“Say It Well: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Mind, Inspire Any Audience” by Terry Szuplat

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Say It Well: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Mind, Inspire Any Audience (September 17, 2024; HarperCollins) is the first book by one of President Barack Obama’s speechwriters with practical advice on how to prepare a great speech and inspire your audience on any occasion.

As reported by Axios, in Say It Well Terry Szuplat–one of President Obama’s longest-serving speechwriters–shares the public speaking lessons that he learned at the White House–lessons anyone can use to become a better speaker, communicator, and leader in work and in life.

Order now and you’ll be among the first to receive your copy when it hits bookstores on September 17 and before it’s published in more than 50 countries and territories!

In every chapter of Say It Well you’ll get…

–Never-before-heard insights from President Obama, including mistakes he made as a speaker early in his career, how he improved and became the orator who burst onto the world stage with his unforgettable speech in Boston in 2004, and why he communicated the way he did as both a candidate and as president;  

–Behind-the-scenes stories from some of Obama’s most memorable speeches as told by the speechwriters who worked on them;

–The latest research from some of the world’s leading scholars, psychologists, and neuroscientists showing the science behind effective public speaking and persuasion;

–Practical tips and techniques you can apply in your own life and work as you communicate with your families, neighbors, coworkers, and fellow citizens;

–Remarkable stories of people from all walks of life–students, advocates, activists, executives, veterans–who’ve used these lessons to give speeches that have gone viral, inspiring millions of people around the world.


“Terry was the quiet hero of the Obama speechwriting office – kind, funny, and very, very talented. Can’t wait to read this one.” Jon Favreau, chief speechwriter to President Obama (2009-2013) and co-host of Pod Save America

“Terry Szuplat was an OUTSTANDING speechwriter for Barack Obama during his White House years. Can’t wait to read this book!” David Axelrod, senior advisor to President Obama and author of Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

“Over the 4 years that Terry and I shared a windowless suite, nobody gave me as much good speechwriting advice as he did. Or made me laugh harder. Or made me want to be kinder…people often ask for great books on speaking and speechwriting and this is it.”  — Cody Keenan, chief speechwriter to President Obama (2013-2017) and author of Grace: President Obama and the Ten Days in the Battle for America

For 8 years in the White House, I got to know Terry Szuplat as an extraordinary writer and even better person. In his new book (spoiler: smart, funny, accessible) he shares tips on how to find your voice, tell your story and speak in public. Check it out.” — Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor to President Obama and author of After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made and The World As It Is

“The one we’ve been waiting for! I’ve learned more about speechwriting from Terry Szuplat than from almost anyone. Excited to read his wisdom, humor, and humanity.” Sarada Peri, senior presidential speechwriter for Barack Obama

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