Speak up and have your ideas heard! Join our 8-week program to learn how to craft compelling presentations and speak (up) with confidence. Work alongside a supportive cohort while learning on your own time.
CRAFT COMPELLING PRESENTATIONS AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS WITH CONFIDENCE
At Women Talk Design, we believe that your voice needs to be heard: in meetings, on stage, and in the articles and books that we read. Sharing your ideas can help you find your people, progress in your career, and make a change.
For the past several years, Women Talk Design workshops have given women and nonbinary people the space to learn, practice, and grow as public speakers. We’re excited to announce this NEW iteration of the “Present Yourself” intensive that we’ve been hosting since 2017. This program is designed to teach you a framework that you can use over and over again to create more compelling, effective presentations. You will also learn to identify your unique needs as a speaker so that you can present with confidence.
We believe in the power of showing up for ourselves and for one another – and that philosophy is at the center of this program. You’ll work alongside a supportive cohort to get feedback and support every step of the way.
The program has been redesigned to let you learn on your own time, while still providing you with a community and speaking coach support to ask questions, get feedback, and improve.
Presenting is an important skill in just about every job and many employers will support professional development programs like this one. If you are currently employed, we encourage you to ask your company for reimbursement for the Present Yourself program. Need some support asking your boss to sponsor you to take the program?
Here's a sneak peek at what you'll learn each week.
Get Clear About Your Why
Why should you speak? How do you identify your own personal why and why does it matter? We'll start the program answering these key questions and getting introduced to the cohort.
Identify Topics that Matter
Throughout the program, you'll be crafting a 5-minute presentation that you will present live in the last week. In this session, we'll discuss how to identify topics that matter and how to quiet that voice in your head that may be working against you.
Start with Story
Storytelling is at the heart of great public speaking. Learn why storytelling matters, how to tell a compelling story, and how to incorporate story into your presentations.
Brainstorm and Structure your Presentations
How should you structure an effective presentation? In this session, we'll discuss what to include in your talk and how you can structure your presentation for the biggest impact.
Pay Attention to the Details: Openings, Closings, & Transitions
In this session, we'll talk about how to use mechanics effectively in your presentation. Learn how to pull your audience in, carry them through your presentation, and achieve your presentation goals.
Show Up Confidently You
Here, we're focusing on you as a public speaker. Learn how to prepare before a presentation, calm your nerves, and show up confidently you. We'll talk about what to do when something goes wrong and how to stay present during your presentation.
Share Your Ideas Widely
As you spend all this time developing your ideas, you want to make sure the world can hear them. In this session, we'll talk about how to share your ideas widely, including where to look for opportunities and how to land them.
Present and Get Feedback
This program is all about putting what you learn into action. Throughout the 8-weeks, you'll work on developing a presentation that you'll deliver to a group of your cohort peers and get feedback. We'll also set goals for what comes next.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
By signing up, you agree to show up, put in the work, and support your cohort. This program is a commitment both to yourself and to your fellow cohort members. We'll introduce you to tools that you can use throughout your career, give you time and space to reflect and practice, and connect you with a community to help hold you accountable, cheer you on, and offer you feedback to help you improve.
Over the 8 weeks of the program you will:
Set goals and get clear on your why
Identify a topic you can speak and/or write about
Get introduced to a design framework for crafting presentations
Learn the essentials of storytelling and practice using them in your presentation
Brainstorm and learn how to structure a presentation
Utilize mechanics to engage your audience
Get practical tips for presenting remotely
Learn techniques to help you calm your nerves and prepare to present
Get feedback from peers each step of the way
Get access to resources to keep learning and growing after the program
Work alongside a community that will be cheering you on, offering feedback, and helping hold you accountable to your goals.
2022 program dates
We're sharing all of our 2022 cohort dates to help you plan ahead! Please pay attention to the Live Session times. We're offering different Live Live Session times for each cohort to accommodate our community around the world. Explore the dates and mark your calendar.
January 2022 Cohort
Start the new year working toward your public speaking goals!
Program runs January 12th - March 9th
Self-guided modules are released weekly on Thursdays
Live (Peer-to-peer feedback and office hour) Sessions will be held from 5pm - 6pm CET* on Wednesdays, starting January 19th
Final Presentations are on Wednesday, March 9th at 5pm CET
“I loved the support and encouragement in this program. It felt like a safe space to learn and explore. I finished this program knowing that I have a long speaking journey ahead but feeling empowered by the tools and frameworks it taught me."
“Women Talk Design has given me the confidence and the tools to craft a compelling talk. Most importantly, WTD has taught me that my personal perspective is worthy of sharing. I'm so happy I made the decision to attend the Remote Speaking Workshop."
The program is made up of self-guided modules that you’ll gain access to each week. The modules are made up of videos (featuring guest speakers), readings, activities, and assignments. You can work through these modules on your own time and you should be prepared to spend about 1-3 hours a week doing so.
Weekly live sessions
Each week, you’ll have access to a one-hour live session. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to pair up with your cohort peers to share where you are in your presentation progress and ask for feedback and support. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions to a public speaking coach.
Throughout the program, you'll be connected with your fellow cohort members in a private channel to share your assignments, ask questions, and cheer each other on. You'll also have the chance to get feedback from them during the weekly live session and your final presentation.
"Week 12" Check-in
While this course is 8 weeks long, we will have a live 9th session one month after the conclusion of the program to check in on your goals. We believe this program is just one part of your journey and we want to make sure we stay in touch and support you along the way.
Thanks to our partners at Figma we're able to offer 6 full scholarships for the October 2022 Present Yourself program. This scholarship is specifically designated for systemically minoritized and excluded women and nonbinary folks. This includes, but is not limited to, women and nonbinary folks who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, disabled, chronically ill, neurodiverse, and/or LGBTQ+. If that's you, we encourage you to apply. Please fill out the application by September 6th at 10pm PT. You'll be notified if you've been selected for a scholarship by September 13th.
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DONATE A SEAT
Do you want to help provide access to individuals to enroll in the Present Yourself cohort that wouldn’t be able to afford to otherwise? Donate a seat! Your donation will go directly to our scholarship program to support women and nonbinary people who are currently unemployed, a full-time caretaker or student, self-employed, or who cannot secure employer sponsorship and would not be able to afford to pay the tuition out of pocket.
Women Talk Design is on a mission to see a more diverse group of speakers on stage. We elevate the voices of women and nonbinary folks through our free directory, curate resources for event organizers on designing more inclusive events, and facilitate workshops and events to help individuals speak up and be heard.