"Damian would be a great addition to your event. His engaging personality makes him ideal as a keynote speaker, blending fun with learning to generate energy in the room – especially for so-called ‘soft’ skills which can be difficult to translate to useful application. He can connect with audiences – using his background as an improv ‘performer’ to interact and draw the listener in to become a participant."

-Todd Jones, Wadsworth, OH

Current Offerings

I offer a variety of educational and enjoyable talks and topics that are suitable as keynotes or breakout sessions. Browse my current topics below, click a title for additional information, or click here for a complete list of past and future events!

Summary

Using humor, improv, personal stories, pop culture, and more to examine self-identity.

Audience

Anyone interested in discovering who they really are.

Key Takeaways

  • The importance and dangers of labels

  • How to deal with anxiety

  • Discovering who you are and who you can be

Summary

"Exploring Emotions with Placebos" - A thoughtful and practical look at the importance of emotional requirements in software. 

Audience

Anyone involved in making software.

Key Takeaways

  • Why we make software

  • What are (emotional) requirements

  • Ways to get and measure emotional requirements

Summary

"Exploring Semantics, Testers, and Problems" - Introducing, demystifying, and using semantics to better understand testers and testing.

Audience

Anyone interested in learning more about semantics and/or testing.

Key Takeaways

  • A deeper understanding and appreciation of semantic discussions

  • How causality and relativism affect perception

  • What exactly is testing, quality, and bugs?

Summary

A fun, funny, and thoughtful examination of the undesired consequences of inappropriate jokes, and a better way to "think before you speak". 

Audience

Anyone interested in avoiding unwanted outcomes.

Key Takeaways

  • How Slippery Slopes 

  • Why empathy is important

  • Factors to help you "think before you speak"

Summary

An informal, collaborative session exploring lessons learned from a career and lifetime of talking. 

Audience

Anyone interested in learning about or improving their public speaking

Key Takeaways

  • Due to the collaborative nature of this talk, the content and takeaways change each time!

Summary

Lightning (and Ignite) talks are very short (1-5 minutes) presentations with few (or no!) rules. I sometimes improvise a talk in the moment, but also have a few prepared Lightning/Ignite talks. 

Audience

Anyone at the event!

 

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