Cambridge Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ Conference 2018

11-13 April 2018
Cambridge

16th UK Speechwriters’ Guild/European Speechwriter Network Conference.

Our conferences are open to people who write speeches in their organisations.

We welcome advanced speechwriters, beginners and those interested in developing skills for the future.

You’ll meet colleagues who face the same challenges.

The European Speechwriter Network, working with the UK Speechwriters’ Guild, has pioneered a format where we listen to top speechwriters, leaders and interpreters talk about their work.

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Leuven Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ Conference

26-27 October 2017
Leuven

Rhetoric is the art of influence, friendship, and eloquence, of ready wit and irrefutable logic. And it harnesses the most powerful of social forces, argument. – Jay Heinrichs

In the context of turbulent political events, the 15th UK Speechwriters’ Guild/European Speechwriter Network Leadership & Communication conference will be held at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

Our conferences are open to people who write speeches in their organisations.

We welcome advanced speechwriters, beginners and those interested in developing skills for the future.

You’ll meet colleagues who face the same challenges.

The European Speechwriter Network, working with the UK Speechwriters’ Guild, has pioneered a format where we listen to top speechwriters, leaders and interpreters talk about their work.

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The Essentials of Speechwriting Spring 2018

15 March 2018
London, UK

This practical training day introduces a systematic approach to speechwriting. We’ll look at how to:

  • formulate striking key messages;
  • structure a speech as an engaging performance;
  • use rhetorical devices to give our language flair;
  • make our ideas more memorable;
  • adjust the text of the speech to the delivery style of the speaker; and
  • help our speeches survive poor delivery.

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Phil Collins: Speeches that shape the world – and why we need them

23 November 2017
London

We’ll be hosting a ‘Christmas’ reception at the St Matthew’s Conference centre around the corner from the House of Commons.

Anyone with an interest in speechwriting is welcome to attend.

Our speaker will be Philip Collins. Phil is a columnist for The Times and an Associate Editor of Prospect magazine.

He was Chief Speech Writer to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street between 2004 and 2007 and has subsequently written keynote speeches for a range of senior politicians, leaders of charities and NGOs and Chief Executive Officers.

Phil is the author of The Art of Speeches and Presentations and pioneered the analysis of major speeches in The Times.

This is a chance to listen to one of the UK’s most prominent speechwriters and an opportunity to catch up with colleagues who you may follow on Twitter or never get around to meeting.

A cash bar will be available.

Phil will talk about the launch of his new book, When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches that shape the world – and why we need them.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Previous Speakers at the UK Speechwriters’ Guild

2009-2017
Bournemouth, London, Brussels, Oxford, Amsterdam, Cambridge

Since 2009, the following speakers have addressed the UK Speechwriters’ Guild and European Speechwriter Network conferences and events.

Many of the contributions have been recorded as podcasts, which are available for download here.

Arts University, Bournemouth, September 2009

Tobias Ellwood MP, Dr Max Atkinson (former speechwriter to Paddy Ashdown), Dr Johann Siebers (University of Central Lancashire), Martin Shovel and Martha Leyton (Creativity Works), Dr Susan Jones (UK Government speechwriter), Phil Collins (former speechwriter to Tony Blair), Phillip Khan-Panni, (former Toastmasters International Finalist)

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