September 2022 – a trio of features in the London Metro: Lawrence writes about the secrets of a speech writer and is interviewed about Liz Truss’ first speech as party leader and first PMQs.
Secrets article: https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/26/i-write-wedding-speeches-in-secret-some-are-juicier-than-you-think-17198872/
3 June 2022 – Lawrence writes for the Spectator Jubilee Edition on the Queen and the power of silence
Never explain, never complain – link here
11 Feb 2022 – Great Speech Writing feature in the Spectator:
29th January 2022 – Lawrence interviewed on the Spectator Podcast about Great Speech Writing and the power of Classified Advertising
18th August 2020 – Lawrence interviewed by Times Radio about speeches in lockdown.
4 June, 2020 – on the 80th anniversary of Churchill’s ‘Fight them on the beaches’, Lawrence discussed what makes a good speech great on BBC radio:
October 2019 – Great Speech Writing is ‘Business of the Week’ in the Ham & High.
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23rd October 2019 – MyLondon interviews Lawrence on his life as a speech writer
See how Lawrence responded here
8th November 2018 – Lawrence hosted a webinar with BrightTALK on “How to give a great business presentation, pitch or speech”.
Listen to the webinar on playback for free with BrightTALK. Other attendees who watched the webinar said:
- “Excellent presentation! I found the content incredibly useful.”
- “I absolutely LOVED this webinar presentation! I learned so much in a short period of time.”
- “Fantastic relevance and clarity! Just in time for a difficult speech I have to deliver this weekend. Will definitely take this info to heart.”
- “Absolutely fabulous! Provided some great tips I can immediately apply. One of my favourite BrightTalks so far!”
2016, May 21– Lawrence featured in ‘First Person’ in Financial Times Magazine.
“…. We also write corporate speeches and even TED talks…… I started writing speeches in 2005. At school all I wanted to be was a sports journalist but, after studying for a degree in history and then a masters in international relations, I ended up at a the private bank Kleinwort Benson…..”
Dec 1 2014 – BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Lawrence on Prince Harry’s fear of public speaking
This five minute interview from the Afternoon Show with Dan Walker and Sarah Brett marked Prince Harry’s launch of the #FeelNoShame campaign, where celebrities admit their secrets to help those with AIDS be more open about their condition. Covers the Prince, his phobia, other famous people with similar fears, tips for getting it right, and examples of great speakers in the world today.
Oct 2 2014 – BBC Three Counties Radio interview on the party conference speeches
This four minute clip covers David Cameron’s Prime Ministerial style, Ed Miliband’s notes and the enduring importance of the spoken word.
June 2014 – Daily Telegraph Feature
A video feature on Great Speech Writing within the telegraph’s Business Club section:
Oct 3 2012 – BBC Radio Wales interview on Ed Miliband
Lawrence live on BBC Radio Wales during Labour Party conference discussing Ed Miliband’s ‘One Nation’ speech.
Link to 3 minute MP3 clip here
July 9 2012 – BBC Radio interview on Andy Murray
Lawrence live on BBC Radio discussing Andy Murray’s tears and what makes a great speech. Audio clip here: Lawrence_Bernstein_BBCRadio_Mike_Zeller_Radio_Interview_2012-07-09
Feb 29 2012- BBC Radio 4 and World Service Interviews on the Oscars
Live on BBC World Service during the Oscars discussing the quality (or otherwise) of the acceptance speeches. In two separate interviews an hour apart.
Featured in article in Dame Magazine on what to say (and what not to say) on receiving an Oscar.
April 29 2011 – SKY news interview on Prince Harry
Interviewed outside Buckingham Palace live on Sky news on Royal Wedding day . You can see it here, or click on this link for a bigger version on YouTube (but trust me, I’m not suited to HD!).
Feb 2011 – BBC Radio interviews on Prince Harry
Interviewed about Prince Harry’s best man speech on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Merseyside.
July 2009 – BBC online magazine
“In a nutshell, a great speech is communication at its most effective, and we all want to communicate effectively in whatever situation we find ourselves in”, says professional speech-writer Lawrence Bernstein.
“The rules and techniques of good communication work on all levels – if you’re on a stage speaking to thousands of people, asking your boss for a pay rise, trying to buy a new house, or teaching a class of 10 year olds.”
May 2009 – New Zealand Herald
Featured on the other side of the world in the New Zealand Herald:
January 21 2009 BBC Radio London about Obama
Interviewed on BBC Radio London by Vanessa Feltz about the Obama inauguration speech.
Sept 23 2008 BBC Radio 5 on Gordon Brown
Featured on BBC Radio 5 Breakfast show with a suggested headline clip for Gordon Brown’s speech at the Labour Party Conference.
Sept 2008 with Stephen Fry on BBC Radio 4
Featured on Stephen Fry’s ‘English Delight’ on Radio 4.