How do you find audience members to be #upfront and how are people selected to take part?

The team at #upfront provide you with an email to send to your event attendees inviting them to be #upfront. We respond to these emails individually and work with each individual to prepare them for taking part. 

What happens to those who are #upfront after the event?

The team at #upfront provide aftercare to support each individual who is #upfront to reach their confidence goals. 

Surely that’s patronising and/or awkward if those who are #upfront don’t speak? 

This is the beauty of the idea. This is an opportunity to feel what’s it’s like to be on stage without the pressure of having to speak.

How do you monitor the progress of those who are #upfront?

We keep in touch with everyone who has taken part. It’s in our interest to do so.

Is #upfront a panel discussion?

No. Those who are #upfront do not have to speak if they don’t want to. If the speaker and conference host agree it’s encouraged to leave between three and five minutes at the end of the talk for those #upfront to speak if they wish.

Is #upfront Lauren Currie giving a talk? 

No. Anyone delivering a talk on any subject can be #upfront.

Do those #upfront have to sit on a couch?

No. Chairs and standing are fine too. A couch is ideal because it’s comfortable but it’s not compulsory.

What if someone #upfront says something offensive?

This is the same as the risk you take that an audience member could say something offensive at any time.

Does #upfront work at a meet up or a bar camp? 

Yes! #upfront can happen in your living room. It requires a speaker and an audience – size does not matter.

Does #upfront work if you don’t have a stage? 

See answer above.

Is #upfront just for women ?

No. This is for everyone. 

Who is behind #upfront and what is their motivation? 

My name is Lauren Currie and I’m doing this because the last time I was the only women on a stage I made a promise to myself and others that I would try and fix it. I am motivated by helping other people find the confidence to tell their own story.

Does #upfront work if my speakers and guests are invite only?

Yes. This is irrelevant. 

*What’s the point in being #upfront if we have lots of female speakers and we’re doing lots around diversity already?

Brilliant! This is an even bigger reason for you to #upfront as you are already role modelling the change you want to see.

How much time does #upfront require from me and/or my team? 

Minimal. #upfront has been designed to require very little time or energy from you. All you need to do is say yes and provide some chairs, a couch or some floor space.

Do you run #upfront workshops? 

Yes. Email Lauren myredjotter(at)googlemail(dot)com

Is #upfront encouraging extroversion? 

No. #upfront is about supporting people to find confidence to tell their story in the way that is right for them.

How do you know this works? 

#upfront has happened three times with positive measurable results. The more often it happens the more we will learn what works and what doesn’t and what #upfront needs to be to have maximum impact. 

*How is this relevant to what I do?

Diversity and equality is relevant to everyone single one of us regardless of our occupation or kind of work. 

*Why would we do this if we already have an open call for speakers and are committed to diversity? 

#upfront is for people who are not ready to apply to be a speaker. It is one way to bring them closer to having the confidence to do this one day. If you are already committed to diversity you are best placed to be a role model to others.

*Will this take the attention away from our speaker?

As your speaker is the only person speaking they will of course have the attention of your audience. Being #upfront also draws attention to the fact your team and organisation care about diversity and are taking steps to tackle it.

*All of the reasons we’ve heard for not being #upfront are simply unreasonable, therefore we’d like to ask you what is the real reason you will not be #upfront?