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Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow: a treasure trove of tips for speechwriters and speakers

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a fantastic resource for comms professionals. Here’s why… As an in-house speechwriter, you find yourself attending a great many training…

Performative utterances: what speechwriters can learn from surgeons, tailors, and magicians

While I was lurking at an event in London a couple of weeks ago, tasked with that least glamorous of speechwriter tasks — remotely clicking through Powerpoint slides…

Invisible Ink: Rhetoric in Speechwriting

I’ve mentioned before how popular representations of speechwriters don’t always chime with lived experience. Along the same lines, whenever I’ve been asked what qualities a speechwriter needs most, I…

Against blandness: what speechwriters can learn from Scottish mountain climbers

I’ve just finished a very interesting book about the glory days of Scottish mountain climbing, Mountain Days and Bothy Nights. What I enjoyed was its focus not on…

When a speech is not a speech

There is a stereotype of the speechwriter as a figure hurriedly crafting compelling arguments and desperately coining memorable phrases, ready in an instant to pull diverse policy initiatives…

The challenge of the short-form statement

Speechwriters don’t just write speeches. We’re asked to provide statements, forewords, op-eds, soundbites, and much more. Sometimes these commissions are more difficult than the longer speeches. It’s easier…

Speechwriting: Advice for a first-time public speaker

I was recently asked to edit a selection of speeches to be given by students at their graduation ceremonies. Back when I graduated, student speeches weren’t included in…

Speechwriting: Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury

A few quick notes on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at Glastonbury this weekend. Although there have been moments of brilliance in recent interviews, his public speaking is still so…

Speechwriting: May’s muscular metaphors

#GeneralElection Summary: APRILMay: “June” — James Martin (@Pundamentalism) April 18, 2017 A few hours ago, Theresa May announced that she will call a snap general election to take…

Risk-Averse Humour for Business Speeches

You need to write a funny speech, but for a business audience? Read on. What follows may be the least funny guide to funny speechwriting… But bear with…