Want to Be a Speaker?

If you want to share what you know as a speaker then get in touch with us! Currently, we are only running in Summer Hill, Sydney.


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Guidelines for Speakers

  • Talks will run for around 20 minutes
  • There will be a warning (five fingers held up) by the organiser when you have 5 minutes to go.
  • If you have slides for your presentation, there is a projector and laptop. If you don't wish to use slides, that is fine also.
  • If your content contains anything that might disturb members of the audience, please give a brief content warning before your talk so the audience is fully aware.
  • Always be respectful in your talk, we won't tolerate any sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia or anything else that we consider offensive. Final discretion of what is deemed offensive is with the organisers.
  • When you speak, you can expect a respectful audience. Any disrespectful audience members will be asked to leave by the organisers.

Anti-Somnambulists welcomes speakers on almost any subject. Organisers encourage discussion on any subject that does not meet the list of exceptions below. Organisers can refuse speakers on the grounds of the list below.


Exception list

The following are exceptions to the “speak about anything” rule. The talks that have all or part of their content with any of the following will not be allowed to speak at Anti-Somnambulists.

  • Hate speech is speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Hate speech is not allowed at Anti-Somnambulists.
  • Discriminatory topics not covered by “hate speech”. Discriminatory topics include making or showing an unfair or prejudicial distinction between different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. Discriminatory speech will not be allowed at Anti-Somnambulists.
  • Any topics that promote topics considered anti-intellectual. Including conspiracy theories, fundamentalist ideology, unironic use of the term neo-marxism, MRAs, TERFs, SWERFs.
  • Any reason not covered here where organisers consider the lecture inappropriate. If organisers are unsure, they may request a copy of your talk slides and some clarification before the lecture series.

If you are unsure if your lecture would be considered appropriate, feel free to contact organisers at speakers@antisomnambulists.com

Be a Better Speaker! 

Like any other skill, speaking and presenting can be improved with repetition. Speaking to an audience in a low-key and relaxed environment can have benefits for presentations at university, work or other public events.

There are plenty of resources out there to help with improving your speaking and presenting skills. Here are a few examples: