Whitepapers & Studies
In-depth information on speechwriting and leadership communication, from the Professional Speechwriters Association.
Writers of the Lost Art: “Rhetorical Perspective,” and the Future of Speechwriting
Previously published by the PSA
The Executive Communication Standard – What You Need to Know
Back to the Future, in Professional Speechwriting
Internal Exec Comms: A Philosophical Brief
Internal Exec Comms: The Case for Your Embrace
A Provocation from the Pulpit: Dead Preachers Challenge Living Speechwriters
How to Write a Great Commencement Speech (And Why You Must)
Speechwriter to Executive Communication Manager, in 10 Strategic Steps
One Step at a Time: A Practical Process for Writing Any Speech
The Venerable Venues Keep Up with the Times: A Benchmarking Report
An Eclectic Philosophy, by ECC Founder & Executive Director David Murray
The Trust Deficit: What Speechwriters Need to Know Now
Leadership Communication and Speechwriting in the Age of Social Media
What is a Speechwriter?
Speechwriting School Online
Professional Development Academy
Below are some useful links for speechwriters. Additional resources available for members under My Account.
- All the Top Speaking News
An online clearinghouse of dozens of blogs on public speaking, speechwriting and leadership communication.
A searchable, public-domain collection of great American speeches—text, audio and video.
- Figures of Speech Served Fresh
Rhetorician Jay Heinrichs “rips the innards out of things people say and reveals the rhetorical tricks and pratfalls.”
- Gotham Ghostwriters Blog
Insights about the business of speechwriting and ghostwriting, from the leading writing firm.
- Joan Detz’s Blog
The beloved author and speechwriter coach offers seasoned advice on the craft and the business of speechwriting.
- New York Speechwriters Roundtable
Speechwriter Dana Rubin convenes regular meetings and sends job notices and other useful information for New York-based speechwriters.
- Podium Pundits
Former Republican and Democratic presidential speechwriters come together “to analyze and comment on major speeches, messaging strategy, and the business of communications.”
- Presentation Zen
Presentation design guru Garr Reynolds writes about how to create tasteful visuals and deliver authentic messages.
- Professionally Speaking
Freelance ghost Ian Griffin’s speechwriterly view of the world.
ReputationXchange.com is a blog written by Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross, Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist.
- Rosemary King: Speechwriting, Speech Coaching & Speech Training
A veteran leadership communication pro offers practical ideas for better oral communication, from ideation to writing to delivery.
- Speaking While Female
Historical and contemporary speeches by women.
- Speechwriting 2.0
Veteran corporate speechwriter Fletcher Dean gives his instructive take on the news of the day.
- TED: Ideas worth spreading
A collection of videos talks from the exclusive annual TED conference: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”
- UK Speechwriters’ Guild
Training and networking for speechwriters in the United Kingdom
- Writing Boots
The personal blog of Vital Speeches editor David Murray, on “freelance journalism, business communication and other ways to earn a happy living on cheap talk.”