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Twenty years ago, Kathleen Hall Jamieson wrote a book called Eloquence in an Electronic Age: The Transformation of Political Speechmaking.
It was a book that captured the imagination of anyone in speechwriting at the time-so much so that Ragan Communications had her speak at a Speechwriter Conference, back when they were held here in Chicago.
And she was dazzling-she held the attention of a roomful of 250 speechwriters for an hour-and no one looked at their watches or left the room. She answered one question-and it was a 30 minute answer-another whole speech-and no one looked at their watches or left the room. She was that good. The book was that good. And it still is-even at 20 years old.
Here's some of what she said in the book: