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"Thank you for all the fine work you did for me. I am deeply appreciative."
-- Gen. Colin Powell
“Hal Gordon was my speechwriter when I was Director of the Office of Management and Budget for President Reagan. Sometimes he would write as many as four speeches a week for me, in addition to my weekly radio broadcast. His breadth of knowledge, skill with words and lively sense of humor were of great assistance to me in meeting my heavy speaking schedule.”
-- James C. Miller III -- Director, Office of Management and Budget 1985-88
"Hal -- Jim Mulva and I want to thank you for the excellent work you did in support of this year's Annual Stockholders Meeting. Your extraordinary contribution made the difference!"
-- Archie. W. Dunham, former chairman, ConocoPhillips
“Hal Gordon wrote a number of major speeches for me when I was president of Shell Oil. In my opinion, he combines superior writing skills with a talent for making complex issues intelligible and interesting. In addition, he’s loyal and dependable; you can count on him to do whatever it takes to deliver a good product, on deadline.”
-- John Hofmeister, former president, Shell Oil Company
"I believe that any speaker would find Hal to be a cooperative, dedicated and able individual." -- Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin
"In January 2010, Hal Gordon spoke to the U.K. Speechwriter's Guild in London at my invitation. He delivered a witty and illuminating talk on the craft of speechwriting, in which he frequently impressed his audience by his familiarity with British history and politics. Several of our members later asked for copies of the speech."
-- Brian Jenner, founder, U.K. Speechwriter's Guild
"Back when I was organizing the annual speechwriters conference for Ragan Communications, I had Hal Gordon on the program for six years in a row. Why? Because talks on speechwriting tend to be predictable, and Hal was just the opposite. Every year he'd come up with some crazy new idea for a presentation, and every year I'd tell him to go ahead, mainly to see if he could actually pull it off in front of an audience of his peers. Incredibly, he always did."
-- David Murray, Editor, Vital Speeches of the Day
"I have worked with a number of speechwriters, but Hal Gordon is by far the best. From understanding the speaker's goals, through conceptualizing a theme, to creating a speech uniquely tailored to the speaker, Hal has no peer. Hal's last effort for me was my address, as master of ceremonies, to my 35th law school reunion. Although I've seen Hal create very serious and weighty speeches for Colin Powell and others, he wrote some of the funniest material for my class reunion with which the audience was in hysterics, and I was Jay Leno for the night."
-- William H. Shawn, Esq., ShawnCoulson, LLP
"Over the past fifteen years or so, I have used Hal Gordon as a speechwriter on many occasions, and with his help I have never failed to wow an audience. I've also used him to help write articles, business proposals and high-level executive correspondence, all with equally good results. He has never let me down â€“ even that time when I called him from Beijing at an hour that was the middle of the night in his time zone. I needed some last-minute revisions for an after-dinner speech before some important Chinese dignitaries. Hal got them to me in time, and they were extremely well received by my Chinese hosts."
-- Thomas C. Stewart, Managing Principal for Andrew Thomas and Company, L.L.C., a biotech investment and business development firm headquartered in Oregon
"I'm pleased to recommend Hal to anyone in need of high-quality, freelance speechwriting services. In multiple projects for my company, Hal always took the time to get to know his subject matter, worked well with the executives in my company and produced an excellent final product. Equally important from my perspective as his editor/client, he never missed a deadline and was always receptive to feedback. I will happily hire him again the next time a need arises."
-- David Quin, Corporate Communications Director, CenterPoint Energy
"The first time I heard a speechwriter give a speech about speechwriting it was Hal Gordon doing the talking. And I was hooked! Hal is the source, the font of knowledge on the subject, someone who not only knows everything there is to know about speechwriting, but more to the point, has thought deeply about what makes a great speech. And it shows in the speeches he writes, which are always impressive, effective and moving. Many of Hal's gems are on file in my "great speeches" file, and when I need a quote, anecdote or interesting fact to enliven a speech, Hal is the first person I call. Hal's talent as a writer, his breadth of experience in government, nonprofits and the corporate world and his encyclopedic knowledge make him a speechwriter's speechwriter."
-- P. Michael Field, Assistant to the President, Johns Hopkins University
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