On Tuesday 24 April 2018, I made a speech to German speechwriters at the 7th Tagung Redenschreiben in Berlin.

This was my second visit to the conference. Three years earlier I had visited as part of preparation for the European Speechwriter Network conference that also took place in Berlin.

I had a great time. There were some outstanding presentations from other speakers including a speechwriter from Daimler and a workshop on how to do TED talks.

On the eve of the conference there was a walk around the Berlin political district, and after the conference there was a dinner with a speech by Christian Lindner, who is the leader of the German FDP Party. I uploaded my photos to Flickr, which you can see below.

7 Tagung Redenschreiben, Berlin 23 & 24 April 2018

I felt very honoured to be invited to speak. I offered to do it in German, but they said to do it in English. (I studied German at university). I compromised and did the first two minutes in German, and the rest in English.

It was a challenge, because I couldn’t be sure of the expectations of the audience. The layout of the room, with delegates behind tables and a large lectern made it difficult for me to work out if I connected. They laughed but not always in the right places.

You can read the text of the speech here.


1 Comment

  1. Jacqueline Schäfer

    Dear Brian,

    it was a wonderful speech – in German and in English! I‘m sure You conected. The people I‘ve talked with were very delighted.

    Best wishes


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