Notes for speakers: Skeptics Café at The Clyde Hotel

Thank you for agreeing to speak at Skeptics Café.

Skeptics Café is the monthly public meeting of Australian Skeptics (Victorian Branch). Our standing reservation is for the third Monday of each month.

These notes apply specifically to the Clyde Hotel as venue.

The Clyde Hotel is at the South West corner of the intersection of Cardigan and Elgin Streets in Carlton. It is our usual practice to meet from 6pm to dine in the Lounge. Entry is via the Beer Garden in Cardigan Street. As our speaker, you will be our guest if you chose to join us for the meal.  You will be called upon to give your presentation from the stage at about 8 pm after the regular announcements.

The Clyde Hotel is well served by tram stops in Elgin Street. Free car parking close to the venue can be a bit of a raffle; however, the Eastern Precinct car park is very conveniently situated next door, with a rate of just $5 applying after 5 pm. We will happily refund that on request.

We ask you to send the following ASAP to either the Committee member who invited you to speak, or to

  • a title for your presentation
  • a photograph
  • a brief abstract of your presentation (typically 50-100 words)
  • a brief CV for yourself
  • any links you would like interested readers to look at before the event
  • any special requirements you may have in regard to audiovisual

We invite you to look at our Events page to see how Skeptics Cafés are usually advertised.

Normal practice is for us to use the venue’s large TV screen for PowerPoints, etc. We will supply a lap-top or use the venue’s laptop with the presenter providing a USB stick. If you would rather use your own lap top, please be aware that an HDMI port is necessary on your laptop to connect directly to the venue’s A/V system

Plugging in modern HDMI cable to laptop

We can run off copies of handouts for the event if you wish.

It is often a good idea if running a Power Point presentation to have your data also saved in an older version. (e.g. in .ppt as well as .pptx)



Skeptics Cafés are open to the public. We find that the audience is usually within the range of 40 to 60 people. The ages range from tertiary student to seniors. You can expect intelligent, relevant questions. It is our usual practice to reserve question time for the end of the presentation, but if you would prefer to take questions during the presentation, please let the MC know beforehand. Presentations usually last from half an hour to an hour.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have other questions or concerns.

Finally, we are always keen to post stimulating articles on this website, and would appreciate an article based on your presentation.

We eagerly await your presentation. Thanks.

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