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Scott Berkun is the best selling author of Confessions of a Public Speaker, The Myths of Innovation, and Making Things Happen. His work as a writer and public speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, and other media. He has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington and has been a regular commentator on CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at Scott Berkun.
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February 26 2014In my first book I put a simple photo on the author page at the end. It showed a shelf near my desk that I’d cleared. My goal, since 2003 is to fill this shelf with books I’ve written. This is an odd thing to do I realize but I… read more
February 26 2014One of the many surprises from The Year Without Pants is that Automattic, makers of WordPress.com, doesn’t pay employees more when them become a team leader. They consider being a leader a role, not a job. One of the fun experiments this enabled for me while I worked there was to… read more
February 25 2014It’s been a great few months for my 5th book, The Year Without Pants. Thanks for spreading the word and helping it find its way. The book was named an Amazon.com best book of 2013, was covered by Forbes, Publisher’s Weekly, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, ZDNet, and… read more
February 23 2014The resurfacing of Woody Allen’s past is sad from many perspectives, amplified by how a daughter and a family are still struggling, very publicly, to deal with events that took place decades ago. I’ll leave the conclusions for you to draw, as my question in this post is a practical… read more
February 21 2014Last week I had the pleasure of speaking for a second time at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand. Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown and all the organizers exemplify many of the great things event organizers should strive to achieve. They run an amazing event and as someone who writes often about speaking… read more
February 20 2014Hi folks. Just a quick post about some speaking dates next week in wonderful Portland, Oregon. Thursday, 2/27 6pm at 10up - I’ll be talking about The Year Without Pants and then out for drinks/snacks with attendees. RSVP. Friday, 2/28 at IntegratED – As part of this conference on education and… read more
February 14 2014For Valentines day O’Reilly Media is doing a special promotion for The Year Without Pants (published by Wiley). You can buy the digital version of the book for 50% off – and it’s DRM free (multiple formats, lifetime access, free updates). Deal ends at midnight. Happy Valentines day. read more
February 06 2014Life is not a race. Speed is good for things you want to get past, not for important things you enjoy. “It was an efficient meal.” “I had a quick life.” If you are doing something meaningful you’d want the experience to last. You would try to savor and consider… read more
February 05 2014I read a prerelease copy of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success from Viking Adult. McArdle writes well but the structure and pacing of this book was uneven. Twice during reading I double checked the title of the book to make sure I hadn’t made… read more
February 04 2014Ranting about opinion pieces isn’t generally worthwhile, but some pieces are deeply flawed and popular enough that they demand critiquing. I’ve taken Susan Cain and Jonah Lehrer to task in the past, and I’ve come across another post worthy of examination. The article is a New York Times opinion piece… read more
January 23 2014Thanks to SeattleSMC for hosting me to speak at Seattle City Hall on Free Speech and The Social Media Mob. Additional thanks to everyone who participated in two threads on the topic: input wanted and compiled list of legal cases regarding social media harassment and mob behavior. Kudos to event sponsor Mayor… read more
January 23 2014I’m a fan of Tom Standage‘s earlier works, particularly The Victorian Internet, which explored the parallels between the rise of the telegraph and the rise of the Internet. His latest book, Writing on The Wall: The first 2000 years of Social Media takes a much wider view of the history of… read more
January 21 2014In preparing for my lecture on Free Speech and Social media, I’ve been looking for examples where these issues have been explored legally. I was hoping to find someone who had kept a list of them, but since I didn’t find such a thing I started one. If you know… read more
January 15 2014I’m having some work done on scottberkun.com today (moving to a new webhost) and the website may be down, or acting strangely, for part of the morning. Don’t be alarmed. I’ll post again to give the all clear. read more
January 14 2014The Seattle Social Media Club is hosting me to speak next week about Free Speech and Social Media. They hosted me in 2010 to speak on Calling BS on Social Media Gurus (slides and notes) and it’s good to be back. I’m very excited about this talk: the history of… read more
January 11 2014Three on my books are heavily discounted on Kindle today. $3.49 for some of them. Confessions of a Public Speaker is currently #1 in business, #37 overall for all kindle books Myths of Innovation is #12 in business, #256 overall Making Things Happen, #1 in project management, #769 overall I have… read more
January 09 2014On Tuesday 1/28 I’ll be doing a free, live webcast (register here) about public speaking, hosted by O’Reilly Media. NOTE: The webcast happened and you missed it. The slides and Q&A can be found here. In Confessions of A Public Speaker I explained how to deal with 17 difficult speaking situations. In… read more
January 08 2014I was invited to speak at Seattle’s Social Media Club on Wed 1/22 (registration here) on the topic of Free Speech and Social Media. I’m inviting your opinions to help me sort out my own. It’s a subject Iv’e followed for a long time, but it’s complex enough I’d benefit from… read more
January 08 2014Hi there. Just wanted to drop a short note to let you know there have been performance issues with scottberkun.com. Most of it is increased traffic and some of it is wrestling with Mediatemple, my host, to sort out what can be done. I’ve been posting every day this month,… read more
January 07 2014It’s rare to get heckled when giving a lecture, yet it’s a top fear for many people. My own advice on dealing with hecklers is in the what to do when things go wrong chapter of Confessions of a Public Speaker. In short the best approach is to acknowledge them… read more
January 05 2014This month I’m posting every day, taking the top voted question from readers and answering it. With 37 votes, today’s winner was: How do you decide what to read? From what I can tell, you are a voracious reader. Do you read just one book at a time, or multiple books… read more
January 05 2014This month I’m posting every day, picking the top voted reader question and answering it. With 37 votes, submitted by Andrew Holloway, is: When do you know that you have something worth saying or teaching? I often find myself caught between two competing thoughts: that I don’t know enough to help anyone,… read more
Webcast: When The Dog Eats Your Slides: How To Overcome Tough Presentation Situations
Webcast: The Myths of Innovation: Remixed and Remastered
Webcast - Confessions of a Public Speaker
Webcast: How progress happens: the down and dirty truths and secrets that make innovation possible
"Not many how-to books can both inform and entertain. Berkun has written such a book."
"Myths of Innovation is strongly recommended for anyone interested in innovation and creativity especially as it applies to practical applications."
"Warning: Reading this book will make you analyze the next 100 speakers you hear! While doing this you should improve your own skill sets but it will make those speeches tuff to sit through!"
"All in all, a meaningful and fun read, even if you think youll never do any public speaking. Watch out...you might open your mouth and find yourself on a Committee or making a report to your work group. Or worse yet, Chairman of a Board! This book will ease your fears and give you
great tools to help any speaking task."
"The author has a warm, involving style with an anecdotal approach...Anyone who is nervous about speaking in public (ie every-one!) would benefit from reading this book.
"The work is a great read, and should be considered for anyone's bedside reading list."
"The book is easy reading, full of tips, and provides valuable advice to both the beginner and more experienced speaker; well worth reading. "
"Confessions of a Public Speaker is one of my favorites in 2010."
"Wonderfully written! Most public speaking books are written by speaking experts who, if I were to guess, are not authors by nature."
"...well worth the read. Not a how-to but more of a how-I type of book; more reading for leisure than reading for training but if thats what you want, very definitely worth your £££ or $$$"
"Confessions of a Public Speaker is something different, with the inside and personal story of a great public speaker, that is entertaining, inspiring and stuffed full of tips of the nature of public speaking and what makes a great public speaker."
"Quite simply this is the best book on public speaking I have ever read."
"In sum, this book is a must have for the shelf of any public speaker alongside other classics like Slide:ology..."
"I have been reading Scott Berkuns Confessions of a Public Speaker (OReilly, 2009) for literally two months now. It isnt that it is hard to read, or boring, as it is neither of these. In fact, the reason is that I keep finding things I want to follow up, or to try out myself, and in doing so I frequently set the book down and actually went out and did things. That is the highest form of praise I can give for Confessions."
"The book is easy to digest, the content is top-notch, and the text is just as long as it needs to be to make its point--just like a great talk, and just like a good blog post, so I'll stop here. If you want to improve your public speaking, pick up a copy of this book right away."
"If you are among the many who have the responsibility to speak in public, whether to a group of colleagues or to a cavernous hall of conventioneers, this book will not only help to prepare you, but will entertain you in the process."
"If you get only one good tip from this book, it's worth it. "
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