Guest Speakers Wanted

Update: December 13, 2013
I will be doing this again in the new year, if you are interested, let me know.———————————————————–

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 11 to March 15 between 10:00 AM and 12:00 AM.   Lectures take place in the Room J209 in the J  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.

The schedule of available times is in this google document.

If you have experience or thoughts to share that might be useful to someone entering the marketing communications workforce, please let me know what you would like to speak about and we can work something out.

Thanks, hope 2013 is good to you.



We brainstormed some ideas last class and some of the topics that students would like to hear about inlcude:

  • New Promotional technologies
  • Evaluating Traditional Media
  • How to get a job
  • Videography
  • Digital production
  • Networking for creative types
  • Copyright and other legal stuff
  • Social media writing
  • Small town Agency life
  • Social media opportunities.

Got something to say about any of that? Let me know.


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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5 Responses to Guest Speakers Wanted

  1. Sarah Lacharity says:

    Hi Thom,

    I would be happy to be a guest speaker. Having taken the course when you taught it and still working in the industry (in a round about way) I could maybe provide some wisdom. Having worked through many an agency on my way to being the Publisher at the CMCC, I’d have a few pointers.
    I am actually on the last few months of maternity leave at the moment so, I could do Friday mornings without too much trouble at all.


  2. mrripple says:

    I’d be happy to be a virtual guest speaker regarding your networking for creative types. Let’s schedule a call if you’d be interested. You can check out my website at


  3. Simone Choy says:

    Hi Thom
    I am a Certified Life Coach. Motivating people for change is what Advertising and Life Coaching have in common.

    I would love to be a guest speaker. I connect very well with all ages.

    Looking forward to being in touch soon.
    Simone Choy
    Results In Coaching


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