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So, You Want to Speak at Skepticamp? (Yes, yes you do)

Do you have a topic that you'd like to see discussed among us skeptic-y types? Is there a skeptical subject you feel we've been neglecting? Do you have most favorite type or style of critical thinking you'd like to make sure we all know about? Ohey, look, Skepticamp is coming and you (yes, YOU) are invited to give a ten-minute talk about something you think is cool.

What's that, you say? You couldn't possibly give a talk? You don't know however you'd fill ten minutes? You're much too nervous to get up in front of a group of people? Nobody would be interested in what you have to say? Prepare to be proven wrong, you skeptics, you! Despite the fact that my greatest achievement in public speaking to date has been passing my school's one-credit speech class requirement, I am prepared to come out from behind the (relative) safety of the internets to stand nervously in front of all of you to show you how you can stand nervously in front of other people to talk about a subject of interest. Watch as I stammer my way through my talk, inevitably get heckled by Jen, Ken, and/or other folks with three-letter names, forget what I was going to say, blather out some horrifyingly embarrassing malaprops and still make it out alive. This is for real, guys, it's not just some show to make you less nervous... I seriously have avoided giving a meetup talk for the exact same reasons you might give for not signing up to talk at Skepticamp.

This just got real.

Why am I inflicting this torture upon myself? Because keeping Chicago's Skepticamp awesome is most definitely a topic of interest to me, and I want to share it with you. I want you to sign up, let me put your name in the program, and give a great talk. But I can't be a hypocrite, so here we go. I'll go first. Alone. (What's that you say? You'd like to sign up to speak right now? Well, have at it! Go here forthwith: Skepticamp speaker sign up)

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  • Jairus D.

    Looks like I am going to miss the meeting. Capitalism is claiming more of my time than I anticipated.

    January 25, 2014

  • Harold K.

    Hi, Feels like I getting a cold, but I am a skeptic. Please keep me on. I could give a talk on hero worship of celebrities. I have published a social commentary and one chapter is on this subject. See you next time.

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Location confirmed! See you at Blackrock.

    January 24, 2014

  • Corwin

    So... the purpose of this meetup is to practice your presentation and convince others to sign up as well? Alright, full disclosure, I'm just coming to drink and converse. I will not be a speaker... anywhere... ever...

    January 24, 2014

    • Beth

      Just planting the seed in fertile brains...

      January 24, 2014

    • Corwin

      I choose to interpret that out of context as massively creepy and disturbing...

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make this event but considering signing up to speak on April.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • J Kenneth S.

    As promoted by the main stream media, three of the great enemies of Americans are: Terrorists, Socialists, and Atheists. Being a Bright, or Skeptic, or whatever... is little more than wearing a badge that says you are not a sheep. But it does not explain that you are a actually a staunch advocate of ethics and morality. The brickheads in Churches are led to believe that the Magic Jesus was the first guy to invent a paradigm for social integrity. I do agree that He was the first guy to invent the "afterworld" called Heaven. The "New Covenant" was His invocation to follow a path of peace, and to NOT seek material ownership of the fabled Zion.

    Church lemmings are trained to be "blind believers" and to have a mental vacuum regarding the magnificence, or even existence of prior intellectualism. Maybe I am underinformed. My feeling is that disciplines for being virtuous and a righteous citizen were quite well encompassed by the folks in ancient Athens and Rome.

    "Grow Up!"

    January 19, 2014

    • J Kenneth S.

      You surmised correctly! I'm comfortable with thinking and writing about various topics and not comfortable with public speaking in front of a group!

      January 24, 2014

    • Beth

      You're in luck... neither am I! Doing it anyway. FOR SCIENCE!

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to leave early, but will be there.

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, if anyone is curious about how to format your practice talk for this event, or even for the Main Event in April, check this out: http://www.pechakucha.org/

    January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone,

    Just so we're clear - this event is NOT Skepticamp, but a preparatory event for anyone who is interested in speaking at Skepticamp and might be a little shy or anxious about speaking. Rest assure, you're not alone. :-)

    January 16, 2014

  • Beth

    It looks like we may have a venue for this meetup. We'll call Sharon for future stuff or if the plan falls through... Thanks, Lisa!

    Neil, our monthly meetups are (usually) on the third Saturday of the month at 12:30pm. Someplace like Black Rock would be dandy, but I will let the group speak as to what they'd like to see in an ideal venue. Location should be in the city, near transit, free for us to use or EXTREMELY cheap. We encouraged folks to buy a drink or food at Black Rock to support the venue, but it was never a requirement. You've been to some of our meetups, so you know our usual attendance... though we've had standing room only for some special events.

    January 15, 2014

  • Lisa

    Hey Jen, not sure what sort of venue you're looking for, but what about the Ethical Humanist Society? We rent for really really cheap and can strike "deals" with friends like Chicago Skeptics! You can call Sharon at the office if you are interested:[masked]

    January 14, 2014

  • Phil F.

    Hell to the yeah! Best event of the year! Count me in!

    January 14, 2014

  • Neil

    What are the parameters for a venue? Capacity, day of the week & hours, food & drink, etc.?

    January 14, 2014

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