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Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp: Public Speaking 101

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Division and Honore

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This is part of the Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp series. Current other offerings are “How to Be a Speaker” (which is about everything BUT content) and “Sales & Self-Promotion.” Have an idea for a Bootcamp you’d like to see? Let Saya know.

TIP: many people get work to pay for Bootcamps, you might want to inquire.




Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp: Public Speaking 101

If you're already an experienced speaker and/or you feel comfortable with your content (talks and slides) and your stage presence, this Bootcamp isn't for you — this is for folks who want to hone public speaking skills, especially those who'd rather do almost anything else than get up in front of others, especially if it's to talk about themselves. This Bootcamp is also appropriate for people who don’t necessarily want to become professional speakers but are simply interested in learning how to give better presentations and tell better stories, both written and verbal.

This Bootcamp is for you if you nod to
  • Does public speaking or calling yourself a “speaker,” “storyteller," or a “writer” freak you out? Yet also intrigue you?
  • Do you have stories or thoughts you want to share publicly?
  • Do you feel like you don't have stories or thoughts others would want to hear but you’d like to explore?
  • Do you want to improve your content, from what you say to what you show (e.g. slides)?
  • Do you want to feel more comfortable and confident in the spotlight?

Testimonials
“I don't really have a fear of speaking so I was a little uncertain about signing up. I do, however, feel slightly paralyzed when it comes to developing content that is substantial and resonates with an audience. This class gave me great tips and tools to begin to develop my content. It was also great to bounce ideas off my classmates. Looking forward to part 2!”

"Public Speaking 101 was eye-opening and released my inner speaker inside. Saya did an amazing job and helped me focus on writing as a speaker, not as a show-off."


Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp: Public Speaking 101 focuses on —
  • How to choose, create, and share content
  • How to best communicate your thoughts and stories in ways that are engaging, memorable, comfortable, impactful, and inspiring
  • How to best complement your speaking (slides, handouts, etc.)
  • How to be less fearful of the stage and the spotlight
  • How to make public speaking work with you instead of against you


To Expect
  • Stories and concrete examples from Saya’s journey
  • Actual progress on your pain-point(s) resulting from guidance, time to apply lessons, sharing, and feedback
  • A warm environment where you may question your attendance a few times but in the end, you’ll feel productive, accomplished, and invigorated to continue
  • Tough love paired with unconditional and non-judgmental cheerleading
  • Camaraderie with fellow attendees

To Bring
  • Something to write on and with (laptop or pen + paper)
  • Food/drink for yourself, if you’d like
  • Your fear, hesitation, and willingness

Come prepared to be pushed, to be put on the spot, to be in the spotlight. Sound horrible? That means you should register now before your no-good inner-voice talks you out of it. Unless what you’ve been doing is working. Then keep on keepin’ on. But if you’ve read this far, Saya surmises that you could use guidance.

For fourteen years, Saya has asked people to challenge themselves. No one has died. No one has embarrassed themselves. In fact the opposite usually occurs. People have flourished and shone. Even when they knew they couldn’t, wouldn’t.

Let’s do this now. She’s over hearing people say they can’t, but, what if. Are you tired of saying “I can’t” “But” “What if”? Are you ready to embrace the fear and figure out how to move past it or even better, use it for good?

Facing your public speaking fear has been on your To Do List, Bucketlist, Wants List for too long. The Perfect Time unicorn is a myth; stop waiting for him to appear — there’s never going to be a perfect time, a better time, more time.

Instructor Background
Saya’s been self-employed since 2004 (after getting fired). Without spending any money on marketing or incurring debt, she found a way to cobble together a career that beautifully, organically, and randomly meshes her skills and interests. She had $300 in savings when she started her business and has no training in anything she does, choosing to DIY and figure it out as she goes. There was no blueprint and instead of that paralyzing Saya, it invigorated her and since Day 1, she’s been harnessing and adapting the magic that is entrepreneurism, including a speaking career that includes numerous keynotes and a TEDx. She still hasn’t figured it all out and probably never will but she has figured out a variety of things and those things just happen to be sources of terror for many.



In order for Bootcamp to run, at least ten people need to register. So if you want to come and ensure that it runs, share! With your network, with someone specifically. Then, let's get to work.

Refund Policy: there are no refunds or credits unless Saya cancels Bootcamp. You can transfer your spot to someone else by updating their name and email via your Eventbrite account.
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Division and Honore

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