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The God Question

One of the trickier types of speech to write, and one that you should consider carefully before accepting, is the speech given by experts to experts.

It is one thing to have an expert, say — a medical specialist — give a status report on the current state of diabetes research — at a fund-raising gathering. It is a fairly easy proposition to interview diabetes scientists on the subject which you then translate into plain English. On top of that

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Beware The Short Speech Assignment

When a prospective client calls and opens with “we only need a five minute speech”, often the implication behind the “only” is that that I could just bang it off in not much more time than that. And that my invoice would be commensurately small. Luckily most discerning clients (and to my clients who read this newsletter, you are all discerning!) understand the very tricky matters of short speeches.

I define “short” somewhere in the range of three to five …

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Giving It Away

Throughout your freelance career, from time to time, you will be asked to work for free. Trust me on this. You will. Before you consider any such requests, you have to set up some ground rules for yourself. This is my take on the subject.

First, if you undervalue your work, you are telling the world that it has little worth. And if you give it away, you are giving it zero value. In the first instance, you will attract …

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