On Deck Performative speaking Fellowship

Turn your speaking into a superpower. In 8 weeks.

On Deck Performative Speaking is an eight-week remote program for ambitious professionals who want to become powerful public speakers. Our curriculum combines storytelling frameworks, pop culture and an incredible community to help you become the speaker of your dreams.

Everything you need to become a powerful speaker

Master effective communication with deep-dive sessions, live speaking opportunities, fireside chats, storytelling frameworks and much more.

Learn the essential foundations of every great speaker

Follow our core track to give your speaking the foundation you need. You will learn best practices for storytelling, creating speeches, framing and conversational skills from the best in the business. Then choose an elective track to dive deep into topics like pitching, interviewing, persuasion and more.

Craft your personal narrative with proven frameworks

Improving your speaking isn’t about one-off tactics or pre rehearsed lines—it’s about developing a narrative that resonates with your audience and enables you to connect with them on an emotional level. Learn the strategies and tools that have helped the best founders, creators and executives find their story and share it with the world.

Make public speaking feel natural with structured practice

Join bi-weekly CrossFit for Speaking sessions where you and other ODPS members go from a blank page to a completed rough draft in 90 minutes. It’s fast, it’s intense, but most of all, it’s fun. Your cohort will be divided into small groups who meet once a week for peer collaboration and live feedback alongside one of our expert facilitators.

Join a supportive community of leaders

Meet a diverse set of leaders from around the world and find a crew who can keep you inspired and accountable. Here are just a few of the phenomenal Founding Fellows participating in our first cohort.
Jack Butcher
Founder, Visualize Value
Ali Abdaal
Doctor, YouTuber, Course Creator
Amber Rae
Author, Artist, & Speaker
Alex Lieberman
CEO, Morning Brew
Soona Amhaz
Founder and GP Volt Capital
Luba Yudasina
Founder, Creator & ODF1
Lenny Rachitsky
Writer & Angel Investor
Ashley Tolbert
Senior Security Engineer, Netflix
Derek Flanzraich
Founder, Greatist
Mika Reyes
PM at LinkedIn, ODF5
Sharath Kuruganty
Co-Founder, Shoutout.so
Alejandro Navia
Startup & Performance Coach
Rita Chang
CMO, Alter Global & Strategy, Rest of the World
Casey Means
MD & Co-Founder, Levels
Josh Clemente
Founder & President, Levels
Siddhi Sundar
Studio Innovation, Netflix

Apply for On Deck Performative Speaking

The inaugural cohort kicks off March 20. Access to the program, including lifelong access to the community, is $2,990 (or six installments of $500.)


Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

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Madison Campbell

So far I’ve been in @beondeck slack for two days and raised $20,000. The program doesn’t even kick-off until tomorrow. If this doesn’t convince you to join, idk what will. #beondeck #odf6

Crystal Chen

@beondeck for me has been friends, confidants, experts, and advisors all bundled in one amazing community of people.

It’s the vibe of childhood play groups, late night talks, college discussions, weekend hackathons, and so much more.

No better way to step into 2021.

Brett Goldstein

Since starting @beondeck, I've been happier and more creatively fulfilled than at any other point in my career (my mood tracking data shows it).

This community is magic. Momentum is a hell of a drug.

My DMs are open if you're thinking about applying!

Louis Pereira

The @beondeck Writer Fellowship was so good that I needed a second helping.

Thrilled to be joining their #NoCode fellowship next month.

It's time to build!

Anthony McGuire

I was part of ODW1, without a doubt it was a life changing experience for me.

David Hoang

I’m so glad I decided to do @beondeck’s writing fellowship. The weekly writing workshops are so helpful. In addition to the writing, it’s great connecting with other writers and brainstorming.

One idea is called “Design Management: Year One.”


Dave Nemetz

After a week in the @beondeck ODW1 writer fellowship, I'm pumped about the future for interdisciplinary communities. It's awesome to join a group from diverse professional backgrounds over a shared passion.

Props to @eriktorenberg for what he is building.

CS Freeland

Wish I was a part of every @beondeck cohort lol. What a badass concept, and they are really changing the game. Can’t wait to see the outcomes next year.

Jordi Hays

Two days into @beondeck ODF4 and it’s already very clear the next 8 weeks will be very special.

The value of an MBA, a fraction of the cost, and 10X as fun. Bravo @eriktorenberg @david__booth and company.

Anna Nasr

@beondeck enabled me to work with incredible founders, helped me discover my product idea--and, through an On Deck fellow--got me my first pre-seed funding. I can't articulate how amazing the On Deck network is and what a positive force it's been in my life. Apply!

Alexander Hugh Sam

Just finished the @beondeck kick-off session for ODW1 and 🤯.

It's the most fun I've ever had for any onboarding whatsoever. The team and fellows are amazing and can't wait to get started.

Even did some (very bad) freestyle rapping and met cool people like @AnthonyMcG2!

Rak Garg

You either die an On Deck fellow, or you live long enough to see yourself become an On Deck employee.

Charlie O'Donnell

Why Colleges and Universities Should be Scared of the @beondeck Fellowship → https://bit.ly/3oLWyIC

Dan Stern

The kickoff for @beondeck ODW1 was the best onboarding experience I've ever had.

Huge props to @eriktorenberg and @maxnuss and team for making 3 hrs of zoom actually enjoyable

Jason Jacobs

I saw two ways to describe @beondeck yesterday, both of which struck a chord.

1) SV in the cloud

2) this generation’s “just do it”

I’m long @beondeck!

Curriculum & Speakers

Some of the world-class speakers joining us for our inaugural cohort.
Justin Mikolay
Clay Hebert
Robert Collier
Talin Koutnouyan
Siddhi Sundar
Sahil Bloom
Valerie Alexander
Alecia Kissel
Getting Started

Speaking fundamentals

Develop the proper mindset of a great speaker.

Essential strategies

Learn and master the tactics and strategy of great speakers
Core Skills

Storytelling frameworks

Understand what it takes to create and tell a great story

Building a spectacular presentation

Craft frameworks and embrace the elements of a great speech, pitch, or presentation

Developing your communication style

Level up conversational skills to be more interesting, personable, and charismatic. 

The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Deep Friendships

Our 8- to 10-week-long virtual fellowships provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

Community Diversity

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled With Software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered Serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat of the On Deck community.

Apply for On Deck Performative Speaking

The inaugural cohort kicks off March 20. Access to the program, including lifelong access to the community, is $2,990 (or six installments of $500.)


Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODPS, you are probably:

  • A founder that wants to attract the right funding, talent, and customers for your business
  • An operator, product manager or project manager looking to take on more leadership roles your organization
  • An online personality that frequently creates content or speaks on YouTube videos or podcasts
  • A Director, VP, or executive trying to make that next step into the C-suite 
  • A coach who needs to clearly communicate with their clients and inspire action
  • Eager to be an active participant and contributor in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer-to-peer connections.

What does it cost?

Joining On Deck Performative Speaking is $2,990.

For this first inaugural cohort, we’re offering the program at an early-bird rate of $2,990, with the cost rising for subsequent cohorts.

Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make ODPS accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their situation.

While many eligible applicants do have the means to support themselves, many others don’t. We’re excited to be able to offer scholarships thanks to the generosity of alumni and partners.

There are no fees to apply so please submit an application to be considered for ODPS — we only ask about financial assistance requirements after fellows have been accepted in order to avoid discrimination during the evaluation process.

What is the time commitment?

Between attending your workshops and giving peer feedback, you should expect your speaking workshop to take up around three to four hours a week.

Beyond workshops, ODPS is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

* Attend everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
* Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
* Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one

Most ODPS Fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODPS will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past few ODF cohorts mastering the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.

Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.

What are the demographics of the fellowship?

We’re aiming to build a cohort that is diverse across race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, professional background, age, viewpoint, and subject matter—you name it!

Since this is the first cohort of ODPS, we don’t yet have specific demographics for this program, but we released a demographic breakdown for ODF5 that can serve as a useful comparison.

What are the guiding values of On Deck?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

* Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.

* Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.

* Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.

* Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together a group of fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.
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