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2019–2020 dates

The Art of Speechwriting, with Philip Collins


£795 + VAT

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 presenting at a meeting. 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 public speaking, has provided that advice to many of the world’s best known speakers. And now after his sell-out first two courses with Intelligence Squared, we are hosting additional one-day speechwriting and presentation workshops with Philip on October 16th, November 20th and other dates through 2020.

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 day, you will learn how to gauge an audience, build an argument, write crisply and effectively, and deliver memorable presentations and speeches with poise and confidence.

The course is limited to 15 people and will take place at the Charlotte Street Hotel, London, with lunch included.

Watch Philip talk about the art of great speechwriting and presenting here.



Participant Testimonials

“I thought the workshop was fantastic. Phil delivered content that was relevant, engaging, entertaining and informative. His easy style and extraordinary chest of stories made for a memorable day. It was wonderful to meet such an interesting and diverse group of participants.”

“I thought the course was excellent – well balanced in terms of structure and content. Phil was insightful and entertaining, credible and approachable. His speechwriting frameworks are useful and memorable.”

“Phil’s course was enjoyable and informative. I liked the emphasis on discussion and examples and anecdotes which really brought it all to life.”

“The course was brilliant! Even though I’d already read Philip’s book, there was still so much more to learn.”



If you have to cancel or postpone

We understand that sometimes events overtake us and it becomes necessary to either cancel or reschedule your attendance.

Once booked, your position is committed. Where possible, and no later than 10 working days prior to the scheduled event, we will do our best to offer up your place to our waiting list and move you onto the next available course. If a date cannot be found to accommodate you, 50% of your fee will be refunded.

There are no refunds for cancellations within 10 days of the scheduled event. Our full Terms and Conditions can be found here.

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The Art of Speechwriting, with Philip Collins

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Course Leader
  • Philip Collins

    Former speechwriter for Tony Blair

  • Charlotte Street Hotel
  • 15-17 Charlotte St
  • Fitzrovia
  • London
  • W1T 1RJ
  • Wednesday 20 November 2019

    Wednesday 26 February 2020

    Wednesday 27 May 2020

    Wednesday 14 October 2020

    Wednesday 25 November 2020


Course Leader

Philip Collins

Former speechwriter for Tony Blair

Columnist for The Times, where he pioneered the analysis of major speeches. He was chief speechwriter to prime minister Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street between 2004 and 2007 and has subsequently written keynote speeches for a range of senior politicians, leaders of charities and NGOs and CEOs. He is the author of The Art of Speeches and Presentations and the forthcoming When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches that shape the world – and why we need them.