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Political Speechwriters

Tips for Entry

Read or listen to the speeches of famous speechwriters such as Jon Favreau, who wrote for President Barack Obama, and Marc Thiessen, who wrote for George W. Bush.

Read The Political Speechwriter's Companion: A Guide for Writers and Speakers by Robert Lehrman.

Develop a sense of humor; all successful speechwriters learn not to take things too seriously.

Join an association of communicators like the National Association of Government Communicators and the International Association of Business Communicators; volunteer to meet everyone. If you are freelancing, network and hand out your business card. Writing speeches in any capacity will improve your chances of being a political speechwriter.