|Residence Palace, Brussels|
This time around, I'll chair the conference, the first time it will take place in Brussels, home of the European government. You can see details on the ever-growing lineup of speakers here. I'm excited about chairing such a talented group of speakers, including:
- Keynote speaker Jonathan Parish, speechwriter to the Secretary General of NATO;
- Vital Speeches of the Day editor David Murray;
- Rune Kier Nielsen, speechwriter for the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building, who's speaking on generating a social-media buzz for your speech;
- Fred Metcalf, author of The Biteback Dictionary of Humorous Political Quotations, on using quotations in your speeches;
- Professor Richard Toye on what today's speechwriters can learn from Churchill's rhetorical techniques;
- Dutch historian, philosopher and speechwriter Luuk van Middelaar on his new book, The Passage to Europe: How a Continent Became a Union.
The entire conference is conducted in English, although many European traditions will be represented. For my American colleagues, this is a conference worth considering, despite the distance. It will give you a world view on speechwriting that you won't forget--and one you will put to use once you return home.
Will you join us? Registration details for the conference are here. Note that the early bird discount ends on July 15--just over two weeks away--and space is limited to just 60 participants.
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