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