Helsinki Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ Conference

11-12 October 2018
Helsinki, Finland

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 17th UK Speechwriters’ Guild/European Speechwriter Network Leadership & Communication conference will be held at the House of the Estates in Helsinki. This event has been made possible by the support of the Finnish Literature Society.

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 2019

14 March 2019
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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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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