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Cambridge Speechwriters' & Business Communicators' Conference 2022

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Emmanuel College

St Andrew's Street



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20th UK Speechwriters' Guild/ European Speechwriter Network Conference at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Our conferences are open to people wh

About this event

20th UK Speechwriters' Guild/ European Speechwriter Network Conference at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Our conferences are open to people who write speeches or ghost blogs, opeds or Tweets for one of the leaders in their organisations.

You’ll meet colleagues who face the same challenges.

The European Speechwriter Network working with the UK Speechwriters' Guild has pioneered a format where we listen to top speechwriters, leaders and interpreters talk about their work.

We learn what techniques they use, how they craft stories, how they build relationships.

Who should attend?

Previous conferences in the UK, Brussels and Amsterdam have attracted speechwriters from the European Commission, Disney, NATO, BMW, IBM, the CBI, Orange, Deloitte, Shell, BP, the United Nations, the European Investment Bank, Coca Cola as well as the Dutch, Danish and British civil service.

This conference is for anyone wanting to improve their ability to write and deliver speeches.

While the conference is predominantly in English, the techniques will be transferable to other languages. 

It's also for people wishing to improve their company's ability to communicate ideas.

You should attend this conference if you are interested in:

  • Communicating your organisation's mission, vision and values
  • Helping leaders motivate and inspire
  • Discovering techniques to give your speeches more impact
  • Understanding how speeches are interpreted
  • Engaging people with your ideas


The benefits 

  • Acquire techniques used in the White House, European institutions and and in numerous government and multinational offices around Europe.
  • Get insights into rhetoric from top writers
  • Listen to outstanding public speakers
  • Have your own work analysed in interactive sessions with top trainers
  • Meet fellow professionals from the Europe and the rest of the world


Tuesday 31 March

6.30pm Meet for informal dinner

Wednesday 1 April

Pre-Conference Training



Main Conference

Thursday 2 April

10am - 4.30pm - European Speechwriter Network Conference

Speakers include: 

6.30pm - Drinks reception.

7pm - Three course banquet in Queen's College

Email us if you'd like to take one of the two-minute speaking slots to practise your after-dinner speechwriting.


Friday 3 April

10 - 12.30am - Conference Day 2

Speakers include: Anne Pédron Moinard, Bjorn Berge, David Murray, 

Official Conference Close


1pm - Optional lunch in the Nosebag, St Michael's Street

2.00pm - Optional tour of the Oxford Union Debating Society


What you will learn and leave with  

  • A better understanding of what makes an effective speech 
  • Insights on how to work with multilingual audiences
  • Tips for managing your speakers
  • Strategies for dealing with interpreters
  • New contacts, ideas and perspectives on the trade


Pre-Conference Trainers




If your institution does not pay VAT, or if you prefer to submit a purchase order, or you would just like us to send you an invoice instead of paying through Eventbrite, please get in touch. We can separate the accommodation from the conference and training, if you request.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings will not be accepted unless accompanied by payment and cancellations must be received no later than one month (28 days) before the conference if a full refund is to be given.

Cancellations received within 2 to 4 weeks of the first date of conference will be refunded 50%. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 14 days.

However, we are happy to discuss transferring your ticket to a future conference in the event that you can’t attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

How to get to Cambridge

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By Train



To maximise enjoyment of the conference we encourge you to stay in Magdalen College with most of the other delegates. Oxford colleges have old rooms that can be part of their charm. Some rooms do not have ensuite toilet facilities. To get the best rooms, it's advisable to book early.



There are a limited number of discounts availalbe to people in full-time education who are considering a career in speechwriting. Details on application.



It was a great event and I found the speakers provided an excellent insight into the world of speechwriting - so thank you!


Kate, IBM

We went back to the real nitty-gritty elements of the craft, and going back to basics made me think afresh about different approaches that can be taken. The Conference overall was educational, practical and full of ideas and creative energy. Attending was a brilliant opportunity – go!


Jonathan Kinsella (speechwriter at Dept of Culture, Media and Sport)


Loved the conference. Great speakers and well organized. Learnt lots.


Alistair McIntosh, Chief Executive, Housing Quality Network


Thanks especially for getting Sam Leith and David Day to speak to the group, both were utterly compelling.  And thanks for all the thought and hard work that doubtlessly go into this event every year, I can't think of any other conference that's worth packing a suitcase for.


Maddy, Clifford Chance


It was a hugely enjoyable two days and an honour to speak among such stellar names. Congrats on pulling off such a successful event.


David K


I greatly enjoyed the conference, and very much appreciated being invited.


Edward Mortimer, former speechwriter to Kofi Annan


Let me thank you wholeheartedly again for having invited me to your brilliantly organized conference in Oxford. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I was impressed by the line-up of speakers, the truly international mix of people, the intellectual level of the contributions (and contributors) and the wonderful venue you had chosen


Willi Vogler, Verband der Redenschreiber deutscher Sprache


Thanks for organising such a brilliant event – I have just been raving about how brilliant the event was to my colleagues and would very much like one of them to attend next year, could you keep me on your mailing list.


Communications Director at Astellas Pharma Europe


Thanks for organising such a great event.


Ben Duncan, Senior Adviser to the Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control


Thank you for an outstanding conference. Congratulations for organising multiple perspectives on speech writing – Foreign Office, UN, government and business.


Jamie Priestley

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Organiser European Speechwriter Network & UK Speechwriters' Guild

Organiser of Cambridge Speechwriters' & Business Communicators' Conference 2022

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The European Speechwriter Network is a new career-enhancing resource for a multilingual and mobile profession. We provide a place to sharpen your skills, promote your services and set professional standards.


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The UK Speechwriters' Guild is a pioneering group of people, committed to sharing knowledge about effective communication.

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