Wes delivers engaging and actionable talks, where audiences learn how to apply out-of-the-box thinking and leave the room feeling empowered to take action. Her speeches are tailored to your audience, and filled with actionable takeaways, tools, frameworks, and real-life case studies to help attendees gain a fresh perspective.
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Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center
Wes has given talks to audiences of innovators, scientists, policymakers, executives, and leaders from 40 countries at Singularity University. Since technology is only getting cheaper and more readily available, people are the bottleneck to adoption and change. Leaders, scientists, and technologists need to think like marketers to ensure their innovation reaches audiences and inspires action.
Seth Godin's Ruckusmaker Workshop, altMBA events, and more
Wes speaks at a variety of workshops, conferences, and events in Seth Godin's community of 1 million blog readers and fans. This includes in-person events, such as the Ruckusmaker Workshop in New York, "Seth in London" event, altMBA Alumni Gathering event in Hastings-on-Hudson, Tribal Gathering at the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as virtual community events like digital meetups, Zoom video gatherings with participants from dozens of time zones, and Seth Godin's Leadership Workshop.
Eric Ries' Lean Startup Conference
Wes speaks on the topic of marketing innovation, agile product launches, and creativity to a sold-out audience of startup founders and corporate executives at Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Footage: YouTube video
Written transcript: "No One Knows the Right Answer: The Uncomfortable Truth About Running Lean"
What audiences are saying...
Wes speaks on marketing innovation, workplace culture, leadership, storytelling, and building high-performing teams.
Below are sample topics. Feel free to reach out if you'd like to schedule a call about a customized presentation.
The Best Product Doesn't Always Win
The bad news: Plenty of startups never gain traction because they don’t know how to connect with customers on an emotional level.
The good news: Storytelling and strategic messaging is a skill you can learn as a competitive advantage. The outcome is you’ll drive more customers, more media coverage, more internal buy-in, and more brand awareness to increase the chances of your product’s success.
You'll learn how to:
Communicate why your idea matters with memorable, "sticky" messaging
Appeal to the emotional reasons why consumers take action
De-risk your new product using social proof
Turn bugs into features with positioning and framing
Storytelling for Technical Leaders
Technical skills alone aren't enough anymore. In this talk geared toward engineers, scientists, researchers, technologists, and academics, Wes reveals the top mistakes technical leaders make when describing their ideas–and shares frameworks to help better market their product (and themselves).
You'll learn how to:
Confidently talk about yourself and the impact of your work
Tailor your message to laymen vs fellow experts
Use emotion (not just logic) to amplify your story
Simplify technical topics so others can spread your message
How to Build Digital Communities and Create Evangelical Customers
Competitors can copy your features cheaper and faster than ever before, and pure branding is too fuzzy to rely on. In today’s hyper-competitive environment, the smartest companies have created an asset that’s irreplaceable: community.
This talk will introduce ways to design branded communities to foster authentic customer engagement. At the end of the talk, you'll understand how communities are the future of creating strong, resilient brands.
You'll learn how to:
Empower customers to speak on behalf of your brand
Create stories that appeal to your customer's worldviews
Build word-of-mouth virality into your acquisition and retention plans
Use rituals, habits, and identities in branded communities