Rhetorical Recap: You’ve Got a Friend

We’ve lost hold of the anchoring and orienting forms by which we connect to politics. Guess who to the rescue, for Democrats at least. The day after Bernie Sanders endorsed …

Strategically, she writes

Review of Leading Lines by Lucinda Holdforth (HarperCollins, 2020) If you’re going to read one book about speechwriting this year, then pick up a copy of Australian speechwriter Lucinda Holdforth’s just-published Leading Lines. Her book …

American Embassy in Poland seeks speechwriter

The American Embassy in Poland needs a speechwriter: “Serves as the principal English-language writer for the Ambassador and other senior Embassy officials. Collaborates with the Ambassador to develop original content, appropriately …

Your Audience Is Bored Already

It was a relatively good week for speeches and speechwriters! On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth gave a widely appreciated televised speech calling on British citizens to show “the quiet, good-humored resolve” they’ve been …

The Right Book for Right Now

Review of:  FDR on Democracy: The Greatest Speeches and Writings of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, by Harvey J. Kaye (available via Amazon in both print and ebook) In these days of …

How to Write the “Catastrophe Speech”

How to write the “catastrophe speech.” By writer Kevin Toolis’ definition, coronavirus is not a “catastrophe”—a singular disastrous event. But it will almost certainly contain such events—for the world, for your …

For you, from us

Resources for you, from the Professional Speechwriters Association: • The Video CEO: Make the Boss Comfortable, Compelling and Compassionate on Screen takes place Friday, at 1:00 Eastern. Register right now to join Fred Garcia and …