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David Murray

David Murray

Chicago, Illinois

David Murray is a writer and journalist. He's editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, and founder and executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association.

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David Murray is editor and publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day, an 85-year-old collection of the best oral communication in the U.S. and the world. He’s also executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association. He’s been a prominent commentator on communication issues for 25 years.

Murray cowrote the New York Times-bestselling memoir Tell My Sons (Random House, 2013) and a memoir about his advertising copywriter parents, Raised By Mad Men.

Murray’s writing on communication and other subjects has appeared in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Advertising Age, Sailing Magazine, Golf Magazine, Car Collector Magazine, Vibe.com, the Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Chicago.
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Update #3 - 502 Sept. 6, 2019

To pre-orderers of "An Effort to Understand"—

Well, now you've done it. 

With 22 hours to spare in our extended campaign, we reached the 500 pre-order threshold.

Which means Publishizer will start shopping the book to publishers as early as next week.

And which means I'll be up in the pre-dawn blackness every morning for a few months lashing the manuscript into shape before my day job begins.

And who knows what it means after that.

But here's what it means to me today, my dear communication colleagues and readers, family and friends, as I wrote on my blog last week:

"I've been just public enough of a person to know thoroughly and finally that strangers who appreciate your work are only numbers, and their appreciation is the thinnest gruel. But to have friends who respect your contribution—well, that's why people want to be famous in the first place. I'm already there."

I promise to do my very best to produce a book that's worthy of your faith in me—and that represents all the wisdom I've gathered from a life surrounded by you.

Gratefully,

David