Expert speaking. Expert listening.
With a lifetime's study and a decade's experience in speechwriting, I help leaders gives the best presentations of their lives.
I've seen good words make the world better, and that's why my work comes with a simple promise: only the very best.
the school of hard pews
I come from the Ozarks and a long line of Baptist preachers.
Harry S. Truman attended a church of ours. Brad Pitt was baptized in one. Ask me sometime about that Sunday service when my aunt scolded George H. W. Bush.
Sunday morning. Sunday night. Wednesday night. Every time the church doors were open, I got a masterclass in speech with the power to move.
Later—first at the University of Chicago and as a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University—I immersed myself in the classics, memorizing ancient literary techniques like "antistrophe" and "polysyndeton."
On Friday nights.
Trust me, we're both shocked I have a girlfriend.
In the years since, I've led hundreds of speakers in training; my writing and editing work has appeared in places like the New York Times.
My clients have delivered speeches everywhere from campaign stops to sports halls of fame to the TED stage.
What's that mean for you? Expert words, and the expertise to help you deliver them with deftness and grace.
Folks sometimes ask about the monogram. That pilcrow (¶) is a typographical symbol that marks something new, like a new paragraph. It's old as the printing press.
Newness wrapped in oldness; I like that. I also like that inside the pilcrow's column I was able to hide the initials J and C.
Arcane metaphors, hidden symbology: you've practically got a Dan Brown novel here. But more importantly, you've got a small sample of my attention to detail.
I tend to think excellence is the sum of such details.
Isn't that the sort of attention your presentation deserves?