An 8-week online speaker accelerator for women.

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

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. Plus, speaking on a webinar, podcast, or at a virtual conference is the perfect intro to public speaking.

There are two main ingredients to an incredible presentation: content and delivery. Both can be improved in a virtual learning environment.

At Shine, you'll get speaker coaching. You'll build, hone, and finesse your presentation from the comfort of your home - surrounded by a supportive community of students and alums alike.

 

After Shine, you'll have a polished, powerful talk under your belt, testimonials, social mentions, a video, and the credentials to go after coveted 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 when this is over you’re ready for action.

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What’s included

Mentorship and coaching

Educational video content and integrated exercises

Community

A Commemorative Alumni Pin

As slot at our Speaker Showcase in front of a live audience

The stuff you’ll walk away with

A stand-out talk title, description, and speaker bio
A video of your talk
Custom social assets to promote your talk
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, engaged groups with a pro speaker coach by your side. This means built-in community and accountability. As our alumni tell us, it's as much about the curated group of women you'll meet as it is about the content. 

 

We're less about how-to content and much more about hands-on experience. 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.

The crescendo of our program is the digital Speaker Showcase, where each and every mentee will have the opportunity to deliver their talk in front of an audience.

 

And to make it all the more real, we'll be inviting conference organizers to watch. Think of it as an audition for your next big solo.

1.

Join the waiting list to get notified when applications open

If you are accepted, securing your seat is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our cohorts are typically oversubscribed.

2.

Apply 

The application takes about 9 minutes to complete.

3.

We’ll let you know...

If you are in.

To participate at Shine Bootcamp, you must satisfy these criteria.

4.

It's official once you seal the deal

If you are selected, please know that the cost is $999 USD.

We also offer multiple affordable payment plans at registration. Once you're accepted, we’ll send you a link to register and pay.

5.

Helpful Stuff To Seal The Deal:

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

 

Need Financial Assistance?

  • We offer multiple affordable payment plans at registration.

  • It's important that Shine is available to ALL women regardless of their financial situation. We offer a handful of scholarships. Check out the details here.

6.

Kickoff! Speaker School Starts.

Once you're accepted, we’ll send you an orientation package.

Please be prepared to:

  • Dedicate 4-8 hours a week to the coursework and deliverables

  • Show up to your speaker coaching sessions.

  • Show up ready to present your final talk at the Shine Speaker Showcase.

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Speaker Showcase and Conference

Our program culminates in a Speaker Showcase where you'll have the opportunity to present your talk in front of a live audience. 

 

To up the stakes, we'll be inviting conference organizers to watch you.

How it works

You'll learn things like:

Exploring & defining your presentation topic

Storyboarding your talk

Anchoring your talk in evidence

Training your voice: how to speak clearly, confidently + with conviction

Styling yourself confident: What to wear on screen.

A lesson in self-confidence, self-worth + why your voice matters

Crafting Your Talk: 

Content, Flow & Structure.

Personal branding
+ slide design

Delivery, Pace, Pitch & Body language

Pitching conference organizers & getting speaking gigs

How to write an incredible talk title, description and speaker bio

Captivating your audience with impactful storytelling

Promoting your talk

Setting up your presentation space

Scaling your talk for different audiences, lengths + formats

Past Coaches + Workshop Instructors

Note: Our coaching lineup changes every program.

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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.

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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 Alumni 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 Alumni

are from companies like:

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Wall of Love 💛

Cheers to the people who make this community strong and bright.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the cost?


The price for the full 8-week program - which includes a course, coaching, access to the Shine community, resources, a slot at the Speaker Showcase, a recording of your talk, and all the recordings for the lifetime of the program - is $999 USD or three instalments of $333 or nine installements of $111. There are no hidden fees, add-ons, or other surprises.

Advisors, peers, and alumni have told us this is priced low, but we want to make it accessible given our mission. Should you be accepted, we'll send you a link to register where you'll be asked to pay.




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 are disregarded 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 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, and BIPOC.




Do you offer scholarships?


Yes. 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 $990 USD registration fee.

To be considered for a scholarship please fill out this application form, including a no-longer-than-2-minute video by Friday, January 8th, 2021, including: why you want to be part of Shine, what you hope to get out of it and why you need the scholarship.
We offer four scholarships at a minimum — and will open more if organizations sponsor our 'Pay it Forward' scholarship program.




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. Want more background? Check out this post by Stef Grieser and Amy Wood.




How do I apply?


Right here. Shine is ready to welcome a new cohort of speakers. 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 our application form. To participate at Shine Bootcamp, you must satisfy the following criteria: - You have a compelling story to share and something valuable to teach - You have had no large-scale keynote speaking experience - You are a professional with some experience under your belt - You plan to pitch your talk (a large-scale conference or intimate event or even internally at your company - size doesn't matter, just intention!) - You have a commitment to your personal development and a willingness to learn - You identify as a woman or a nonbinary person who is comfortable in a space that centres the experiences of women We evaluate your application based on your effort, commitment, experience, and enthusiasm. All applicants will be notified if they've been selected to move forward or not.




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 - You have had no large-scale keynote speaking experience - You are a professional with some experience under your belt - You plan to pitch your talk (a large-scale conference or intimate event or even internally at your company - size doesn't matter, just intention!) - You have a commitment to your personal development and a willingness to learn - You identify as a woman or a nonbinary person who is comfortable in a space that centres the experiences of women Unlike previous years, general applications are evaluated and admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. It's likely we'll sell out before registration officially closes. You won't be left in the dark. We tell all applicants if they've been selected or not.




What is the curriculum like?


Our curriculum is a blended model which consists of course work, 1-on-1 and group coaching, and simulated learning experiences such as the Speaker Showcase. Our course consists of video content, exercises, and assignments to prepare you to present at the Speaker Showcase. Every week you'll get access to a new course module detailing different aspects of what it takes to craft and deliver a presentation, such as storyboarding your talk, anchoring your talk in evidence, and setting up your presentation space. You'll be divided into small groups and assigned pro speaker coach who will meet with several times the week leading up to the Speaker Showcase - this means built-in community and accountability. It's likely you will go through several iterations of your talk as you receive and integrate feedback from your coach and peers. This is all part of the exprience and results in a high-quality talk which past mentees have used to pitch and secure speaking engagements. Our program culminates in the Speaker Showcase - a conference featuring you, our mentees, and we often have conference and events organizers in attendance. Your final presentation will be recorded and edited. 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.




What are the important dates + deadlines?


Important dates you should know: - January 15th: Registration closes (but could close much earlier when we reach capacity) - February 1st: You'll be welcomed to the Slack community and receive your orientation package - February 8th: You'll get early access to our virtual course and first module - February 16th: Shine officially kicks off with a mandatory kickoff call. *this one is important - February 16th - March 15th: Shine virtual programming. Course workshops are pre-recorded so you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. We will also host live workshops that accompany the course during the program in PST, EST & BST friendly timezones :) - Week of March 15th: Intensive Speaker Coaching. There are 2 x 2-hour coaching sessions that are mandatory and take place after work in your time zone. Week of March 22nd: Show up ready to present your final talk at the Shine Speaker Showcase. And cheer on your fellow cohort as they present their talks too.




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 the past we accepted a number of applicants who didn't get in their first try.




What is Shine Bootcamp?


Overall, we provide the tools and support to help women become respected speakers and leaders. Our signature speaker program is an intensive, 8-week online workshop for women who want to level up their public speaking.




How often does Shine Bootcamp happen?


We are running our signature speaker accelerator program four times in 2021. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.




Do you offer payment plans?


Yes, we do! We have two payment plan options: three monthly instalments of $333 USD. Or nine monthly instalments of $111.




Is the program open to participants from outside North America?


Yes! We had people in Europe, Taipei, and Panama join us last time.

How does it work? We pair you up with a coach and group that are in or close to your timezone. Plus, the core workshops are prerecorded and some of the learning is done on your own time.

The Speaker Showcase runs in North American timeszones, but we will work around your schedule and timezone.




Need help convincing your company and/or boss?


Here's a resource to help you pitch your company and/or boss.

We recognize that asking for professional development funds can be a big challenge in and of itself, so let us know how else we might be able to help you by sending an email to hello@shinebootcamp.com. We're pretty convincing and have helped people advocate for themselves in the past :)




How does Shine work across different time zones?


You will be grouped with 5 other people who have the same coach. You'll work more closely together with this mini-group within the umbrella of our bigger 100-person cohort.

We group the cohorts by timezone to make real-time group work and coaching more convenient. What does this look like? If you live in Spain, you’d be placed in the London cohort (BST) because it’s the closest fit to your time zone. (Spain is one hour ahead of London.) If you’re in the London cohort, your group meeting times are based on London time, even if you are physically in Spain.

In the past, we've have had mentees do Shine from places like Spain, Panama, and Tapei. Mentees have found that the timing has worked out well by planning ahead and blocking time in their calendars.

When designing the bootcamp, we do our best to group you in cohorts that are close to your timezone, but with numbers, we cannot guarantee it. We will contact you in advance to make sure the schedule works for you.

If you're in Australia, New Zealand, or in an Asia Pacific region, you will have a slightly different schedule so that you can work in step with your global classmates. If you fall in this category, we'll check in with you to see if the schedule works for you. Again, past mentees have found that the timing has worked out well by planning ahead and time-blocking in their calendars.




What if I have a job, a family or other time commitments?


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.




I am not sure what I would give a talk on. Do you help identify talk topics?


Yes! We have 3-5 workshops on how you can discover and refine your talk topic, and additional support from your coach. Meaning, we 100% help you discover your talk topic. Figuring out your topic can be one of the most tricky pieces when it comes to speaking professionally and so we spend a lot of time in the program helping and supporting you on exactly that :)




What tools are we going to use?


Thinkiffic to watch the video lessons and receive your assignments. Google Drive and Notion as a home. Free Slack to discuss with your peers in a private forum. Zoom for our weekly calls.




What if I can't attend the weekly calls?


There are two timezone options to choose from to accommodate you wherever you are. Weekly calls are a mandatory part of the Shine experience.