This was my second visit to the conference. Three years earlier I had visited as part of preparation for the European Speechwriter Network conference that also took place in Berlin.
I had a great time. There were some outstanding presentations from other speakers including a speechwriter from Daimler and a workshop on how to do TED talks.
On the eve of the conference there was a walk around the Berlin political district, and after the conference there was a dinner with a speech by Christian Lindner, who is the leader of the German FDP Party. I uploaded my photos to Flickr, which you can see below.
I felt very honoured to be invited to speak. I offered to do it in German, but they said to do it in English. (I studied German at university). I compromised and did the first two minutes in German, and the rest in English.
It was a challenge, because I couldn’t be sure of the expectations of the audience. The layout of the room, with delegates behind tables and a large lectern made it difficult for me to work out if I connected. They laughed but not always in the right places.