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Why Now Is a Great Time to Be a Corporate Speechwriter

Posted: October 9, 2019 | By:

This article was written by David Murray, editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day.


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What I'm about to say is probably naive in some ways and impractical in others and may come across as a bit overwrought in general—but I'm not going hold back from telling everyone who helps...

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Communication can’t solve everything. But can it solve anything?

Posted: August 28, 2019 | By:

This article was written by David Murray, editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day.


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I’d been brought up—by two writer parents at the dinner table and by Phil Donahue on TV—to believe that communication could solve anything.

It wasn’t only me: My whole American...

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Stephen Miller: Can Speechwriters Learn from Him?

Posted: August 26, 2019 | By:

This article by David Murray, editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day, originally appeared on his website here. It has been reposted with the author's permission.


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White...

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Good Writers Don’t…

Posted: December 14, 2018 | By:

... write "less" when "fewer" is called for, or "farther" when "further" is needed, or "hopefully" at all—even though these distinctions don't matter to anybody except other writers and people who shop at Whole Foods. (Good writers care about the opinion of other good writers.)

... call moments "special," utter the term "adult beverage," congratulate the birthday boy for being "90 years young," describe everything that's amusing as...

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How to Operate Your Speechwriter

Posted: November 30, 2018 | By:

Every year, the Professional Speechwriting Association surveys our members—on job satisfaction, on salary trends, on trends and concerns in the business. This year, we asked simply, "What Do Speechwriters Want?"

If speechwriters could get more out of their careers than they're getting, what would it be? It would be everything, we learned. Speechwriters want...

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If you want to hire a writer, get a writer to write the ad

Posted: June 29, 2018 | By:

The company is advertising for a writing job, but it lets HR goons write the job description.

And so the company seeks a writer who is a "self-starter with ability to work independently and juggle multiple projects and deadlines." Because nothing motivates a writer like the promise of lonely desperation.

The company further specifies that it needs someone who is "responsive and focused on executing in a fast-paced...

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Ghosts: A Thing of the Past?

Posted: May 18, 2018 | By:

Six years ago I helped a young Army officer who was dying of cancer to write his memoir. The first edition, published by Beaver's Pond Press, had my name on the cover, because that's what the author and I felt was most honest. When Random House bought the rights, they wanted me off the cover on account of people look askance at an as-told-to book.

Caring about book sales the most, I readily agreed to this change. Unfortunately the...

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Why Are Speakers Afraid of Speechwriters?

Posted: January 29, 2018 | By:

At a Professional Speechwriters Association seminar in Chicago last week, another speechwriter asked me: How do I animate and effervesce my wooden, flat speaker?

Bring in a speaking coach, I told her.

I'm sick of telling speechwriters that.

Speaking coaches can polish a rough speaker, but teaching a stiff speaker to act animated is like tying...

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What Makes A Political Speech Boring?

Posted: January 15, 2018 | By:

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio isn’t pleased with the speeches he is reading, we learn from recently released City Hall emails, reported in the New York Post.

Who’s to blame? De Blasio’s speechwriters, he says. From the Post: 

In particular, de Blasio raged at underlings after a speech about his Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City that apparently had his audience paying more attention to their watches than to him. …

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Your CEO Needs You

Posted: June 23, 2017 | By:

It’s not a complaint one often hears about CEOs. But when it comes to CEO communication, it’s true: CEOs don’t know what they want.

I know this now.

And it’s useful knowledge to have.

I spent two straight days (and two serious nights) with some of the leading executive communication thinkers, practitioners and researchers at the CEO Communication Summit, convened by the Professional Speechwriters Association last week in Montreal.

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