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Speakology Bend

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Westside Church

2015 NW Shevlin Park Rd

Bend, OR 97703

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{A Conference for Women Who Use Words}

Speakers and writers are, by nature, creators. They are the brave souls who take an experience or truth to wrap in words and give to others as a gift. We never know how the gift will be received, but there is joy in the giving. Life is in the giving.

Speaking and writing has offered opportunities beyond what I could have dreamed and after twenty years as a word-creator, I cannot imagine any other career. My one regret is that I never had a female mentor to help me avoid painful, frustrating and often embarrassing mistakes. No one ever coached me in the business of using words for a living, working with men in ministry or straddling the weird line between platform-building and grandstanding. I had no clue how to handle conference requests, deal with speaking fees, navigate book promo tours or confrontational audience members. I just had to wing it and it was hard and slow-going. I determined early on: I’m going to take good notes as I learn, and hopefully it will become a map that other women can follow.

Speakology is that map.

Consisting of three workshops dealing with the structure, style and business of speaking or writing, it covers a bajillion of the things I wish someone would have helped me understand decades ago.

The Speakology Sessions

Session 1: Tell a Better Story - How to build a good structure for studying and building a message or presentation that is clear, compelling and effective. (Topics: knowing your story, creating an effective story arc, gathering an affordable library of resources, establishing study habits, story flow, use of humor, developing a rock solid thesis, what not to say, writing a great intro, coming to killer conclusions, building suspense, knowing your audience, etc.)

Session 2: Develop Your Own Speaking Style - In this session we cover the in’s and out’s of delivering speech, sermon or presentation. (Topics include: why authenticity is essential, volume, inflection, microphone weirdness, what not to wear, dealing with audience distractions, body language, the power of pauses, eye contact, using notes, feeding your main idea, what to do when a joke bombs, to sit or not to sit, how to handle stage fright, etc.)

Session 3: WordsWork - the Business of Speaking - This session cracks open the vault of mistakes I made building a speaking career so that you can avoid them. (Topics include: Knowing your mission, working with men, finding an agent, setting speaking fees, understanding hidden costs, building a platform, developing a PR package without losing your soul, self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, etc.)

See what people are saying about Speakology-

Going to Speakology was a significant confirmation of calling after dipping my toes in the world of preaching. It gave me practical tools, as we boiled down the elements of speaking and pushed me forward in confidence. - MacKenzie B.

Speakology is the perfect blend of inspirational and practical content. If you have a message to share take the time to learn from Bo’s years of experience by attending this conference.
Because it’s Bo, you know it will be good but Speakology is incredible. Specific questions I had about the writing process were answered in detail. If you want to write or speak you need to attend! - Amy W.

I attended Speakology the day before I spoke for the first time ever at my church. The insights and tools I received left me inspired, I went home and worked on my message for hours. This conference gave me the confidence to won what I had to say and I know all the information I was given will be a resource for years to come.- Stacey B.

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  • Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

  • Conference attendance is capped to insure an intimate and interactive experience.

  • Snacks and coffee will be provided.

  • For lunch enjoy one of the great resteratnts near Westside Church


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