Cranky Talk Workshops for New Speakers
The UX community
Founder, faculty lead, facilitator
User experience professionals can’t expect to work in isolation and get the necessary involvement in projects; we have to be able to explain to people what we do and how we do it. Also, there is an intense interest every year in getting new speakers to submit talks for the IA Summit and the Interaction Design Association’s annual conference.
I design the format, recruit the faculty, secure the venue and craft the marketing for each Cranky Talk workshop. We generally aim for 12 participants for a full-day workshop. We’ve held free-standing Cranky Talks in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Dallas. We experimented with a variation on the workshop as a companion to the 2012 and 2013 South By Southwest Interactive Festivals, although that experiment didn’t work out quite as well as the free-standing sessions.
Cranky Talk faculty members work for free and we require no payment from participants (lodging and travel are on them). We’ve found that this gives us a tighter focus on the singular goal of every workshop student and teacher: to fully realize their own potential as a speaker.