The memorable one-liners, the witty turns of phrase, the perfect sentences – everything can seem so effortless when a brilliant speaker is addressing an audience at an Intelligence Squared event, a business conference or even in Parliament. Naturally talented as many of these speakers are, they all prepare – and many of them have sought advice on how to write and deliver those perfect sentences.
Philip Collins, one of the world’s leading authorities on, and practitioners of, the art of speechwriting and rhetoric, has provided that advice to many of the world’s best known speakers. And now Intelligence Squared, the home of debate, is hosting an online speechwriting masterclass with Philip.
Philip was Tony Blair’s chief speechwriter in 10 Downing Street, and has since written for leaders in politics, business and the non-profit sector. He is also a columnist at The Times and is the author of five books, including two on rhetoric and speechwriting.
Philip’s process draws on the ancient art of rhetoric, the emerging science of influence and persuasion, and his own experience writing for top leaders. During the course of the morning, you will learn how to gauge an audience, build an argument, write crisply and effectively, and deliver memorable presentations and speeches.
Put your questions to Philip in this online workshop on November 9. The masterclass starts at 10am and will take place on Zoom. There will be a maximum of 20 participants.
Watch Philip talk about the art of great speechwriting and presenting here.
The cost of the masterclass is £299 plus VAT and the first four participants to register will receive a 10% discount.
All participants will receive a copy of Philip’s book, The Art of Speeches and Presentations.
We know things can pop into your diary unexpectedly. If you sign up for the course but are then unable to join us, we will send you the session recording immediately afterwards, along with the transcript of the masterclass, as soon as it is available.
Click the book jacket below to purchase The Art of Speeches and Presentations by Philip Collins from Waterstones.