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Think you could be up on the FCA conference stage giving a SPOT talk? This year’s theme is ‘The Power. The Passion.’  We’re calling for pitches.

What is a SPOT talk?

A FCA SPOT talk is typically a

7 – 9 minute talk on our conference stage, under the spotlight.  Up to eight lucky and brave speakers are professionally mentored to deliver their talks, without notes to a packed conference audience. We film and edit the talks, and you can share your talk afterwards to amplify your stage.

To apply use the 

online pitch form.


What is the selection process?

You submit ‘your pitch’ on our online form. Our speaker mentor might come back and offer suggestions for you to explore and resubmit, before he decides which people to take to the next stage. So please respond thoughtfully and promptly, if you are keen to do a talk.

If you’re selected to go on, you’ll write dot points, then drafts. Over the weeks, you will be challenged to refine your ideas and words, multiple times. By the end you’ll know each word intimately, and be able to tell your story without notes. (Yes, you’ll have to practice)

The point is that it’s a mentored process so you won’t be alone.

Important details

  1. Note that FCA covers the cost of speaker mentoring and filming/editing. You will need to cover all your own costs to get to the Darwin conference.

  2. You will need to be at the conference on day 2, Thursday 20th May, 9 am to 10.30 am (and on Tuesday for a rehearsal)

  3. If selected you need to be committed, as you’re taking a space that was denied to someone else. You need to put in at least 20 hours work over the 4 months.