Over the past two-and-a-half decades I have written speeches for several senior public figures – political and corporate – for a range of formal and informal occasions. In addition to conference speeches, I have also written many humorous speeches for social occasions.
You can put my years of experience and wealth of anecdotes and one-liners to work for you. I can help you prepare for any public event by crafting a designing a speech, preparing speaking notes, or MS Powerpoint presentation to assist you make a positive impression… and only you and I will know about it.
I have posted some examples of my work published under my own name below. For very obvious reasons I do not post examples of speeches written for others.
After all, speechwriters are heard through their clients, never seen and rarely acknowledged.
I am here to help you to put your message across.
No one wants wants to look or sound like Gore Vidal’s description of Eisenhower speaking at the GOP convention… delivering a speech with all the wonderment of just having seen it for the first time.
This is a collaborative process – we discuss content style and message and I prepare drafts for your approval. I am not here to to put someone else’s words or thoughts in your mouth.
My skill is in bringing the best out of you. Cato (the Elder) was right when he said: Grasp the subject, the words will follow. If you truly believe in the issue or topic you are speaking about, that will come across to your audience.
There is also one other good dictum for any speech or address – be it a corporate presentation or a best man’s speech, and it comes from the late Duke of Edinburgh:
what the backside cannot endure, the brain cannot absorb.
Don’t forget the wise words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.”
NB: 3 weeks notice preferred for longer speeches (15+mins). Rates available on request
Dear Derek, I have added a bonus to the agreed fee as the speech was fantastic. Thanks for all your help.
DD April 2019
Dear Derek… The speech went very well… I was very pleased with speech and great structure.
A.H. Jan 2020
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links and examples:
Article on speech writing which I wrote for the Herald here:
This is the edited version of a short acceptance speech I gave at the Magill Political Awards 2008 – in loco Ministeris
Article by me from The Observer (UK) 2002