For over two decades now I have been providing speechwriting and communications services to senior members of private corporations, to the public sector, to the nonprofit sector – and even some international nongovernmental agencies.
Speech writing or speech giving can strike trepidation in the heart of many. Why is that?
For some, particularly communications divisions of companies and government agencies, it can be a very labour intensive process. It can take three or four days for a staffer to write a major keynote at an international conference, and that represents a heavy toll on their resources. That is why as a freelance speechwriter for over two decades, I am pleased to take the job off their hands. And it represents a major slice of my work.
Then there are those who just don’t know the first thing about writing a speech because it means writing for the ear and not the eye. And they have never learned how to do it. Writing a speech that truly engages an audience is both art and skill – but it is learnable. That is why I am often called upon to give one-day workshops to teach the elements of writing a better speech. One that will have the audience truly listening than idly texting during your performance.
Then there is the element of fear and lack of confidence that many suffer when they have to get on the public stage. This can be particularly true of middle-level managers who are required to give a lot of internal speeches to staff but really don’t feel confident doing it and they think they are boring their staff. And they may be!
No I’m not a drama coach and I’m not going to teach you performance art or tell you how to throw your voice to the back of the room – there are excellent speaking coaches who can do that. On the other hand there are techniques that can be used that can improve your speech delivery without necessarily going the speech coach route. And I can even help you with your wretched Power Point slides.
And finally, this website is also for freelance writers who might want to add speech writing to the list of services they offer their clients. I’ve got that covered too with my blog posts and other resources on the art and craft of speechwriting. As well as my mastermind groups, which are geared specifically to finding freelance speech writing work.
I am hoping that by following this website and signing up for my free newsletter, you will become a better speechwriter, a better speaker, or a better communicator in general.
A few words from satisfied clients
“Every time I work with Colin on developing a speech I am always amazed at how great he is at listening ‘between the lines’ for what it is I am really trying to communicate. He is superb at taking my conceptual thoughts and turning them into a great first draft of a memorable speech. But that’s just the start of the collaboration; Colin stays closely involved in the subsequent – and, typically in my case, many! – drafts until I am completely satisfied. What you get from working with Colin is the great feeling that comes from stepping up to the podium knowing that you are about to give an impactful speech! Mr. Bjorn Moller, Former President and CEO, Teekay Corporation, Vancouver, BC
“Colin has been preparing speeches for me for at least the past 6 years. I can always count on him to research the topic thoroughly, to ensure we both know as much as we can about the context and the audience, to make sure all deadlines are met, and most importantly to constantly ensure that the direction in which the speech is going is where I want it to be. It is always an interactive process with Colin, and the end result has without question consistently been a powerful speech for which I invariably receive many compliments.” Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Paris, France
“I needed to write a speech, so being a geek I Goggled “how to write a speech”. Colin’s willingness to share his knowledge, freely and openly, on his website told me two things. One: Colin really knows how to write a speech and Two: I really don’t have a clue how to write a speech. Working with Colin was a pleasure. He’s curious, intelligent and a quick learn. My speech was impressive; his turnaround time and cost were reasonable. I confidently endorse Colin’s work.” Lisa Groeneveld, COO, Logic Supply, South Burlington, Vermont
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