Shine Speaker Accelerator Program
Become a conference speaker
An intensive 6-week speaker accelerator for ambitious women who want to build their speaking career and land conference speaking gigs.
Level up your skills + land conference speaking gigs
Over six weeks and with the mentorship of seasoned professional speakers and coaches, you’ll craft an engaging story, design an eye-catching slide deck, develop your stage presence, deliver a captivating talk, and build a fruitful speaking network.
You’ll leave with everything you need to pitch and secure those coveted speaking slots.
Are you ready to grow your career, business, and personal brand through speaking?
Weekly calls with a top-rated speaker coach
2 private coaching sessions ($1000 value)
3 small group coaching sessions (5:1 mentor to coach ratio)
Speaking spot at the Showcase
Custom social assets to promote your talk
Extra resources, templates + exclusive content
Attendance to an exclusive workshop on how to get paid as a speaker
Private speakers’ community
Coveted Shine pin
The stuff you’ll walk away with
Stand-out talk title, description + speaker bio
Polished 15-minute talk and slide deck
Valuable social proof and testimonials
Professionally edited speaker reel and video of your talk (valued at $500)
Valuable connections & lifetime access to the Shine Slack channel
Lifetime access to exclusive course materials & workshops
Professional graphic design support
Professional copy editing support
Gettin’ the speaking gig
Our programs speak (and pay) for themselves. Our alums have secured 1000+ speaking engagements.
What people say about Shine
I can’t believe how much I learned over such a short period of time - the training was both rigorous and supportive. I NEVER would have considered speaking publicly if it weren’t for shine, but now I’m excited and ready for it.”
— Lisa Pierson | Copywriting consultant + mom of two daughters.
After Shine, Lisa secured speaking slots at Interact Ohio, Digital Growth Unleashed, Call To Action Conference and INBOUND.
Apply to be a part of it!
We want to be super transparent on our selection criteria. Here is how we evaluate.
The application takes about 9 minutes to complete and includes a no-longer-than-2-minute video.
Mark the application deadline in your calendar
Submit your application no later than Friday, July 31st at midnight PST.
We’ll let you know…
If you are in.
It’s official once you seal the deal
If you are selected, please know that the cost of attending is $1650 USD. We’ll send you a link to register and pay.
It’s official once you seal the deal
We’ll send you an orientation package and details on what’s next.
Live coaching + resources every week
You'll attend live coaching sessions every week on Wednesdays.
Expect to spend 6-8 hours a week on assignments, homework, and program deliverables.
Applications close Friday, July 30th.
Kicking off: Monday, September 20th
Weekly coaching: on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays
It's not over yet...
Now that you're officially a speaker, learn how to find, pitch, and secure speaking engagements, get paid, and more.
How it works
Shine alums have gone on to speak at conferences like:
Back in 2022.
We run our accelerator program a few times per year. Join the waitlist and be the first to know when we open.
Seasoned keynote speakers +
professional speaker coaches
We hire only the best, most consistently high-rated coaches for our programs - because we want the best for you. Hone your presentation development, style and delivery with the guidance of a professional speaker coach.
The Speaker Showcaase
The crescendo of our program is a conference, where you will have the opportunity to deliver your talk in front of a live audience. And to up the stakes, even more, we’ll be inviting conference and events organizers looking for star speakers. Think of it as an audition for your next big solo.
How do I get into Shine Accelerator? Do I need to apply?
What is the time commitment required?
Expect to spend between 6 and 8 hours per week on Shine - including attending 1-on-1 and group coaching sessions, reviewing complementary course materials, and developing your talk and slide deck.
What is the curriculum like?
When will coaching sessions happen?
You will have a total of 6 coaching sessions (roughly 1 per week), including 1-on-1 and small group sessions. Your first group session kicks off on September 22nd, 2021 at 5 pm in PST, EST or BST timezones (you'll let us know which timezone you prefer). Your 1-on-1 coaching sessions will be on either Wednesday or Thursday, which you will schedule directly with your coach.
What other dates and deadlines do I need to be aware of?
Who will my coach be? Do I get to choose? If not, how do you decide?
We do our best to pair mentees with the coach we believe will best support them based on expertise, perceived learning styles, and desired outcomes. Because we run Shine online and therefore worldwide, time zones will also be a contributing factor to mentee-coach pairing. Finally, we want to ensure you feel supported and safe, so you will have the opportunity in your application to indicate whether you are comfortable working with a man as well as if you would prefer a BIPOC coach. If you are unhappy with your coach pairing, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to find a solution.
What if I can’t make a coaching session or the kickoff call?
Please do your best to show up to all coaching sessions and the kickoff call as these live sessions are an invaluable part of the program and core to your success. If you are unable to attend, please let us know and your coach know so they can account for your absence. We will be in touch with coaches regularly to follow up on each mentees’ progress. Live coaching calls will not be recorded.
How does this program work across multiple time zones?
What tools will we use?
Zoom (video conferencing) for all coaching calls. Thinkific (course platform) to watch the video lessons. Free Slack (instant messaging) to connect with your peers in a private forum. Google Calendar for all event details and links. Google Drive, Google Forms, and Notion for all administrative details. Bevy for the Speaker Showcase.
If I’m not accepted, can I apply again?
Yes! Please apply again. If it didn't work out this time, there is always next time. And we really, truly mean that. We’ve accepted a number of applicants who didn't get in their first try.
I’d like my work to pay for this. Do you have any materials to help me secure professional development budget?
What if I have a job, a family or other time commitments?
Most of our mentees have full-time jobs or busy freelance schedules. We’ve created an intensive timeline that is designed to stretch you - but it will still be manageable given your real-life responsibilities.
What is the cost?
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, we do! We have two payment plan options: 2 monthly installments of $825 or 3 monthly instalments of $550 USD.
Do you offer bursaries or scholarships?
YES! We believe speaking should be accessible to everyone. As such, we offer dozens of scholarships for those with financial need (Preference given to BIPOC, Trans, and otherwise marginalized individuals). If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form at www.shinebootcamp.com/bursary and be sure to select "Accelerator" as the program you are applying for.
Do you offer refunds?
Because we hire coaches based on the exact number of mentees, and because you get instant and lifetime access to course materials, all Accelerator registration fees are non-refundable.
When does your next program open?
We run our speaker accelerator program a few times per year. The truth is: we put so much energy and heart into running Shine. It's not just a course with some pre-recorded videos - it's a course, coaching, group workshopping, community. Not to mention a weeklong Speaker Showcase. We won't run another program until early 2022. The best way to know when we launch is by signing up for our email list (we only email you when our programs open and close). And by following us on Instagram and Twitter.