Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

9/11/18

Literature Tutor?

I've launched LiteratureTutor.com. Those of you looking to learn writing and literary analysis from an acclaimed writer can contact me. 

8/30/18

Helping the Homeless on My Birthday

Today (August 30) is my birthday. I'm asking you to give money. $10 if that's what you can do. More? Yes! I'm raising money through Facebook to help Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, Illinois. They've a yearly budget of $3 million. I'm trying to raise $1,000. 

https://www.facebook.com/donate/285746068914457/ 

Secretly (OK, not a secret), I really want to raise $10,000. OK, OK, seriously, $100,000. That's what I really want. Having worked in fundraising over the years, I know how hard those people are working. Getting a thousand dollar check out of the blue, not related to anything they've done -- how cool would that be!

How it works: you click through and check it out. Decide how much and then, click the donate button. I never see your credit card. Neither, in fact, does Home Sweet Home. When the campaign is over, they get a check or it is all direct deposited into their account.

We won't become Facebook friends. No worries.

Why: From roughly 1987-1993, I helped lead a small offshoot of this organization. Very small. Volunteers. Three co-leaders, myself included, went into the McLean County Law and Justice Center -- a jail -- and taught a class that was part Bible study and part life lessons. We invested time, money, skills, and our hearts. We saw all walks of life, from the extreme poor to gang members to people with doctorates. All needed love. Each week, we saw lives transformed spiritually and personally. We got our hands dirty, helping inmates as we could, then, helping them as they graduated to living outside. It changed my life to be part of this. Help me help the org supporting my friends still going into the jail.

Be crazy generous. Skip dinner out. Skip an extra latte. Help the homeless, inmates and others who need a hand. Can you give $100? $500? Do your best, please.

Please check it out: https://www.facebook.com/donate/285746068914457/ 

8/8/18

Speech Writing, Hungarian Books, Creativity, and Hotdogs

It occurred to me that I have made a substantial impact online. My digital footprint in both my name and in the name of my professional life is more than I expected. Things add up.

Aside from my name being all over the place thanks to my Amazon reviews, I own roughly 25 domains. Not all have websites under them, serving instead as redirects to some other site of mine.

Here's a few:

American Speechwriter americanspeechwriter.com -- My work site and blog. All the wonders of speech writing can be found there.
Official Anthony Trendl anthonytrendl.com -- This folds into my work site partly because I love writing so much.
Chicago in Atlanta chicagoinatlanta.com This is for those of you in Atlanta jonesing for a real Chicago hotdog.
Commencement Speechwriter commencementspeechwriter.com -- A microsite helping visitors understand how to write a graduation speech.
Hungarian Bookstore hungarianbookstore.com -- My first site, back from the dead, after it was hacked by some whiny Islamic terrorists. Recipes, books, culture.
Keynote Speechwriter keynotespeechwriter.com -- A microsite helping visitors understand how to write a keynote address.
Leap Into the Unknown leapintotheunknown.com -- All about creativity and the related risk taking.
Speechwriter 101 speechwriter101.com -- My newest website. This one is an overview of speech writing.

Visit them all. Tell your friends. And share great pages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

7/20/18

Speechwriter 101

I quietly launched a small site looking at speech writing: Speechwriter101.com. It is a quick overview for those of you who need to write a speech. Speechwriting101.com also directs there.

That's all. Carry on.

4/4/18

New Writing and Art Website

AnthonyTrendl.com


Newly launched, ready for action. Please take a look. The focus before was non-focus -- a hodgepodge, glorious melting pot of mess. It started as a resume site, a brochure of sorts. Then it became, "Hey, I've got a website, I'll just post it there. Recipes. Running related pages. Photos. More than useless, it started to confuse people about who I am and what I do.

Now, look for original writing, creativity, discussion of my interest in the arts, and an overall look at the world of writing. Blog posts will be fuller versions of my official Facebook page and LinkedIn articles and posts (the LinkedIn posts can also be found on my company blog).

This blog will eventually migrate there. I've got a few things up.

AnthonyTrendl.com/blog

3/19/18

All Communication is Intercultural

My newest article: All Communication is Intercultural

Sometimes, the most difficult speech is when I’m writing for someone demographically similar to me, compared to someone who is vastly different. With someone different, listening and then, writing, is easier because I know what to expect... more

3/12/18

My Zipper Was Wide Open and...

My fly was open in front of 25 tweenagers. Find out what happened on my LinkedIn page. (rated G -- don't worry)

2/28/18

Speech Tips - Learn to Write and Speak Well

If you follow me on LinkedIn, you know that I regularly publish speech tips. I've started archiving them on my website as well. Sometimes, there's a little extra that won't fit in the LinkedIn context.

Take a look.

2/5/18

And Now, For Something Not Really Different

Are you keeping score? Up to date in all aspects of my career? Here's something fresh and exciting.

I relaunched AmericanSpeechwriter.com. It now includes a speech writing blog -- quotes, tips, commentary. Hopefully, that will be useful for anyone in the field or who occasionally is asked to write.

12/23/17

12/11/17

Employer Christmas Party Blues

Got a Christmas party coming at work? Mine is different. All the stops are being pulled out. It should be incredible.

Read about it on Facebook or LinkedIn. If you love it, please share it. And tell me about your party.

11/28/17

Bad Experience at Baymont Inn Turns Into Lesson



As I described in my review Baymont Inn & Suites Review: Horrible Service, Disgusting Room, Baymont Inn is a terrible hotel chain. As a professional communicator, I wondered what implications my experience in a grotesque hotel might have on speeches and corporate communications in general.

Read my recent article on LinkedIn:

Customer Service Starts With the First Communication

See the rest of my articles.


11/27/17

Baymont Inn & Suites Review: Horrible Service, Disgusting Room

Baymont Inn & Suites in Lake City, FL is the worst hotel I've stayed in. It is part of the Wyndham Hotel Group. 

3598 W US Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055-4870

I stayed here November 20, 2017. Mary, the attendant, was inattentive, out of touch and seemed to be on a personal call as I arrived. She was so bad, I wouldn't hire her to do even the most menial task, lest she be challenged beyond her scope.


They sent me to an occupied room. My key card worked. Bags were on the bed. The occupant was in the shower. I'm lucky he or she didn't see me and come out with a gun. Mary then sent me next to a similar room. 

  1. Dead bugs and dirt on bathroom floor.
  2. Scum on bathtub floor.
  3. Toilet seat broken.
  4. Shower curtain shade rusted.
  5. The room smelled of mildew, smoke and cheap air freshener (I requested non-smoking).
  6. The microwave was surrounded by crud and scum.
  7. The beds, though made, didn't feel dry, as if they were in a sauna before hanging.
  8. Dirt and stains were on the dresser.
  9. The internet didn't work (I called and it was switched on 15:00 later)
  10. The phone didn't work (I called from my phone and it never was fixed)
  11. Smokers surrounded the room. I was gagging on the way in.
  12. Neha Desai, the front desk manager, gave me a weak, canned apology and $30 discount as I left. 
  13. Their (Baymont HQ) Twitter account manager basically said because it is independently owned, they won't get involved. Essentially, "call the hotel directly." They did this in a DM, unseen by customers. 

As we left at 7:00 am, we got out ASAP. We skipped breakfast and dared not risk disease taking a shower. 

I will avoid Baymont completely in the future lest my health be jeopardized.









10/4/17

Manipulation in Speeches: Speak Truth, Not Lies

In my latest LinkedIn article, I look at Manipulation in Speeches: Speak Truth, Not Lies.

Don't confuse persuasion with manipulation. Manipulation is a kind of lie. Persuasion brings someone to a conclusion using truth. Persuasion may tug strongly on your heartstrings, but it will be honest about it.