Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blog carnival: What do speechwriters want to know from speakers?

If you've never worked with a speechwriter, there are lots of advantages:  You'll get turns of phrase, concise versions of your long-windedness, and someone else to think through a coherent talk.  But before all those nice results, you need to talk to the speechwriter. Really, you do.

I only emphasize this because Speechwriters I Have Known beg primarily for one thing: "Tell your clients to give us time, early, and well before the speech."

Speechwriters have many skills: They can look up apt quotations and figure out where to work them in. They can give you a narrative, pull disparate items into a thematic whole, remind you whom to thank or give you those grace notes that will have the crowd beaming  For an important, high-pressure or data-laden talk, they can boil down your details, create the call to action and take at least one burden of speaking off your shoulders.

Fortunately, lots of speechwriters follow The Eloquent Woman. In case no one's told you about what speechwriters need from you to succeed, I'm going to ask them to contribute to a blog carnival on the topic. Here's how it works: Speechwriters, speaking coaches or speakers who have worked with speechwriters are invited to post on their own blogs about what's most helpful to share with speechwriters.  Post to your own blog by August 27 at midnight Eastern US time, and send me the link; I'll compile the advice into a post with all the crowdsourced advice.  So tell us: What do you want to know from speakers? What helps you shape your advice or the content--and why?

I'm looking forward to your contributions. Email me at info[at]dontgetcaught[dot]biz with any questions.