We live in a digital age where face to face interactions are less common - and more prized. Speeches therefore, arguably matter more than ever. They have changed the course of history and are still our preferred mode of communication whenever we have something important to say or are marking a momentous occasion. Our approach to them has changed, but the essentials remain the same: a speaker, a platform and an audience. Over this session, we will explore the ancient principles that still govern oratory and how you can apply them, as everyone from Aristotle to Obama has, to communicate with confidence and make an impact.
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Having started school with English as a second language, Deepa Shah is currently the only female BME speechwriter in Government, leading on speeches and other content for the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Her experience spans a variety of communications roles across Government, working closely with ministers on high-profile issues such as the Grenfell Tower fire, the NHS IT programme and data transparency and security, child protection and education reform. This follows a wide-ranging career as a print, broadcast and online journalist for outlets such as The Times, Evening Standard and ITV London news covering everything from 9/11 to Bollywood.