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Speechwriting Portfolio: Featured Projects

Change management speeches

"You Can Commit to Allyship by Joining a Team Member Network"
(Opening remarks by a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at an American company with 65,000+ employees)  
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"We Need to Follow Two Parallel Paths at the Same Time"
(Cicero award-winning speech, honorable mention)
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"This Year, We Need to Get Better Faster So We Can Move to the Next Level"
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"As Equity Partners, Maintaining a Fair Balance of Interests Will Allow Us to Sustain This – The Greatest Organization"
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  • Version for business owners: "As Equity Partners, We Must Change the Way We Make Decisions to Maintain a Fair Balance of Interests" 
  • Version for business advisers: "You Can Help Us Maintain a Fair Balance of Interests Between Majority and Minority Owners" 

"These are Not Normal Times (We Had to Do Even More)"
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“Customer Relationships in a Connected World”
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A GREAT SPEECH CAN BOOST YOUR REPUTATION IN THE MARKETPLACE.

Here’s the voicemail one of our clients received after delivering a virtual keynote at a national conference:

 

“I just watched your video (presentation), and you are so right on. It was well done, and I’m going to share it with our sales force.

“This spring we are going to have our national sales meeting, and I’d love to extend an invitation to you to come out and speak to our sales force.

“So congrats on putting that together. Call me. I’d love to talk to you about our opportunity.”

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
U.S.-based manufacturer with worldwide distribution

 

Executive addresses

"What We Achieved Last Year is Nothing Short of Remarkable"
(A confidential address to stockholders from the board chair)

"Vendor Relations and Sourcing Services: We Help Local Companies Navigate the Supply Chain so They Can Become More Relevant, Competitive and Profitable"
(A presentation to an advisory board)
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"What 2020 Taught Us"
(A confidential update to stockholders from a corporate training department)

"Disruption-Proofing Your Business: Local Companies, You Wrote the Playbook"
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"Reps, You Have a Chance to Help Wholesalers Get Better"
Read the Cicero award-winning speech on page 16 >>

"Different on Purpose: How Winsupply Creates Opportunities Through Sourcing Services and the Supply Chain to Help Local Owners Earn Their Own Success"
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"How Distributors and Reps Can Build Trust and Work Better Together to Remain Relevant in Our Markets"
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“The Time Has Come to Reinvent Free Enterprise Capitalism in America”
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“Follow Her Lead” (award-winning speech)
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“How Winsupply Helps Entrepreneurs Claim the American Dream”
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FEEDBACK FROM CO-PRESENTERS:

“It went really well. I felt like the group was very impressed … our intended message was definitely received.

“THANK YOU again. We would not have been as prepared and cohesive without your help and guidance.”

AMY SOUDERS
Winsupply

“The presentation was very well laid out (THANK YOU!) and we did a solid job delivering. Thanks again for all of your help!”

ERIC ROUSH
Winsupply

 

"I read through your Chairman’s address yesterday and it is REALLY GREAT. Thank you for all the passion and hard work that you put into it. Your dedication to this task has been so terrific and appreciated. Your message in this address is truly inspiring and your storytelling throughout is fascinating. I enjoy it even more now than I did in my first read-through. I know you will inspire the audience to go back to their companies and follow your lead. Thank you very much."

ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE
On a client keynote written for a national conference

 

Keynote speeches

“Free Enterprise at Work: How Winsupply’s Business Model Gives Everyday People the Freedom to Earn Their Own Success”
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"The Keys to Our Collective Success"
Read the Cicero award-winning speech on page 58 >>
Read the Forbes article by Carmine Gallo that mentions the speech >>

“Real Entrepreneurs Don’t Go It Alone”
Read the Cicero award-winning speech on page 30 >>

“Stand Up for Free Enterprise Capitalism: The American Dream”
(Cicero award-winning speech, honorable mention)
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“First Things First: Together We Can Make an Impact on Education”
(award-winning speech)
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“Executing a Customer-Focused B2B Transformation Strategy"
(Keynote fireside chat Q&A talking points for a national B2B online conference)

 

“It looks FANTASTIC! So close to perfection that I don't want to tweak anything.

"Great work! And thanks so much for getting it to me so quickly. You are the best!”

RICK SCHWARTZ
Winsupply

 

Motivational speeches

"If You Are a Leader, Choose Wisely" 
(A confidential outline for a signature talk for a national motivational speaker)

"Will You Do What You Say You Are Going to Do?"
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“When We Do the Right Things, for the Right Reasons, We Will Get the Right Results”
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“Esteves, This is Your Moment: Go Ahead and Jump”
(Cicero award-winning speech, honorable mention, international audience)
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“We Must Build on What is Good to Get to Great by Making the Most of The Flywheel Effect”
(International audience)
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“Our Future is Created by What We Do Today, Not Tomorrow”
(International audience)
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“We Must Add More Value to Win Customers for Life”
(International audience)
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“We Exist for One Reason: To Make a Difference”
(International audience)
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“Our Roots Give Us Wings”
(International audience)
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Award acceptance remarks

"Leveraging the Chance to Feed the Curiosity of Children"
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“When You Come to a Fork in the Road, TAKE IT!”
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“We Must Give Everyday, Ordinary People the Chance to Earn Their Own Success"
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“Where Will Our New Leaders Come From?”
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“Aunt Peg Would be Proud”
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“Imagine the Impact You Can Have”
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“You wrote a fabulous speech. I have been getting notes all day. Thank you again!”

CHIEF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER
American company with 65,000+ employees

"The speech went very well! The ‘keep cranking the flywheel’ analogy was received perfectly. Many thanks indeed!"

FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Two global manufacturing companies based in Europe

"I recently used Teresa Zumwald’s speechwriting services for two big events. Teresa was a true professional throughout the process and really took the time to get to know me and InnoSource. She did her homework on my topics and ensured that each speech had a clear direction and purpose for each audience."

CHAD DELLIGATTI
InnoSource

“I don't have any suggestions for improvement. The flow is logical and straightforward just like me.” 

JOHN MCKENZIE
Winsupply

“I have truly enjoyed working with you. I could not have gotten here without you!”

ANNA KEEHN

“You continue to amaze me with your ability to articulate and summarize all our thoughts. This overview is outstanding!”

ABBEY BORDER
Cherry Valley Hotel & Ohio Event Center

Fundraising speeches

FOR A PRIVATE CHRISTIAN K-12 SCHOOL
"Be Strong and Courageous" 
(Series of nine confidential speeches for a major donor event)

FOR A WORLDWIDE RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION
"So Many Doors Have Been Opened to Us"
(Series of nine confidential speeches for a major donor event) 

FOR A NATIONAL NONPROFIT THAT GRANTS SCHOLARSHIPS TO DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS
"We Need to Elevate Our Collective Voice Around the Issue of Parental Choice"
(Series of eight confidential speeches for a major donor event)

FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
“Because of the American Cancer Society, We Have Hope”
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“Your script package was met with a ‘love it!’ from a very discerning Senior Consultant. You absolutely nailed the Vision script, which is always one of the more challenging ones. Good work!”

STEFFEN SMITH
Westfall Gold

TED Talks

“Change the Status Quo”
Read the Cicero award-winning speech on page 19 >>

TEDx Audition Speech (3 minutes)
(Speaker was accepted for the program)

 

Speaker introductions

"Rick Schwartz introducing John McKenzie"
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"Michelle Lewnes-Dadas introducing Rob Ferguson"
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"Raj Kannappan introducing Rick Schwartz"
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"Kamna Gupta introducing Rob Ferguson"
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"Rick Schwartz introducing Peter Schweizer"
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"Thank you so much, Teresa! I love the polish of a teed-up, professional introduction."

STACEY M. WOLDT, CMP
AIM/R, the Association of Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives, Inc.

 

Other speeches

COMMENCEMENT SPEECH:
"This is Your Moment – Now is Your Time"
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VIDEO Q&A:
"Why Should Employees Buy Stock?
(A confidential set of talking points in response to five questions)

TRIBUTE SPEECH:
"Misfortune Could Have Been Your Fate"
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TWO GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY SPEECHES:
"This New Building is Really About Our Commitment to Innovation"
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and
"This New Building Will Change Everything"
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60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SPEECH:
“Their Bonds are Strong”
(Cicero award-winning speech, honorable mention)
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WELCOME REMARKS:
"Welcome Remarks to Stockholders"
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BUILDING DEDICATION SPEECH:
“We Will Inspire and Connect More People, More Often – and in Many More Ways”
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FATHER-OF-THE-GROOM SPEECH:
“Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" (Confidential)
(Cicero award-winning speech, honorable mention)

RETIREMENT REMARKS:
“He Believed Deeply in the Intelligence of the Individual − and the Power of Human Potential”
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WELCOME REMARKS:
“There’s an Army Rising Up Tonight to Break Every Chain”
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SPEECH TO FELLOW ASSOCIATION MEMBERS:
“We Learned Logistics on the Run, on the Fly and on the Job”
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COMPANY ANNIVERSARY SPEECH:
“Our Person of the Decade”
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“I want to thank you again for the incredible work you did …

"She was very pleased with your partnership, and the team members loved the final product. I hope you can continue to partner with us on future events.”

PROGRAM MANAGER, DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
American company with 65,000+ employees

 

Presentations, video scripts and event scripts


Scriptwriting sample, animated explainer video

FOR AN INVESTOR 

Write a 275-word script for an animated explainer video entitled "Bubble Trouble"
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Purpose/outcome: To convince viewers that borrowing excessively is dangerous business because in time, our current economic bubble will burst – with horrific consequences for overextended, greedy, foolish borrowers who chose to live well beyond their means.

 

FOR A NATIONAL WHOLESALER

Write a script for an animated explainer video entitled "Winsupply Myth Busters"
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Purpose/outcome: To identify seven common myths in the marketplace and "bust those myths" to create more clarity around the organization's unique business model.

 

FOR AN ASSOCIATION

Write an event script for a one-day business conference on leadership including:

  • Opening and closing remarks for a professional emcee
  • Remarks for the founder and president
  • "Housekeeping" remarks
  • Introductions and closing remarks for all keynote and breakout speakers
  • Awards luncheon remarks and sponsorship appreciation remarks
  • Remarks for door prizes and raffles

Purpose/outcome: To ensure a seamless, engaging event experience for all attendees (300+)

 

“Thank you so much for this amazing script! 

“This conference is going to be AMAZING, and the completion of this script is a huge part of the success. You are an amazing writer and woman!

“Thank you isn’t enough!”

MELISSA CUTCHER
Chair, 2013 WiBN Growing as a Leader conference

 

FOR A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY

Reinvent the internal “State of the Company” meeting

Purpose/outcome: To improve the format, style and effectiveness of these quarterly meetings for sharing the company's progress and results.

  • In the past, only the CEO delivered these hour-long presentations, which featured complicated financial data on slides.
  • The reinvention featured storytelling, a simpler format ("where we’ve been, where we’re going and what you can do"), engaging graphics and multiple speakers: the CEO, the chief financial officer and the vice president of human resources.
  • The reinvented meeting format made it possible for employees at all levels to understand and recall the material so they could take the right next steps in their individual roles at the organization.

 

FOR A BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION COMPANY

Collaborate with a team of HR benefits experts to imagine and script a 30-minute webinar

Purpose/outcome: To educate brokers so they can tell their clients about nine potential land mines buried in employers’ benefits statements, pretax plans and COBRA paperwork.

"I like this speech a lot … the message is great. It paints a portrait of him very, very well."

RICK SCHWARTZ
Winsupply

"We are happy with the changes … your script forms a nice basis for further development of the video animation. Thank you for your time and services for this project."

FEMKE VAN DER MEER
Pink Producties, The Netherlands

"He said it went great! He sent me the speech and – seriously – I got chills. You captured his voice, cadence and especially the mission. Wow oh Wow! Way to go!"

KAREN BOYLE

“We just had our script run-through, and everyone absolutely loved the scripts! Nicely done.”

SHANNON O'BRIEN
Westfall Gold

“The speech had rave reviews, and I am very happy with the results.

"I am very grateful for your help and work that enabled me to deliver such an outstanding speech. Thank you again!”

JEFF WALKER

“The message was spot on. Thanks again for all of your hard work and dedication to this. This speech was a masterpiece.”

RICK SCHWARTZ
Winsupply