Just typed this in an email and I’m popping it here so I don’t forget it…

Talkwriting is a different discipline than speechwriting (possibly). You’re using a handful of words and pictures to create a space into which someone can be themselves at an audience. I’m learning that that’s a much more precise skill than I thought it was, because I used to create that space for me instead of someone else.

Not totally sure that’s right, but it’s near it. And, obviously, by ‘Talk’ I mean ‘Keynote’. Still, the thing I’d really like to do this year is spend a bit of time with actual speechwriters.