So You Want to Be a Speechwriter?peechwriters need to know how writers most effectively function within the personal staff and with outside entities. The following thoughts are offered in the hope they may assist aspiring speechwriters. In the interest of simplicity and clarity, we have used the term “principal” instead of a specific person or title.
New writers imagine themselves sitting down and working out a speech with the principal having provided overarching guidance well ahead of time, then reviewing several drafts and discussing the speech at length afterward. But the reality is there is never enough time for this. The principal is simply too busy.
Where Are You?
The first thing to do is determine where you are in your principal’s tour: the honeymoon, the agenda, or the conclusion phase. Everything is new in the honeymoon stage. The principal is fresh; each speech is a chance to tell the operating forces, industry, or Congress something different. The principal’s vision, personnel initiatives, and the value of the operational force are often topics for speeches at this point.