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Speechwriters write speeches to be presented by public speakers in many different arenas. Speeches may include any of the following: eulogies, presidential addresses, after dinner, graduation, wedding, motivational, master of ceremony, Bar mitzvah, commemorative, farewell, entertainment, and Christmas party speeches, toasts and testimonies. They work very closely with their clients to collect the right information to create appropriate speeches, and prepare draft speeches until a final, original speech has been agreed upon. Speechwriters are employable in many different organisations, public and private, corporate, all levels of government, the military and not for profit companies, as well as working as a consultant or as a freelance speechwriter for clients such as sports people, actors or musicians.
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. Speechwriters also 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. Experience is essential, some of which can be gained throughout the course of your university degree.