Breaking the block

Posted by janelle on February 1, 2011 in Tips |

Few things are more satisfying than researching and writing a good speech.  Similarly, few things are more frustrating than writers’ block when you’re on deadline writing a speech.

Whenever the dreaded block hits, I turn to my favorite books to break through. Somehow spending a few minutes reading some really good writing puts me back on track.

That’s why I found today’s post on Ragan.com “10 must-have books for speechwriters” so enjoyable. Check it out.

How many of these are on your shelf? What’s missing?

Here are a few of my favorites:

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History— by William Safire, former speechwriter for President Richard Nixon.

“What I saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era” — by Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan.

“What Americans Really Want: The Truth about our Hopes, Dreams and Fears”by Frank Luntz, pollster and political consultant.

“Power Quotes”– A great little book I picked up at a legislative conference.

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