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Speechwriting Workshop

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What you will learn

Learn how to develop speeches that engage your audience and withstand scrutiny from Michael Connolly, former Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Mike Lee. Connolly also worked as a speechwriter for FEMA and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

In this class, you will look at professional speeches that are well-written, persuasive, and cogent. Michael will discuss the primary components of Speechwriting, including research, argument development, formatting, and more.

Who it's for:

•Media and communications professionals
•Elected officials and candidates
•Aspiring speechwriters
•Anyone preparing for an upcoming speaking engagement

How you'll benefit:

•Analyze famous speeches
•Deliver speeches professionally
•Organize and prepare effective speeches
•Think on your feet in impromptu speeches

This is a 2-day training. Dinner is included both evenings.


Starts Monday, February 6

Mon 6:   6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM EST
Tue 7:   6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM EST


Leadership Institute
Steven P.J. Wood Building
1101 N Highland St
Arlington VA, 22201


$60.00 $20.00 discount for early registration until 2/4/23 Your Cost: $40.00


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Your faculty

Michael Connolly

Michael Connolly

Founder and Principal at Inkling Communications, LLC

Michael Connolly has been writing for national conservative leaders for more than 20 years, including Senators Mike Lee and Jim DeMint, Representatives Tom DeLay and Henry Hyde, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and dozens of private and political clients.

As Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. Lee, Connolly spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives, including the Conservative Reform Agenda, the Article I Project, and the Joint Economic Committee's ongoing Social Capital Project. He has coached and mentored young writers almost as long as he's written professionally, including a mid-career stint teaching at a start-up boys school in Maryland, where he authored a writing textbook.

Connolly left Capitol Hill in 2021 to launch Inkling Communications, a boutique writing and coaching firm, and now teaches speechwriting at the Leadership Institute and the Conservative Partnership Institute. An unapologetic D.C. native and sports fan, Connolly and his wife Elle live in Falls Church with their five kids.