Live Discussion from the Ragan Speechwriters Conference in DC

Join Ian Griffin live from the 2014 Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington DC. The call starts at 4:15pm (Pacific) which is 15 minutes after the evening cocktail reception at the Conference ends.

We'll be hosting presenters and participants who will have enjoyed the first day of this annual event and will have first-hand experience of having listened to:

A keynote by Jon Favreau, President Obama's former Director of Speechwriting on storytelling with President Obama in an age of sound bites.

Presentations and workshops by Fletcher Dean, David Murray, Rob Friedman, Michael Long and a host of others.

This is your chance to catch the buzz at the end of the second day of the event and ask questions of the presenters and participants. 

(The list of people I'll have on the call will be announced in a week's time. I probably won't get Jon Favereau (or President Obama!) but the more people who pre-register for this FREE event, the more chance I'll have of persuading some high-profile presenters to be on the call.)

Remember, the call is open to anyone who wants to dial in, you don't have to be in Silicon Valley to attend. Pass the word and I'm looking forward to a great discussion on the art and science of speechwriting on Feb 20th.

Stay tuned for specific names of participants. Meanwhile, please pre-register and save the date. 


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  • Ian G.

    In case you missed the call, or just want to listen again, a 4-part recording now podcast on my blog:

    Part 1: David Murray and Fletcher Dean on Jon Favreau - http://bit.ly/1fEVf3C
    Part 2: Rosemary King & Douglass Hatcher on Career Paths - http://bit.ly/1f2kdcc
    Part 3: Mike Long on time management and storytelling - http://bit.ly/1jQ6Kco
    Part 4: Your questions - http://bit.ly/1jQ6NoC

    Ian

    2 · February 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Ian. I ended up not being able to make it until the conversation was almost over, so I missed a lot!

      February 21, 2014

  • Wendy H.

    Great--very informative!

    February 20, 2014

  • Wendy H.

    Thanks Ian, great call. I enjoyed the story telling tales about conflict/resolution and tension/release. I also speak about Mirror Neurons in my work and appreciated the reference for another good resource on the brain.

    February 20, 2014

  • Chris W.

    Ian, Thanks for arranging this. Like you, I'm a bit surprised by Favreaus' claim that he and Obama did not (consciously) use rhetorical devices. O's speeches, as you pointed out in one of your blog postings, use tons of them. Tons.

    February 20, 2014

  • Mary McMinn, A.

    Ian, thanks for putting the call together!

    February 20, 2014

  • Wendy C.

    Great insights - took lots of notes

    February 20, 2014

  • Patricia F.

    How often do the Silicon Valley Speechwriters meet up? Thanks for the invite Ian. Yes, I would accept an invitation to speak.

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the invitation, Ian. Looks like a great discussion. I might arrive a bit late after a scheduled client meeting, but I'm going to try to be here.

    February 9, 2014

  • Jane G.

    Ian, as far as I know I did register. Please let me know if there is no record of that. Thank you.

    February 8, 2014

  • Jane G.

    I certainly will join in on the call. Wish I could be there in person. Thank you, Ian, for inviting me.

    February 8, 2014

    • Ian G.

      Thanks Jane! Please pre-register on this page so we can have a count of how many are dialing in.

      February 8, 2014

  • Ian G.

    UPDATE: Confirmed participants on this call so far include:

    David Murray, Conference MC: David is the MC of the Ragan Speechwriters Conference. David is the editor of Vital Speeches of the Day.

    Feltcher Dean is Director of Leadership Communication at The Dow Chemical Company and author of the new book, 10 Steps to Writing a Vital Speech. Michael Long, is Director of Writing for the Master of Professional Studies Program in Corporate Communications at Georgetown University.

    This is *your* opportunity to engage in a dialog with these leading speechwriters and hear their first-hand impressions of this annual event. All at no charge. Pass the word!

    February 8, 2014

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