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"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

My talks and content are "evergreen" - forever fresh and applicable to all as they focus on concepts, ideas, and skills that underlie everything we think, do, or say. Each is educational and enjoyable, suitable as a keynote or breakout session, and some are available as workshops, as well. 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 and unlock your true potential.

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

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Summary

"Exploring Emotions with Placebos" - Support and actionable advice for the claim "the way we feel is important and should be considered"

Audience

Anyone involved in making a product or service.

Key Takeaways

  • Why we make a product or service

  • 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?

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Summary

A fun, funny, and thoughtful exploration of Risk Analysis by examining the undesired consequences of inappropriate jokes. 

Audience

Anyone interested in Risk Analysis and avoiding unwanted outcomes.

Key Takeaways

  • An exploration of inappropriate jokes & their undesirable consequences

  • Factors to consider when you "think before you speak"

  • How those factors can help you assess risk in any context

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!

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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!