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Women Talk Design Presents: Present Yourself: Craft Your First Talk and Deliver with Confidence (Boston)

Saturday, 8/25 - Sunday, 8/26, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The workshop will begin promptly at 10AM on both days. Please arrive on time.

Women Talk Design elevates brilliant talks by women and non-binary people, offerings training, events, and community for new speakers, and empowers event organizers with tools, approaches, and information to engage more diverse speakers.

In this workshop, we’ll provide new speakers with the framework and confidence to craft their first talk. Taught by experienced speakers and storytellers, attendees will have a chance to draft and practice their talk, and produce the documentation they need to be selected to speak at a conference.


Please note: Pre-reading will be emailed to you prior to the workshop. Attendees should complete reading and come to class with a talk topic. (1-2 hours)


You will leave the workshop with:

  • A framework for crafting a great talk
  • A draft of a 5-minute talk and resources on how to expand it depending on length of talk
  • A professional headshot
  • A video of a 5-minute speaking example
  • Resources for continued reading and exploration


Note: Crafting slides will not be covered in this workshop.


Instructors:

Meena Kothandaraman

With 25 years of experience, Meena has consulted to emphasize the strategic value of customer experience across product, space and service. Apart from her core consulting practice, Meena has lectured in the Bentley University Human Factors and Information Design (HFID) graduate program in her 15-year tenure. She has helped the program to stand as one of the top human factors/user experience programs worldwide. She holds an M.S. in Information Resources Management from Syracuse University and a B.Com. in MIS from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Apart from work, Meena has written a children’s book, hosts a cooking show, and is a South Indian classical violinist. She has firmly maintained a strong work-life balance, and has her two children and husband to thank for making life so rich. Meena definitely speaks Canadian, among other languages!

Margot Bloomstein

Margot is the principal of Appropriate, Inc., a brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston, and the author of Content Strategy at Work, published by Morgan Kaufmann. For nearly 20 years, she’s helped shaped content strategy both as a practice and an industry: she leads workshops, keynotes conferences, and consults with diverse marketing teams around the world. Today, she partners with retailers, universities, and other organizations to create brand-appropriate user experiences that engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity through both traditional and social media.

A participant in the inaugural Content Strategy Consortium and featured speaker at SXSW, Margot is a popular and energetic speaker. Engagements include CS Forum Helsinki, Confab, edUi, IA Konferenz Germany, Web 2.0, Content Marketing World, and UX London. She also produces BrandSort, a tool embraced by consultancies of all sizes to clarify communication goals, and writes shorter missives on Twitter at @mbloomstein.

Danielle Barnes

Danielle is the CEO of Women Talk Design, where she works with hundreds of speakers and dozens of conference organizers to get more diverse speakers on stage. She is also the co-founder and organizer of Austin Design Week, a week-long event curating 60+ community-proposed talks, workshops and events. Previously, Danielle worked at General Assembly where she founded and led the Austin campus, launched the San Francisco campus, and championed the first full-time User Experience Design Immersive program. Danielle lives in California and is an active volunteer for CreativeMornings Oakland, a monthly lecture series for the creative community.


What past participants have said:

"This workshop has gotten me exponentially closer to a goal I have had for nearly a decade. I can't believe I am walking away with a solid concept, outline, headshot and new community of support. Thanks"

"I didn't think writing a compelling talk in 2 days would be possible, yet WTD helped me not only do that, but also helped me build the confidence to present it."

"A great immersive experience. This session was an excellent lab for me to workshop by speaking ideas and speaking skills"


A note about the workshop fee:

It's important to us to keep our workshops as affordable and accessible as possible. If you are not able to pay the workshop fee, and would like to apply for a scholarship, please do so here. If your company sets aside professional development funds, we recommend reaching out to request reimbursement. To those of you who are able, we encourage you to donate to our current GoFundMe campaign to help fund future scholarships.


Interested in attending but not in Boston, or can’t make the date? Sign up to be notified when we schedule our next workshop.


Please take a moment to read through Women Talk Design's Code of Conduct before registering.


By registering for this workshop, you are consenting to have photographs taken of you during the workshop, that may be used in press and marketing materials for Women Talk Design. If you would like to opt out, please let us know before the workshop.

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