NATO - Office of the Secretary General
Frontex - EU Border and Coastguard Agency
University of Brighton
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
University of Strathclyde
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
Managers in Partnership (MiP)
City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA)
Mental Health First Aid England (MHFAE)
Penal Reform International (PRI)
CRI (Now Change, Grow, Live)
Tempo Time Credits
LBC Wise Counsel
Chelsea Building Society
"The work that Martin and Martha do to help us understand our message, to craft our message and then to be true to our message, is simply wonderful. It isn’t just what they share, it is also the care and passion with which it is shared."
"What I love about working with Martha and Martin is that the speeches are my words, my narrative, my tone of voice – so authentic. Writing using their coaching approach and trusting in the process is part of the journey. I have grown in my thinking, developed my skills in talking simply and effectively. Each speech has given me content that I have been able to use in multiple ways for different audiences."
"Martha and Martin made me realize what I, an academically trained linguist, have known for a long time, but never really applied during my first year as a speech writer: the power of metonymy in speeches. Immediately after coming home I looked at some of my own writings, and recognized paragraphs, sentences and words that I now see can be turned into powerful versions."
"Your workshop was great: I enjoyed the intellectual depth that you included, and I appreciated the way you didn’t try and teach us off-the-shelf speechwriting tricks, but rather tried to sensitise us to words and meanings. I’d also add that you both gave the impression that you love what you do and are still learning – both of which, for me, are key characteristics of someone I want to learn from."
"In my role as Chief Exec of a growing organisation, with an increasing public profile, I recognised that improving my public speaking was really important – I wanted to be better at getting our message across. Working with Martha and Martin helped me do just that."
"I very much enjoyed the workshop and would certainly recommend it to other speechwriters. It made me consider the power of individual words to make or break a point, a clever image, or indeed a whole speech. In particular, it gave me a new way to think about framing and my approach to achieving effective persuasion."
"With good participant interaction and lots of helpful examples, this was an excellent workshop for speechwriters of any level – from beginners to experts looking to refresh their style. Highly recommended."
'I can thoroughly recommend this course. Martin and Martha run an energising, fun and inspiring session that will make you think differently about the way you communicate, from the moment you step in the room. As facilitators they are warm, supportive and immensely encouraging, and their experience and expertise enables them to deliver the session with real credibility.'
"This was one of the few speechwriting sessions I have attended that moved far beyond the basics and challenged us to analyze speeches in a much deeper way. This hands-on session provided me with many new techniques to consider when I don’t just want my audience to think about the topic at hand — but rather, be moved by it."
“Thanks for the enlightening experience I had on the Words that Move Mountains course. For me it showed how I had allowed myself to fall into the trap of letting PowerPoint and bulleted lists drive my presentations, as opposed to thinking around the topic in a more creative way and coming up with language and stories to engage my audience. I have thought about and used the topics and techniques we covered in the course as part of my everyday work, not just presentations, as the skills around rhetoric and communicating complex ideas are important in meetings and other forms of discussion I take part in.”