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Why hire a speechwriter if people aren’t giving speeches in public right now?
Even though public events are on-hold for the foreseeable future, your ideas aren’t. I can help you get your message out without having to deliver it at a public event. Here are a few ways you can get your message to your followers:
- Deliver your speech via Zoom, YouTube, and other video platforms
- Get help with crafting and delivering webinars
- Prepare for podcast and radio interviews (also get help with getting booked on the shows)
- Take your speech and convert it into an op-ed, opinion piece, guest blog post, or letter
- Start planning for speeches in 2021
- Start an email list and send your message out regularly
Benefits of working with a speechwriter
You don’t have the time to do it all. You need an expert; you need to hire a speechwriter.
Maybe you have a big fundraising event or are introducing a major change at your company. You need the right words to get your message across effectively.
Other times, you have an existing speech that needs an update from a fresh set of eyes.
The speech needs to be more persuasive, needs new ideas, or needs a larger impact.
Hire a speechwriter to make your speech resonate with your audience.
My name is Eddie Rice and I’ve been a speech writer for over 10 years. As an executive speech writer, I’ve worked with CEOs, college presidents, government officials, and business owners. Let me help you tell your story. Your words can move your company and your people to action; they can make the difference between a lackluster or thriving culture.
Chances are, you don’t have enough time to craft the perfect speech. It’s important for any leader to delegate tasks–let me help you. I’ve won regional and national awards through various public speaking competitions.
My past clients have given speeches to groups as small as 10 people to over a 1,000. The right speech fits the size and needs of its audience. It’s my belief that anyone can become a good speaker with the right words and the right amount of effort. Let’s get started on that speech that will inspire the hearts and minds of your followers.
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My approach as a speechwriter
These principles guide my work:
People tune out speeches that are nothing more than information thrown at them for 60 minutes. Stories help to anchor the facts and information into your audience’s memories.
Your speech should sound like you. Through written surveys and phone calls with me, you’ll get a speech that sounds like you.
It is my goal to work closely with you and your team on your speech. I value your input and your ideas; it is my role to amplify them and make them shine.
Any speech comes with two rounds of revisions along with the possibility of more. It is more important to me that the job is done right rather than done quickly.
A speech is meant to be spoken and its delivery should sound like a conversation with the audience rather than you reading a book to them. We’ll work to make the speech sound engaging and interesting.
Our process begins with a survey that helps determine the right message for the key members of the audience, which ensures a message that will resonate with them.
Speeches I can help you with…
- CEO Remarks
- Keynote speeches
- Best man, maid of honor, father/mother of the bride wedding toasts
- TED and TEDx Talks
- Retirement speeches
- Ceremonial speeches: Commemorations, awards acceptances, and galas
- Government policy speeches
- Political campaign speeches
- Startup business pitches
More than just a speech…
Executives and leaders have to communicate across different media. I can help.
Op-edS AND WRITTEN PIECES
Spread your ideas even farther through written pieces in well-read publications including newspapers, blogs, and magazines.
Host a webinar with an engaged audience. We can work together on the content, slides, and Q&A to deliver huge value for your listeners.
Tell your story on a podcast targeted to your niche. But don’t stop there, continue to get booked on subsequent podcasts to increase your overall reach
See what others are saying
Wow! From start to finish Eddie was a true professional. The speech he wrote for me was exactly what I needed. The stage directions which accompanied the speech was a great added bonus! I would definitely recommend Eddie to anyone needing speech writing services! A true talent
Eddie is terrific to work with. He total understood my requirements, was fast and timely in delivering work product. The product was well conceived, error free, highly conceptual and professional. He wrote in my voice. Without a doubt, I will seek his advice and assistance in any future speech that I may deliver.
Eddie has been a great help putting my presentation together, his writing skills are excellent and I was very happy with the final product. Eddie even assisted with a few changes after the project was finished.
You’ve got questions:
How long does a speech take?
Depends on the length and amount of research. Your typical ceremonial/short-speech will get a first draft out in 7-10 days. Speeches that require more research are on a custom basis.
How much do you charge?
It depends on speech length, but anywhere from $75 to $250 per minute of speaking time. This article explains my process in determining the rate for a speech.
What is the process like?
Step 1: Based on your initial email or phone call, I'll send you a survey tailored to your speech.
Step 2: We talk about the answers in-depth on the phone and make as many follow up calls as necessary.
Step 3: I send you a first draft and you send me any feedback. We can also discuss it over the phone, too.
Step 4: I integrate any revisions into your speech and send the draft back for your feedback. We keep going back and forth up to three times until we have a speech that we both like.
Step 5: You give the speech! I can also help with tips on how to prepare your speech.
What is the ultimate deliverable for a speech or written article?
For speeches, you get a complete manuscript. It will most likely contain numerous line breaks indicating small pauses. The speech will be listed out in sections and it will be ready for you to memorize or rehearse in advance.
For written pieces, you'll receive the entire article and it will be edited according to any style guidelines you or your editor gives in advance.
Who owns the speech after it’s done?
You! In some limited cases, I may ask permission to reuse it as part of a portfolio, blog piece, or book chapter, but only upon your written permission. You can do whatever you'd like with the speech and all credit goes to you.
About how many words should I expect a speech to be?
Most people speak anywhere from 135 to 150 words per minute.
So for a few guidelines when I write a speech for someone based on speaking time, I use the following approximations:
5 Minutes: 675-750 words
10 Minutes: 1350-1500 words
15 Minutes: 2025-2250 words
20 Minutes: 2700-3000 words
Can you create slides for the speech?
It's best to work with a designer on creating the slides for your presentation. My strength lies in writing more than design. However, I do recommend finishing the text of the speech first and then talking to a designer to create slides to amplify your message. I can help provide art guidance for what might work best on a slide.
In addition, you want to have the words prepared and rehearsed in case there are problems with the projector, the slide files, or anything else that might force you to do the presentation without slides on the day of your speech.
Are there speeches you won’t do?
I won't take on a speech that promotes a product or message that is dishonest, hateful, hurtful, discriminatory, or doesn't provide for the good of humanity.
I will also not take on speeches that are for a grade or part of a school assignment. Anything that can be seen as unfair competition, plagiarism, or unoriginal work, I cannot do.
Some speeches are far outside my area of expertise and I can sometimes find great referrals to others who might help.
How do we get started?
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