Speechwriting: Corporate, Weddings, Retirement

4/29/11

Twitter is Down, and I'm Not Happy

Twitter is down. Royal wedding? Tornados in Alabama? Follow Friday? Chinese or Sudanese government doing their oppression of speech game?

The fail whale swims again.

Anyone know?

Have a Royal Wedding ala Kate and William: Five Tips for Delivering a Great Wedding Speech

Are you ready to give a speech at a wedding?
Have a Royal Wedding ala Kate and William
Five Tips for Delivering a Great Wedding Speech

Wedding season is upon us. The beautiful brides and handsome grooms will be matched by bridesmaids and groomsmen. A touching ceremony, whether simple or elaborate, complete with, "I do," and "You may now kiss the bride," will bring joy to so many relatives and friends from far and wide.

Then — the reception. Someone will hand the best man a microphone, and he will ramble on about college, bars and how goofy life was when they were young. The bride's father will step up, and talk for 20 minutes about how cute she was a baby to an audience looking for their next drink. The maid of honor will not be outdone — she delivers a somber story about working together at the mall during the Christmas season.

And don't let Uncle Louie have the mike. He is already drunk. Everyone still remembers the last time at a cousin's wedding.

Why take a wedding speech seriously? It is the one chance we have to honor a loved one publicly outside of a eulogy. It is a time of great joy, and with this, an opportunity to lift up the bride or groom with smiles and laughter.

Old family friends, colleagues and business associates may be there, as well as friend who "knew you when." Not only is your audience more than the bride groom, but it may wind up on YouTube. Do it well.

A good wedding speech is generous, funny, and warm. It goes from 1-6 minutes, so there is not much time to meander. What can you do to prepare one?

1. Remember Your Goal.
You are honoring someone. It is about them. Whether it is your spouse, a parent, a child, or a good friend, you want to let them you know appreciate them. Don't embarrrass them. Many a relationship is ruined by telling a story that the person preferred remain locked in the archive forever.

2. Keep It Simple.
Eloquence doesn't need to be complicated. While being thoughtful is important, sounding like Shakespeare will not help.

3. Be Sober.
Have a drink later if you like, but if you took the time to prepare your thoughts, make sure you are capable of telling them. What could be more awkward than instead of telling your best friend, "I treasure those days playing in the school yard," you say, "Do yoush remember… 'member that whatchamacallit where we would, um, swing?"

4. Keep Stories Short.
Tell anecdotes, but remember your audience just needs an overview. Get to the punchline quickly and they will be wanting more. Drag on with details, and they will be looking for the guy with the hors d' oeuvres tray.
5. Have Fun.

This is a wedding celebration, not a condo association budget report. Smile often, and enjoy the opportunity to ham it up, and toast a new day!

I am Anthony Trendl, a speechwriter from Wheaton, IL who has heard a few too many "Uncle Louie" wedding speeches. It is my mission to help you sound your best whether at your daughter's wedding or your annual meeting.

To connect with me about writing your speech, please see http://chicagospeechwriter.com/Wedding_Speeches_Toasts.html

4/27/11

David Wilkerson's Last Post

David Wilkerson's Last Post: If today was the day you would die, what do you wish you said in your last post?

David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the Switchblade and founder of World Challenge Ministries died today in a car crash (more). His last post:
http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/view/devotions

WHEN ALL MEANS FAIL
by David Wilkerson | April 27, 2011

To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.

Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.
That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”
Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.
To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”
Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.
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David Wilkerson Killed in Car Crash

David Wilkerson wrote  The Cross and the Switchblade. He started World Challenge Ministries. Under the radar, yet well-known at the same time, his impact in the lives of urban teens is and will continue to be astounding.

His wife Gwen is said to be in critical condition.
Born May 19, 1931
Died April 27, 2011

I first read his book in the late 1980s when I was working with street gangs -- the Latin Kings, Vice Lords and Black Gangster Disciples. His example and wisdom as learn through the book guided me to understanding my responsibility.

Rest in peace, David, and say hi to God. He's been waiting for you.
If you were impacted by his life, please post a comment.

Read David Wilkerson's Last Post

More here at Christianity Today.

Illinois Car License Plate: Hawks at Wildfire Restaurant

Illinois Car License Plate: Hawks - Seen outside Wildfire Restaurant in Schaumburg, IL April 22, 2011. It was in the valet waiting area, though there was more than enough parking within 20 feet. A big guy with a hoarse voice and a wife or girlfriend with lots of plastic surgery got in. Chicago Blackhawks fan? Mercedes Benz. New? What year/model?

Illinois Car License Plate: Hawks

Mini review
I had an excellent New York Strip Steak with a giant baked potato. I asked for it to be cooked between medium rare and medium, and they nailed it. Espresso after dinner, though from Intelligentsia Coffee, was poorly made. It was not hot, and had no crema. Great chocolate cake, but not special. Had better at Portillo's.

Good service, not extraordinary. The manager James was polite with my questions at the door.
Loud overall, but our table was in a less crowded area. Nice, classier, but unspectacular decor.

Price: Great food at a greater price. It's price exceeds the value.
Wildfire
1250 East Higgins Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 995-0100

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4/25/11

If You Were Doctor Who, Who Would Be Your Companion?

Growing PainsElisabeth Sladen, AKA Sarah Jane Smith one of Dr. Who's most popular and enduring companions, died last week. I wondered who would be my companion if I were the good Doctor. Not Amy Pond. Cute, plenty of fun, loaded with important destiny, but as naive as a gradeschool girl.
Rose Tyler, maybe. She would die to save the Doctor. More likely Martha Jones. Smart, savvy, and able to wisely take on trouble. Donna Noble? Ultimately, no. Not the brightest, and not likely to make the best choices. She has occasionally a good heart, but less than A-level wisdom.
Comic Relief - Catherine Tate and David Tennant (no Billie Piper in this one)

4/24/11

Easter, Pt. 4 - Like NYD

Easter is like New Year's Day, only better.

Everything important starts anew.

Easter, Pt. 3 - Easter Song - The 2nd Chapter Of Acts, Phil Keaggy, and "a band called DAVID"

Easter Song - The 2nd Chapter Of Acts, Phil Keaggy, and "a band called DAVID"

Easter, Pt. 2 - Who For

For the holy, He died and rose.

For the sinner, He died and rose.

For the priest, prostititute, pedafile, politician, pauper and prince, He died and rose.

For me, you, and anyone, everwhere, He died and rose.

How could I not be thankful?

Easter, Pt. 1 - Why I

Easter represents what really matters to me. Without it, nothing matters.

Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, my moral compass collapses, my ethics become arbitrary, and life becomes, for me, one big selfish cesspool.

With the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he went from being a wise guy with nice ideas about life and love to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.

Science can't prove Him, and Science is incapable of disproving Him.

You gotta have faith, it's true, but where you put that faith is everything.

I've made my decision.

4/22/11

It's Friday but Sunday's Comin' (Good Friday Spoken Word) S. M. Lockridge

It's Friday but Sunday's Comin' (Good Friday Spoken Word)


The voice is by:
S. M. Lockridge

Category: Film and Animation
Tags: keljen96

4/19/11

Elisabeth Sladen Has Died

I like Doctor Who. All over Twitter is news Elisabeth Sladen AKA Sarah Jane Smith has died. Otherwise, it has not yet made the regular news feeds.

video tribute

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_Sladen

4/18/11

Chicago Bulls Beats Indiana Pacers April 18 - The Swirsk Twitter Effect

Did Chuck Swirsky's Tweets twitter.com/swirsk054 impact the Bulls-Pacers game? The Great Swirsk is the Bulls announcer. And Tweets like crazy during the game. Impact the game? Maybe not. He is changing how a game is called.

As a Bulls fan, I am blogging here prophetically, really hoping they win. They should win, but this is why there are playoffs -- to separate 'should' from 'did.'

Anyway, on Twitter, Swirsk has no voice. Not the one he is famous for, that is. However, in Tweeting, he kept me into the game in real time, better than Google's sports update and NBA.com
 
Thanks, Chuck.
 
Here is how he finished the game:
  1. Bulls win 96-90 less than 20 seconds ago
  2. Bulls 94-90 with 0.9 sec left Rose at line 1 minute ago
  3. Deng with 2 fts 92-88 17.5sec left Indy ball 5 minutes ago
  4. Price 3 free throws Bulls 90-88 23.4 sec left 8 minutes ago
  5. Rose picks up his 4th foul 10 minutes ago
  6. Price fouled on the release will go to the line for 3--23.4 sec left Bulls up 5 11 minutes ago
  7. Bulls can't get the bucket Pacers ball...90-85 Bulls 34.5 sec 13 minutes ago
  8. Bulls inbound 4sec on clock 90-85 Bulls 38.9 left 15 minutes ago
  9. 90-85 Indy ball with 64sec left 17 minutes ago
  10. You are appreciated! 18 minutes ago
  11. Thanks for listening folks 18 minutes ago
  12. Korver's onions are big time 18 minutes ago
  13. Korver for 3---90-85 Bulls 64sec left 19 minutes ago
  14. 87-85 Bulls 120 left 20 minutes ago
  15. 226 left Bulls up 85-83 22 minutes ago
  16. Boozer- Hansbrough double techs 24 minutes ago
  17. Rose 83-78 Rose with a cross over 30-pts for the MVP 355 left 29 minutes ago
  18. Pacers with a quick double team on Rose taking the ball out of hands 33 minutes ago
  19. Look for Carlos to get some touches 35 minutes ago
  20. Boozer no fga's in 16min 36 minutes ago

New Way to Buy Books for iPads and iPhones

New Way to Buy Books for iPhones, iPad readers.
iTunes & App Store

Any iPad readers checking out my blog? What works well in that format?

4/14/11

Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography reviewed: Sanger Was A Strategist, but a Racist

In reviewing Sanger's autobiography (The Autobiography of Margaret Sanger (Dover Value Editions)), there is a difficult balance to manage.
On one hand, Sanger had a genuine desire to reduce unwanted births and, indirectly, reduce the population of the poor and mistreated.
On the other hand is the ungirdings of her beliefs: that African-Americans were second-class citizens. Backing what she believed was a growing acceptance of eugenics, that to have a better world, the population needed to be genetically purer. For Sanger, not too different that Hitler, this meant encouraging abortions among African-Americans.

To read Sanger's auto-biography alone might mislead the reader into believing her views were founded in cleanly laid-out welfare theories and of women's rights. That was part of it. But deeper still -- and the reason I'm not comfortable fully recommending this book -- is her core racial prejudice under the guise of freedom.
I understand my review might offend fans of Sanger, but read it in context.

Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned ParenthoodPick up George Grant's book on it (Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood) get past his over-emphasis on his own conservative views, and read his analysis of her own comments. Better yet: if you can find one, read Doug Scott's "Bad Choices" expose of the founding and practices of Planned Parenthood. Again, exceedingly conservative and not for the close-minded, but his citations of Sanger's letters and official documents are astounding and alarming.
Anthony Trendl

Speechwriting - Corporate - Weddings - Retirement


When you have a blog, the temptation to be self-indulgent is strong. Self-promotion? That too, especially for writers. That's what this post is about. Me. More directly, my speechwriting services.

Speechwriting - Corporate - Weddings - Retirement
http://chicagospeechwriter.com
If your speech matters,
then writing it well matters.
Giving a major speech which requires more than a joke, a story and PowerPoint presentation? Do you listen to the great speeches of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, or Ronald Reagan and wish you had their flair?

Behind the great speakers are great speeches. Passion, conviction, and style start with the first sentence, and can continue long after the call to action. You can be that speaker.

I have written speeches for C-level and V-level executives across the Fortune 500 world, as well as key leaders in nonprofits. These have been delivered to thousands of people globally, helping inspire, teach and sell.

Writing a speech is more than an outline, but a perfectly-timed argument, guiding or teaching your audience to buy into your brand, method or ideals. Whether you need a 30-second elevator speech, or a 30-minute closing address, your audience will be engaged and ready to act.

Have your speech written with style and color, and set yourself above your peers. 

4/13/11

Is this even human? Polish tumbler Jozef Wadecki at his best.

Is this even human?
see video: Is this even human? Polish tumbler Jozef Wadecki at his best.

"Polish tumbler Jozef Wadecki at his best. This is one of the most impressive gymnastic feats I've ever seen. He should be a superhero."

Category: Sports
Tags: Amazing Gymnastics Super Human Jozef Wadecki

4/11/11

Principal Elsa Carmona Will Not Let Parents Make Their Own Children Lunch

"Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices."

Translate that: Principal Elsa Carmona of Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side, thinks Chicago parents are idiots, does not respect their parenting skills, and is taking over the responsibility of feeding them.

It is true. Elsa Carmona thinks the tradition of bringing lunch to school is horrible, so much so that she wants to intervene. You can call her here: 773 534-1880

Read the expose of the draconian measures by Monica Eng and Joel Hood, Tribune reporters:

Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home
To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn't allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home — and some parents, and many students, aren't fans of the policy.

They aren't the only ones: "At Claremont Academy Elementary School on the South Side, officials allow packed lunches but confiscate any snacks loaded with sugar or salt." Principal Rebecca Stinson is responsible for this disrespect of parents. You can e-mail here here: rlstinson@cps.edu

Seinfeld - Soup Nazi - NO SOUP FOR YOU!

4/7/11

$3.99 for the Cheap Stuff - What are you paying for gas?

Filled the Civic up today. Paid almost four bucks per gallon. It is worse in tax-riddled Chicago and Cook County (I am west of the city in neighboring DuPage County.) but still more expensive than several years ago.

What are you paying?

15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations" review, Best 104 Pages I Have Read on Preparing and Delivering Presentations

Every once in a while, an author keeps his promise. Joey Asher does so in "15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations." His promise is in the title. It claims to offer a plan to a problem besetting leaders and speakers everywhere.

I am a speechwriter. My job is to help other people sound their best. The people who hire me or my peers are smart. They know they need help, and invest to receive that help. So it is with Asher's book. In just over 100 pages, he explains what a bad presentation is, and, minute-by-minute, what a good presentation should look like. Following what he says, plain and simple, will improve your presentations.
While his assertion that all presentations should be limited to 15 minutes is not entirely true, the principle of brevity is correct. In 15:00, the speaker can deliver a point which is memorable, which influences and which will cause change. In that same 15:00, the audience will be able to ask questions, understand the answer and leave the meeting knowing his or her time was well-spent.

Asher gets into style as well as content, and provides a structure that will serve 95% of business presentations. Chapter 11, for example, is all about slides: what we all have experienced, and what a good slide show looks like. He explains exactly what a Q & A is, what it can accomplish, and how to work around challenges that accompany opening the door to questions.

Just as with his goal of keeping a presentation short, he has kept his book succinct. I read it in an evening. So can you.
15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations
I fully recommend "15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations" by Joey Asher.

Anthony Trendl
http://chicagospeechwriter.com

I Support Terry Jones' Freedom of Speech 100%

No adjectives. No "but he..." No qualifications. No "fire in a theater" analogies. No "but I would..."

I support a man's right to freedom of speech as inalienable.

A man owned some books. He decided to burn those books. He burned them.

His motivation does not matter to me.
Freedom.

His sanity, theology, process, love, hate, or wisdom does not matter to me.
Freedom.

The denouncing of what he has done by various political and church leaders does not matter to me.
Freedom.

The resulting murders by Islamic thugs does not change my view of American freedom.
Freedom!

Prosecute Jones for exercising his freedom and we have prosecuted freedom itself, no matter what else.

Freedom. Let it ring.

Who Will You Blame for the Shutdown? Republicans? Democrats?

I am taking bets. While I, myself, am not a betting man, I expect many of you reading are.

See today's news? Panic in the streets. Will the government shutdown? Looks like it will.

Here is how it will work:

If you are not Republican, you will blame the Republicans. Maybe you will give them a nasty name or throw in a Tea Party reference.
The Blame Game: The Complete Guide to Blaming: How to Play and How to QuitIf you are not a Democrat, you, in turn, will blame the Democrats. You might argue President Obama is a Muslim, and work in some other sort of derision.

Some of you, on Facebook, will post links going back to your favorite partisan website or news source. I expect to see Fox News and the Huffington Post well represented, but what is important is you like a good fight. You cannot have a good fight without a good enemy.

When someone posts an opposing view on your thread, watch out. The inner Glenn Beck or John Stewart will bubble forth. Better still, a lackey on your thread will do the spiting for you.

But my bet is few will shake their head, realize the shutdown is as bipartisan as it is partisan. Sure, each side is hunkering down, trying to get their way. Fair enough. Different views about government are at play, and the economy is such that it cannot withstand an error.

Meanwhile, in a strange way, it is to the benefit of each other side that their opposition wins. Then, more blame. "Look, 'we' gave them what they wanted, and they failed."
The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game (First Time Books(R))

4/3/11

Five Ways to Fix Charlie Sheen's Live Tour

Charlie Sheen Winning Movie Poster - 13x19Charlie Sheen needs help. His show is floundering. Detroit hated him, but, Detroit itself is pretty messed up, so don't count them. Chicago was not thrilled about him, however, either. Help is on its way.

1) Have an opening band with a few major hits. By major, I mean bigger than #41 on the Billboard Charts. You need all the help you can get.

2) Be humble. This time next year, Sheen will be a has-been or a star. Arrogance will not make him a star.

3) Hire Conan O'Brien to write everything. He knows what it means to lose a show and still be interesting.

4) Have Steve Martin stand-in for Charlie Sheen. That would be funny. He is the original wild and crazy guy.

5) Do the first four, and a fifth change won't be necessary.
See Songify This: Winning - a Song by Charlie Sheen
Get the poster above (several sizes) Charlie Sheen Winning Movie Poster - 13x19 (Amazon, under $6)