Leadership communications with Rob Cottingham

30 years ago this spring, I wrote my first speech as a professional — and started a career in leadership communications that has now spanned three decades.

To celebrate, I’ve launched a speechwriting and public speaking podcast: 30 short episodes with the key lessons I’ve learned in the business of planning, crafting and delivering powerful speeches.

Check for the latest episode every Tuesday and Thursday.

Ep. 28. Listen to speakers outside your niche

Niches are great places to develop a deep understanding of audience and subject matter, and to build community... but they can get pretty insular. Whether you're a speaker or a speechwriter, here's how to keep your work fresh, by drawing inspiration from outside your...

Ep. 27. Make your speech a content factory

Speeches are amazing. They can move audiences, inspire crowds... and they can help you create new content, quickly and easily! In this episode, we'll look at 10 ways you can repurpose your next speech into high-impact video, audio, text and images.Music: "Upbeat" by...

Ep. 26. Think strategically

When it comes to your organization's leadership speaking, you have strategic resources in play and strategic values on the line. That makes a pretty good case for a speaking strategy. Here's how to take the first steps toward crafting one.Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc...

Ep. 25. Build a platform

The applause from your speech may have faded, but the connection you make with your audience doesn't have to. Engaging online can help you deepen and broaden your audience relationship, while building a growing network that may become one of your most valuable assets:...

Ep. 24. Review your performance

Who are the top performers who need to review their performances so they can improve? Athletes... actors... and speakers like you! This episode, let's talk about how to review and improve your speaking and your content.Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under...

Ep. 23. Go all in

This episode ties together everything we've talked about around speech delivery with one big idea for truly powerful speaking: commitment.Links: Here's David Granirer's long-running comedy course at Vancouver's Langara College. David's also the founder and driving...

Ep. 22. Own the space

Break out of the lectern cage! Make the stage your own... and learn how to use movement to deepen your presentation's connection to your audience. (Also, I go off on that whole "podium vs. lectern" thing.)Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative...

Ep. 21. Make the most of your voice on stage

When you treat your voice as an instrument (and not an afterthought!) great things happen to your speeches... and to your audiences. This episode we break down three powerful vocal tools: pitch, pace and volume.Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a...

Ep. 19. Get your hands dirty (and know your tools)

Roll up your sleeves... because this episode we talk about the tools of the public speaking trade. And one tool in particular: your microphone. Music: "Upbeat" by John Luc Hefferman. Used under a Creative Commons license. Photo: Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash [iframe...

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