Guest speakers wanted

As many of you know I sometimes teach part time. This winter I am doing a course entitled Professional Practice,which is part of the Advertising Creative program at Algonquin College. A program that I graduated from when typewriters were the norm and which I ran for a number of years until the internet lured me away.  The course is for graduating students and is intended to help with the transition from school to work place, the blurb from the program outline reads:

“Attitude, communication, and human relations are the key to surviving in the ever-changing world of advertising. This course helps you prepare for workplace success by providing practical expectations and useful tools to make a successful transition from school to workplace. The course discusses self-management, workplace politics and etiquette, building relationships, and tools for the future.”

A key part of the course is the speakers program where professionals just like you come in for an hour to share their wisdom and insights into the real world. There are potentially 18 one hour speaking spots available on Friday mornings,  January 14 to March 11 between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.   Lectures take place in the N building at the Woodroofe campus of Algonquin College in Ottawa. I am pretty sure that we should be able to accommodate a web conferencing if you are located out of town.

I already have six great folks lined up to speak on the following topics:

  • Managing a national ad campaign program (client side) and the client/agency relationship
  • Selling yourself for a job/client/date…same message
  • Strategic Roadmap to Social Media for GC communicators
  • Puzzles and Mysteries
  • Government vs private sector
  • Starting your own business

I have room for up to 12 more people and topics.  If you have experience or thoughts to share that might be useful to someone entering the communications workforce, please let me know what you would like to speak about and we can work something out.

Thanks, hope 2011 is good to you.



About Thom Kearney

Change agent, teacher, arts, science, open government, father, mentor, storyteller, husband, dog owner,collaborator, not necessarily in that order.
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7 Responses to Guest speakers wanted

  1. Hi, Thom,

    I speak on effective Green messaging to reach the Cultural Creative consumer, based on the material in my award-winning eighth book, Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green. Recent/upcoming talks include Forum Davos in Switzerland, Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco, Green America Green Festival in Washington, DC.

    I’m based in Massachusetts.


  2. Joe Boughner says:

    Hey Thom,

    I would suggest reaching out to Ryan Anderson (@ryananderson). He studied advertising, then moved into PR on the agency side, now runs his own creative / digital firm. He’s written about the importance of getting experience any way you can (he cofounded then promoted a local theatre company, all pro bono) and he’s got experience speaking to post-secondary classes.

    I wrote a post a few months ago that might be a relevant speaking topic too if you’re interested:



  3. Where are you located? I just stumbled over your blog, LinkedIn profile, and co. Interesting.
    Please feel free checking my site and blog Mining Drug Space and let me know if some of this would fit your needs.

    Aka, I would be interested sharing social media insights to a student crowd.


  4. Sandra Jurcic says:

    Hi Thom,
    I speak on our lazy use of discourse and point out ways to make a better impression on others by dropping redundant, overused and IQ-reducing terms/phrases….of course with a dollop of humour!
    A remote talk would be preferable as I live in Germany and will not be in Canada again until after Easter.




  5. Akemini says:

    Hi Thom,

    I am a motivational speaker who has an interactive PowerPoint workshop presentation in which I speak on how to develop a professional resume and cover letter that will draw in prospective employers. I also speak on how to use poetry as a vehicle for creative expression, in various forms, from the Haiku & Tanka to iambic pentameter & free verse; I also give examples of each from my book manuscript. I have found that individuals are very inspired by the presentations I have delivered and I find it very rewarding. If you have any further guest speaker slots, please let me know, I would be interested in participating.

    Thank You.




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