The more at stake, the more valuable an executive speech writer may be. And if you're at the point of looking for help, you may want to know what the process is like working with a speech writer. While I can't speak for other writers, I can tell you what the process is with me. And of course I welcome any questions by e-mail or by phone.
(I should mention that I am happy to work directly with an executive or with an executive assistant. I can even work with both if one is simply providing extra information. I just need to have one point of contact who's giving me instructions on the speech itself, including revision requests.)
If you reach out through my contact form, you'll already have the chance to answer questions about the length of the speech, when you're giving it, information about the audience, topic / theme, and data or stories or other information you'll need to share. All of this can also be gathered by phone if we set up an appointment.
But once I understand that it's an executive speech, I'm likely to dig deeper. If, for instance, it's a quick talk at the Christmas party, this general information should suffice. But if it's a talk to the media, or a talk to the company when news hasn't been good, or a talk at a conference, I'll want more information about mood, expectations, overall setting, what the rest of the day has been or will be like (in the case of a conference, for instance), etc.
I'll also want to get a sense of the executive's personality -- does he like to tell stories? Which ones? Does she like certain quotes or statistics? Does he like to joke around? Does she like using analogies? Questions like these help me to better approximate his or her voice in a first draft, helping to minimize later change requests. This means helping to respect the executive's busy and valuable schedule.
I include any number of revisions possible within the time available to us because I want to do everything in my power to make sure the executive is happy with the final speech. Revisions can be requested in an e-mail, or with "Tracked Changes" and inserted comments in a Word document; or by phone conversation. My goal is to make the process as easy as possible, so whatever is best for you is best for me.
Finally, I am happy to offer my input on questions of presentation, and also offer an option for an audio file of me reading the final speech if the executive needs help understanding where to place pauses or emphasis or generally how I envision the speech coming across. In any case, I will make notes within the speech trying to make these things clear.
Any other questions about how I can assist as an executive speech writer? If so, I'm just an e-mail or scheduled phone call away. I can answer questions and even provide an initial sample of the speech before you make any decisions about hiring because, once more, I want to make sure you are happy with our collaboration.