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Thursday, April 4


Preconference Session -- Public Speaking for the Terrified (ADDITIONAL $59 FEE APPLIES)
  • This is a 4-hour preconference workshop. An additional $59 fee is required to attend. 
  • Online registration closed at 6:00 PM Central on April 2, 2019. Please visit the conference registration table on the 7th floor of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile beginning at 10:00 AM Central on Friday, April 5, 2019 to register, add to, or change your schedule.

If you'd choose paper cuts over public speaking, this workshop is for you. During this interactive session, Sean Buvala will run you through fun, non-threatening, and gentle story games to help you loosen up. He'll then discuss immediately-useful ways to increase your confidence as you develop, craft, and share your story-based content. As a group, you will practice tips on speaking with others in a clear and calm manner. In the end, you'll give a very short presentation to your fellow (supportive!) workshop participants. This is a body-and-voice interactive, not-recorded workshop that could turn you into the communicator you know you need to be.

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Sean Buvala

Publisher, The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group
Sean Buvala has been engaged with storytelling and communication since 1986. He started his work by accidentally using active storytelling to convert a classroom of slightly (but comically) homicidal 8th-grade teenagers from angry kids to storytelling practitioners themselves. From... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Lincolnshire) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Friday, April 5


Garnering Media Attention in 2019: Media Tell-All and Shark Tank
Do you want to increase your chances of being noticed by the media? Come hear directly from media professionals about how to garner the attention of the media and score that coveted review, interview or placement. Media outlets are bombarded with requests daily, so how do rise above the noise to get you get the attention of journalists and speak to their needs? This interactive session will also have a verbal media pitching opportunity.

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Dale Bowman

Outdoors Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Dale Bowman is the nationally-honored outdoors columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, a role he has filled for more than two decades. He focuses on the traditional pursuits in the outdoors of fishing and hunting with occasional forays into wildlife and bird watching, paddling and hiking... Read More →
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Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
ALEXIS MARIE CHUTE is the author of the award-winning memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss (She Writes Press, 2017). Expecting Sunshine was a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2017 and an IndieReader Top 10 Best Reviewed Book of 2017. The second... Read More →
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Marika Flatt

Owner & Travel Editor, PR by the Book & Texas Lifestyle Magazine
Marika Flatt, Travel Editor, launched her magazine writing career in 2002, combining her love of travel, journalism, media and public relations. Marika has been travel writing non-stop since then and feels that part of her success in delivering an enticing travel feature is because... Read More →
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Whitney Reynolds

The Whitney Reynolds Show
Emmy nominated Whitney Reynolds' news background and passion for people have been combined to create a show that is changing the world of talk TV. She produces a program that is dedicated to tough topics, inspiring viewers and provoking positive change. The Whitney Reynolds Show educates... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Purdue/Wisconsin) 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Saturday, April 6


How to Break Into Professional Speaking to Sell More Books
Whether you’ve written a book to build your business, reach new clients, fulfill a dream, or share your expertise, relying on traditional sales methods isn’t enough. Professional speaking is an efficient, practical and simple way to connect with the public and increase your visibility.  It doesn’t cost anything to try, and can be a lucrative source of additional income.

In this dynamic and informative workshop, New York Times bestselling author, speaker and consultant Jodee Blanco will show participants how to break into professional speaking and take their presence to a whole new level.  Highlights include how to:

  • Identify and Develop a Platform
  • Write a Powerful Speaker’s Package
  • Generate Leads
  • Pitch, Negotiate and Confirm Engagements   
  • Nail Every Presentation and Leave the Audience Wanting More
  • Use Catalytic Strategies to Build Upon Each Success

For any author who’s ever wanted to get into professional speaking, this is a workshop not to be missed.

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Jodee Blanco

Founder & CEO, The Jodee Blanco Group
The founder and CEO of The Jodee Blanco Group, a consulting and curriculum development company, Jodee is an expert on how to successfully leverage the matrix of public speaking, publishing and public relations to take one’s life or career to a whole new level. Often referred to as a “force of nature” by those who’ve work... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Lincolnshire) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA


How to Promote Your Publishing Business With the Help Of Your Authors
Just as authors need to promote their brand and book, so do publishers. Why? It will help you sell more books, acquire better quality titles, and position you as a thought leader within the publishing industry. Plus it's a lot of fun!
This session will discuss:

  • How publishers can get their authors to market themselves and books better
  • How publishers can work with authors to promote the publishing company
  • How to spend your time wisely: social media, traditional media, speaking, advertising, branding
  • How to tackle the nuts and bolts but to also make the big ask of others – how to break through
Based on having served the book publishing community -- indies, traditional, university, and self-published -- for three decades, Brian Feinblum has a lot to say about book marketing trends, best practices in book publicity, and what publishers can and should be doing to promote their books, their brand, and their company. Join him during this special session to learn more!

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Brian Feinblum

Chief Marketing Officer, SVP, Media Connect
Brian Feinblum has been promoting leading experts, best-selling authors, motivational speakers, major businesses, leading non-profits, and influential trade associations since 1989. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President for MEDIA CONNECT, and... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Northwestern) 540 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, USA