SXSW 2024

Speaker Friends Meetups


Speaker Friends: where we openly share tips about speaking careers, learning about speaking as a business or hobby. Speaking drives thought leadership/expert status. When everyone started working at home and events were cancelled, postponed or went online, we began hosting a weekly Zoom call where dozens of speakers and event organizers connected and commiserated. It was such a success that we've hosted it every week since. Can we connect as helpful mentors and "speaker friends" without worrying about the competition? Openness like this can change the world, bringing new voices onstage.

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  1. Speaking is often a solitary (& secretive) practice. Speakers need speaker friends to grow & improve. How can we connect with near peers?
  2. Let's share our speaker "secrets". What can you learn from others or share to further the speaking careers of those less likely to appear on stage?
  3. The best speakers partner with other experts in their field or adjacent industries. SXSW can help us all connect to those usually left behind.



Bobbie Carlton, Founder, Innovation Women

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Meet Up
  • Track: Workplace Revolution
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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