Speaker for Hire

Berkun has inspired & entertained audiences at hundreds of events, keynoting important conferences with inspiring lessons about creativity, management, leadership, innovation and more.

He’s the most entertaining, memorable and reliable speaker you’re likely to find, and knowledgable enough to have written seven popular books. He’s also the author of the bestseller, Confessions of A Public Speaker, generously sharing the lessons he’s learned as a decade as an expert storyteller and premier speaker.

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Testimonials and full talk videos: 

“Scott absolutely crushed it at our conference.  He was smart, funny and engaging.  He gave the audience a lot of actionable ideas and insights to take away.  It’s no surprise that he was the highest rated speaker at our event. I highly recommend Scott for your next event or conference.”  
– Jeff Perkins, CMO, QASymphony

“Scott drew a capacity crowd of our top Amazon talent. This is a tough group to engage on the subject of creativity, and Scott was more than up for the task. He captivated the room with an inspirational, provocative, and humorous talk, full of takeaways that I’ve put into practice with my team.”
– Darcy Menard, Manager, Amazon.com 

“Scott was an amazing presenter… not only did he surprise us with new and unconventional insights into creativity, he also kept us hooked with engaging stories and anecdotes. If Scott is speaking near you, drop what you’re doing and go check him out!” 
-Carter Morgan, Developer Advocate, Google

“He was the ideal speaker to motivate staff to think differently about the way they approach work and about what it really means to innovate.”
Greg Denehy, Innovation Project Manager, Australian Department of Defense

“Scott Berkun brings a dynamism and authenticity to speaking about creativity and innovation.  He dazzled a group of highly creative communications leaders at Ketchum by sharing his myths of innovation through memorable anecdotes and storytelling.  I’m excited to bring him back to do the dance of the possible.  He’s fun and he’s funny and he knows how to keep a jaded crowd engaged.”
– Karen Strauss. Partner/Chief Strategy and Creativity Director, Ketchum

“Scott was great! Funny, inspiring and practical. A great storyteller and keynote for any event”
– Clint Wagner. Senior Director, NFL (National Football League)

“Highly recommend engaging Scott for your leadership event.  Not only a gifted speaker with loads of energy and enthusiasm, Scott was genuinely interested in our association and what our members are doing to transform the field… to this day, attendees refer back to the content he presented.”
– Wendy Green, Leading Age

Popular Keynotes

  • The Myths of Innovation
  • Creative Thinking Hacks
  • How Progress Happens
  • Feedback without Frustration
  • Confessions of A Public Speaker
  • The Future of Work
  • How To Make Things Happen
  • What To Do When Things Go Wrong

The Experience You Need

Berkun does 20 to 30 lecture and keynotes every year for companies like Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, Microsoft, Fidelity, Apple, Netflix, Google, TEDx, Tools of Change, WebStock, An Event Apart, and The Economist. You should hire Scott to speak at your event or organization. You can know, with confidence, your audience will leave laughing, educated, smiling and inspired to think about their work in a better way. Watch Scott in action>

Berkun Highlight Reel

A short video explaining what Berkun speaks about, why folks hire him and how to get in touch.

The Dance of The Possible

Filmed live at Google, this entertaining and provocative talk teaches timeless patterns and useful insights crafted from the history of great projects, aimed to help audiences be more productive and raise the quality of their ideas. From the surprising origins of the Eiffel tower, to insights from Amazon’s predecessor by more than 100 years, when this talk is the audience will improve their creative and decision making confidence, and rethink how they think about thinking itself. 

Saving Your Creative Soul

Live from the 2014 World Domination Summit in Portland, Berkun explains how misguided our understanding of own source of courage can be. Through funny stories and challenging games he helps a crowd of 2500 people understand how they can save their own creativity.

How Progress Happens

At the Tools of Change conference in NYC, Berkun demystifies the very idea of progress, revealing that the way change happens is quite different from the myths and assumptions we have.

The 6 Big Speaking Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

While on tour for his bestseller, The Confessions of A Public Speaker, Berkun stopped in San Francisco to speak at Google Author’s series in San Francisco. He covers the 6 most important things to know about speaking well.

Creative Thinking Hacks

Berkun has been studying creativity for more than a decade. This short, entertaining talk combines the best lessons from the latest in neuroscience with timeless ideas of practice from great creators of the past.

The Myths of Innovation

Over 150,000 people have watched this great talk on the truth about how innovation happens.

How to write 1000 words (live)

Watch Scott explain his writing process as you see a timelapsed video of an essay being written.

Feedback without Frustration

Everyone with idea needs good feedback to make their ideas great. Here’s a short talk on getting the best feedback with a minimum of frustration.

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