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Author: David Murray

If institutions are going to become more culturally sensitive, their communicators have to be more than well-intentioned. Rather than trying to walk in the other person’s shoes—how about let’s hire a communicator who walks in her own shoes, all the way to work?
This article was reposted from David Murray’s blog with permission from the author. I have been published in The New York Times, the Atlantic, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and many other...
This article was reposted from Vital Speeches of the Day with permission from editor and publisher David Murray. Interviewing Guy Snodgrass, chief speechwriter and communications director to...
This article was written by David Murray, editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day. What I’m about to say is probably naive in some ways...
This article was written by David Murray, editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day. I’d been brought up—by two writer parents at the dinner table...
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...
… 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...
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...
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...
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...