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Speechwriters write speeches to be presented by public speakers in many different arenas. Many speechwriters are specialise in political speeches for politicians while others work in the business sector preparing speeches for executives. Speeches may also include eulogies, after dinner, graduation, wedding, motivational, master of ceremony, Bar mitzvah, commemorative, farewell, entertainment, and Christmas party speeches, toasts and testimonies. Speechwriters work very closely with their clients to collect the right information to create appropriate speeches, including the purpose of the speech, the audience and the client's beliefs and the message they want to convey. The speechwriter then prepares and amends drafts in consultation with the speaker until a final draft has been agreed upon.
Speechwriters need to have good analytical, research, problem solving, negotiation, and written and verbal communication skills, be able to work as part of a team, and have a high degree of accuracy within their work.
Speechwriters need to have a degree in a communications or a related degree, such as arts with a major in English. The types of speeches which a speechwriter writes will be influenced by their knowledge and study background. For example, keeping up to date of current affairs, and/or having a knowledge base in history, business or politics, studying creative writing, and having reliable, relevant resources. Experience is essential, some of which can be gained throughout the course of your university degree.
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Speechwriters are employed in many different organisations, public and private, corporate, all levels of government, the military and not for profit companies. They may also work as a consultant or as a freelance speechwriter for clients such as sports people, actors or musicians.