I'm a lively and popular speaker who is comfortable in wide range of formats, speaking extemporaneously or from a script. As a chair and moderator, I guarantee on-time starts and finishes and sparkling conversation in between. Time for audience questions is always a priority, and a highlight of my talks and presentations. No audience comes to hear a speaker take up all the allotted time, and I make sure the audience gets a chance to weigh in and learn through questioning.
I'm no stranger to high-stakes speaking. I have testified before the U.S. Congress in my role as Deputy Associate Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration, and spoken in the Palace of Westminster in the British Parliament. I've delivered industry keynotes, chaired conferences and moderated panels, and frequently speak in the training workshops I lead for communicators, public speakers, and speechwriters.
To invite me to speak to your group, email me at eloquentwoman at gmail.com.
Recent speeches and keynotes
- What goes into a TED-quality talk, Fabian Womens Network meeting, Houses of Parliament, London, UK, October 2014.
- How to give a killer presentation, Aligning Forces for Quality annual conference, San Diego, CA, May 2014. Notes from the session.
- Telling stories 3 ways: Using Visuals, Spoken Word, and Social Media, Guilford Nonprofit Consortium and Cone Health Foundation, Greensboro, NC, October 2013.
- Succeeding as a public speaker: How to be The Eloquent Woman, Fabian Womens Network meeting, Houses of Parliament, London, UK, March 2013. Storify of the speech. Notes from the speech.
- Pinterest: What could a journalist do with it? Science Writers in New York and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, New York, NY, March 2013. Webcast and Storify of the talk.
- 10 things communicators don't know about experts, National Cancer Institute Public Affairs Network conference, Deniver, CO, April 2013.
- Chair, European Speechwriter Network annual conference, Brussels, Belgium, September 2013. Storify of the conference. Read my self-assessment in Chairing a conference: How did I do? Lessons for chairs from #esnbxl.
- The Lady Vanishes, closing keynote for the International Speechwriters Conference, London, UK, May 2013. Text of the speech at the link.
- Keynote, Building Connections with Social Media, Construction Writers Association annual conference, Alexandria, VA, May 2009.
- Keynote, The (Social) Medium is the Message, International Association of Business Communicators, Washington DC chapter, Arlington, VA, August 2008. Notes from the speech.
- Keynote, Washington PR Woman of the Year Awards, Washington Women in Public Relations, Washington, DC, November 2003. An extemporaneous speech as a last-minute substitute; read about it here.
Many thanks to Denise Graveline @dontgetcaught for doing a marvellous job of chairing today's #ESNBXL conference
— Martin Shovel (@MartinShovel) September 20, 2013
Denise @dontgetcaught Graveline looks set to keep things in order here at #esnbxl
— Alan Barker (@alanbarker830) September 20, 2013
Alex Marklew said: ... I enjoyed the way you ran things. I've been to too many events where the chair is either an unthinking robot or labouring under the impression that everyone in the room is there to see them. You fell into neither of these traps and the event was all the better for it.
Was at @FabianWomen arranged talk by TEDMED & TEDx speaker coach; social media & message strategist @dontgetcaught 👏 pic.twitter.com/t6135m8oLC
— Alimatu Dimonekene (@TheAlima) October 31, 2014
A fully packed hall with @dontgetcaught! Learning how to deliver Ted-like talks as part of our #fwndebate series. pic.twitter.com/cH55kZcWYf
— FabianWomen'sNetwork (@FabianWomen) October 30, 2014
Thanks so much to Denise Graveline, @dontgetcaught, for such an excellent, inspiring public speaking masterclass. #fwneloquent
— FabianWomen'sNetwork (@FabianWomen) March 27, 2014
Interactive and engaging talk on being an eloquent woman from @dontgetcaught @FabianWomen #fwneloquent pic.twitter.com/RZ0qf6kWpW
— Aurora Horwood (@AuroraHorwood) March 27, 2014