You can choose from three pre-conference workshops:
- Rob Friedman, Senior Director of Executive Communications for Eli Lilly & Co, will be running the workshop Soup to Nuts: Everything you need to know to write excellent speeches.
- Martin Shovel and Martha Leyton of Creativity Works will run their workshop on Cartooning for Speechwriters.
- And I'm leading my workshop on women and public speaking, Be The Eloquent Woman.
Americans may be thinking, "Why go that far for a conference?" So many reasons. You'll meet people from many countries--last fall's conference had attendees from a dozen nations, in Europe and well beyond it, even though the sessions are conducted in English. The conference prefers individual speakers with many perspectives over panel discussions, a refreshing touch. I always leave this conference with enough ideas to blog about and use in my work for months to come, and plenty of resources. But best of all are the professional contacts I make at this conference, so many amazing colleagues and good friends. We share ideas, books, leads and resources all year long. You don't need to be a full-time speechwriter to get a benefit from this conference. I've seen all sorts of business communicators attend and gain insights on how to be better speakers.
Joining either the Network or the Guild gives you a conference discount, which comes with additional resources and benefits year-round.
Go here to see your options for the pre-conference and conference sessions and to register. Will I see you in Amsterdam? Please do feel free to share this information with interested colleagues.