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Any advice to aspiring speakers?
Look people right in the eye. Tell them something they don’t know. Use humour.
My favorite things to talk about at conferences are screenwriting, especially rewriting, and bicycling. I established the first bicycle safety classes in the LA Unified School District through an organization called Human Powered Transit Association.
Why are conferences important today?Conferences are places where people can mingle informally. There’s no pressure, so ideas seem to just pop up and get made better by the people participating in the discussion.
Why have you chosen to become a speaker?I like to spread the word about how anyone can write for the screen and how difficult it is to do so.
Have you noticed any significant trends in the meetings industry in the wake of digital/mobile developments? How would you like to see conferences change more in the future?I’d like to see more live person to person events rather than fewer, though live video appearances can add something to a conference by bringing a busy person to your location for an hour or two.
As a speaker, what do you feel you need right now to strengthen your profile in the conference world? Tools, technology, network etc.?
The second edition of my book, “Rewrite,” just came out in the fall and this should increase my visibility. I need opportunities to reach out to audiences that wouldn’t think of having a screenwriter talk to them about story and how it applies to their businesses and lives.
Best & worst conference experience?