A speechwriter works directly with senior executives or leaders to determine what points, themes, positions, or messages the executive wants to address. Speechwriters must first understand the audience or audiences, be able to accept criticism and comments on the different drafts of the speech, and be able to incorporate any proposed changes into the draft (so as to best reflect the intent of the speaker).
Oftentimes, speechwriters must develop several different speeches at once. They must manage their time so as to meet strict deadlines for completing the speech(es) within a designated timeframe. Speechwriters must also be able to accept anonymity, because with few exceptions, speechwriters (such as ghostwriters) are not officially credited or acknowledged for the presenter’s message or content.
*Melanie has served as a speech writer for high-level corporate executives, ensuring that content reflected the speaker and delivered a compelling message to the audience(s).