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Chapter Three. Preparing to Write > Writing for someone else

Writing for someone else

If you're writing a speech for someone else, you'll still need to do some research, no matter how knowledgeable the speaker might be. The more you know the better you can serve your client. Familiarity with the subject will enable you to ask questions designed to draw out your speaker's views and help him shape his thoughts. That's part of your job.

It's a good idea to ask your speaker, well in advance of the first session, to provide you with any pertinent materials he or she has available. Some executives will have all the necessary research material on file and will be happy to lend it to you to read before the two of you meet. Some will have thought the subject through before the first meeting with the writer. Others will be poorly prepared, or not prepared at all, at the first meeting. In any case, you should be prepared. Otherwise, your meeting will be unproductive, and you are likely to get off on the wrong foot with the client. It is not up to you to anticipate how well prepared your client might be.


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