E-Newsletter 19/3/2021

19 March 2021

I collect brightly feathered sentences

Let go or be dragged – Zen proverb

Care Quality Commission

They’re looking for a Senior Communications and Engagement Officer (Speaker Engagement and Speechwriting) – apply here.

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E-Newsletter 2/3/2021

2 March 2021

A Modest Email About How to Write An Adequate Speech

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those who find us boring. La Rochefoucauld

BEIS speechwriter

The UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is advertising for a speechwriter. See here. 

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E-Newsletter 18/2/2021

18 February 2021

Can’t Get You Out of My Head

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear – Albert Camus


Opportunity in Banking

NatWest Bank is looking for a speechwriter.

Apply here

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An Inauguration Event: What do speechwriters do all day?

8 February 2021

On Wednesday 20 January 2021, in conjunction with the European School of Rhetoric, we hosted an event to coincide with Joe Biden’s Inauguration, What do speechwriters do all day?.

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A speech that’s lasted over 20 years

11 May 2020

Last year Margaret Webster joined the UK Speechwriters’ Guild. I had known Margaret 25 years earlier because we were both members of the Grosvenor Square Speakers in London – part of Toastmasters International – a group that trains people in public speaking.

I was chatting to Margaret during the lockdown and I happened to mention that I always remembered her speech about the zombies, which she made at one of the club meetings. It made a deep impression on me at the time. Read more

Oh Come O Come To Emmanuel!

4 December 2019

Seven reasons to join us for the 20th Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ conference

1) Meet your peers

On February 13, 2008, I arrived at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC for my first speechwriters’ conference.

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Five hard lessons I’ve learnt from running my own speechwriting business

28 August 2019

1) What exactly does a speechwriter do? 

The basic principles of speechwriting are simple and obvious.

There’s a story about famous basketball coach John Wooden – a figure who is lauded by managers like Alex Ferguson.

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The Paris Speechwriting Conference 2019

12 July 2019

French political rhetoric is supposedly intellectual, grandiose and ‘revolutionary’, while British political rhetoric is pragmatic, prosaic and dry.

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Now You’re Talking by Trevor Cox

8 February 2019

Speechwriters write speech. Yet few of us, I’d guess, give much thought to the instrument that brings our words alive: the speaker’s voice.

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Speechwriting, the ‘Obama’ way, at Queen’s College, Oxford

13 December 2018

Speechwriting, the ‘Obama’, way will be the theme of the 18th Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ conference taking place at Queen’s College, Oxford from 3-5 April, 2019.

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