Time management for speechwriters

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What You’ll Learn:: 

Oh, no. Five o’clock already?

How did you manage to fritter away the day and have nothing to show for it? Never mind, you’ll stay late and get that writing project done.

If this sounds like you, have a listen to the talented Michael Long, speechwriter, playwright, and insightful speaker.

With tips from technology, psychology, and successful writers everywhere, this session gives you ways to work smarter and accomplish more.

You will learn:

  • A simple plan each day so you achieve goals—but without locking yourself into a boring routine
  • Tom Wolfe's secret for getting more done and being more satisfied with it
  • How to identify and eliminate the busy work we create to unconsciously avoid real work
  • Separate administrative work from research, and research from writing
  • How to set expectations in the beginning to reduce edits in the end
  • A proven method to meet speechwriting deadlines a month, a week or even a day away

Find out Long’s secret for using a timer to work in bursts. Hear how to block distracting websites, and why you should jot down ideas when they come to you. Email is as distracting as a browser. Turn it off.

Believe it or not, you are not obligated to jump when somebody calls. Turn off the phone when you’re slammed. And find out the importance of surroundings in inspiring hard work.

From the tunes you listen to, to the need to create a daily “to-do” list, Long covers every aspect of what you need to get more out of your day. Follow his advice, and you’ll feel more productive, and even end up with some needed down time, for a change.

Start with Ragan Training.

February 2014

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Presenter bio: 

Michael Long

A popular speaker and educator as well as a writer, Michael Long is director of writing for the Master of Professional Studies Program in Corporate Communications at Georgetown University, where he designed the writing curriculum and teaches graduate courses in PR writing, speechwriting, and business and persuasive writing.