Former CIA Speechwriter Urges Clear, Pithy Speeches and Avoiding Jokes in Virtual Settings

[Editor's Note: We're always curious about atypical paths leading to PR. That's why Prosek Partners' Jonathan "Johnny" Chavkin caught our attention. Prosek's pitch about its new SVP hooked us: "Prosek Partners hires CIA speechwriter..."

Yet Chavkin's extensive experience at the agency (pun intended) is just one thing that intrigued us about Prosek's new  executive speechwriter and content creator. A creature of Washington, D.C., he's also worked at the State Department, has a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge and received a B.A. from Princeton.

In addition, he's written speeches for Hollywood moguls and helped communication strategy for the Emmys.


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