The slides and scripts I use when I present Working Out Loud

If you’re trying to tell other people about working out loud, this talk might help you. It’s called “Better for you. Better for the firm,” and it’s the same title as a recent interview I did with Forbes. You can download the material in 4 different formats at the end of this post:

  1. PDF (which is what I display)
  2. PDF with presenter notes (to share what I say for each slide)
  3. Keynote (which I used to create the slides)
  4. Powerpoint (in case you have to)

My goal is to make it easier for you to give this talk inside your own organization.

"Better for you. Better for the firm."

"Better for you. Better for the firm."

The main objective

Even the most inspiring talks won’t change behavior much. The key to changing behavior is having people intrinsically motivated to make the change and then helping them take small steps, practiced over time, with feedback, and peer support.

The best way to help people work out loud is to have them join a working out loud circle, and so the purpose of the talk is to motivate people to form circles.

When I first did a version of this talk, 25% of the audience signed up. A few months later, it was up to 50%. Last month it was 72%.

Part of the reason for the upswing is that the talks and my delivery are getting better. Perhaps more important is that word is spreading - more people have heard of working out loud and are interested in learning more. Your results will vary, but I expect your numbers will also improve as you give the talk more often inside your organization.

The short version and the longer version

I’m including two versions of the talk, one that lasts about 10-15 minutes and another that lasts 30-40 minutes. The shorter one is aimed at a general audience, perhaps as part of a town hall or other regularly scheduled event, and is meant to introduce the topic of working out loud.

The longer talk is intended for a dedicated session on working out loud, and is for audiences who have voluntarily registered for such an event.

The main difference is that the longer talk includes several stories and examples, some of which you’ll customize to make specific to your audience and organization.

“I gave the talk. Now what?”

During the second half of the longer talk, you’ll refer to signup sheets where people can add their name and join a circle. After you collect the names, there are only two more simple steps.

First, put the names in a single spreadsheet and form them into groups of 4-5. Make them as diverse as you can and logistically simple. For example, try to make each group include different job functions, corporate titles, and genders, but group people in the same location so it’s easy for them to meet.

Second, send out a simple set of instructions to each group. Here’s a variation of what I use:

Subject: Your Working Out Loud circle

Hello and thank you for signing up to form a circle. Now you’re ready to get started and build a network toward a goal you care about.

Here are 2 simple next steps:

1)      Read the WOL Circle Guide – A simple overview. You’ll find a short guide for each meeting here.

2)      Schedule your first meeting.

That's it! If you like, you can also subscribe to workingoutloud.com or Like the public Facebook page for weekly updates every Wednesday. Or you can ask questions by joining the private Facebook group.

Your circle is confidential, so there’s no reporting or oversight. What happens in the circle stays in the circle.

Good luck and enjoy your 12 weeks together!

That’s all you need to do. If people come to you with questions, refer them to the FAQ on workingoutloud.com, the Facebook page or group, or to the book. If that doesn’t help, they can always email me at john.stepper@workingoutloud.com

If you’re interested in spreading working out loud in your organization, contact me and let me help you.

Files to download

Short version (10-15 minutes):

  1. PDF:Working Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (10-15 mins)
  2. PDF with Presenter NotesWorking Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (10-15 mins) w: Presenter Notes
  3. KeynoteWorking Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (10-15 mins).key
  4. PowerpointWorking Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (10-15 mins)

Longer version, with stories and examples (30-40 minutes):

  1. PDF:Working Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (30-40 mins)
  2. PDF with presenter notesWorking Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (30-40 mins) w: Presenter Notes
  3. KeynoteWorking Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (30-40 mins).key
  4. PowerpointWorking Out Loud - Better for you. Better for the firm. (30-40 mins)