY

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Advice to Silicon Valley Speechwriters: Don’t screw up

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Business Communication International Communication Speechwriting Andrew Hill George Parker PR Silicon valley Columnist Andrew Hill, writing in today’s Financial Times, warns executives in Silicon Valley that they could become the next public enemies, facing a PR backlash similar to that suffered by bankers. He sees warning signs in the recent attacks on Apple, Google and Amazon for their tax strategies; for questions about the growing economic and [.].

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.

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Add Meaning with Metaphor: Edinburgh workshop for speakers, speechwriters

The Eloquent Woman

If you want your speeches to have greater impact, sticking with your listeners long after the speech is over, I hope you'll join me in Edinburgh, Scotland, in October for a new workshop that will help both speakers and speechwriters take advantage of the most powerful figure of speech: metaphor.

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Creating Your Perfect Speechwriting Environment

Speak and Deliver

Writing Den Writers Block Speechwriting Creativity Officephoto by Reg Saddler Ahhhhhh. Do you hear that? It's the sound of quiet. The quiet that comes after 18 days of Winter Break.

Is it time for you to attend Speechwriting School?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’ve heard the following comments from speechwriters in all fields: It takes me forever to find the just-right quotation Rewrites are killing me I can’t get enough face-to-face time with my client Transitions take me forever My General rewrote the entire opening of my speech.

Speechwriters, don't write differently for women. Write differently for men.

The Eloquent Woman

I go to a few speechwriters'' conferences, and I blog and do workshops about women and public speaking. From time to time, a speechwriter--usually a male speechwriter--will ask, "Do I need to write differently for women speakers?" Let''s try it in speechwriting.

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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?

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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Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt I: Speechwriting in Reverse

Speak and Deliver

I don''t know what to write! You''ll have to Google James Caan/Misery to find out what he''s actually typing. A common malady among writers, it is a shared obstacle between writers of prose and writers of oratory.

Conference notes from #uksgcam2015: Diving into speechwriting

The Eloquent Woman

But that dive took many different directions at the Spring Speechwriters and Business Communicators Conference in Cambridge, UK, creatively organized by Brian Jenner and deftly chaired by Alan Barker. All new ways of seeing, and describing, which are tasks speechwriters do daily.

Guest Posting: How to Write and Deliver a Great Speech, by Simon Lancaster

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Simon Lancaster is one of the world’s top speechwriters. He first became a speechwriter in the late 1990s, working for members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet. Public Speaking Speechwriting Eton simon lancaster

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Insights from 7 speakers and speechwriters: Our Inside Voice series

The Eloquent Woman

Inside Voice is the interview series in which we ask speakers and speechwriters to share their public speaking insights. Deloitte''s top speechwriter Caroline Johns says structure will help your speech "pack a bigger punch." "You

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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 [.]

128 Words to Use Instead of ‘Very’

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

SpeechwritingThanks to Luke at Proofreading Services for creating this very interesting (OK, OK, captivating) infographic: Click here for full-sized view.

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Book Review: The Compelling Communicator, by Tim Pollard

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Public Speaking Speechwriting presentation designThe true value of Tim Pollard’s excellent new book is conveyed by the subtitle: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design. While much of the literature on what makes a ‘compelling communicator’ focuses on cultivating delivery skills and stage presence, Pollard rightly consigns these topics to a brief Epilogue. Rather, his focus on […].

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Presidential Speechwriters call for more discipline by candidates

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The first day of the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC concluded with a blue-ribbon panel of former Presidential speechwriters (from both parties) calling for more discipline on the part of contenders for the USA’s highest office. Bush speechwriter Chriss Winston said Republican candidates are focused too much [.]. Public Speaking Speechwriting chriss watson clark judge mitt romney President Obama

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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. Podcasts Speechwriting Brian Jenner David Murray

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More TV speechwriting tips

Speak Schmeak

Reminds me of another brilliant TV speechwriter: Jean-Ralphio. Here's one way to write a speech (or in this case, "speach"). On this week's episode of " Up All Night ," talk show mogul Ava asks assistant Missy to write her speech for an upcoming event. First, she suggests words to avoid: "moist, ointment, nubbin, vigorous, vigorish(?) and 'at the end of the day.'"

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Defend a doomed dictator speechwriting competition

Max Atkinson

This raises the interesting question of whether a good speechwriter could do (0r could have done) anything to save them - and has prompted this competition.