2014 Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference

2014 Speechwriters and Executive Communicators Conference

February 19-21, 2014
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Standard Price: $1295
Price: $1095
Member Price: $845
  • Write speeches that get results in tough times
  • Build thought leadership that supports your organization's strategy
  • Manage time to meet deadlines a month, a week or even a day away
  • Use audience stories to personalize your speakers' words

Presented by Ragan Communications and Public Relations Society of America

Twitter hashtag: #raganspeech

Product Code: Y4CS0DC

What an exciting time to be a speechwriter!

Now more than ever, your words deliver important messages and policies for your organization. And thanks in part to this year's keynoter, you no longer work under the cloak of anonymity.

We're excited to feature President Obama's famed former Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau as our opening keynote. He brought a degree of public notice to the profession not seen since the days of Ted Sorenson by crafting some of the most evocative and unforgettable speeches of our time—while still in his 20s.

Whether you're new to the profession or a veteran speechwriter, you will learn something new and find inspiration at our conference. For more than a quarter century, Ragan's Speechwriters & Executive Communicators Conference has been the only training event for the profession.

This year, you will learn:

  • A proven method to hit speechwriting deadlines a month, a week or even a day away
  • The four biggest misperceptions principals have about humor—and how to overcome them
  • How to build effective relationships with the experts in your organization
  • Why you should use less text and more visual in your presentations
  • How to make the people you write for and work with better storytellers and more effective communicators
  • New tricks for writing the old ceremonial speech
  • Ways well-crafted video segments just might save your speaker and your speechwriting sanity
  • How to apply the techniques of noted leaders, teachers and motivators to craft speeches that get results during tough times
  • The importance of embedding storytelling at every level of your organization
  • Proven ways to boost ROI by re-purposing your speeches for other channels
  • How to identify and win the speaking engagements you care most about
  • How to use social media to position your executive as a thought leader
  • And so much more!
Special features at our conference:

Two specialized tracks: We'll cover speechwriting basics and topics for those more advanced in their careers. Mix sessions to create your own custom conference

Presentations from your peers: You'll hear practical ideas from speechwriters who have written for U.S. presidents, international luminaries, corporate CEOs, university leaders and executives at top nonprofits

Four in-depth pre-conference workshops: (1) Soup to nuts: Everything you need to know to write excellent speeches; (2) Storytelling for speechwriters:  Get Indiana Jones in a jam, and get him out; (3) How to build a "bullet-proof" presentation with powerful visuals; and (4) The 10 thorniest problems for speechwriters (and how to solve them)

Speechwriters, executive communicators and corporate communicators rave about this event. But don't take our word for it. Here's what last year's attendees said:

I found this conference very helpful! It was wonderful to learn from some of the best in the business, and their words impacted how I will create future speeches. The conference also generated new ideas and reinvigorated my love for words, and the ability to make someone else look great. (it's also extremely comforting to be with like-kind)

Another outstanding event. Great range of speakers covering a wide array of topics. Literally something for everyone.

I've been to several Ragan conferences, all very good but this one was phenomenal. GREAT caliber of speakers.

I had high hopes for this conference and they were exceeded. I've been to lots of writers conferences, and this is the best one I've ever attended.

Enjoyed being with people who do what I do for a living . . . took 15 pages of useful typewritten notes back to my office. Some speakers validated what I already do . . . others gave me a new perspective . . . a few did both.

Conference gave me a lot of food for thought, and it's always great to network and meet with others in this field.

I was honestly shocked at how amazing this conference was, how jazzed I felt throughout it and walking away from it—full of great ideas and armed with a new view of what I can do in my role. THANK YOU.

Everything I'd hoped for and more. I will be back!

Who should attend?

checkmark New speechwriters
checkmark Executive communicators
checkmark Corporate speechwriters
checkmark Government speechwriters
checkmark Freelance speechwriters
checkmark Veteran speechwriters
checkmark Communications generalists
checkmark Internal communicators
checkmark PR professionals

Presented by:  
PRSA: Public Relations Society of America