Pointless Corps Relaunches Community Site SpeakerRate

April 4, 2015

8:00 am

Public speaking is a common phobia among the general public, and there’s nothing more awkward than being at an event and watching a speaker fumble, get embarrassed, grow red, and fail to recover. Conversely, watching a skilled, confident speaker give a pitch, make a presentation, or answer questions on the fly, can fill a room with energy and inspiration.

On March 31, 2015, Viget’s innovation lab, Pointless Corps re-launched their community site Speakerrate.  The service is designed to benefit speakers, attendees, and event organizers. Here’s what they provide, according to their website:

  • Speakers can build a speaking resume, gain some PR, and improve their skills based on audience comments and critiques.
  • Event Organizers can use ratings and reviews to find the right speakers for their events, and get feedback on the event.
  • Attendees can give reviews and recommendations of speakers, and use the service to determine what speakers are worth sticking around for.

The conference industry is growing faster than ever. Just think of the explosion of TED, TEDx, and other local speaking events. Attending talks and conferences has become a common avenue of education, especially among entrepreneurs, makers, and creatives.

Speakerrate currently has more than 31,000 speaker profiles created and more than 13,000 talks added.  They encourage members (accounts are free) to add speakers and events for others to review.

“This system of public contribution means that many speakers get more coverage and kudos than they would if we required each speaker to write about themselves. Think of it kind of like Wikipedia.”

Public speaking is such an important skill, especially among the startup community. Not only is it important for learning and sharing information, but as an entrepreneur, it could mean the difference between receiving funding or a sympathetic smirk.  And one of the best things that can be learned by watching an engaging speaker, is how to captivate an audience yourself.


 Image Credit: Speakerrate

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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