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.
Mentorship and coaching
Educational video content and integrated exercises
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
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.
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.
The application takes about 9 minutes to complete.
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.
Helpful Stuff To Seal The Deal:
Need Financial Assistance?
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.
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.
+ 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.
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
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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.
Why did you launch?
How do I apply?
Who is the ideal Shine candidate?
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.
What are the important dates + deadlines?
If I am not accepted, can I apply again?
Yes! Please apply again.
What is Shine Bootcamp?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We're pretty convincing and have helped people advocate for themselves in the past :)
How does Shine work across different time zones?
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.
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.