The Academy of Oratory
 We help people communicate at their best in any situation

An Overview of the Pitch Doctor Service from the Academy of Oratory 

The Pitch Doctor service from the Academy of Oratory is a distance learning opportunity for you to improve your presentation writing skills in the comfort of your own home or office.

Unlike other organisations, we do not buy in the services of freelancers. 

Every script that comes in is examined by us (Leon or Giles, the Academy of Oratory's co-founders) in person. 

Together we have over 30 years' experience of writing, analysing, designing, structuring and coaching speakers in presenting at their best.

Where relevant, we will consult each other and get a second opinion on a point before sending it back. That's potentially two opinions for the price of one.

Rather than impose our own opinions or reword content in our style, we focus on helping clients bring out their own style and approach - we believe people are far more comfortable when they present their own words and thoughts, but can benefit from guidance in terms of tone, structure and content which can lift the effectiveness of a speech. Even when reworking a presentation in our expert service, we work closely with clients to ensure the words they come out with are as near as possible to their own natural style of speaking, while helping them present at their best in terms of structure, eloquence and tone, and, most importantly, making the language appropriate for the situation and audience.

We do not charge by the hour, but offer a flat fee service based on the length of a presentation.

We offer a range of services to suit different levels of experience, different lengths of presentation.

Every presentation that comes in is assessed individually and we only ever give feedback that is specific to a particular presentation. We do not use stock answers.

All our feedback is concentrated on giving you our thoughts on how we think you can improve. We are here to help you communicate at your best. We don't spend time summarising your work.

Our feedback is clear and concise. based on models we have proven to work with our many clients.  Our feedback is objective and constructive, working always to achieve the best results for you.

We return your work with a document which outlines in clear and simple terms how we approach and assess presentations and the criteria we use to judge them in categories such as structure (including opening, closing, bridging passages), use of language (including rhetorical devices and appropriateness of language for the intended situation) and tone (the amount and balance of variety in the presentation or speech). The types of feedback you receive with each service are explained in more detail via the hyperlinked headings below.

We offer a NO QUIBBLE 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. If we have not delivered on our promise or for any reason you are not satisfied with the quality of the service we provide, just tell us why you aren't satisfied and give us a reasonable chance to put things right. If we can't, we will offer a full refund.

Our service does not stop at looking at a presentation. We work by communicating with and by relating with you! Contact via email or telephone is built in.

Book one of our script doctor services and get a 10% discount on your next booking  or any other follow-up service from the Academy of Oratory within 6 months of the date you first booked. This offer does not apply to timeslot booking. Full details are included in the feedback documents you will receive.

Three levels are available:

1 - The Basic Check-Up
2 - The In-Depth Examination
3 - The Full Treatment

We keep our prices competitive and take work in on a first-come, first-served basis.

We offer a bookable timeslot service and aim to keep costs down by offering a staggered approach to pricing according to required turnaround time.

Turnaround time is usually 2 weeks. Quicker turnaround times can be requested for a small additional fee, but are subject to availability.

Timeslots are only guaranteed if they have been booked over 2 calendar weeks in advance of requested return deadline using the Pitch Doctor Timeslot Booking Service Form. Doing this ensures we can turn around work with enough time to allow you to incorporate feedback and meet your deadline. The cost is refundable against your chosen Pitch Doctor Service level.

4 - About Timeslot Booking 

Alternatively ...

Contact us to have us quote a bespoke approach to working with you in another way. Although we prefer to advise clients to do away with presentation technology wherever possible and use simple props or visual aids where appropriate, we're definitely not against it. If you want to explore other options, though, we can advise accordingly. We have the skills to build bespoke Prezis, keynote presentations or non-linear PowerPoint presentations as a separate service. Please contact us with a short brief and we'd be happy to give you a detailed quote for this on request.