Scott Berkun

Scott Berkun

Seattle, Washington

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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.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Innovation
  • Public Speaking
  • Management
  • Project management
  • Philosophy
  • Interaction design
  • usability
  • creative thinking
  • user experience
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing




Webcast: When The Dog Eats Your Slides: How To Overcome Tough Presentation Situations January 28, 2014 Based on the bestseller Confessions of a Public Speaker, author Scott Berkun will cover both the most common and the most challenging presentation situations, coaching you to both avoid and recover from just about anything that can possibly go wrong ...
Webcast: The Myths of Innovation: Remixed and Remastered October 13, 2010 Berkun is back with new stories, advice and inspirations based on the true history and present of innovation. Scott will share lessons and insights he's learned from 3 years of traveling the world speaking about innovation to universities, corporations...
Webcast - Confessions of a Public Speaker December 02, 2009 For leaders, managers and anyone who speaks and expects someone to listen, Scott Berkun shares an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. Loosely based on his third book, Confessions of a Public Speaker, this fun, interactive...
Webcast: How progress happens: the down and dirty truths and secrets that make innovation possible March 19, 2009 Talking about innovation is easy--making change happen in organizations is ridiculously hard. But there are things we can learn from the history of technology, political revolution and change, and there is a playbook we can reuse to help us avoid easy...


“Not many how-to books can both inform and entertain. Berkun has written such a book.”
— George Slaughter, Technical Communication, Volume 58, Number 3, August 2011
Myths of Innovation is strongly recommended for anyone interested in innovation and creativity especially as it applies to practical applications.”
— Martin P. Wilson, Solidus
“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!”
— Nick Schale,
“All in all, a meaningful and fun read, even if you think you’ll never do any public speaking. Watch 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.”
— Babette Bloch, Golden Gate Computer Society (GGCS), March 2010
“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. ”
— Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated
“The work is a great read, and should be considered for anyone's bedside reading list.”
— Robert M. Slade, Internet Review Project
“The book is easy reading, full of tips, and provides valuable advice to both the beginner and more experienced speaker; well worth reading. ”
— Craig Strachan, NetGalley
Confessions of a Public Speaker is one of my favorites in 2010.”
— Diane Danielson,
“Wonderfully written! Most public speaking books are written by speaking experts who, if I were to guess, are not authors by nature.”
— Andrew Dlugan, Six Minutes
“...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 that’s what you want, very definitely worth your £££ or $$$”
— Dr Simon Raybould, Curved Vision
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.”
— Jason Clark, Deep Church
“Quite simply this is the best book on public speaking I have ever read.”
— Craig Linton, Fundraising Detective
“In sum, this book is a must have for the shelf of any public speaker alongside other classics like Slide:ology...”
— Matthew McCullough,
“I have been reading Scott Berkun’s Confessions of a Public Speaker (O’Reilly, 2009) for literally two months now. It isn’t 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.”
— Jeffrey Osier-Mixon, Jeff's Open Source Resource
“Very interesting...”
— Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson, AM Northwest
“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.”
— Adam Machanic,
“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.”
— Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
“If you get only one good tip from this book, it's worth it. ”
— Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution
“Sound advice.”
— Jay Cross, Internet Time Blog