Speechwriters and other corporate assets are predictably evaluated based on the Pareto principle. You’re judged for 80% of your performance on 20% of the work that you do. That’s why you have to drop everything and surrender to indentured servitude when strategy meetings, earnings, and other special events come up. Those times are stressful and not for the faint of heart or thin of skin. But if you can get through them, the rest of the time you get to just chill, read the papers (tabloids even!), watch CNBC, take online classes. It is a very cool thing to get paid to constantly learn.