Last updated: 4th October, 2023
1. Goals and purpose of introduction talks
Introductory workshops and talks suit audiences that are unfamiliar with effective altruism. Use them for newcomers’ events or for presenting to non-EA groups.
Many EA groups have used a broad 'Introduction to Effective Altruism' talk as a good first event to expose new people to EA for the first time. We've found them useful because: (i) they're very easy to scale - you can talk to a lot of people at once with not much organiser time; (ii) they allow you to transmit the core ideas of EA in a clear, high-fidelity way, (iii) they're a good way to talk to people who are curious about EA, but not ready to commit to an 8-week fellowship or other program.
2. Resources: scripts and slides
- Short introduction google drive folder by EA Stanford: 10 minutes
- Recommended introduction talk script and slides by Bella Forristal: ~45 minutes
- Recorded introduction talk by Ajeya Cotra: Pre-recorded talks may be a good option if you have little time to prepare, your organisers are not confident public speakers
3. Pre-talk checklist to complete
We recommend you do the following before hosting your introduction talk:
4. Guidance on delivering the talk
Please see the following pages for communication guidance, we think they’ll be useful!
- Introducing EA and communicating about it
- Common criticisms and (potentially) useful responses
- Public speaking advice
If you were in the ‘Events: Workshops/Talks and Socials’ section, see below for your previous and next pages:
If you were in the ‘Outreach and Communication’ section, see below for your previous and next pages: