John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, Inc. He has been a professional speechwriter, consultant, coach, and trainer for twenty-nine years. He has written almost 3000 speeches for government officials, political candidates, university presidents, and public interest advocates. This amounts to over seven million words on the public record.
He has been a speechwriter at the highest levels of government. Dr. Shosky has served in the Reagan, Bush (41) and Bush (43) Administrations, working in the Executive Office of the President, White House Public Affairs, The Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In addition, Dr. Shosky has published more than seventy articles or editorials. He is the author of two books: Speaking to Lead, London: Biteback Publishing 2010, and The Words of our Time, London: Biteback Publishing 2012. Starting in 2014, lectures are available in audio or DVD under the title “The Power to Persuade: Turning Speech into Action.” He writes for an international audience at thewordsofourtime.com.
There is an academic side to his life. Dr. Shosky has taught almost 200 university courses in speech communication, philosophy, justice, physics, and international relations. Periodically he is a visiting fellow in the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 1997 he has been a visiting senior member of Linacre College in the University of Oxford.
In a recent review of The Words of our Time, former Tony Blair speechwriter Phillip Collins wrote “Shosky’s introduction is so full of insight and great tips that I wanted more. He knows what he is talking about.”