Great Speech Writing has private and business clients based all over the world. They range from senior people in the private and public sectors giving high profile speeches, presentations and pitches, to best men, fathers-of-the bride and nervous grooms worried about their wedding speeches.
We have a very simple purpose: to help clients around the world write, edit and deliver their speeches and presentations. We are lucky enough to have professional clients in parliaments from Brussels to Westminster and social clients performing in marquees from Bristol to West Lothian. But whoever the client and whatever the subject, our speech writing mantra is consistent: Keep it relevant, ensure it’s appropriate and make it original.
We’re happy to chat to anyone about a speech, whether you want us to write it from scratch, or just need a bit of advice. Wherever possible, we will try to help them create something simple, intelligent and original. We’ll never charge for a phone call and our discretion is assured.
Our team of writers (and trainers):
Lawrence Bernstein, Director. After graduating in History from Peterhouse, Cambridge, Lawrence became chained to a desk in the City. One night, he sat in a pub dictating a best man speech to a friend about to leave for a wedding in Vegas. The friend (Mark) suggested this might be a more enjoyable way of earning a living. It was a light bulb moment. The next morning, Lawrence placed an advert in Private Eye Magazine for a new speech writing service. Nine years later, he manages ‘Great Speech Writing’ and our small team of writers from our office in North London. He continues to write speeches in addition to helping clients build communication strategies. He stays involved in every part of the business, and remains true to his original promise that no speech is too big or too small. If you would like to contact Lawrence directly please email him.
Dolan Cummings is our senior speech writer. He has been writing and delivering speeches for years. His previous work has ranged from writing at the BBC and comment pieces for the Scottish press to chairing public debates in London and elsewhere on everything from the arts to international politics. He admires speakers from Martin Luther King to Chris Rock. Dolan works on a huge range of speeches. He has an extraordinary knack of drawing the right information from clients in a short period of time!
Tom Letts’s professional background is as varied as his dress sense. He’s spent several years living and working abroad, most recently in France (he speaks fluent French and Spanish). Having worked with us previously, Tom has returned to the UK to become an in-house speech writer and delivery coach. He loves getting to know clients, and crafting speeches that are relevant, witty and original. Tom’s eclectic interests include literature, theatre, world cinema, geopolitics, music and Claudio Ranieri.
David Elliott is an experienced writer, specialising in humorous speeches for weddings and dinners. His comic fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, both in the UK and US, and his comedy sketches/one-liners have been used by BBC Radio 4 Extra, along with several comedy podcasts. He spent several years writing topical humour for a well known Radio Prep service, and was part of the Liverpool Everyman Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. He writes poetry and song lyrics.
Ruth Quayle was previously a writer and sub-editor on national newspapers and glossy magazines, including The Week, The Guardian and Condé Nast Traveller. She also writes stories for children and is looking forward to her first book being published next year. Ruth is our go-to writer for web copy, press releases and articles.
Ian Hawkins has written speeches for Olympic athletes, business leaders, politicians and countless weddings! He has an understanding of what makes audiences tick. As a former agent at the UK’s biggest speaker agency, Ian has seen the best (and most expensive!) in the business. His approach to speech writing is to help the person on stage become the best possible version of themselves. He has also written for television, radio, newspapers and magazines, and runs communications courses.
Ben Coates has written speeches for some of Britain’s most well-known politicians. He has also worked as speechwriter and editor in the private sector. He is the author of a bestselling book about Dutch history and culture, and has written for the BBC, the Independent and the Scotsman. Drawing on that background, he writes a wide range of speeches for our clients, including business events, personal occasions and weddings.
You may recognise Amy Beth Hayes from stage and screen (from ‘Mr Selfridge’, ‘The Syndicate’ and ‘Black Mirror’ to ‘Jerusalem’ in the West End). Amy read English at Oxford University before training at the prestigious ‘Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’. She is an outstanding coach, who takes our clients’ delivery to an entirely new level. Amy has the incredible ability to create confidence, energy and belief. As one of them put it recently: “Just wanted to say how great Amy has been. Really talented and really helpful. Absolutely magic. I am beginning to look forward to bringing the house down! Amy is inspirational with exceptional skills!”
In the office:
Seb Streeting is likely to be your friendly first port of call when contacting us. He liaises between our clients and writers, ensuring that you get what you want when you want it! He studied reform rhetoric in US Politics while at University and also has a MSc. in Psychology. Seb will be the first to greet you if you visit the office and makes a mean cup of coffee. When he’s not being nice to people, you might find him at the cinema, in the kitchen, reading or with friends.
Katie Hedges joined us in 2014 and manages the accounts and runs our online projects. She previously worked for eleven years as an Account Manager at a German web agency and has an extraordinary eye for detail and impeccable calmness under pressure. She may be found at weekends playing tennis, watching football and baking banana cakes.