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Vital Speeches of the Day Announces 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award Winners

Chicago, IL, 2018-Apr-19 — /EPR MEDIA NEWS/ — The editors of Vital Speeches of The Day today announced this year’s winners of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards.

Now in its 11th year, the program is presented by the magazine in conjunction with the Professional Speechwriters Association, and is open to speechwriters worldwide from any area of the public and private sectors. A panel of speechwriting experts judge entries based on several criteria, including substance, style, and coherence.

The awards go to writers in many categories, including technology, education, healthcare, and public policy, along with one Grand Award winner—the best of the best.

Vital Speeches Editor and Cicero Awards Program Chair David Murray noticed a trend in this year’s submissions: an increase in the use of storytelling.

“Storytelling is a compelling, memorable way to move an audience, said Murray. “In fact, most of this year’s Cicero winners used story to powerful effect—whether as a personal anecdote to connect a speaker to the audience, or, this year’s Grand Award winner, as the structure of the entire speech.”

The Grand award winner, “The Power of Story,” was written by Matthew Kivel and delivered by University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves. The speech tells the story of the speaker’s father, who survived the Holocaust through both an incredible combination of luck and courage, and lived a life that turned out to be thoroughly worth saving.

“Riveting from start to finish,” said one of the judges of Kivel’s speech. “Raw, powerful, and personal,” said another. “I can’t shake from my mind the images in this speech.”

Storytelling in speeches isn’t new, but it has a new emphasis in speeches now. In a culture awash in electronic communication, people hunger for genuine human connection. “In-person speeches provide an opportunity for speakers to show a live audience their humanity,” said Murray. “Usually, the most compelling and memorable way to do that is by telling a story.”

But always in service of a message. “This isn’t merely a story for the sake of a story,” says University of Texas at Austin’s speechwriter Kivel, who worked with Fenves on the Grand Award-winning speech. “It is a refutation of hatred, an outcry against bigotry, that is meant to resonate during a very troubling time in the history of the United States.”

Such persuasive storytelling pervades the more than two dozen speeches in various categories honored by the 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Awards—all available for free download in a collection of winners called These Vital Speeches.

Learn more about the Cicero Speechwriting Awards.

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Scribendi.com Is Ranked on the PROFIT 500 List for a Second Consecutive Year

Top editing and proofreading provider Scribendi.com is one of the fastest-growing Canadian companies

For the last 25 years, PROFIT Magazine has been celebrating 500 of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies with their PROFIT 500 Awards. Editing and proofreading leader Scribendi.com, with its continued success, is honored to take the 227th spot.

“We are thrilled and honored to be ranked on the PROFIT 500 list for a second year,” said Karen Ashford, marketing manager. “We wouldn’t be growing at this rate without our hardworking and dedicated staff, located both in Chatham-Kent and around the globe and we would like to thank our loyal clients who continue to trust us with millions of words each day.”

With the goal of acknowledging entrepreneurs for their accomplishments and their contributions to the Canadian market, the PROFIT 500 Awards recognize the companies with the greatest revenue growth over the last five years. Awards are given at the national, regional, and industry level, and with former winners such as Canada Goose, WestJet, and BlackBerry, Scribendi.com finds itself among the top Canadian businesses.

“The members of the PROFIT 500 are the elite of the country’s entrepreneurial community,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Business and PROFIT. “Their stories are lessons in business strategy, innovation, management excellence and sheer tenacity.”

Scribendi.com has been trusted with over 752 million words from over 223 countries and territories. Based out of Ontario, Scribendi.com employs highly skilled editors who work with documents that range from manuscripts to business communications to scientific and medical journals.

With a solid foundation in place for editing and proofreading, Scribendi.com has now expanded into content writing with a new venture: Inklyo.com.

Accolades such as these confirm that Scribendi.com is providing a service that its clients find beneficial, which inspires Scribendi.com to continue offering high-quality work at an affordable price.

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‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘The Descendants’ Reign Supreme with Denver-area Film Critics

The Denver Film Critics Society has given director Terrence Malick’s impressionistic portrait of a ’50s-era family and the origins of life the group’s highest honor.

“The Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, was chosen by DFCS as the Best Picture of 2011 this week, while “The Descendants” won three awards, including Best Screenplay.

DFCS’s annual awards celebrate the finest achievement in film as chosen by a diverse group of Colo.-based film journalists.

Acting nods went to Pitt for his complicated turn as a baseball executive reinventing the rules of his game in “Moneyball,” and Meryl Streep for her latest astonishing performance as Great Britain’s groundbreaking “Iron Lady.”

Chastain’s busy 2011, including sterling appearances in “Take Shelter,” “The Tree of Life,” “The Help” and “The Debt,” made her the runaway choice for the year’s Breakout Star, while director Gore Verbinski’s neo-western “Rango” moseyed off with the Best Animated Film award.

“The 2011 film lineup may have lacked that awards-sweeping entry, but the breadth of films spoke to the vision of the modern filmmaker,” said DFCS co-director Christian Toto. “Many of the categories were won by a single vote.”

“The Artist,” the magnificent ode to the silent film era, earned a Best Director tie for Michel Hazanavicius as well as Best Score.

The Denver Film Critics Society is comprised of print journalists, bloggers, TV personalities and film scholars across the Front Range. Voting was conducted from Jan. 1-4, 2012.

THE 2011 DFCS AWARD WINNERS:

Best Picture:

“The Tree of Life”

Best Actor:

Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Best Actress:

Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Best Supporting Actress:

Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”

Best Director (tie):

Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Best Screenplay Original/Adapted (both in a single category):

“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Best Animated Film:

“Rango”

Best Ensemble:

“The Descendants”

Best Original Score:

“The Artist” – Ludovic Bource

Best Breakout Star:

Jessica Chastain

Best Documentary:

“Page One: Inside the New York Times”

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Separation”

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