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Public Speaking for Designers, Part 1: Storytelling and Outlining a Talk

  • HBO Seattle 1099 Stewart St 11th Floor Seattle, WA 98101 (map)

This event is presented by IxDA Seattle and Women Talk Design. Thank you to HBO Seattle for hosting!


Whether speaking at a conference or in a team meeting, public speaking is a critical skills for designers. Join Women Talk Design + IXDA Seattle in a workshop series that will cover the essentials of public speaking. Where should you start? How do you create a talk that’s compelling? What should you do if you freeze while you’re presenting?

Part 1 of this 2-part workshop will focus on storytelling and outlining a talk. Part 2 (January 8) will focus on feeling comfortable on stage.

Leave this first workshop with a framework you can use next time you need to craft a talk.


Danielle Barnes, CEO Women Talk Design

Danielle is the CEO of Women Talk Design, where she works with hundreds of speakers and dozens of conference organizers to get more diverse speakers on stage. She also co-founded and continues to co-organize Austin Design Week, a week-long event celebrating the design community in Austin through free community-hosted talks, workshops, and events. Previously, Danielle worked at education company General Assembly where she founded and led the Austin campus, launched the San Francisco campus, and championed the first full-time User Experience Design Immersive program. Danielle lives in Berkeley, California, and is an active volunteer for CreativeMornings Oakland, a monthly lecture series for the creative community.


6:00p | Doors open

6:00 - 6:30p | people arrive; food & drink & spontaneous conversation

6:30 - 8:30p | Workshop! (Defining your talk topic, framework for crafting a talk, intro to storytelling, workshop exercise, sharing, Q&A)

8:30 - 9p | more food & drink & spontaneous conversation, clean up!