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Do you want to become a confident public speaker? Do you want to learn how to give a talk that is persuasive, engaging and memorable? Do you want to increase your chances of landing future speaking gigs?

If you answered yes to the above, please consider joining our inaugural Product Speaker Idol.  You'll join a cohort of 12 participants who will meet together to learn, practice and give/receive feedback on a product-related talk. 

Our program will be divided into 3 sessions:

session 1 - Monday, July 16 (6-8 PM):  COACHING Workshop 

Lauren Weinstein, Instructor of Strategic Communication at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, will lead a private interactive public speaking workshop with our cohort.  Her coaching advice will provide you with an immediately actionable set of tools to engage and inspire an audience.

session 2 - Thurs, july 26 (5:30-9:30 PM):  private practice session 

You'll give a 10 minute talk in front of a coaching panel of experienced public speakers (Dan Olsen, author of the Lean Product Playbook, Deb Liu, VP Marketplace, Facebook and Ha Nguyen, Product Partner, Spero Ventures).  This will be a private session with just you and our coaching panel. After your talk, the coaches will give you feedback on your talk and tips to improve.  After the session, you'll have a video of your talk for your personal review.

session 3 - Thurs, aug 16 (5:30-9:30 PM):  final session

You'll give a 10 minute talk in front of the coaching panel and your cohort.  After your talk, you'll receive verbal feedback from the coaching panel and written feedback from your cohort.  After the session, you'll receive a professional, edited video of your talk that you may share with others to help you land future speaking gigs. 

At their discretion, the coaching panel may also declare a "winner" of Product Speaker Idol. The "winner" may be asked to speak at the upcoming Sept. 7, 2018 Women in Product conference or an upcoming Silicon Valley Lean Product Meetup.



Who is putting together this program?  Product Speaker Idol is a "goodness of heart" project hosted by Dan Olsen, author of the Lean Product Playbook, Deb Liu, VP Marketplace, Facebook and Ha Nguyen, Product Partner, Spero Ventures. 

How many participants will be part of the program?  We will only admit 12 participants for our inaugural program.

Is there a cost to sign-up?  The $149 registration fee helps us put on the program to defray the cost of food and professional videographer.  (Note: We think there's a decent chance that you can get reimbursed for the program by your company.)

Do I need to be in product to register for Product Speaker Idol?  No, although we'll give greater priority to Product Managers and Product leaders.

Where will the program be held?  All 3 sessions of Product Speaker Idol will be held at Spero Ventures offices in Redwood City.

Do I need to attend all 3 sessions?  We strongly encourage in-person attendance at all 3 sessions to increase maximum benefit from the program.  We do not recommend that you sign-up if you know that you cannot make one or more of the sessions.

How long will registration be open?  Registration will be through Eventbrite.  Registration will stay open through July 6. 

If I register, will I be guaranteed a spot in the program?  No. If there are more than 12 registrants, the organizers will determine who will participate in the program based on criteria such as work experience, public speaking experience, talk topic, and why you want to participate in the program.  If you registered through Eventbrite and are not officially admitted into the program, you will be refunded your $149 registration fee.  All admitted program participants will be notified by July 9.  If you are not admitted, we will issue your refund through Eventbrite by July 10, and will place you on a waitlist.

What if I have other questions not answered here?  Feel free to send an email to