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. 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.

Ep. 25. Build a platform

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: your platform.

Ep. 24. Review your performance

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.

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