Center for Continuing and Professional Education

Fundamentals of Speech Writing

Course Details

More and more often, communications professionals in today's work environment, whether corporate, government or the non-profit sector, are tasked with not just writing press releases and planning events, but also crafting good speeches at a moment's notice. This course gives a hands-on, detailed lesson in the art of speechwriting, including what works, what doesn't work, how to make points clearly and maintain the audience interest and how to gently coach your principle in the art of good speech delivery. Participants will look at some of the greatest speeches, examine the experiences of some of the greats, and then put lessons learned to practice by testing their skill at capturing a voice, writing a solid speech and delivering a message.

Course Objectives

The primary objectives of the course include:

  • Understanding your audience
  • Information gathering
  • Crafting a solid speech
  • Identifying ways to effectively capture a speaker's voice
  • Identifying ways to use speechwriting to successfully convey a message or a policy
  • Understanding how to use speechwriting to deliver soundbites and make news


Course Registration

This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart" below.

Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive your Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart", logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

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More Information

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October 1, 2014 6:00 PM Details

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