The Hague Speechwriters’ & Business Communicators’ Conference

22 - 23 October 2020
The Hague
Details
  • Start: 10am 22 October 2020
  • End: 4.30pm 23 October
  • Venue: TSH The Hague
  • Address: Hoefkade 9, 2526 BN Den Haag, Netherlands
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Rhetoric is the art of influence, friendship and eloquence – Jay Heinrichs

In the context of turbulent political events, the 21st UK Speechwriters’ Guild/European Speechwriter Network Leadership & Communication conference will be held at TSH in The Hague.

We’ll be in a beautiful modern facility with a campus feel. Accommodation is available on site.

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.

We learn what techniques they use, how they craft stories and how they build relationships. We host our conferences in a university environment, enabling speechwriters to exchange ideas, make contacts and build a reputation.

 

Who should attend?

Previous conferences in , Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin have attracted speechwriters from four Prime Ministers’ offices, the European Commission, NATO, Airbus, BMW, IBM, the CBI, Orange, Deloitte, the United Nations, the European Investment Bank, Coca Cola as well as the Dutch, Danish and British civil service.

This conference is for anyone wanting to improve their ability to write and deliver speeches.

While the conference is predominantly in English, the techniques will be transferable to other languages.

It’s also for people wishing to improve their company’s ability to communicate ideas.

The benefits

  • Acquire techniques used in the White House, European institutions and and in numerous government and multinational offices around Europe
  • Get insights into rhetoric from top writers
  • Listen to outstanding public speakers
  • Have your own work analysed in interactive sessions with top trainers
  • Meet fellow professionals from the Europe and the rest of the world

 

Programme

 

Wednesday 21 October

6.30 for 7.00pm – For early arrivals, we’ll go for a meal. Please send us an email if you’d like to book in with us.


DAY 1
– Pre-conference Training

Thursday 22 October – Delegates can choose from three pre-conference training workshops

10.00am-4.3opm – Lawrence McEnerney

4.45pm – Tour tba

6.30pm – Informal dinner


DAY 2

Friday 27 September – Full Conference

10am – 4.30pm

Speakers: Kevin Toolis, Marie Algoud (Disneyland Paris), Amélie Crosson

5.00pm Informal drinks and a meal in Paris


What you will learn and leave with

  • A better understanding of what makes an effective speech
  • Insights on how to work with multilingual audiences
  • Tips for managing your speakers
  • Strategies for dealing with interpreters
  • New contacts, ideas and perspectives on the trade

 

Trainers

Lawrence McEnerney

Lawrence is the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Chicago. In that role, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and the philosophy of language, and he consults for writing with University faculty. Beyond the campus, he is a consultant worldwide to governments, NGO’s, institutes, businesses, professional firms, universities, and other organizations. His consulting includes speechwriting and advising on the role of speeches within long-term rhetorical strategies.

 

 

 

Speakers

 

Kevin Toolis

Kevin worked as a journalist  in the House of Commons as a press gallery reporter and then reported on political conflicts and terrorism for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mirror.

As a documentary director has made a series of acclaimed films on terrorism and was nominated for an International Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for the programme ‘Cult of Death: Suicide Bombers’ for the Discovery Channel.

He has also worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood. He will be talking about the genius of Donald Trump.

 

Amélie Crosson

Amélie is the principal speechwriter for the Government Representative in the Senate of Canada. During her career, she has written speeches for prime ministers, cabinet ministers, governors of the Bank of Canada, and astronauts. She writes in both of Canada’s official languages (English and French) and welcomes the challenge of helping non-native speakers of a language connect with clarity and authenticity to audiences that are increasingly diverse. Fully trilingual (English, French and Spanish), Amélie has studied and worked in the US, France, and Latin America before settling in Canada.

 

 


Lawrence McEnerney

Lawrence is the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Chicago. In that role, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and the philosophy of language, and he consults for writing with University faculty. Beyond the campus, he is a consultant worldwide to governments, NGO’s, institutes, businesses, professional firms, universities, and other organizations. His consulting includes speechwriting and advising on the role of speeches within long-term rhetorical strategies.

 

 

 

Marie Algoud

Marie is an Executive Communications Manager & Speechwriter at Disneyland Paris

 

 

 

 

Guy Doza

Guy has a degree from Royal Holloway’s Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric. His research was focused on the application of classical rhetoric in modern speechwriting. He runs training courses for political writers in parliament. He has worked with a number of ministerial offices and trained Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and SNP speechwriters.

As well as his political work he has also written for a range of private clients ranging from executives at BP to academics at leading universities.

 

 

More speakers to be announced in the coming days…while we do our best to make sure all speakers on the programme will appear on the day, we cannot be responsible for any unforeseen cancellations.

 

Invoices

If you prefer for us to send you an invoice instead of paying through Eventbrite, please send an email and we will send you one.

 

Cancellation Policy

Bookings will not be accepted unless accompanied by payment and cancellations must be received no later than one month (28 days) before the conference if a full refund is to be given.

Cancellations received within 2 to 4 weeks of the first date of conference will be refunded 50%. If you can’t make it at the last minute, you can transfer your attendance to a future conference.


Accommodation

The venue is opposite the train station at Hollands Spoor in The Hague. TSH has rooms available on site which means you can share the conference experience over breakfast each morning.


Students

There are a limited number of places available at a discount to people in full-time education who are considering a career in speechwriting. Details on application.

 

Join our Network

Membership of the UK Speechwriters’ Guild or European Speechwriter Network entitles you to a €50 + VAT discount on the conference fee.

You can follow the European Speechwriter Network on Twitter @EUSpeechwriters

You can apply to join our Linkedin group, European Speechwriter Network

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