A Postcard From the Liminal Space

Four years ago, I was honored to attend the inaugural meeting of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business’s newly formed Leadership Communication Council, in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I summed …

Speechwriting: Still a Marvelous Job for a Moonlighter

Professional Speechwriters Association chief David Murray got a question awhile back from a guy who normally has the answers—speechwriting sage Robert Lerhman, co-author of The Political Speechwriter’s Companion, speechwriting teacher at American …

A speech for “enough of us”?

For many years I’ve shown audiences of speechwriters all over America and all over the world President Carter’s famous “Crisis of Confidence” speech, also known as his “malaise” speech, even …

Let’s mull the lull

Is your internal exec comms falling off a little lately? Or is it falling off the table? Into our fifth month of publishing our daily Executive Communication: Coronavirus newsletter, we still have …

The first year of your new career

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 …

Speechwriter, Spiel Thyself

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 all that …

U.S. Bank CEO weighs in on George Floyd

“Why George Floyd mattered—to us all,” is the subject line of an all-employee email sent yesterday by U.S. Bank CEO Andy Cecere. The bank is headquartered in Minneapolis, where Floyd was …