A speech, for the speechwriters

Dear Corporate Speechwriter: I find myself thinking of coach Herb Brooks’ pregame speech to the 1980 U.S. hockey team, as portrayed in the movie, Miracle, by Kurt Russell. “This,” Brooks shouts …

A party foul, to say the least

There’s an unwritten tradition that the previous president doesn’t criticize the sitting president.  There’s an unnecessary tradition that the previous president’s speechwriters don’t critique the sitting president’s scribes. Unnecessary, because it always …

Make Speeches Boring Again

As some of us allow ourselves to imagine a time in the comprehensible future when we don’t feel like we’re hurtling through history backward, forward and sideways in a tumbling …

Speechwriting, now!

From a 2015 post on my personal blog, Writing Boots. —DM My pals were meeting me at the corner tavern in 15 minutes, when my wife came to me needing …

A hot take, four years old

Four years ago this week, I stood in a security line for an hour waiting to get out of the Quicken Loans Arena, after watching Donald Trump’s speech in acceptance …

Speechwriter, repent

When you run a professional association, you like to believe you’re doing good in the world. And that the industry you represent contributes to the health of humanity. And that …