Is it hard to get face time with the speaker you support? If so, don't give up.

If you write speeches for a senior executive, you probably know what a challenge it can be to grab even a few minutes of his or her time to discuss upcoming assignments. The single biggest frustration voiced during my speechwriting workshops is: "I can never get enough time with the speaker to find out what he/she wants to say." Sadly, scribes often find themselves subject to a harsh truth. Many speakers simply don't view speech meetings as a high value use of their time.

So, what's the answer? Give up and accept the status quo? Or, work at changing the speaker's perceptions? If you choose the second option, here are three steps you can take to show that speech meetings are worthwhile.

1. Arrive up to speed. Don't come expecting the speaker to brief you. Conduct research and speak to subject matter experts and others in the know and bring informed ideas to the speaker for validation.

2. Even better, arrive with an outline for discussion. Rather than a linear outline, create an idea map or even an infographic to make it easy for the speaker to visualize and absorb the organization and content at a glance.

3. Listen carefully to what is said and inferred. Be sure to reflect the speaker's direction and more subtle requests in your drafts. You can still exercise creativity, but your first priority should be to satisfy your client's wishes.

The more you do to demonstrate to the speaker that a meeting with you is time well spent, the more likely you'll be invited back -- and maybe for more than a fleeting few minutes. Dream big.