Driving Innovative Thinking Through the Framework of Songwriting

Cliff has a rare ability to bring business principles to life by connecting them to fundamental, human emotions.
His workshops help teams think differently about goals and cut through common business jargon to focus on what really matters.

Kim Christfort
(National Managing Director, Deloitte Greenhouse)


After graduating from Stanford with a degree in political science and prior to applying to law school, Cliff made the decision to take some time to pursue his passion. Songwriting. The subsequent 25 years have brought a #1 song on the jazz charts, a performance on the Grand Ole Opry and frequent collaborations with recording artists including Ke$ha, Keb’ Mo’, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead ), Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) and Lisa Loeb. Cliff teaches songwriting for organizations and companies including The Stanford Jazz Workshop and Lynda.com and has spoken about songwriting for TEDx.

The Workshop

  • Begins with a 15 minute presentation/performance highlighting the similarities between effective songwriting technique and corporate communication/collaboration.
  • Participants are provided with a primer on the rules of songwriting and metaphor.
  • Small teams of participants are then tasked with writing a verse and chorus of a song based on a metaphor derived from the client’s goal for the session.
  • Cliff takes the written verse/chorus provided by each songwriting team and puts them to music for a final performance/presentation.


Additional Details

  • Each workshop is customized according to the client’s goals/message
  • The workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes


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