I helped Liz Truss. And you can do what she did…

31 October 2023

This time last year, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. I had got to know Liz Truss before she became an MP.

And now she was about to become Prime Minister.

We shared a secret. Back then, I’d started working as a professional speechwriter and she asked me how to improve her public speaking.

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Come to the London Brilliant Communicators’ Conference

10 October 2023

Last November I went to a wonderful conference called Wordstock organised on a Saturday in London by the writers’ group 26.

I paid £100 for a ticket, travelled up from Bournemouth on the train, heard a couple of brilliant presentations, had some good conversations, met some old acquaintances and bought a couple of books. It was one of the best days of my year.

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Patrick Ross: Winner of the Fred Metcalf Memorial Award for After-DInner Speaking 2023

11 April 2023

Congratulations to Patrick Ross, from West Wing Writers in the United States, who won this year’s Fred Metcalf Award for After-Dinner Speaking.

There were 20 entries to the competition which took place in Brasenose College Dining Hall on 23 March 2023.

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Is speechwriting a deception?

27 June 2022

Kathleen Wyatt’s new book, The Social Superpower – The Big Truth About Little Lies argues that fibs are necessary and protect us from harm

Wyatt is a journalist turned speechwriter. One might speculate that she has been motivated to write a book about deceptive trades because she is uncomfortable in her new role (although that’s a bit generous, as some would argue that journalists have a complex relationship with truth, too).

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Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel! Our conference returns. Join us.

11 January 2022

1) Life finds a way!

Dr Johnson supposedly said, ‘Never leave a man with the burden of an undelivered speech.’ In March 2020, we had to postpone our conference. That was a lot of undelivered speeches.

From 2009-2019 the European Speechwriter Network hosted 19 conferences in the UK and other European capitals. We built up a vibrant network of friendships, contacts and expertise. From 30 March to 1 April 2022, we’ll be back at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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E-Newsletter 30/6/2021

30 June 2021

Deep Hidden Meaning pt 2

Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it. Epictetus

Senior Speechwriter required

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for a speechwriter.

Details here

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E-Newsletter 16/6/2021

16 June 2021

Deep Hidden Meaning

With words we govern men – Benjamin Disraeli


The Confederation of British Industry, based in London,  is looking for a speechwriter.

Apply by the end of the week.
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E-Newsletter 24/5/2021

14 June 2021

The Art of Memory

Make your mess your message – Robin Roberts

Cambridge Speechwriter Position

The team within the University of Cambridge’s Development and Alumni Relations office is looking for a Senior Leadership Communications Specialist.

The recruitment process is being managed by Rachel Gardner Dalton. You can contact her through her LinkedIn Page.

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E-Newsletter 7/5/2021

7 May 2021

The iconoclasm of Thomas Szasz

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence – Thomas Szasz

Speechwriting for Science

An external comms job has come up for a fluent German/English speaker based in Göttingen for a biochemical company called Sartorius.
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E-Newsletter 21/4/2021

21 April 2021

Shakespeare the Speechwriter

Comedy is where women run the world. Tragedy is where men run the world – Amazon.com review of Othello

Wolverhampton Speechwriters

Speechwriter required at the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to be based in Wolverhampton or London.
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