Speaking

Speaking Engagements

Michelle Lentz is an accomplished public speaker. She specializes in making technology approachable and easy for everyone. Sessions can be tailored for your audience.

Fees are negotiable per your organization and include travel and related expenses.

View a complete list of Michelle’s upcoming and past presentations.


Unconferences

Face time with other people is valuable, rare and expensive. Having meaningful conversations, getting advice from peers and tackling challenging issues is something that is good use of time. Using methods that are structured but leverage the “wisdom of the crowd” gathered are what unconferences are all about.

Michelle is experienced at leading unconferences and believes that the openness and sharing generated from an unconference is even more beneficial than a standard concurrent session.

Business Week believes that “Unconferences turn the plodding, predictable business gathering inside out. They’re a hybrid of a teach-in and a jam session, with a little show-and-tell mixed in, and they are attracting hundreds in cities like Austin, Tex., Bangalore, San Francisco, Sydney, and Tokyo. Unlike traditional, $1,000-a-head and up conferences, they’re totally unstructured—the agenda isn’t determined until the opening day of the event. Everyone who shows up is a potential speaker, and those who don’t speak contribute by posting photos, blog entries, podcasts, and video clips of the proceedings. Neckties and heels are noticeably absent.”

I was originally very skeptical about the Unconference at the first Wine Bloggers Conference. Having never taken part in this freestyle discussion, I felt like the whole thing would be directionless and haphazard. But once people were in the room, the event rapidly took shape under Michelle Lentz’s very able leadership. For a gathering of bloggers, involving people who all have things to say about so many different things, the Unconference was a perfect opportunity for participants to take on themes and subjects that they hadn’t been able to discuss in the event’s other venues. After the fact, I feel like Unconferences should be part of just about any conference, allowing participants to talk about what matters most to them, or to sometimes be surprised by unexpected, unusual proposals. Taking into account the themes that emerge in an Unconference and those that result in the best discussions could help conference organizers better prepare programs for subsequent events.
- Rémy Charest, The Wine Case