We’re taking the show on the road and bringing 300 Seconds to the good people of the North West.

Thanks to the support of BBC, who have kindly offered to host us their lovely new offices in Manchester, we’ll be opening the floor to a new set of speakers on 14 November.

We don’t like to mess with a winning formula, so this time around the format will be just the same:

  • 10-12 new speakers, talking for five minutes (300 seconds each) about their personal or professional passion
  • An audience of 100 or so people keen to listen and learn something new
  • Some networking and socialising afterwards

If you’d like to hone your speaking skills in a safe and friendly environment, let us know what you’d like to talk about and we’ll be in touch. 300 Seconds isn’t just for women; we want to hear more from our peers in digital, whoever they are.

Want to find out more about what a 300 Seconds event is like? Check out this Storify from the September event.

The first batch of tickets have just been released!  If you miss out, don’t worry, there will be plenty more on offer.

The aim of 300 Seconds is to help people to develop confidence and experience speaking in public, so that they’ll feel able to step up and present at industry conferences – bringing a greater diversity of voices and experiences to the conference scene.

Can you help?

We want to give our speakers a record of their talk online that they can point to afterwards. Can you help us to blog or record the talks?

We also want to offer speakers guidance on preparing presentations, identifying opportunities to speak, or submitting a proposal. Could you mentor one of our speakers?

Finally, if you organise a tech or digital conference, come along to our next event and find some exciting new speakers to present at your next conference.


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