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.
Dear Derek… The speech went very well… I was very pleased with speech and great structure.A.H. Jan 2020
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 as I firmly believe what Cato (the Elder) said is true: Grasp the subject, the words will follow. If you really believe in your subject and you have commitment to it, then that will come across to your audience via your passion.
There is also one other get good dictum for any speech or address – be it a corporate presentation or a best man’s speech, and it comes from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh: what the backside cannot endure, the brain cannot absorb.
Dear Derek, I have added a bonus to the agreed fee as the speech was fantastic. Thanks for all your help.DD April 2019
Recall too the wise words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.”
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: 3 weeks notice preferred for longer speeches (15+mins). Rates available on request
Wedding Day Speeches:
I also can also write you to write or prepare a short personalised speech for any of the usual speakers at wedding day, bride, groom, bestman/bestwoman, parent/guardian of the happy couple etc.
Links and examples:
Article on speech writing which I wrote for the Herald here:
This is me giving the bestman speech I wrote at a family wedding…. I have written similar speeches for others
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