Please scroll down for examples of articles, TV features and radio shows that have featured Lawrence and the Great Speech Writing team.
29th November 2018 – Lawrence featured on Wedding Espresso’s podcast.
Listen to the podcast, watch the video or read the transcript here to discover Lawrence’s top tips on writing and structuring a great wedding speech.
8th November 2018 – Lawrence hosted a webinar with BrightTALK on “How to give a great business presentation, pitch or speech”.
12th October 2018 – Lawrence speculated with the Daily Star on what Prince Andrew might say in his speech at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding.
Read the example speech Lawrence wrote here.
17th May 2018 – Lawrence interviewed by BBC Radio Kent on wedding speeches and the Royal Wedding.
Listen to the audio clip of Lawrence being interviewed here.
13th May 2018 – Lawrence spoke to the Daily Star about Prince William’s best man speech for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding.
Read the full article and take a look at an example speech written by Lawrence here.
7th October 2017 – Lawrence interviewed by BBC Radio on Theresa May’s conference speech (and The West Wing).
Listen to the audio clip here.
July 19 2017 – Tips on how to get those wedding speech tears flowing. (As featured on Heart, Capital FM and in association with Kleenex)
Kleenex asked us for our tips to get those wedding speech tears flowing and these were featured on Heart and Capital FM.
June 21 2017 – Lawrence interviewed about the Queen’s Speech and weddings (!) live on Talk Radio.
Click on the image below to hear the five minute chat with Jon Holmes covering speech tips and more.
June 2017 – Seb featured in ‘The Wedding Secret’
Seb, our Client Relationship Manager, offers advice to Grooms speaking at their wedding reception. Here’s a snippet: “One regular complaint from wedding guests is that came to listen to stories about the bride and groom, not the groom and his best man. Don’t forget who you are marrying and why you have asked people to come and celebrate.”
Read the full article here
May 21 2016 – Lawrence featured in ‘First Person’ in Financial Times Magazine.
“Speechwriting is like Botox — the better you do it, the less likely your clients are to advertise the fact. People who come to my company for help with a social speech don’t want anyone to know. It’s a cloak-and-dagger world: we can call clients on their mobile but not the landline; they’ll meet in a café, but miles from their house. Discretion is key.”
May 2016 – Lawrence interviewed in Catherine Moonan’s ‘The Pitch Coach’
Extract from the chapter:
“There are three things that make a speech great. They are the basis upon which we built the business, Great Speech Writing. The first is relevance…. Number two is clarity…. Finally the hard part: sprinkling magic onto it, to make it original, different and exciting.”
May 2016 – Man London asks Lawrence about effective communication
March 2016 – Lawrence is the ‘mystery guest’ on BBC Radio!
The Paul Miller Show has a weekly feature where listeners call-in asking questions to help identify the occupation of the mystery guest. This ‘phone-in’ section of the show is available in Clip 1 (below). You may be surprised to hear some of the careers Lawrence was linked with! Clip 2 (further down the page) features a more formal interview focusing on what being a professional speech writer involves.
Clip 1: Callers try to guess what Lawrence does for a living!
Clip 2: Paul Miller interviews Lawrence about his career as a speech writer
March 2016 – The Gay Wedding Guide asked Lawrence about two same sex wedding speeches we have written.
Jan 2016 – An article on hitched.co.uk guiding brides on how to give the ultimate speech on their wedding day.
Dec 1 2014 – BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Lawrence on Prince Harry’s fear of public speaking
This five minute interview from the Afternoon Show with Dan Walker and Sarah Brett marked Prince Harry’s launch of the #FeelNoShame campaign, where celebrities admit their secrets to help those with AIDS be more open about their condition. Covers the Prince, his phobia, other famous people with similar fears, tips for getting it right, and examples of great speakers in the world today.
Oct 2 2014 – BBC Three Counties Radio interview on the party conference speeches
This four minute clip covers David Cameron’s Prime Ministerial style, Ed Miliband’s notes and the enduring importance of the spoken word.
July 24 2014 – Daily Telegraph
June 2014 – Daily Telegraph Feature
A video feature on Great Speech Writing within the telegraph’s Business Club section:
Oct 3 2012 – BBC Radio Wales interview on Ed Miliband
Link to 3 minute MP3 clip here
July 9 2012 – BBC Radio interview on Andy Murray
Lawrence live on BBC Radio discussing Andy Murray’s tears and what makes a great speech. Audio clip here: Lawrence_Bernstein_BBCRadio_Mike_Zeller_Radio_Interview_2012-07-09
Feb 29 2012- BBC Radio 4 and World Service Interviews on the Oscars
Live on BBC World Service during the Oscars discussing the quality (or otherwise) of the acceptance speeches. In two separate interviews an hour apart.
Featured in article in Dame Magazine on what to say (and what not to say) on receiving an Oscar
April 29 2011 – SKY news interview on Prince Harry
Interviewed outside Buckingham Palace live on Sky news on Royal Wedding day . You can see it here, or click on this link for a bigger version on YouTube (but trust me, I’m not suited to HD!).
Feb 2011 – BBC Radio interviews on Prince Harry
Interviewed abour Prince Harry’s best man speech on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Merseyside.
July 2009 – BBC online magazine
Quoted in the BBC Online Magazine in this article :
“In a nutshell, a great speech is communication at its most effective, and we all want to communicate effectively in whatever situation we find ourselves in”, says professional speech-writer Lawrence Bernstein.
“The rules and techniques of good communication work on all levels – if you’re on a stage speaking to thousands of people, asking your boss for a pay rise, trying to buy a new house, or teaching a class of 10 year olds.”
May 2009 – New Zealand Herald
Featured on the other side of the world in the New Zealand Herald:
Interviewed by Macleans in Canada (the Canadian equivalent of ‘Time’ magazine in the US). ‘Great Speechwriting’ has been abreviated to ‘Great Speeches’ in the article below!:
January 21 2009 BBC Radio London about Obama
Interviewed on BBC Radio London by Vanessa Feltz about the Obama inauguration speech.
Sept 23 2008 BBC Radio 5 on Gordon Brown
Featured on BBC Radio 5 Breakfast show with a suggested headline clip for Gordon Brown’s speech at the Labour Party Conference.
Sept 2008 with Stephen Fry on BBC Radio 4
Featured on Stephen Fry’s ‘English Delight’ on Radio 4.
Also in 2008
I have also been interviewed about this service on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Essex, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and Radio Kerry in Ireland.
I have also been asked to contribute to a number of magazines. If you found me in the Spectator, Private Eye or the New Statesman, you may not read them all regularly, but here are a few clippings.
and, perhaps less visually impressive, the article itself: