Bootcamp: Public Speaking – What & How To Share

This is part of the Life of Yes℠ Bootcamp series. Current other editions are “Public Speaking – The Business Side” (choosing, creating, and sharing content) and “Sales & Self-Promotion.” 

If you’re already an experienced speaker and/or you feel comfortable with your content (talks and slides) and your stage presence, this Bootcamp isn’t for you — this is for folks who want to hone public speaking skills, especially those who’d rather do almost anything else than get up in front of others, especially if it’s to talk about themselves. This Bootcamp is also appropriate for people who don’t necessarily want to become professional speakers but are simply interested in learning how to give better presentations and tell better stories, both written and verbal.


“Mac & Cheese has exceeded expectations (once again), this time with Public Speaking Bootcamp. Saya is uniquely qualified -- given that the branches of her business involve connecting the person you are on the inside to whom you want to be on the outside -- to offer you tools to help you find what YOUR unique message to the world will be, as well as to learn the business end of being a speaker. The exercises she uses to help identify your individual message, given your unique life experiences, were insightful and thought-provoking. Will definitely be using the skills I learned to speak my message to whomever will listen.”
"I've always been something of an anti-speaker. I never raised my hand in grade school and placing my order at Starbucks gives me anxiety. The problem is, I have things to say. And I want to feel confident saying them. Saya's public speaking bootcamp was a huge first step in gaining that confidence. She provided an awesome, welcoming environment, and both she and the other Cheese-It participants were incredibly supportive. Saya helped me confront my own security blanket of excuses and, for the first time, say, 'I am a speaker.'"
“I don't really have a fear of speaking so I was a little uncertain about signing up. I do, however, feel slightly paralyzed when it comes to developing content that is substantial and resonates with an audience. This class gave me great tips and tools to begin to develop my content. It was also great to bounce ideas off my classmates.”
"Public Speaking was eye-opening and released my inner speaker. Saya did an amazing job and helped me focus on writing as a speaker, not as a show-off."

Does public speaking or calling yourself a “speaker,” “storyteller,” or a “writer” freak you out? Yet also intrigue you?

Do you have stories or thoughts you want to share publicly?

Do you feel like you don’t have stories or thoughts others would want to hear but you’d like to explore?

Do you want to improve your content, from what you say to what you show (e.g. slides)?

Do you want to feel more comfortable and confident in the spotlight?

Then this Bootcamp is for you.

Bootcamp: Public Speaking – What & How To Share teaches you avenues to being a speaker that work with what you already possess. No having to get certified in this or having to attend that. No e-book or fifteen-step program to buy or coach to hire. No waiting or analyzing or running things by others.



  • How to choose, create, and share content
  • How to best communicate your thoughts and stories in ways that are engaging, memorable, comfortable, impactful, and inspiring
  • How to best complement your speaking (slides, handouts, etc.)
  • How to be less fearful of the stage and the spotlight
  • How to make public speaking work with you instead of against you


What to bring

A laptop/tablet is VERY useful but not mandatory. Note-taking materials strongly suggested, there is A LOT of info covered. Lunch/snack for yourself if you feel you’ll get hungry (eating during class a-ok!).


Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is located in Wicker Park, near Ashland and Division. Exact address sent upon registration.


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Instructor Background

Saya’s been self-employed since 2004 (after getting fired). Without spending any money on marketing or incurring debt, she found a way to cobble together a career that beautifully, organically, and randomly meshes her skills and interests. She had $300 in savings when she started her business and has no training in anything she does, choosing to DIY and figure it out as she goes. There was no blueprint and instead of that paralyzing Saya, it invigorated her and since Day 1, she’s been harnessing and adapting the magic that is entrepreneurism, including a speaking career that includes numerous keynotes and a TEDx. She still hasn’t figured it all out and probably never will but she has figured out a variety of things and those things just happen to be sources of terror for many.