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Finding & Pronouncing Words
Good public speakers make sure to pronounce words correctly. howtopronounce.com is a crowdsources dictionary that includes pronunciations of English words as well as proper names of peoples and places.
Wiktionary, assembled and maintained by the same people who brought you Wikipedia, is another online dictionary that includes options for hearing how to pronounce words, including proper names.
Good speech writers add variety to their word choices. If you're using a word too often in your speech and need to find a synonym (an alternative word of the same meaning), check a thesaurus, a special dictionary of synonyms and antonyms.
Transcripts of Speeches by US Government Officials & Other Famous Americans
American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches
A list of the top 100 speeches in American history, as compiled by leading scholars in public speeches and address.
Includes transcripts of speeches and debates in both the US House of Representatives and the Senate.
A good place to start your search for any US federal government document, including speeches.
Transcripts of speeches and remarks delivered by the sitting President and Vice President of the United States.
Transcripts of speeches delivered by Supreme Court Justices since 2000.
Department of Defense
Transcripts of recent speeches delivered by Defense Department Officials.
Other Helpful Links
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 280,000 in more than 14,700 clubs in 144 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.
Coverage of speechwriting in the news from the Writers Write blog.