Lend Us Your Ears: It's Time to Talk Speechwriting

Public Speaking

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, fear of public speaking is the most common phobia, surpassing even the fear of death. While writing a speech is not nearly as debilitating, it can still be a major pain in the neck.

This week, Merritt and Gary welcome writer, historian and humorist Eugene Finerman to the show to discuss effective speechwriting. Eugene will discuss his experiences writing speeches for presidents of Fortune 100 companies, federal and state leaders and others.

Regardless if you've written dozens of speeches or nary a one, Eugene, Merritt and Gary will share tips to make you a better speechwriter, whether you’re writing for a CEO or just yourself.

You can listen to the full episode by clicking here.

This Week's Guest: 

Eugene Finerman

Whether from abundant talent or immature ambivalence, Eugene Fineman is a writer, historian and humorist.  He was a corporate speechwriter but is now retired.  However, like an elderly courtesan, he would be flattered by any attention … and might succumb. Among Eugene’s assignments, he wrote for the chairmen and the presidents of Fortune 100 corporations, the leadership of an international financial exchange, and the directors of federal and state agencies. The speeches covered such topics as ethics, economics, health care, education and the environment. His work has been published in “Vital Speeches of the Day” and college textbooks. Eugene also writes intentional satires, and he must have an eclectic appeal.  How many writers can claim to be published in both National Review and Salon?  Eugene Finerman also can be found on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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