Survey says: Speechwriting never goes out of style

Speechwriters love the pay and the proximity to power, but the work is mixed and the future is uncertain, according to a Professional Speechwriters Association survey.

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Tonight’s the State of the Union Address, and today is the one day of the year when professional speechwriters emerge into the sunlight of cable news punditry, to bask for a day in their own importance as shapers of policy, articulators of arguments and supporters of leaders. And everyone vaguely wonders, “What kind of people are these, anyway?”

Today I’m here to answer that question, perhaps as authoritatively as it’s ever been answered, with the results of the first survey of the global speechwriting profession.

First, I should say: I go back with these people. The very first business conference I ever attended in my first job out of college was a conference of speechwriters. I was assigned to work in the cloakroom.

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