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WTD + AIGA SF WILD Present: Craft Your First Talk & Deliver with Confidence

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General Assembly San Francisco

225 Bush Street

San Francisco, CA 94104

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WTD + AIGA SF's WILD Present: Craft Your First Talk and Deliver with Confidence (2-day Workshop)

Saturday, 12/1/18, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and

Saturday, 12/8/18, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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.

We recommend registering for both days, but you can also sign up for Day 1 only. You must attend Day 1 in order to attend Day 2.

Day 1: Saturday, 12/1

Craft Your Talk

On day 1, we start with an introduction to speaking at conferences and public events. We'll then go over how to craft a compelling talk using storytelling principles. Understand how to design your talk starting with your audience, and leave with an outline of a 5-minute talk.

Day 2: Saturday, 12/8

Deliver with Confidence

Learn how to feel confident about getting on stage. You'll learn both how to prepare yourself before going on stage, and what to do during your talk. You'll have lots of time to practice and get feedback. We'll end the day with final presentations. Your talk will be recorded so you have a video example, and you'll receive feedback from instructors and peers.

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. Your homework between sessions will be to continue to work on your talk to be ready to present on Day 2.

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 video of a 5-minute speaking example
  • Resources for continued reading and exploration

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

nstructors / Facilitators:

Christina Wodtke: An established thought leader in Silicon Valley, Christina is a “curious human” with a serious resume. Her past work includes re-design and initial product offerings with LinkedIn, MySpace, Zynga, Yahoo! and others as well as founding three startups, an online design magazine called Boxes and Arrows, and cofounding the Information Architecture Institute. Christina speaks, teaches and thinks on the intersection of human innovation and high-performing teams for conferences and organizations all over the world. She has taught her customized, effective workshops to companies and audiences worldwide. Christina teaches at Stanford and is the founder of Women Talk Design.

Eleanor Reinholdt: Eleanor currently works as a Senior Manager of Experience Design at Intuit. She was previously the sole Principal User Experience Designer and Manager of eCommerce UX for Williams-Sonoma, Inc., supporting all of their brands (Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Rejuvenation, and Mark & Graham). Her background is a mixture of old school front-end development, product and project management, and a passionate interest in the arts and sociology. She is a trained performer and has coached actors on stage performance.

Danielle Barnes: Danielle is the CEO of Women Talk Design. 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, globally managed education programs, and launched the San Francisco campus, as well as the User Experience Design Immersive program.

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"


We have a limited number of scholarships available. Please email danielle@womentalkdesign.com to request an application.

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 and AIGA SF. If you would like to opt out, please let us know before the workshop.

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

About Women Talk Design

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.


AIGA SF is the premier design community representing San Francisco, Silicon Valley, North and East ay and the greater Bay Area. We're also the region's largest association for designers, which means we work with members from all disciplines, backgrounds and levels of experience.


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