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Changing The Music

As writers — fiction or otherwise — we tend to fall in love with our words. Then we hate them. And then we love them again. That’s when we want to reach for a pistol or at least a good editor.

For speechwriters, the issue becomes really problematic. Even though we know better we too often fall for our exquisite turns of phrase, for words we know are about to leap off the page – proof positive of our verbal …

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The Four Deal Breakers

There are four reasons I might turn down a speech. And only one is truly problematic.

So here goes.

Money. Write for people who have money. Seems obvious I know. But Ph.D Candidates rarely have any so you don’t want to be helping out on their oral dissertations. Wedding/reception speeches often fall under the same category. The give-away is when the prospective client says “you want how much for a five minute speech?” Not that you can’t get well paid …

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5 Tips For Speeding Up The Speech Writing Process

I am always looking for ways to shorten the “process time” when working on speeches. Here are five that I find helpful.

  • I don’t know about you, but I am the world’s worst proofreader when it comes to proofing my own drafts. That’s where I find someone else reading back my drafts to me aloud, as I check the text, so useful. But since people are not beating down my door to fill that role, I let Microsoft Word do

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In Praise of Boring Bloated Non-Committal (BBNC) Speeches

Well not in praise of exactly….

I wish I could tell you that every speech I have written was incisive, insightful, funny, memorable, quotable and all-in-all had the audience crying out to my client “don’t stop now….please do go on for another 10 minutes”. Well every once and a while I get to tuck one of those under my belt and say to myself “well done, mate.”

But the truth is I write a lot of BBNC speeches. Not on …

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