In addition to my work as a technologist and marketer, I regularly do presentations, seminars and hands-on workshops. These generally focus on marketing, social media, blogs and emerging technology. In fact, I recently co-authored a book on social media marketing.
My presentations are energetic, interactive and based in the real world, using concrete examples often drawn from the audience. Before I got into technology and marketing, I completed a BFA in Theatre, so I know how to perform–to seize an audience’s attention and hold it. My presentations tell stories, and my slides set the scenes.
I’ve also worked as a technical writer, so it’s second nature for me to translate geek speak to plain English.
Here are some topics I’ve recently spoken on:
Here are a few clips from a talk I gave at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver:
Here’s a segment I did for GetConnected TV:
Here’s a talk I gave at Web Content in Chicago:
I’ve talked to five people in a boardroom, and 500 people in a ballroom. Here are some of the organizations and companies that I’ve presented to:
Recent and upcoming public speaking engagements include:
A few nice things that people have said about my talks:
“Darren is an engaging, humorous, confident and charismatic speaker. He spoke at a social media conference that my business network hosted in May 2012 and he was most certainly the highlight of the day! He delivers relevant information in a way that is memorable and fun for the audience. We had amazing feedback on Darren and we would highly recommend him for any other speaking engagements or keynotes.”
–Carol McBee, iMedia
“The conference was centred around marketing strategies for online PC backup and sharing services. Darren very effectively complemented this main theme with an insightful talk about the trends in social media and what it means for a modern marketing organization. Casero’s customers are all in the technology sector, but even these executives are often mired down in day-to-day issues and struggle to see the implications of recent social media developments.
With abundant use of examples and metaphors, Darren clearly has a knack for explaining complex topics in a simple and humourous manner. Conference attendees vigorously scribbled notes as Darren spoke – and unanimously gave feedback that Darren’s presentation was insightful and a welcome addition to the event’s agenda.”
–Michael Silverman, Casero
It’s important to the High Tech Communicators Exchange that we deliver topics that are forward looking, practical and entertaining. As a feature speaker at our HTCE sessions, Darren delivers this in spades. He knows his topic and provides great insights into Web 2.0 and social networking and relates it to day-to-day marketing and communications. When he’s billed as our feature speaker, he draws a big crowd.
–Catherine Ducharme, HTCE
I sought out Darren to speak at Content Convergence and Integration 2008 because of his background, bridging the worlds of technical and marketing communications and social media, and his ability to see and explain trends. He delivered a workshop that presented some hard truths, and radical changes for their profession. He did so in a way that kept participants both engaged and excited about their futures. Darren is a valuable resource to any organization that needs a presenter with a clear and interesting style.
–Rahel Bailie, Content Convergence