Harry offers what few can: an insider's view without the jargon and the
attitude. His years of writing experience make him the ideal choice when words
- spoken or written - matter. Harry has the integrity and the know-how to
tackle a project with the zest and vigor your audience expects. I strongly
Harry Phillips has seen it all and done it all - with passion, accuracy and a thoughtfulness rare in the world of politics and public affairs. Harry is a tremendous wordsmith, who's writing reflects the tone and voice of the speaker, rather than the writer. This ability to listen to a client or candidate, and produce a quality speech, opinion piece or talking points, is a rare skill but Harry Philips has it.
Harry's writing ability is amazing and profound. He is an excellent writer who takes pride in the quality of his work. Harry is a very qualified and professional individual who strives in all he does.
While Harry’s primary language is English, his ability to consolidate a
full room of political pressures, technical experts and “need it by
yesterday” demands into well-honed, acronym-free messages is simply top
shelf. His commitment to the team, his craft, his willingness to “deep
dive” on complex subjects and his strong sense of (appropriate) humor made
him a joy to work with – and now makes me just a bit jealous of those who
will be benefitting from Harry’s electric pen in his newest endeavor.
I'm just wild about Harry. He has a knack for turning a phrase just so that makes a speech sing. Harry Phillips is as good a speechwriter as they come. A true professional with the steady demeanor, high character and discretion who can work with senior executives in any enterprise. Oh, and good guy to boot.
Harry hired me into the George W. Bush Administration where I worked directly for him until he left to work for OPM. While I had written speeches before as part of my job, this was my first full-time speech writing job. The office was very fast-paced and high-volume. He worked with me to not only hone my craft, but to also develop the necessary relationships that make the approval process more efficient and effective. Harry understands that writing the speech is a fraction of the job, and that the other aspects - relationships, trust, understanding nuance, research, storytelling, coaching - are equally important and often misunderstood aspects of the job. He really knows how to take care of his speakers so they can concentrate on their execution.
I have had the pleasure of working directly with Harry Phillips at several places and in several aspects. I know him to be a top notch professional and an excellent writer who knows how to turn a phrase and to do the background research and legwork needed to make speeches come alive. I highly recommend him as his experience includes writing speeches for high-level officials in government and in the private sector.
I've known Harry since we first volunteered together in 2004. He has always impressed me as a straight shooter. He also believes in helping younger people land jobs in DC. He has directly worked for and assisted some fine people including the Secretary of Transportation during the 9-11 period and because of his work he won awards and had some of his work published. He is creative in developing communications and messaging but also believes in and defends journalistic honesty. He is strongly recommended for your team.
I had the pleasure to work with and learn from Harry Phillips at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under then Secretary Johanns. Harry has a natural talent and instinct for knowing how to communicate and connect with an audience. His ability to bring words to life through a speech can be seen just by watching an audience's reaction. He knows how to bring the right media attention to any subject matter. I also learned a lot from Harry in how to make your speaker stand out among many others in long line-ups. His attention to detail and personal touch will provide his clients with the utter-most service.
Harry is a talented speechwriter, and his work has been selected for publication by Vital Speeches of the Day. His experience with a wide range of topics, audiences, speakers and venues is impressive.