Scott Berkun

http://twitter.com/berkun

Seattle, Washington

Areas of Expertise:

  • Innovation
  • Public Speaking
  • Management
  • Project management
  • Philosophy
  • Interaction design
  • usability
  • creative thinking
  • user experience
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
Scott Berkun is the best selling author of Confessions of a Public Speaker, The Myths of Innovation, and Making Things Happen. 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, 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.

Confessions of a Public Speaker Confessions of a Public Speaker
by Scott Berkun
December 2010
Print: $16.99
Ebook: $13.99

The Myths of Innovation The Myths of Innovation
by Scott Berkun
August 2010
Print: $17.99
Ebook: $14.99

Confessions of a Public Speaker Confessions of a Public Speaker
by Scott Berkun
November 2009
Ebook: $13.99

Making Things Happen Making Things Happen
by Scott Berkun
March 2008
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

The Myths of Innovation The Myths of Innovation
by Scott Berkun
May 2007
OUT OF PRINT

The Art of Project Management The Art of Project Management
by Scott Berkun
April 2005
OUT OF PRINT

O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video
by Scott Berkun
November 2009
Video: $99.99

Scott blogs at:

How to Thank a Customer

December 13 2012

Some people just give good thanks. I bought a t-shirt online awhile ago from Sean McCabe, an artist who works in handdrawn forms. Apparently he’d now reads some of my blog. Yesterday I received a charming little package in the mail, with a handwritten note. Inside was a print of… read more

What I learned going back to UX school

December 10 2012

Last week I was on an expert panel, giving feedback to final project presentations at the HCDE 518 User Centered Design course at the University of Washington, taught by Douglas Pyle. Its always fun to see what students are doing. They are the future after all.  My fellow experts were Matt Shobe,… read more

What I learned going back to UX school

December 10 2012

Last week I was on an expert panel, giving feedback to final project presentations at the HCDE 518 User Centered Design course at the University of Washington, taught by Douglas Pyle. Its always fun to see what students are doing. They are the future after all.  My fellow experts were Matt Shobe,… read more

Calling London: Anyone want me to speak?

December 04 2012

I’ll be in London for a few days in February 2013 with some time. Anyone interested in having me speak somewhere? Leave a comment or contact me directly. read more

The truth about choosing book titles

December 04 2012

As I’m getting fan opinions on title ideas for my next book, I’m reminded of the thrills and pains of picking book titles. #1: Advice is cheap, titles are hard Everyone is very happy to tell you how to pick a title, and in particular, that you are doing it… read more

Vote for the title of my next book

December 03 2012

I’ve been hard at work on book #5. It’s about the year I spent working at WordPress.com.  I want you readers to be more involved: an easy place to start is helping pick the title for the book. Book Synopsis: WordPress.com, the planet’s 15th most popular website, has no headquarters: everyone… read more

Do you want a bar in your workplace?

November 30 2012

Taking the question of how much does your workplace effect creativitiy in a new direction, the folks at Janelia Farm, a bio-medical research lab, have a pub in their office. Complete with ping pong, beer and coffee. You can watch a short interview about the pub and some of the… read more

Extreme Makeover: Bad Marketing Email

November 29 2012

In response to my claim Jargon Feeds on Lazy Minds, my friend Kav sent me one of the worst marketing emails he’s seen. Rather than complain, I thought why not try and fix it EXTREME makeover style. Here’s a brief critique followed by a press release makeover. First, here’s the message… read more

99 second presentations

November 28 2012

A running joke in the world of presentations is how short can they be? They used to be an hour. Then TED went to 20 minutes, Pecha Kucha to 6, and Ignite to 5. The trend of short presentations has been on the rise for years and one wonders where… read more

The Art of Explanation (book)

November 27 2012

Explaining things is my job. A living hero of explanations is Lee Lefever, one of the founders of CommonCraft. They popularized the style of hand-drawn explainer videos, including ones about Twitter in Plain English, Wikis in Plain English and the entertaining Understanding Zombies. He’s put together everything he’s learned about explaining… read more

Why Jargon Feeds on Lazy Minds

November 26 2012

If I could give every single business writer, guru or executive one thing to read every morning before work, it’d be this essay by George Orwell: Politics and the English Language. Not only is this essay short, brilliant, thought-provoking and memorable, it calls bullshit on most of what passes today as… read more

Idea beginnings and endings

November 26 2012

The beginning of a very bad idea often feels very good. And the beginning of a very good idea can feel very bad. Even the sharpest intuition is wrong much of the time about where an idea will lead. Sometimes what seems like a great idea at first falls apart… read more

Lessons from 24 hours offline

November 23 2012

On a whim I decided to spend all of yesterday offline. No email, no Facebook, nothing. I used to have a habit of doing food and other fasts, but its been a long time since I’ve done a fast of any kind. Here’s what I learned: I was twitchy and cranky… read more

Eight ways to avoid killing your family over the holidays

November 21 2012

We love and hate our families. We want to be with some of them, but after a few hours can’t stand others. Going home for the holidays means confronting an intense mix of pleasures and fears that we never figure out until its time to leave. Here’s some advice for… read more

What I learned from Powerpoint Karaoke

November 20 2012

Everyone has fears about regular public speaking, but what if you have to present someone else’s slides? And see them for the first time as the audience does? And only have 5 minutes? And the slides auto-advance? I believe in the theory of trying something insanely hard to make normal work feel… read more

John Cleese on Creativity

November 19 2012

I recently re-watched this excellent talk by John Cleese (of Monty Python) on creativity. The best parts are after the 10 minute mark, and I suspect many people give up before then. His ideas reminded me of Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, since they both emphasize modes and frames of… read more

Webcast: The Myths of Innovation: Remixed and Remastered
October 13, 2010
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free With the release of the new paperback edition of the classic bestseller, The Myths of Innovation, Berkun is back with new stories, advice and inspirations based on the true history and present of innovation...

Webcast - Confessions of a Public Speaker
December 02, 2009
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free For leaders, managers and anyone who speaks and expects someone to listen, Scott Berkun shares an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. Loosely based on his third book, ...

Webcast: How progress happens: the down and dirty truths and secrets that make innovation possible
March 19, 2009
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes. Cost: Free Talking about innovation is easy--making change happen in organizations is ridiculously hard. But there are things we can learn from the history of technology, political revolution and change, and there...

Scott Berkun

"It's an engaging, fun and quick read. The history is interesting, and the lessons presented are practical. I particularly like the author's tone. It's witty and light, which makes this a very fast read, one that leaves you wanting even more by the end..."
--Jack Herrington, Slashdot.org