A Young Person’s Guide to Speechwriting

Posted on 20 July 2018

The European Speechwriter Network has filmed a video to promote ‘oracy’ and encourage young people to take an interest in speechwriting.

The 13-minute video was filmed in King’s College, Cambridge during the European Speechwriter Network spring conference.

It features an Obama speechwriter, a speechwriter for George W. Bush and David Cameron’s speechwriter.

They talk about the importance of speeches, what the work entails and the skills they learnt in school which made them eligible to pursue a career in speechwriting.

The organiser of the network, Brian Jenner, said,

‘There’s a lack of inspirational resources to promote ‘oracy’. In this film we make a connection between what pupils can learn in school with how it can be applied in the adult world.’

‘Speechwriting is much misunderstood, but it’s a great way for young people to get access to top people, to practise skills that have many applications and to prepare for leadership roles in the future.’

He continued, ‘We’re keen to persuade schools to show the video and get our members to provide a positive message about the importance of getting involved in politics.’

If you’d like to invite a speechwriter to your school or college to show the video and speak about speechwriting, please get in touch.

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