A 6-week online speaker accelerator for women.

Craft, hone and deliver an unforgettable talk in six-weeks. Do it with expert guidance in a rigorous, yet supportive space. 

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Wait. Why enroll in Shine's speaking program when conferences are cancelled for the foreseeable future?

Because speaking is about more than being on a physical stage. It’s about having the confidence to communicate with your audience, no matter where you are and who they are. 

There are two main ingredients to an incredible presentation: content + delivery. Both can be improved in a virtual learning environment. Plus, speaking on a webinar, podcast or at a virtual conference is the perfect intro.

At Shine, you'll get weekly speaker coaching. You'll build, hone & finesse your presentation in the comfort of your home. Surrounded by a supportive community of women.

 

After Shine, you'll have a polished, powerful talk under your belt, testimonials, social mentions, a video and the credentials to go after speaking slots.

The fact that it all takes place on the internet lets us bring together an incredible crew without asking you to move across the country for a month.

Now is the time to hone your skills so that when this is over you’re ready for action.

What’s included

Mentorship & Coaching

Virtual Course, Educational Content & Workshops

Community

Speaker Swag! 

Virtual Speaker Showcase with a Live Audience.

The stuff you’ll walk away with

A stand-out talk title, description & speaker Bio
A video of your talk
A professional speaker headshot 
(yep, we're taking these virtually)
Real-time tweets and testimonials about your presentation
Long-lasting friendships and valuable connections
A slide-deck designed by you with the support of a professional designer

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This is not another

self-paced online course you'll never finish.

And this is not another in-person experience turned virtual overnight.

 

We took time and care to recraft this experience to be even more valuable than it was in-person. 

You'll find and refine your voice and message. You’ll craft a compelling story and slide deck.

You'll do it all in small, high calibre groups. And you'll go through it with a pro speaker coach by your side. This means built-in community & accountability. It's as much about the curated group of women you'll meet as it is about the content. 

 

We're less of a how-to lecture and much more hands-on. Because sure, you can read a book about speaking. You can listen to someone explain how to do it. But actually doing it is totally different.

Our program culminates in one digital speaker showcase & conference.

 

And like a college scout watching a high-school basketball game sourcing up-and-coming talent, we'll be inviting conference organizers to watch you.

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Apply to be apart of it!

The program dates:

September  1st – Friday, October 9th, 2020

 

Note: The application deadline for the  Sept program is Friday, July 31st midnight PST.

 

The application takes about 9 minutes to complete and includes a no-longer-than-2-minute video.

2.

Mark The Deadline In Your Calendar

The application deadline is Friday, July 31st at midnight PST. 

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We’ll let you know...

If you are in. We want to be super transparent on our selection criteria. Here is how we evaluate.

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It's official once you seal the deal

If you are selected, please know that the cost of attending is $950 USD (most programs like this are 6x the price). We’ll send you a link to register and pay!

 

Need financial assistance? We offer a limited amount of scholarships for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged professionals. Check out the details here.

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Helpful Stuff To Seal The Deal:

Need to convince your boss?
We got you covered: 
'Pitch Your Boss' Email Template

 

Need Financial Assistance?

It's important that Shine is available to ALL women, no matter their skin color, sexual orientation, or financial situation. 

We offer a handful of scholarships for underrepresented or economically disadvantaged professionals. Check out the details here.

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Kickoff! Speaker School Starts.

One we’ve selected our final cohort, we’ll invite you to our Slack community.

Please be prepared to dedicate 4-6 hours a week to the coursework.

Every Week you'll have a live coaching session with your group + coach.

The first day of Shine Bootcamp is September 1st, 2020

7.

Speaker Showcase + Conference

Our program culminates in one digital speaker showcase & conference.

 

And like a college scout watching a high-school basketball game sourcing up-and-coming talent, we'll be inviting conference organizers to watch you.

How it works

High-level Schedule 

Week 1

Discover, Define and Dive Into Your Talk Topic

Week 4

Delivery, Pace, Pitch, Volume and Humor.

Week 2

Craft Your Talk. 
Content, Flow & Structure

Week 5

 The Final Speaker Showcase. 

Week 3

Design Your Deck. 

+ Refine, Refine, Refine.

Week 6

Now what? Pitching + securing speaking gigs

A Snapshot of our Coaches + Workshop Instructors

FYI: our coaching team will expand.

Amalia Fowler

OG Shine Alumna. Marketing Professor, Speaker Coach.

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Els Aerts

Top-Rated Keynote Speaker. Speaker Coach

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Erica McGillivray

Coached ~400+ speakers for both in-person and virtual events at Moz, CMX, GeekGirlCon, and consulting.

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Gabriela Milian

TV Reporter & Speaker Coach

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Hamza Khan

Keynote Speaker.
 “Do Things, Tell People"

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Jessica Dumas

Leadership Speaker Coach

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Jordan Bower

Strategic Storytelling Consultant.

Kirsty Hulse

Prolific Public Speaker. 
Founder of Roar Training.
Qualified coach.

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Madeline Schwarz

Communication coach for quiet leaders and organizations.

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Marc Stoiber

Brand consultant, Entrepreneur, Writer, and Presentation Coach.

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Michael Aagaard

International Keynote Speaker. Public Speaking Coach. CRO Consultant. 

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Rhonda Khan

 Professional Public Speaking Coach. Speech Language Pathologist. Professional Actor. 

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Sonia Thompson

Shine Alumnae, Speaker and Speaker Coach

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Stefanie Grieser

Co-Creator of Shine Bootcamp and Speaker Coach

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Sylvie Lui

Executive Voice, Accent & Communications Coach

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Valerie A Garcia

VP of a Saas Co. Speaker. Writer.  Speaker Coach

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What Women Say About Shine

Such a life-changing experience! I stepped out of my comfort zone, overcame fear, beasted my presentation and joined my friend as a proud alumna of #shinebootcamp all in one weekend! 

—  Zakiya Collier, Archivist, librarian and scholar.

After Shine, Zakiya spoke on the Organizing Ideas podcast about (Web) Archives and Black Culture 

Our Alumnae

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Frequently asked questions

What is the cost?


Attending is $950 USD, though we do have four scholarships available (and possibly more depending on sponorship support) which covers the cost of registration. There are no hidden fees, add-ons or other surprises.




What’s Shine’s mission?


Ultimately, our mission is to elevate the voices of those who don’t readily raise their hands to speak or aren’t recognized when they do.

At the highest level, this means empowering more women to get up on stage, since women are often outnumbered by men at marketing and tech conferences.

That said, we believe wholly that without intersectionality our mission falls flat. We are committed to providing a platform for those often underrepresented at conferences and events, including but not limited to trans women, femmes, other members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, POC, and in particular BIPOC.




Do you offer scholarships?


It’s important to us that Shine be available to ALL women, no matter their financial situation, skin colour or sexual orentation. As such, we offer a handful of scholarships,waiving the $950 USD registration fee We offer four scholarships at a minimum — and will open more if organizations sponsor our 'Pay it Forward' scholarship program. When you apply, make sure you indicate in the form that you're applying for a scholarship, and let us know in your application video why we should give it to you.




Why did you launch?


Like many other women, we got tired of seeing all-male conference lineups. The common excuse? There “aren’t enough qualified female speakers.” But rather than just talk about the problem, we wanted to be part of the solution. Shine was launched to equip women with the tools and experience they needed to secure speaking gigs — and put an end to the dreaded “manel”. Want more background? Check out this post by Stef Grieser and Amy Wood.




How do I apply?


Shine is ready to welcome a new cohort of speakers. Meaning dates are set and applications are officially open for our first-ever virtual 6-week program kicking off September 1st, 2020.
Because we intentionally craft our programs to be intimate, supportive, constructive and high-value, we have an application process. What do you have to do to be considered? Simple, really: Fill out this application form, including a no-longer-than-2-minute video of why you want to be part of Shine and what you hope to get out of it. And do so before the deadline of Friday, July 31st. To participate at Shine Bootcamp, you must satisfy the following criteria: - You have a compelling story to share and something valuable to teach. - Have had no large-scale keynote speaking experience. - You are a professional. - Plan to pitch your talk (whether a large-scale conference or intimate event — size doesn't matter, just intention!) - Identify as a woman or non-binary person. We evaluate your application based on your effort, commitment, experience and enthusiasm. And when it comes to selecting our scholarships, we base our decision on the above factors, plus your financial situation. All applicants will be notified if they've been selected to move forward or not.




Do you have any advice on the Shine application?


We evaluate your application based on your effort, commitment, experience and enthusiasm. And when it comes to selecting our scholarships, we base our decision on the above factors, plus if you are underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged.




Who is the ideal Shine candidate?


To participate at Shine Bootcamp, you must satisfy the following criteria: - You have a compelling story to share and something valuable to teach. - Have had no large-scale keynote speaking experience. - You are a professional. - Plan to pitch your talk (whether a large-scale conference or intimate event — size doesn't matter, just intention!) - Identify as a woman or non-binary person. We evaluate your application based on your effort, commitment, experience and enthusiasm. And when it comes to selecting our scholarships, we base our decision on the above factors, plus if you are underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged. You won't be left in the dark. We tell all applicants if they've been selected or not.




What is the curriculum like?


Every week you'll have course-work, live-coaching & homework. Course-work includes video workshops and resources. You'll have a small, high calibre mini-group. And you'll have a pro speaker coach by your side. This means built-in community & accountability. It's as much about the curated group of women you'll meet as it is about the content. Our curriculum is hands-on. The work involves many iterations of your talk, getting feedback from your coach & your peers, providing constructive criticism, and submitting your homework on our slack. We're less of a how-to lecture and much-more hands-on. Because sure, you can read a book about speaking. You can listen to someone explain how to do it. But actually doing it is totally different. Most of our students 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 and you’ll be surrounded by a community. You'll be going through this together. Our program culminates in one digital speaker showcase + conference. Meaning you have a a final presentation, that is recorded. And like a college scout watching a high-school basketball game sourcing up-and-coming talent, we'll be inviting conference organizers to watch you.




What are the important dates + deadlines?


The application deadline is Friday, June 31st at midnight. The 6-week program starts on Tuesday, September 1st. Please be prepared to dedicate 4-6 hours a week to the coursework. Every week you'll have a live coaching session with your group + coach that is mandatory. The dates of the speaker showcase are: October 5th, 6th & 7th (a few hours each day stretched out over three days).




If I am 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. In fact, last year we accepted 6+ applicants who didn't get in their first try.




What is Shine Bootcamp?


Overall, we provides the tools and support to help women to become respected speakers and leaders. This program is an intensive, 6-week online workshop for women who want to level up their public speaking.





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