Toastmaster Magazine: Learning to Write for Others

I’m pleased to have an article in the current January edition of Toastmaster Magazine. With the editors kind permission, here’s the text of Learning to Write for Others for you to download and read. I discuss the ways the Toastmaster Competent Communicator program helped me become a better speechwriter.

Unfortunately the typo in the first sentence slipped by the proofreaders: it should read “are a great first step”, not “is a great first step”. But hey, it’s only in a publication sent to over 300,000 Toastmasters worldwide… 🙂

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I enjoyed reading your article, particularly the discussion of social media like LinkedIn and Twitter. But, I was surprised that you didn’t mention the June 2014 article by Margaret Montet titled Don’t Rely on the Web (visit a library for sophisticated research tools):

I wrote a follow-up blog post in February 2015 titled How to do a better job of speech research than the average Toastmaster (by using your friendly local public and state university libraries):


Hi Richard

Thanks for pointing me to Margret’s great article in the June 2014 Toastmaster magazine. I had missed that, and was pleased that she opens by addressing the concerns of professional speechwriters.

Your blog posting is a treasure-trove of resources for anyone looking to best use the resources in local and State College libraries.

Many thanks for bringing this information to my attention!


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