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How To Control Your Co-Workers' Minds (aka How to pitch and present ideas)

  • Space at the Steps 1301 1st Ave, Level A Seattle, WA 98101 USA (map)

We are pleased to welcome Scott Berkun for an intimate, interactive talk on effective and persuasive presentations.

Tickets $20

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All creative people have to present their ideas, whether to clients, programmers, bosses or VCs. While some people naturally present with substance and style, most people fail because they believe their ideas can sell themselves.

If you wonder why your wonderful ideas never get built, or are brutally torn apart in meeting after meeting, its probably not your design or UX talents that are the problem. How effectively you frame, shape, and pitch your ideas to persuade others is the skill you most need to grow.

Berkun will help you in this fun, brutally honest, and interactive presentation, which is loosely based on his bestselling book, Confessions of a Public Speaker. He'll give you everything you need to know to present, pitch, convince, and sell your design ideas effectively.


Scott Berkun is the best selling author of Making Things Happen,The Myths of InnovationConfessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants: & The Future of Work. He worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003 on Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0, Windows and MSN, and as team lead at from 2010 to 2012. He works as a full time author and speaker and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Forbes, The Economist and other media. He's a contributor to Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and has appeared frequently on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and NPR for his expertise on various subjects. He gives 20 to 30 lectures a year around the world at major events, corporations and universities, often as the keynote speaker. He runs a popular blog with videos, podcasts, and essays, at www.scottberkun.comand tweets at @berkun.



6:30 Registration and networking (light snacks and drinks included)
7:00 Event begins
8:00 Q&A and conclusion

Getting there

Space at the Steps is located at 1st Ave and University, halfway down the Harbor Steps.  Look for a glass door on the right as well as event signs.

Nearby buses (One Bus Away)

Neaby parking (Google Maps)


GGLO has been a generous and frequent sponsor to IxDA Seattle events by lending their space and time in order for us to bring quality presenters to the community. We thank them for their continued partnership and support.

By integrating key disciplines under one roof and measuring success by the quality of their relationships, GGLO has established themselves as one of the foremost design firms on the West Coast.


Due to the costs related to food and drink, no refunds will be granted within 5 days of the event. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.