E-Newsletter 18/2/2021

Posted on 18 February 2021  |   Leave a comment

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


Opportunity in the Middle East

A recruitment agency is looking for someone to fill an undisclosed post in Dubai.

Apply here


Communicating to Understand

David Murray, the editor of Vital Speeches of the Day, and organiser of the Professional Speechwriters Association conferences in America, has sent me his new book. It’s called An Effort to Understand.

It’s made up of 70 pithy essays on leadership, life and communication. It feels like a New York Times bestseller to me!

We’re all invited to a special online conference/book launch on Friday 26 March to discuss how we can recreate civil discourse in our societies.

The details are here.


Can’t Get You Out of My Head

Adam Curtis makes documentaries for the BBC about how people get power and keep power in the modern world.

His latest work is a six-part marathon explaining how we got to where we are today.

International viewers can watch it on YouTube here, otherwise it’s available on iPlayer.

It’s complex, but not incoherent as some critics have said.

It’s an  important series for speechwriters because Curtis shows how stories can bind us together and motivate us to create a better collective future.

Using vignettes about characters who have strived to change the world, ranging from mathematician, George Boole, to musician, Tupac Shakur, he shows how their ideas played out and how difficult it is to challenge established networks of power.


Farnam Street

The Farnam Street blog is always worth a browse.

Last week there was a post about a former mathematics professor from MIT called Gian-Carlo Rota who wrote an article titled: Ten Lessons I Wish I Had Been Taught. It  contains valuable advice for making people pay attention to your ideas.

Click here to read the article


An Audience with Dr Max Atkinson

We’ve got a stellar line-up of speakers for ‘An Audience with Dr Max Atkinson’ on Wednesday 3 March at 11am. U.S. Senator John Barrasso from Wyoming has recorded a video in praise of Max, which we’ll be showing during the Zoom session.

Trevor Pinch, a professor at Cornell University, and the author of The Hard Sell has also agreed to speak.

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Write Speeches Like Shakespeare

On Friday 5 March at 3pm, I’ll be interviewing Professor Scott Netwstok about his new book (which was a Times Literary Supplement book of the year last year) called How to Think Like Shakespeare.

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Friday Afternoon Zoom

I have formalised the 3.30pm Friday afternoon speechwriter hang out on the website (see the copy here). We’ve had a couple of excellent presentations from new members recently. Everyone welcome!


Welcome to New Members
Stuart Pink, from Bellingham in the US, has joined the UK Speechwriters’ Guild. Stuart is a Toastmaster. You can see him action in one of their international speech contests here.Please tell your colleagues about the European Speechwriter Network/UK Speechwriters’ Guild. And if your subscription is not up-to-date please consider renewing it.UK Speechwriters’ GuildEuropean Speechwriter Network

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