Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham
Whether you’re a leader who needs to connect with audiences, or a communications professional helping leaders tell their stories — this podcast is for you.

You’ll find out what I’ve learned over three decades of speechwriting, speaking and communications strategy. And you’ll meet some guests with their own wisdom to share on reaching audiences with powerful messages.

Ep. 71 Get out of your lane

Ep. 71 Get out of your lane

You’ve probably heard the expression “stay in your lane.” And sometimes that’s good advice — but right now, we’re facing global emergencies on an unprecedented scale, and we need voices speaking out for truth, democracy, science and our very survival. If you have a platform, you can be one of those voices…even if you aren’t an expert. Here’s how to do it responsibly.

Ep. 66. Keep the “thought” in thought leadership

Ep. 66. Keep the “thought” in thought leadership

So many leadership communications mistakes come down to one thing: not having a clear goal and a roadmap to get there. This episode looks at a high-profile communications failure: an op-ed that blew up in CEO’s face, damaged the company’s reputation and forced an embarrassing public about-face. Learn what went wrong… and how you can keep your communications on track.

Ep. 64. I now pronounce you… correctly

Ep. 64. I now pronounce you… correctly

Mispronouncing someone’s name from the stage is a lot more than a minor screwup. Here’s why speakers should never go to the mic without knowing how to pronounce every name they mention correctly — and why speechwriters should never let them do it.