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. 35. Speechwriters on stage

Ep. 35. Speechwriters on stage

Want to be a better speechwriter? One of the best ways to improve your speechwriting is to get out from behind your keyboard and get in front of an audience. Why speechwriters should also be speakers — and how you can get started.

Ep. 32. Getting started in speechwriting

Ep. 32. Getting started in speechwriting

There’s no well-worn, signposted career path to being a speechwriter. That’s the bad news. The good news? There are plenty of other paths in. This episode, we look at how to break into speechwriting — and some lessons from my own first big break.

Ep. 29. Broaden your media diet

Ep. 29. Broaden your media diet

This episode, we talk about how expanding the kinds of media you like to read, watch and listen to can make you a better speechwriter and speaker.

Ep. 28. Listen to speakers outside your niche

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 bubble.

Ep. 27. Make your speech a content factory

Ep. 27. Make your speech a content factory

Speeches can move audiences, inspire crowds… and 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.

Ep. 26. Think strategically

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.

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