Hi, I'm Den Pope. I help fathers, mothers, best men, maids of honor and others in the wedding party give surprisingly fun, warm and original speeches that honor the bride and groom while entertaining and impressing the audience.
My fascination with words began at age 9 when I read the back of a Cap'n Crunch box and was swept away by the thought of owning my own "5 in 1 Cap'n Crunch Treasure Chest." It was only a buck and, well, "just look at what you could do with it!" Around the same time, I discovered I enjoyed TV more for the ads than the programs. I had become hooked on both Cap'n Crunch and the art of storytelling.
So, I never had trouble answering the "What do you want to do when you grow up?" question (although I flirted with being a TV weatherman for a few months and obsessively posted the day's forecast on our refrigerator every morning as practice).
After earning a B.A. in communication studies and an M.A. in journalism on scholarship, I began my career in marketing agencies creating strategy and writing ads, films, speeches, books, websites and other materials for Fortune 500 companies and global nonprofits.
CEOs and other executives at client companies would often ask me to write a speech for a wedding, anniversary, funeral, retirement, milestone birthday or other social event in their personal lives.
These execs were also typically nervous about delivering their social speeches despite being accomplished business executives. That's because wedding and other social speeches tend to push people out of their element and comfort zones.
And there is a strong emotional component to weddings where, for example, a father is speaking to his daughter or a maid of honor is honoring her big sister.
I found I particularly enjoyed the work of helping people who are under pressure, short of time or doubting their abilities nail their wedding speeches.
I've since helped hundreds of speakers knock their speeches out of the park in weddings in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza New York, Sydney Opera House and Karma Beach in Bali... to banquet halls, country clubs and backyards around the world.
Your wedding speech is likely a once-in-a-lifetime honor. So, you should enjoy every minute of it. That’s why I do this.
Get started now for total peace of mind. And enjoy the compliments on wedding day. Let's rock this thing.