2019 Pre-Conference Workshop
Topic(s): career development, communication, professional development, and storytelling
As you get ready to hear thought provoking, inspiring, educational, and relatable talks at this year’s conference, we hope you’ll also picture yourself up there on center stage.
Who, you? Yes, you! Regardless of where you are in your career, you have a unique story and perspective to share. Getting up on stage is a great way to spread ideas, start or add to conversations, build your professional brand, and meet new people.
A lot of work goes into crafting a talk and it can be difficult to know where to start. What should you talk about? How do you create a talk that’s engaging? What should you do if you freeze on stage? In this workshop, we’ll answer these questions and more.
We’ll dive into:
- methods for generating talk ideas
- a framework for crafting a compelling talk
- tips for feeling confident on stage
During the workshop, you’ll get started on an outline for a 5 minute talk. You’ll also walk away with recommended readings and resources to keep learning and practicing after the workshop.
Get ready to learn, create, and share, and leave with the confidence to build your first (or next) talk.
About the speaker(s)
Danielle Barnes 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 also co-founded and co-organizes Austin Design Week, a week-long event celebrating the design community in Austin through free community-hosted talks, workshops, and events. Previously, Danielle worked at education company 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 Berkeley, California, and volunteers with CreativeMornings Oakland, a monthly lecture series for the creative community.