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Seminar: Tough Talk for Hard Times | 2009-Jul-22

WNG Seminar Event

"Tough Talk for Hard Times: How Corporate Leaders Use the Spoken Work to Rebound during an Economic Downturn"

News Release: July 22, 2009

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On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, the Washington Network Group convened this seminar for WNG Members and non-member guests.  This event was organized under the auspices of the WNG Communications Roundtable.  The event was attended by approximately 30 people.  This special event was preceeded and followed by networking among participants.

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"I really enjoyed the Washington Network Group event yesterday. The speaker was very good and the members were very pleasant and welcoming."

  - Attendee, recently relocated to Washington, D.C.

"The last couple of events have been excellent."

  - Senior communications professional

About this Event:

With the economy stuck in crisis, an executive’s ability to perform well behind a lectern, in front of cameras and microphones, or at a hearing table is more important than ever.  But …not all top executives are born communicators, and even good communicators need to get a lot better…fast.  This program presented clear and practical best practices to help attendees or the executives they work with inspire key audiences who are both very worried and extremely important to recovery and long-term success - employees, analysts, stockholders, regulators, and the press.  The presentation drew on the Jeff's experience working with Fortune 250 CEOs, as well as original research and first-person interviews ­with other CEOs, executives, and top corporate communications professionals who have turned struggling companies around.

About Our Speaker:

Jeff Porro

Jeff Porro helps executives infuse the words they use with the power they want. Jeff is a speechwriter for Fortune 250 CEOs, diplomats, and other government leaders, as well as executives of some of the nation's leading trade and professional associations. He is also an award winning screenwriter and a PhD with 20 years of experience in research, public policy, and business. He has been profiled in The Washington Post, National Journal, Washington Business Journal, and other publications.

Jeff discovered and researched the true story of a Jim Crow-era African American college debate team and helped turn it into the 2007 feature film The Great Debaters, starring Denzel Washington. He is one of the founders of the Debate Consortium, which is reviving the tradition of debate at historically black colleges and universities.

Event Sponsor:

This event was generously hosted by Merrill Lynch.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities with the WNG: click here

Our Venue:

This event was held at Merrill Lynch Conference Center, located at 1152 Fifteenth Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.

Questions: Contact the WNG Office

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