Public Speaking Workshops

This workshop will teach you the skills you need to feel confident whether you’re pitching an investor, proposing a project to a client, or getting up on stage at a conference or meet up. Learning how to thrive in the spotlight is an essential part of taking your career to the next level.

In the morning session, students will explore the basics of using gestures, body language, motion, and their voice to be better communicators. They’ll also learn techniques to encourage confidence in front of an audience. There’s plenty of opportunity to practise. It’s not just theory.

In the afternoon, each student will prepare, rehearse, and record a 5 minute lightning talk. About a week before the workshop, we’ll brainstorm ideas in the Slack channel to ensure each student is prepared with a topic for the lightning talk, three to five supporting points, and a couple good quotes.

Because our community is always in need of a diverse selection of voices, scholarships are available for under-represented minorities in the industry. Please contact for more details.

The workshop is limited to 10 students. Each student will receive a Kensington presentation remote and a link to the video of their lightning talk.


Code of Conduct

The Speakers Union is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including workshops. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organisers.

For the full details, please read our Code of Conduct.


Before kicking off the full schedule of workshops, there will be a free Beta Workshop here in Seattle scheduled for Saturday, 15 April. If you’re interested in helping perfect the curriculum and willing to put up with the possibility of a technical problem or two, you can’t beat the price.

The 2017 workshop season kicks of in Berlin at UIKonf. The workshop is scheduled for the Saturday before the conference so there’s plenty of time to participate in the social activities on Sunday.

There will be a workshop in Chicago in the October timeframe, but I don’t have anything to announce at this time.

Details for workshops in NYC, London, and elsewhere are still in development. Feel free to email if you have any questions about the upcoming schedule.

Diversity Scholarships

Getting more women, people of colour, and other under represented people on stage is tremendously important to me. They have different stories to tell from white men like myself. Therefore, I’m doing what I can to ensure scholarships are available to make attendance affordable. If you or your organisation would like to help support the scholarships, please get in touch.