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|"Simon's a great speechwriter. He has a rare talent for really understanding what you want to say and helping you say it better."
Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP
|"Simon Lancaster has the rare ability to encapsulate in a speech all the central issues, but do it in an interesting and entertaining way. His only problem was the person delivering the speech!"
Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health
|"Simon is the perfectionist as speechwriter: not only a flair for the word and phrase, but also thorough research and an attention to detail and accuracy which comes from his past life as a senior ministerial adviser."
Lord Adonis of Camden Town, Minister for Schools
|“I've worked with dozens of Whitehall speechwriters and Simon is not only
the best, he is in a league of his own. He absorbs complex ideas quickly,
gives them a structure and brings them to life - injecting colour, humour and energy into even the driest of subjects. A knack for spotting unexpected connections enriches his writing, as does his study of oratory. At the Guardian, we have commissioned a few pieces from him (including an editorial on speechmaking) which have clearly displayed his great talent as a wordsmith."
Tom Clark, Leader Writer on The Guardian and Editor of “Great Speeches of the 20th Century” (Preface Publishing, 2008)
"This was a fantastic course - just the right balance between learning and doing. Having "been there and done that," Simon really knows what he's talking about. I went home with loads of ideas and contacts - and more importantly, a real confidence boost. "
Lyndsey Jenkins, Speechwriter to Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP
"Simon gave me a fantastic introduction to the art of speechwriting. I use many of the techniques covered on a daily basis."
Andrew Kaye, Speechwriter to Rt Hon John Denham MP
“I think this was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended. The calibre of speakers was excellent - we heard from people that had actually been there and done the job extremely well. The rhetorical tricks of the trade we learnt have been invaluable. And the course really gave me a chance to try them out in challenging, but fun and engaging practical exercises.”
Sara Halliday, Speechwriter to Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Secretary of State for Business