Category: Speechwriting

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. They have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Brides, and Good Morning America being recognized as "Toast Whisperers." Learn more at

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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.

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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.

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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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Featured Writer of the Week: Jordan Michael Smith

Posted: September 9, 2019 | By:

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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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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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10 of the Greatest U.S. Presidential Speeches of All Time

Posted: July 3, 2019 | By:

Aristotle’s Rhetoric has defined what empowers a speaker and their audience, rating persuasion based on its appeals toward emotion, logic, and credibility. Speeches aim to inspire or convince. Key speeches by U.S. presidents are carefully constructed—usually by professional ghostwriters—to call Americans to action in vital historic moments. The following addresses are some of the greatest presidential speeches of all time because they...

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