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Author: David Murray

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...
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...
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...
Some speechwriters might have resented it when I criticized Jon Favreau and Lovett for what I saw as the glib, snarky style the former Obama speechwriters showed on...
“People need to be reminded,” said Samuel Johnson, “more often than they need to be instructed.” Commencement speakers struggle to come up with a speech, when “everything’s...
I took a Robert Kennedy biography on spring break, and all I got was six lousy insights on speechwriting. Actually, not lousy at all, thanks to author...
In this space a couple of weeks ago, an outsider might have thought speechwriters were complaining about the unreasonable—or unreasonably numerous—demands that organizations place on them. As a...
You’re doing your job. But are you doing your job? As we read every week in The Executive Communication Report, executive commuincation professonals are hired to “prepare speeches and...
One of the few downsides of being immersed in rhetorical theory every day all day is that the amorality of it gets on your clothing, and you...