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. 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.

Ep. 62. Zoom out! You’re more than just another face

Ep. 62. Zoom out! You’re more than just another face

If you’re spending all day in Zoom meetings, then it’s easy to think that speaking by video automatically means showing your head and shoulders… and nothing else. Let’s talk about what you (and your audience) are missing by not letting the rest of your body get in on the act. (The bad news? You’re gonna need to start wearing pants again.)

Ep. 58. Going virtual (and staying human)

Ep. 58. Going virtual (and staying human)

With so many face-to-face presentations being cancelled, a lot of speakers are looking at going virtual. Here’s how to make up some of the emotional connection you may lose when you jump online.