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Celeste Headlee

The Communicator


Celeste Headlee

Having Better Conversations

Award-Winning Journalist

Author of Heard Mentality

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations—and that most of us don't do it very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: honesty, brevity, clarity, and a healthy amount of listening. In her insightful TED talk, which has been viewed more than 5 million times, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.”

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist who has appeared on NPR, PBS World, PRI, CNN, BBC, and other international networks. She is also the author of Heard Mentality: An A to Z Guide to Taking Your Radio Show or Podcast from Idea to Hit

Celeste hosts a daily talk show called On Second Thought for Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. She was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows including Tell Me MoreTalk of the NationAll Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Until September of 2012, Headlee was the co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC. She anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel.


Having Better Conversations

A crash-course in the fundamentals of communication for professional and personal relationships, this highly motivational keynote is designed to inspire self-confidence and introduce strategies for enhancing relationships by simply being better at having conversations. Sounds appealing, right? It’s funny how many times we catch ourselves simply not listening to somebody. Or even if we are, we become distracted by the slightest thing. 

It’s truly fascinating how much we can all learn from each other by simply listening. Celeste Headlee argues that listening is what separates those of us who can can gain a competitive advantage. In our dog-eat-dog world, building relationships is critical to cultivating existing business and attracting new clients or customers. Celeste's 10 practical lessons will show you how. 

E Pluribus Unum: “Out of many, one”

How do we interact across racial and cultural communities? Our societies are now more divided than ever before. In this talk, Celeste Headlee presents her candid views on the dangers of ethnocentricity and everything that’s happening around us. She offers simple tools that each of us can use to help solve these massive societal and economical issues.

Contact us to learn how Celeste can craft a message for your audience.

Enter every conversation assuming you have something to learn.
— Celeste Headlee