Are you looking for a world-class speechwriter for yourself or your client? If so, you've come to the right place.
It's well documented that everyone, including experienced executives, are terrified of public speaking. Knowing that you have a first-rate speech to deliver takes the terror out of—and puts the pleasure back into—public speaking. (If you're about to deliver a speech, see "Ten Tips Before You Speak," below.)
Everyone needs a speechwriter because, in the words of Mark Twain, "It takes three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech."
You wouldn't be invited to make a speech unless you were an expert. But you won't be invited back unless you communicate your expertise with style, grace and verve.
I am an experienced, award-winning freelance speechwriter. I know how to help you craft your central message and underscore your concluding message, gear the tone of your speech to the level of your audience, avoid common mistakes of amateur presenters, and help you think about how to promote your speech beyond its initial podium. I also know how to capture your voice, tone and style, as well as employ the secrets of great rhetorical writing to captivate your audience.
As chief speechwriter to American Express Chairman and CEO Jim Robinson III—and one of the first female speechwriters on Wall Street—I received numerous professional awards for my work.
Today, as a freelance speechwriter, I continue to write for CEOs, senior executives and public officials throughout the U.S.
Below is a partial client list, as well as testimonials by satisfied clients.
Partial Client List
Joseph E. Antonini, Chairman, President & CEO, Kmart Corporation
Samuel H. Armacost, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets
Joanne Black, Senior Vice President, MasterCard
Edward A. Brennan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sears, Roebuck
Edgar Bronfman, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer,The Seagram Company
Samuel Bronfman II, President, The Seagram Classics Wine Company
B. Garland Cupp, EVP, American Express Travel Related Services TRS
Meyer Feldman, Dean, Columbia Business School
Meredith Fernstrom, Senior Vice President, Public Responsibility, American Express Company
Michele Fortune, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ann Taylor
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, RJR Nabisco, Inc.
Ronald K. Glover, President, Travelers Cheque Group, USA, American Express TRS
Steven F. Goldstone, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, RJR Nabisco, Inc.
John G. Haimann, Vice Chairman, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets
Edward Koch, Mayor, New York City
James T. Larkin, Executive Vice President, Financial Services Institutions, American Express TRS
Raymond L. Larkin, Executive Vice President, Operations, American Express TRS
Drew Lewis, CEO, Warner Amex
Sandra Meyer, Senior Vice President, American Express TRS
Jonathan Newcomb, President & COO, Simon & Schuster
Frank J. Partel,Jr., SVP, Financial Service Institutions, American Express TRS
Richard Ravitch, Mayoral Candidate, New York City
James D. Robinson III, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, American Express Company
Paolo Scaroni, Group Chief Executive, Pilkington, PLC, Italy
William A. Schreyer, Chairman & CEO, Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
Arthur Shapiro, Executive Vice President Marketing, Seagram Americas
Anne Slattery, Vice President, Retail Banking, Citibank
Winthrop H. Smith Jr., Chairman, Merrill Lynch International
Francis X. Stankard, Chairman, Chase Manhattan Capital Markets
Richard E. Snyder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Simon & Schuster
Aldo Papone, President and Chief Operating Officer, American Express TRS
Tommaso Zanzotto, President, Travel USA, American Express TRS
"Thanks for the spectacular speech."
(former) President, Travel Services, U.S.A.
American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
"Eleanor's executive speechwriting skills were of great value on a broad range of subjects, ranging from industry marketing matters all the way to corporate public affairs. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a seasoned pro who can capture the message and tone suited to her client."
Karin Timpone, (former) Corporate Communications/PR Director
"Eleanor, it was a pleasure for Ray, Naomi and me to work with you. We not only received some superb speeches which can be used or tailored for many future presentations, but we also learned some excellent techniques in speech writing."
MaryAnne Rasmussen, (former) Vice President
World Wide Quality Assurance
American Express Travel Related Services Company (TRS), Inc.
10 Tips Before You Speak
Do you have a brochure or document that describes the background and history of your organization?
Could you give me the precise time, place and date of the event, as well as the title and agenda of the conference?
What's the format: panel discussion? speech plus questions and answers from the audience? informal seminar?
Would you give me a description of the room and the speaking arrangements? Will there be a lectern and microphone? Will I sit at the head table? What kind of electronic facilities are available?
How large an audience is expected? What is the nature of the audience? If they are businesspeople, what level—managers, senior vice presidents, CEOs—and from which types of companies? How knowledgeable are they on the subject I will be talking about?
Do you have a list of previous speakers? If possible, could you send me copies of the speeches they've made to your group?
Will there be other speakers? Who are they? Can you send me their bios?
Who will introduce me and does that person need my bio or a written introduction?
Will the press be invited? Will there be a formal press conference on an informal Q and A session? Will a photographer be present?
Are speech reprints required for the press, the audience or to be mailed out later? Will the speech be taped?