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A Soup-to-Nuts Public Speaking Workshop for Women

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June 11, 2017

Wednesday June 14th – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: The My Carolina Alumni Center
(924 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201)

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This workshop is part of the ConvergeSE Conference.

Presented by Astute.Co and Startup Southerner

Anna Stout & Ayumi Bennett

Did you know that only 25% of speakers at tech events are women? We’re changing that.

Have you wondered how speakers at conferences just get up on stage and talk? Do you feel like you don’t know enough to be a public speaker?

In this workshop, we will demystify the misconceptions around speaking in public and give you the tools to deliver a conference session with confidence. The key to public speaking isn’t about imagining the audience in underwear–It comes down to preparation and support. We’re here to increase the number of women speaking at tech conferences by providing both.

Come learn about the specific attributes that make for a memorable presentation. During this one day workshop we’ll go over the basics of message construction and delivery. You’ll receive practical advice, in-class exercises and more to make you a better, more confident public speaker. After the workshop, we’ll keep connected with resources and reminders about upcoming open CFPs.

What to Expect:

By the end of the workshop, you should expect to have covered the following:

  • Identify key components that make your presenters informative and engaging
  • Demystify and debunk misconceptions around speaking in public
  • Outline basics for presentation construction
  • All the tech needs: slide deck software, must-have cords, etc.
  • And more!

At the end of the workshop, attendees will leave with everything they need to submit a CFP, including:


  • Description
  • a short bio
  • headshot
  • brief speaking sample video
  • Resources on upcoming conferences accepting CFPs

The Presenters/Speakers/Coaches

Anna Stout

Astute Communications

Anna is the owner of Astute Communications, a full-service marketing agency specializing in Custom Website Design and Search Engine Optimization. An active participant in the technology community, you can find her attending tech conferences, serving on the board and as a mentor for WomenGetIT, or taking the stage as a nationally recognized speaker. Anna has spoken at various web design industry conferences, and for both the Nashville Global Chamber and the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Luncheon. Her 5-step process for planning a website was recently published as the cover feature in Net Magazine.

A mother of two, successful business owner and proud “Woman in Tech,” Anna is dedicated to empowering women in technology through ongoing educational opportunities and one-on-one mentoring.

Ayumi Fukuda Bennett

Startup Southerner

Ayumi is the founder of Startup Southerner, a digital publication on a mission to inform, include and empower the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Southeast.

Born in Japan and raised in the southern Appalachian Mountains, Ayumi first became interested in storytelling by way of editorial cartooning for Vanderbilt University’s student paper. A 2015 graduate of Nashville Software School, she also spends time as a developer and UX strategist. Ayumi is glad to be in an industry that brings together newly acquired tech knowledge with her love of visual solutions.

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