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Scott Berkun - Berkun Consulting. Seattle, WA, US

Scott Berkun

Author and Speaker | Berkun Consulting


Now that's a perspective! Best-selling author and speaker will provocativelly, yet delightfully, challenge you to think outside the box



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Scott Berkun is the best selling author of The Myths of Innovation, Making Things Happen and Confessions of a Public Speaker. 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, The Economist, The Huffington Post, 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.

Since Aug 2010, Scott also works for Automattic on He worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003, mostly on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0 (not 6).

As a best-selling author and speaker, Scott lectures at Fortune 500 companies & top universities on creativity, management and a fun mix of everything.

Industry Expertise (7)

Public Relations and Communications

Corporate Training

Management Consulting


Writing and Editing

Computer Software

IT Services/Consulting

Areas of Expertise (5)

Leading Breakthrough Projects

How to Manage Innovation

Mistakes Managers Make

Advanced Topics in Project Management

Integrating Design and Software Development

Accomplishments (4)

Author - Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds (professional)

This definitive best-of collection of one of the web's best young writers is packed with big ideas and fun, guaranteed to make you think and smile. You'll learn to find passion, think free, manage time, pay attention and more.

Author - Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management (professional)

In this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.

Author - The Myths of Innovation (professional)

Since its initial publication, this classic bestseller has been discussed on NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and at Yale University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google,, and other major media, corporations, and universities around the world. It has changed the way thousands of leaders and creators understand the world.

Author - Confessions of a Public Speaker (professional)

In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.

Event Appearances (18)

How Progress Happens: Leading the Human Side of Change

Tools of Change for Publishing Conference  New York City



WordCamp Seattle 2011  Seattle, Washington



Web 2.0 Expo New York   New York City


How is Made?

WordCamp Lisboa 2011  Lisbon, Portugal


The Five Most Dangerous Ideas

An Event Apart Seattle  Seattle, Washington



RightNow Developer Conference  Big Sky, Montana


Creative Thinking Hacks

Creative Mornings Seattle  Seattle, Washington


The Five Most Dangerous Ideas

DMI Design/Management Thinking Conference  Seattle, Washington


The top ten mistakes UX people make

Puget Sound SIG-CHI Speaker Series  Mercer Island, Washington



Construx: Executive Summit  Seattle, Washington



From Business to Buttons: Designing for Effect  Malmo, Sweden


Teaching Seattle How To Drive

Ignite Seattle 15  Seattle, Washington



WordCamp Portland  Portland, Oregon



STC Summit 2012  Chicago, Illinois


Creative Thinking Hacks

Google Chicago Speaker Series  Chicago, Illinois



PMI Tel Aviv  Tel Aviv, Israel


The Five Most Dangerous Ideas

An Event Apart Boston  Boston, Massachusetts


Myths of Innovation

Communitech Tech Leadership Conference  Waterloo, Ontario


Sample Talks (5)

The Five Most Dangerous Ideas

There are truths about how the world works that creatives don’t like to talk about. We get angry and frustrated when we’re not granted the power we think we deserve, but there are often good reasons the world works ‘against us.’ This session takes these ideas head on, from how power truly works, to our unavoidable dependence on salesmanship skills, so we can convert them from frustrations into practical behaviors for empowerment and achieving our dreams at work.

The top ten mistakes UX people make

UX professionals worry about the wrong things: methods and techniques, despite how little of our impact hinges on extending our already well developed expertise. This fun, entertaining and interactive talk will share a fresh, entertaining, yet tough perspective on why we succeed or fail, and what we can do differently to make the changes we want to happen, to happen now.

How Progress Happens: Leading the Human Side of Change

Talking about change is easy – making change happen in most 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 mistakes and seemingly popular, but actually self-defeating approaches. This fun, interactive and entertaining talk will prime you for leading change, enhancing your skills for motivating, and making change happen in your world.

Creative Thinking Hacks

Scott will simultaneously demystify creative thinking, provide tips and tricks for finding ideas, provoke wild opinions and comical rants, and explore how to become more powerful at the creative aspects of your work and life.

Why Designers Fail and What to Do About It

All those who participate in design, from interaction designers to usability engineers, fall victim to the same kinds of challenges when trying to bring good design into the world. From politics, to hubris, to downright incompetence, what can we learn by examining the causes of our failures? Scott thinks we can learn everything, much more than studying our successes. This talk, explores why designers fail and offers advice on how to learn from and triumph in the face of these situations.


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*Will consider certain engagements for no fee