You don't have to be a great speechwriter to write a great speech
If you have to write a speech this should help: Simple step-by-step instructions to make the whole process that little bit easier. Do let me know if you find it useful. Oh, and if you'd like a copy in a bigger size, just drop me a line using the UK Speechwriter contact form. ... Read More
Anyone looking for a speach writer?
Are you looking for a speach writer or a speech writer? Every month, more than 22,000 people who want to find speechwriting services online, search for ‘speach’ instead of ‘speech’. Speach and 199 other tricky words So if you’re here because you entered ‘speach’ instead of speech, you’re not alone. Not by a long chalk. In fact, a ... Read More
Can social media help you write a better eulogy?
Once so tight lipped and reserved about death, a change has come over the British. It started with Diana. Suddenly people actually wanted to talk about their feelings in the wake of her death! These days hardly a month goes by without some public display of grief on social media. As a nation we seem to be so much more in tune with our feelings about death. Histo... Read More
A rough guide to speechwriting rates in the UK
Here's a not-at-all definitive - but hopefully useful - guide to speechwriting rates. (Written from the perspective of a freelance speechwriter working in the UK.) Some speechwriters stick to a set fee. This is often based on a price-per-minute of your speech. But others are prepared to negotiate over price; I prefer to build a bit of flexibility into my pricing, so that I can adjust my... Read More
Seriously, why use a speech writer when you can do it yourself?
Why use a speech writer when you can do it yourself? It's a good question. And to answer it, here's an extract from a speech I gave at Southwell Business Club in Nottinghamshire. Sometimes you need a specialist… And I’m here today to tell you that professional business writing of any kind is a specialism. Even though it migh... Read More
Come along the UK Speechwriters' and Business Commuicators' Conference
“We cannot be intimidated by the tyranny of a blank page!” Taking the advice of Frasier Crane, I try to fill in as much of my new diary as I possibly can before the promise of the New Year wears off. One date that always jumps out at me is the annual Speechwriters’ and Business Communicators’ Conference, organised by speechwriter, Brian Jenner of the UK Speechwriters’ ... Read More
What do you want from your business speechwriter?
If you’re already thinking about hiring a speechwriter, then you'll already understand the potential benefits. Not just big savings in terms of your time and effort, but potentially big rewards too. (And affirmation for your speech is always such a good motivator for the next one.) Inevitably, there are a few things to bear in mind before you choose your business speechwriter. I’ve ... Read More
Do you need to hire a speechwriter?
Believe me, I do understand... Making that decision to hire a speechwriter, rather than writing your speech yourself may feel like a compromise. Hopefully I can disabuse you of that notion. Having worked as a speechwriter for several years, I can give you plenty of good reasons why hiring a speechwriter makes all sorts of sense. You’d expect me to say that of course.... Read More
How to write your speech for the ears (with a little help from Charles Dickens)
Dickensian tips on writing a speech for the ears. Watching the BBC’s Dickensian with its entertaining admixture of characters from all over the (Old Curiosity) shop reminds me of a speechwriting truth: Always write your speech for the ears. Dickens’ stories demanded to be read out loud. They’re ripe with exquisite detail and sensuous world... Read More
The life of a freelance speechwriter
Working as a freelance speechwriter means being open to all sorts of possibilities. I never quite know who I’m going to be working for next. And that’s exciting. But of course the downside of being a freelancer (as opposed to an agency speechwriter) is that I never quite know when the next job is going to come along. And that’s why this freelance speechwriter sometimes ‘moonlig... Read More