Autumn Conference in Amsterdam

Posted on 22 July 2014  |   Leave a comment

The European Speechwriter Network will host its second conference outside the UK on 23 & 24 October, at De Burcht in Amsterdam.

The first day involves intensive training, the second day is an open forum where we listen to the best practitioners share their knowledge and expertise.

We have a distinguished line-up of speakers and trainers. The 23 October will offer the choice of three one-day workshops.

1) Rob Friedman, the Senior Director of Executive Communications for pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly & Co, will be running his workshop Soup to Nuts: Everything you need to know to write excellent speeches

2) Creators of the YouTube hit, Busting the Mehrabian Myth, Martin Shovel and Martha Leyton will be running their workshop Cartoon Thinking for Speechwriters: a visual thinking workshop for writers who want to breathe new life into their work

3) Washington DC-based communications consultant, Denise Graveline, will be running her workshop Be the Eloquent Woman. Women & Public Speaking

On 24 October we will have the main conference.

Speakers will include:

Marcus Webb

Marcus Webb is Chief Storytelling Officer at TEDMED, the medical offshoot from the TED conference. As a speaker in his own right, Marcus has shared platforms with US presidents and presidential candidates from both parties.

Dr Julia De Clerck-Sachsse

Julia is speechwriter and adviser on communication strategy in the EU’s diplomatic arm, the European External Action Service. Julia has explained the EU and its policies to audiences at home and abroad for over ten years.

Alexei Kapterev

A teacher of visual communication at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Moscow State University, Alexei came to fame with his presentation, Death by PowerPoint – a presentation on presentations.

Richard Newman

Richard Newman, Director of UK Body Talk, is the 2014 Grand winner of the prestigious Vital Speeches of the Day Cicero Awards for speechwriting. Richard’s company is the official supplier of communication skills training to the London Business School.

Ryan Heath

Former Speechwriter to former Commission President, José Manuel Durão Barroso, and spokesperson for Vice President Neelie Kroes.

Jan Sonneveld

Jan is a speechwriter at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, where he writes for the Minister, State Secretary and other senior officials.

Rune Kier Nielsen

Rune Kier is the former speechwriter for the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building. He has written for several Copenhagen Mayors.

Dr Lucy Rogers

Lucy turns science into plain English. As a professional speaker and writer her clients have included the BBC, the Guardian and Southampton University.

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