5 tips for launching a career—or a sideline—in speechwriting

You have a way with words. How, then, do you get those bon mots flowing from others’ mouths? Try these tactics to become known—and get paid—for penning terrific oral presentations.

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Maybe you’ve written a few rousing speeches for yourself or others.

Maybe you’re just attracted by the glitz and glamour of the profession. (Maybe you just fell over laughing.)

Whatever the reason, you want to start speechwriting professionally. How, though, do you begin?

Unlike aspiring doctors, bike mechanics and chefs, speechwriters don’t have a prescribed course of study and internship. There aren’t a lot of jobs out there labeled “speechwriter” and no one career path to follow.

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