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Public Speaking for Designers, Part 2: Getting Comfortable on Stage

  • 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 in November focused on storytelling and outlining a talk. This is part 2. It will focus on feeling comfortable on stage.

Leave this workshop with tips for feeling confident when giving a public talk, or speaking on stage, and practice presenting!

**Please come to the workshop with a 3-min story you can use to practice. It can be about anything.


Cheryl Platz is an internationally renowned experience designer, speaker, teacher, and actress based in the Pacific Northwest. In the design world, she's best known for her work on cutting-edge products including Amazon's Alexa, the Echo Look, Cortana, Microsoft's Azure platform, and a variety of video games including The Sims series. Through her design education company Ideaplatz, Cheryl now brings her widely acclaimed design talks and workshops to companies and conferences around the world.  By night, Cheryl is a professional improv performer and teacher who recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary as a cast member at Seattle’s Unexpected Productions. Her performances on live Twitch TV channels HyperRPG and GeekSpaceTV have been watched over one hundred thousand times by audience members around the world. Some of Cheryl's notable recent design speaking engagements: UX London 2018, UX Week 2018 (San Francisco), DesignOps Summit 2018 (NYC), Interaction 2018 (Lyon), Amuse UX 2018 (Budapest), UX Lisbon 2017, Interaction 2017 (NYC), Webdagene 2017 (Oslo), Design Matters 2017 (Copenhagen), and EuroIA 2017 (Stockholm). 

Danielle Barnes 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! (Presence fundamentals, Before you get on stage, While you're on stage, Practice and feedback, Q&A)

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