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The first year of your new career

Posted: June 22, 2020 | By:

David Murray is editor of Vital Speeches of the Day. Learn more at vsotd.com or by following @VitalSpeeches on Twitter.


Exec comms has changed from corporate window-dressing to society-saving work. Are you up for this?

Last Friday the Professional Speechwriters Association and the Executive Communication Council held our first full-on virtual conference. In my keynote remarks, I suggested that this isn’t the most crucial time in the history...

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Speechwriter, Spiel Thyself

Posted: June 5, 2020 | By:

David Murray is editor of Vital Speeches of the Day. Learn more at vsotd.com or by following @VitalSpeeches on Twitter.


After spending careers mimicking their leader's voice and minding corporate mores, speechwriters must find their own voice now.

For almost 30 years, I’ve made some part of my living convening professional speechwriters or covering their silent struggles. If there’s been one prevailing sentiment among speechwriters across...

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Adapt your keynote speech for a virtual event

Posted: May 22, 2020 | By:

This article by Teresa Zumwald has been reposted with the author's permission. It was originally posted at zumwaldandcompany.com.

The fate of your keynote speech has been up in the...

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Your Audience Is Bored Already

Posted: April 10, 2020 | By:

David Murray is editor of Vital Speeches of the Day. Learn more at vsotd.com or by following @VitalSpeeches on Twitter.


It was a relatively good week for speeches and speechwriters!

On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth gave a widely appreciated televised speech calling on British citizens to show "the quiet, good-humored resolve" they've been known for going back to her first radio...

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How to Write the Perfect Wedding Toast

Posted: March 23, 2020 | By:

Alicia Ostarello and Angie Sommer are cofounders of Vow Muse, a ghostwriting service for all the special moments in your life including custom-written vows, speeches, and ceremonies. Learn more at vowmuse.com or by following @vowmuse on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


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Guy Snodgrass: An Officer and a Speechwriter

Posted: December 12, 2019 | By:

This article was reposted from Vital Speeches of the Day with permission from editor and publisher David Murray.


Guy Snodgrass

Interviewing Guy Snodgrass, chief speechwriter and communications director to James Mattis and author of Holding the Line: Inside Trump’s...

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5 Unforgettable Speeches by Women Authors, Activists, and Politicians

Posted: November 18, 2019 | By:

Learn about the Speaking While Female Speech bank, and read five of our favorite historic speeches by women from history, as well as leaders today.

Historically—and even presently—speeches by women have been vastly under-recognized. As anyone who has been moved by the words of women activists, authors, politicians, and thought leaders knows, that lack of recognition is not due to a dearth of women delivering powerful speeches and talks, but rather a systemic unwillingness to recognize the leadership and influence of women throughout history.

Dana Rubin has...

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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.


David Murray speechwriting - Gotham Ghostwriters

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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Featured Writer of the Week: Jordan Michael Smith

Posted: September 9, 2019 | By:

Bronwyn Fryer - Gotham Ghostwriters

Jordan Michael Smith is a former speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer. He is the author of a bestselling Kindle Single about President Jimmy Carter called Humanity. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and many other...

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3 Key Storytelling Strategies to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

Posted: September 5, 2019 | By:

Whether you're writing a speech or presentation yourself or working with a professional speechwriter, it's important to craft a strong hook and identify key messaging that will resonate with your audience. At the recent Writer's Digest Annual Conference, author Steven James — known for his highly engaging and entertaining talks on the craft of writing fiction, along with novels and nonfiction books — turned the lens on his strategies for commanding a room during public...

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