Prime Minister Theresa May’s Philadelphia Speech


Mrs May skilfully framed many international policy issues in a way that appealed to Donald Trump’s instincts, even if he might well have serious doubts about the outcomes. By doing that she sounded confident, steady and businesslike. She sounded like a leader.

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“Likee Speech?”

320px-Vegetable_beef_barley_soup V. K. Wellington Koo (1887-1985) was a distinguished Chinese diplomat who held a Ph.D in international law and diplomacy from Columbia University. Dr. Koo served at various times as China’s ambassador to France, Great Britain and the United States. He was also an international statesman who helped to found both the League of Nations and the United Nations. Continue reading “Likee Speech?”

How to Speak ‘Politician’

mic So you want to learn how to speak “Politician.” Terrific! First, you’ll have to unlearn traditional English, with its emphasis on making rational thoughts clear through words. Instead, obfuscate with half-truths — or better yet, quarter- and eighth-truths. Let’s get started! Continue reading How to Speak ‘Politician’

A Speech For Sen. Ted Cruz

tedcThank you.  It is an honor to join you tonight.

First, a message for the media.  Yes, I am running.  I’m going to hit the hotel treadmill around 7 a.m. tomorrow.  Right after I watch Duck Dynasty. Continue reading A Speech For Sen. Ted Cruz

The Death of Ambassador Chris Stevens: Honesty and Accuracy

President Obama UN Speech One question I put into my Speechwriting training courses (and into any course I give) is this:

What is the Supreme Quality in any piece of professional work such as a speech? Choose from the following options:

  • Simple message
  • Strong structure
  • Accuracy
  • Loyalty
  • Energy + commitment
  • Clear language
  • Honesty + integrity

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