The Art of Copyediting and Effective Speech Writing

Posted by on Mar 27, 2010 in Blog, Marketing, Public Relations | No Comments

For many PR agency folks, this picture will remind them of the team editing process behind press releases and bylined articles. This image was tucked away as slide 16 of a Huffington Post photo slideshow about health care reform’s journey to passage. The caption: President Barack Obama and Jon Favreau, head speechwriter, edit a speech on health care in the Oval Office, Sept. 9, 2009, in preparation for the President’s address to a joint session of Congress.

As a writer, this image displays the art of effective copyediting. I was thrilled to see a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at the presidential speech writing process. On a related note, collectors can actually own an early draft of a presidential speech, such as this one, which retails for $3,800.

Planning a speech?  Here are some resources on effective speech writing:

  1. How to Write an Effective Speech (Universities in Europe)
  2. 18 Paths to Pathos: How to Connect with Your Audience (Six Minutes)
  3. How Obama Writes His Speeches (TIME)
  4. How to Make Speeches Like Barack Obama (eHow)