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In the high-stakes world of executive communications, the leaders you serve need you to be more than a crafter of messages; they need you to be a true communication partner and coach.

But they need to trust you first.

Your challenge? To exude authority, competence, and professionalism—no matter how powerful the leader you are dealing with, no matter what stage you are in your career. This workshop will equip you with the concrete skills and the daily mindset you need to work effectively with principals.

In the first executive presence workshop ever offered to exec comms pros, sought-after executive communication coach Jeff Davenport warmly walks you through all the elements of this crucial career skill.

Designed for executive communications professionals ranging from junior to mid-career—and anyone else who wonders if they’re as effective as they could be when interacting with tough, critical, often impatient senior executives—this workshop will teach you:

  • How to show up, and make a powerful first impression every time.
  • Persuasive pitching: We teach our executives how to do it, but do we always practice what we preach?
  • Delivering effectively, listening well and responding appropriately—under pressure, and in the moment.
  • Finishing well, to ensure you leave a positive, lasting impression before you walk out the door.
  • And—major bonus—how to coach your principals on executive presence.

Having absorbed these concepts for yourself, you’ll be able to share them with your clients with more credibility, authority and empathy.

Join us to transform your executive presence and make a significant impact in your organization, and in your exec comms career.


DAY 1Honing Your Professional Image and Your Message Delivery

Tuesday, Sept. 24, Noon-2:00 p.m. Eastern 

We’ll begin at the beginning, with a deep dive into shaping your professional image.We will explore themost basic elements that define your presence:

  • Showing Up: Crafting a powerful first impression through attire, grooming and body language. Controlling the space around you to ensure your presence is felt.
  • Delivering: Techniques for effective delivery, including voice modulation, hand gestures and eye contact. Learn to engage and persuade your audience, ensuring your message resonates.

DAY 2—Pitching Ideas and Listening to Your Principal

Wednesday, Sept. 25, Noon-2:00 p.m. Eastern

Let’s elevate your ability to send compelling messages and receive them carefully—in real-time exchanges with busy leaders.

  • Pitching: Master the art of persuasive pitching by focusing on your audience’s needs. Communicate ideas succinctly and confidently, establishing yourself as a knowledgeable advisor. Present the essential information powerfully, and make compelling recommendations that drive decisions.
  • Listening: Enhance your listening skills to communicate respect and understanding. Aim for deep, empathic listening to truly grasp your principal’s thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. Manage disagreements and negative emotions while maintaining professionalism.

DAY 3—Responding, Speaking Up, Finishing Well

Thursday, Sept. 26, Noon-2:00 p.m. Eastern

In our third session, we will explore how to respond effectively in high-pressure situations:

  • Responding: Develop emotional intelligence to handle challenges and objections. Techniques for responding with clarity and composure.
  • Speaking Up: Overcome the fear of participation and make valuable contributions in meetings. Learn strategies for voicing your thoughts effectively and confidently, even in intimidating situations.
  • Finishing well: Learn techniques to end meetings and other interactions in such a way that you make a positive lasting impression, buying yourself credibility for the next go-round.

DAY 4—Office Hours, with Jeff Davenport and David Murray

Friday, Sept. 27, Noon-1:30 p.m. Eastern

Conclude the workshop with an interactive session designed to address your specific questions and concerns. Facilitated by Executive Communication Council Executive Director David Murray, this open conversation is your chance to delve deeper with executive presence expert Jeff Davenport, into the topics we’ve covered and gain personalized insights.

  • Freewheeling Q&A: Ask anything about executive presence, pitching ideas, delivering effectively, listening, responding, speaking up and finishing well.
  • Discussion and Feedback: Share your personal challenges, and professional triumphs with knowing, understanding exec comms peers, who can offer constructive feedback.
  • Personalized Coaching: You’ve got a situation, we’ve got a suggestion. Get tailored advice and practical tips to enhance your executive communication skills.

Prepare yourself for an engaging and informative final session where you can solidify your learning and gain valuable insights to apply in your professional journey.


Meet the Instructor

Meet the Instructor

Jeff Davenport has more than a decade of experience as an executive communication coach, acclaimed speechwriter, and keynote speaker. During a long stint at the legendary leadership communication agency Duarte and now at Davenport Communications, Jeff has worked with Fortune 10 C-suite executives, engineers, and sales teams, improving their communication skills. Whether he’s doing 1:1 coaching or leading dynamic workshops, Jeff helps diverse professionals enhance their communicative impact.


Executive Presence for Exec Comms Pros is conducted via the Zoom Webinar platform.

Before each session, we’ll email simple directions to join the webinar. And after each session, we’ll email a link to the webinar recording.

Please email Benjamine Knight, PSA operations director, with any questions.
Or call 312-585-6383.


Cancellations Policy

No refunds on cancellations less than 30 days before the start of event. Within 30 days, your payment will be credited toward a future Executive Communication Council or Professional Speechwriters Association event. 

$995 to attend Executive Presence for Exec Comms Pros on September 24-27, 2024.

$746.25 for members of the Professional Speechwriters Association (discount will show in checkout when logged in).

Groups of 4 or more are eligible for a 25% off discount. Please inquire with Benjamine Knight ([email protected]) for details.

Phone registrations please call 312-585-6383.