Since it started in 2009, the UK Speechwriters’ Guild has attracted a committed group of individuals who enjoy meeting up at conferences to listen to top speechwriters talk about their work.
The initial impetus came from British speechwriter, Brian Jenner, who was invited to speak at the Ragan Communications Speechwriters Conference in Washington in 2008.
Every spring, over 200 US speechwriters meet at the Mayflower Hotel to listen to each other describe their strategies for communicating with voters, clients and customers.
The questions came from the American delegates to their British visitor: how does speechwriting work in the UK? How can our speakers appear at your events? How could we promote our magazine that publishes speechwriting tips in Europe?
He couldn’t answer their questions. In December 2008, he tried to find out by sending out invitations to a drinks party in the Theatre Bar of the Victoria in London W2. Thirty people involved in the public speaking, training and speechwriting business showed up.
This inspired the first conference of the UK Speechwriters’ Guild held on Friday 16 September 2009 at the Arts University College in Bournemouth.
It became apparent that there was a community of public speaking experts and accomplished speechwriters in the UK and they enjoyed each other’s company.
It also became apparent that there was little understanding of what a speechwriter does within organisations, and even less appreciation for the idea of it being a specialist skill.
Since that time we have hosted regular conferences and events. We’ve built up a conference which rivals the annual Ragan Communications Washington event, firmly establishing speechwriting as multilingual talent that offers employment opportunities across the globe, pays well and involves stimulating work within big organisations.
In 2012, because we were attracting so many visiting delegates from Europe, we started the European Speechwriter Network.
We now host two conferences each year. One in Oxford or Cambridge in the spring, one in mainland Europe in the autumn. We have already hosted conferences in Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Leuven and Helsinki.
We like to follow your career development.
Over the last 12 years, we’ve had young graduates join when they were in a junior role.
Some are now senior speechwriters working for top politicians and business leaders.
People in public life need to be aware of the advanced principles of writing and speaking.
We direct you to where you can find them.
1) Life finds a way! Dr Johnson supposedly said, 'Never leave a man with the burden of an undelivered speech.' In M More
Deep Hidden Meaning pt 2 Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus Senior Speechwriter required The UK De More
Deep Hidden Meaning With words we govern men - Benjamin Disraeli CBI The Confederation of British Industry, based i More
The Art of Memory Make your mess your message - Robin Roberts Cambridge Speechwriter Position The team within the U More
The iconoclasm of Thomas Szasz Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence - Thomas Szasz Speechwriting More
Shakespeare the Speechwriter Comedy is where women run the world. Tragedy is where men run the world - Amazon.com revie More
J K Rowling or Schopenhauer to write your wedding speech? The prosperous can not easily form a right idea of misery - Q More
I collect brightly feathered sentences Let go or be dragged - Zen proverb Care Quality Commission They're looking More
A Modest Email About How to Write An Adequate Speech We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those wh More
Can't Get You Out of My Head Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear - Albert Camus Opportunity in B More
On Wednesday 20 January 2021, in conjunction with the European School of Rhetoric, we hosted an event to coincide wi More