Edward Mortimer 1943-2021

30 June 2021

We were sad to hear of the death of Edward Mortimer on 18 June 2021.

Edward was a distinguished speechwriter and journalist and a keen supporter of the Network.

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France versus Great Britain – how speechwriting works

8 February 2021

On Thursday 21 January 2021, Brian Jenner from the European Speechwriter Network talked to Amélie Blanckaert from the French speechwriting agency Coup de Plume about the differences in the public speaking cultures in France and Great Britain.

The French speechwriting salon on Zoom

8 May 2020

Because of lockdown, we have to do things differently.

Before lockdown, if I wanted to bring speechwriters together that always involved booking a room in London, creating an incentive for people to show up and covering the costs through ticket sales.

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Lessons from the European ‘Speechwriter of the Year 2020’ competition

3 January 2020

Write a speech for the African dictator, President Obonjo. It will be delivered at Westminster Hall in front of the Queen, Prince Philip and the Foreign Secretary.

We invited members of the European Speechwriter Network to send in their entries.

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Join us for the Cambridge 2020 Conference

12 December 2019

If your job involves writing speeches for top people, don’t miss the opportunity to meet speechwriters from around the world at our 20th Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ conference at Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 1-3 April.

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Our Christmas Store

7 November 2019

We have a number of gifts available which you can buy for another speechwriter, for a friend interested in literature or politics, or for yourself!

Payment can be made by BACS in pounds or in euros. Just download the Excel order form at the bottom of the page.

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The French Speechwriters’ Conference in Nantes 2019

18 June 2019

Piped music, muted conversation, a late start, it was all a bit disorganised, until Mallika Lecoeur burst into song.

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The first Australian Speechwriters’ Conference by Jason Deutsch

25 March 2019

Despite living in an era of social media and 24-hour news, we still gather to listen to speeches—by political leaders, by experts, and by family and friends.

This isn’t only because we want to be informed, persuaded, or even inspired—ultimately, it’s because we want to connect deeply with the speaker and with our fellow audience members.

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Business Rhetoric: How to turn your words into gold by Mette Højen

8 February 2019

The corporate world needs to redefine the word ‘performance’.

This big idea sits at the heart of Mette Højen’s new book. Instead of focusing on productivity and profit, business leaders should develop their performing skills – because, in every encounter, it’s their ability to persuade and move their audiences that will determine their success.

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Come back Obama! Seven reasons to join us for the 18th European Speechwriter Network Conference at Queen’s College, Oxford

10 January 2019

1) To remember what sanity feels like

ELOQUENCE, sensitivity, good manners – these were the political virtues espoused by Barack and Michelle Obama in the White House.

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