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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


The Ten Habits of a Successful Publisher
In this 60-minute introductory program, 40-year-publishing-veteran Kathleen Welton will share proven principles that deliver top results for those involved in the book publishing industry. A combination of inspirational stories and case studies will illustrate the ten habits a successful publisher must utilize on an ongoing basis to build and expand his/her publishing program, including:

  1. Asking the Right Questions
  2. Building a Team
  3. Connecting with Customers
  4. Developing Editorial Roadmaps
  5. Finding Your Story
  6. Giving Back
  7. Minding Your Own Business
  8. Monitoring Trends
  9. Nurturing Authors
  10. Remaining Curious

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Kathleen Welton

Publisher, aka Books
Kathleen is currently Publisher of aka Books. She has served as Director of Book Publishing for the American Bar Association, Director for H&R Block, VP & Publisher for IDG Books, VP & Publisher for Dearborn Trade, Senior Editor for Dow Jones-Irwin, Editor for Praeger Publishers... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (Room: Lincolnshire) 540 Michigan Avenue, 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