D.C. Speechwriter to Discuss Business/Political Communication Strategies


Former Bootheel Resident to Discuss Image-Making, Communication, Politics

Washington, D.C.-based speechwriter Michael Long

Washington, D.C.-based speechwriter Michael Long will present this fall’s annual Weiss Lecture. 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 3, 2008 — Washington, D.C.-based speechwriter Michael Long, a native of Matthews and Charleston, Mo., will provide a “how-to guide” for successful communication as well as an insider’s analysis of the November presidential election in this fall’s annual Weiss Lecture. 

Long, a director of the White House Writers Group in Washington D.C., will be on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University Nov. 18 for the 7 p.m. lecture in Rose Theatre.  The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Southeast MBA Program.

From 1996 to 1998, Long was chief speechwriter to Sen. Fred Thompson.

Along with writing for four presidential candidates including George W. Bush, Long has written for Steve Forbes, Sen. Robert (Bob) Dole, Rep. Richard (Dick) Armey, and Missouri Sen. Christopher Bond. In the entertainment world, Long has written for Jerry Seinfeld, Miss America and Ben Stein. 

Long teaches speechwriting in the graduate school at Georgetown University, and has delivered guest lectures on humor and speechwriting at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. He has served as chief speechwriter for the largest trade association in the United States, has contributed to The Weekly Standard and National Review Online, and has been a political columnist for Jewish World Review.

“Mike is a skilled communicator in business and politicsᾰplus he gives an insightful and very entertaining talk,” said Lucas Presson, chairman of the 2008 Weiss Lecture committee. “I am excited to have him here for this fall’s Weiss lecture.”

Long will make Southeast Missouri State University his first stop before a nationwide speechwriting conference scheduled in the spring of 2009.  His tour through Ragan Communications will be oriented toward the education of professional speechwriters.  The lecture at Southeast Missouri State will focus on communication strategies of business leaders and an analysis of the 2008 election.

For more information, contact the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Communication at (573) 651-2241.