Let Yourself Be Seen: Coach clients to "soften the script, be yourself and build trust"
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As speechwriters, we can easily become professional mask-makers, aiming to create a flawless persona for our clients. Unfortunately, that persona isn't only not flawless, it's false. In this session, former White House speechwriter Tom Rosshirt will show you how to balance connecting with the desire to appear perfect. He'll review ways we can help our clients emerge from behind their masks—and touch the audience through the courage of being themselves.
- Be your most radiant on stage
- Connect with the audience in a way that goes beyond words
- Bring out the great speech that's already written inside
Tom Rosshirt served in the Clinton White House as a national security speechwriter for President Clinton and as foreign affairs spokesperson for Vice President Gore. Tom was a co-founder of West Wing Writers, has written a syndicated column, and works as a writer and strategist for leaders in business, philanthropy, and academia—working in issues from education to nuclear weapons to poverty and global health. Tom majored in philosophy at Notre Dame and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he earned a master's degree in human development. He was also a high school teacher and coach. His passions are writing, politics, global affairs, and the intersection of psychology and religion.