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Meeting Professionals

Katie Otto, CMP

"Please pass along our thanks to David Weinberger for joining us during the Meeting Industry Luncheon at McCormick Place.  It was our largest attended luncheon of this kind and we know that Dr. Weinberger and his topic were a big part of that success.  Each year during this event we try to elevate our professional development offerings, and we feel strongly that a true business expert with a solid message is the way to do that.  Dr. Weinberger fit that bill and did an excellent job of capturing our audience.  The room was still full when he finished speaking, and that's a huge statement when there's a busy tradeshow floor to get back to."

Michigan Library Association

Ruth Dukelow, Associate Director

"Every librarian in America needs to hear what David Weinberger has to say.
His presentation at Michigan Library Consortium’s annual membership meeting was invigorating, thought-provoking, and refreshingly honest – and sometimes even a little scary – but always right on target. He sparked a high level of discussion among our member librarians who are still buzzing (and blogging!) about his program. I highly recommend David as an exceptional presenter for library conferences."

Inside ID

Benjamin Miller
Conference Chair

"The talk was exactly what we wanted; thought-provoking and hilarious. It is not easy to get our audience laughing as they have some pretty serious responsibilities, but you did it. I think many of them took your message away with them... "

International Conference on Knowledge Management (Singapore)

Patrick Lambe, Conference Organizer

"Your keynote was riveting and inspirational, injecting a much needed dose of energy and food for thought on the third day of a very hard working conference! Your participation in the afternoon open space was greatly appreciated by the delegates. "

TTI/Vanguard KM Conference

Hal Levin
Board member

"You were among the most passionate, prepared, and articulate speakers we have ever had; appropriately funny, sarcastic, and right on target. As a reinforcement, we just received an email that reads in part: I must say that having David Weinberger at the KM conference may turn out to be the most important choice made this past year..."

RLG Annual Membership Conference

Anne Van Camp

"David Weinberger is a surprising, inventive, entertaining and thought-provoking speaker. His style is unique and exceptionally engaging. He was a superb keynote speaker for our recent annual meeting addressing the topic of the evolution of cultural institutions, reminding us all not to forget what is real and what is virtual."

I-Media Marketing Conference

From a column on David's keynote, by Scott Donaton
Editor, AdAge

"David Weinberger, the funny, fiery and engaging marketing consultant and author ...A quirky and passionate former philosophy professor and comedy writer for Woody Allen -- his rumpled appearance and nervous energy make the fit obvious..." [Read the entire article]

Vignette Users Conference

Bruce Milne

David's talk at our annual customer conference was entertaining, but more importantly challenged our customers to apply what they had learned to their businesses. His anecdotes and experience were invaluable in setting a business context for the how organizations can use content and information. it was perfectly suited to our audience. Thanks again David!

Delphi Group Integration Conference

Tom Koulopoulos
President, Delphi Group

"David is simply brilliant! He was an absolute smash hit! He makes complex technology simple without making it trivial; he makes you laugh loud and often; he conveys passion and sincerity; and he does all of this without arrogance, pseudo-intellectualism, or ra ra futurism. His wit, unassuming manner, and cut-the-hype style delivered one of the best presentations I have ever heard - and two-hundred hard-nosed, biztech professionals from seven countries all agreed. Simply brilliant!"

Nasdaq Global Marketing Roundtable

Denise Benou Stires
EVP, Global Marketing and Investor Services

"David Weinberger is an engaging, surprising and, most importantly, thought-provoking speaker. He sneaks up on his audience with his unassuming style only to completely captivate them with his controversial, intelligent and witty perspective. Whether or not you agree with his unique point-of-view, the exchange of ideas will leave you enriched."


David Allen Forrester
Director, Practice Development

"Those of us still designing and building Web applications have been debating whether the industry has hit bottom or if this is just the eye of the storm. Through his considerable wit and intelligence, David reminded us why we continue to believe in the Web despite competitor bankruptcies and less fulsome client budgets. I'd hesitate to call it a 'pep talk' or refer to David as a 'motivational' speaker. But many in our battle-bruised group became a chortling mass of vigor and freshness by the time David finished."

Mass High Tech
in their report on the Nantucket Conference

Dyke Hendrickson
[Full article]

"Need a hilarious but informative speaker? Try Cambridge’s David Weinberger. He is an author of the “Cluetrain Manifesto” and, most recently, “Small Pieces Loosely Joined.” His theory is that the Web was created to be a free communications device and is succeeding in linking people in a way not envisioned a decade ago. He’s not optimistic on e-commerce or selling on the Web. But boy, is he funny."

IBM Executive Forum

Michelle Han

"On behalf of the IBM Exec Forum team in IBM, I would like to thank you for your highly entertaining & thought provoking presentation. Customers commented that your presentation was very refreshing and different/unorthodox, prompting them to think out of the box... One customer casually mentioned that he needs to halt all his web plans and review them again as he's not sure if his plans make sense after listening to your presentation :-) We have definitely achieved our objectives of making our customers think about the changes that are happening around the world, around us and how the dynamism of the 'webolution' will change our lives and the way businesses operate now and in the future."

IBM Users Group

Tom Manning
Marketing and Communications Manager

"Your presentation was a great kickoff to our conference. Our audience of more than 1,500 hardcore IT pros was entertained and interested throughout, and they reflected their satisfaction in an average evaluation score of 4.7 (out of a 5.0 scale). Your address was a insightful combination of the theoretical and practical, with examples we can all identify with. It's safe to say those of us who attended the presentation won't be thinking of the Web in the same light than we did beforehand. "


Eric Waldschmidt
Director, Marketing Strategy

"It was an absolute pleasure having you speak at our event. It's not often that people with really interesting perspectives and new ideas have even the faintest sense of humility. You've got both in spades and I loved working with you.

"Judging by literally every conversation I had (I'm certain a scientifically rigorous and statistically significant sample) regarding your presentation you scored high marks. Your performance you'll be happy to know, seemed to rate (again in my scientific poll) consistently higher than Martin Short. And people loved him so I don't see how you could have done much better.

"I'd recommend you in a heartbeat to anyone considering you."


Ellen Dahlin
Director, Conference Activities

"David, you were just what we needed to kick off our event. You are consistently one of our highest rated speakers, and this year was no exception. Your presentations are always timely, you always lead us to think about things in new ways, and most importantly, we have an opportunity to laugh - sometimes at ourselves. And, you are a delight to work with. I'd recommend you as a speaker without hesitation."

Ernst & Young
(6-event seminar series)

Crystal Campbell
Marketing Associate

"Your presentation was a wonderful ending to a year of speakers. You presented ideas that encouraged our attendees to think, laugh and act on how they interact with their customers via the web. Based on the comments we received from your presentation, our attendees found your talk to be "timely," "one of the best presentations I attended" and "enjoyable."

We would not hesitate to recommend you to a company looking for someone who will bring thought-provoking ideas to their attendees. Thank you David - we appreciate your preparedness and willingness to share your ideas."


Steve Larsent
Conference Organizer

"I try to balance a mix of speakers in the "main event" area of the conference - the general sessions, with sessions that will inspire, motivate and make the audience think. You were in the "make them think" category and did a splendid job - as evidenced by the amount of emails and discussion about what you said after the event. That continuing dialog is something I care very much about and in the NY event, you were the one that provided that."

IBM WebSphere

Peter Moorcroft,
Creative Director for the event (PGI)

"Wow - what an extraordinary performance from a shy, retiring, introverted philosopher!

"Your inspired and inspiring presentation 'What's the web for?' was absolutely the hit of our opening session, and, just as I had dared to hope, set the tone for our whole event. Your message of a new world on the web, one of 'voice; fallibility; forgiveness; laughter; passion; and spirit' resonated perfectly with our developer audience. The excitement was palpable and the audience riveted and ennobled by their role in the unfolding vision you described - who could ask for more!"

Jenny Szawlewicz

"On behalf of the IBM team, I wanted to thank you for your participation at WebSphere 2001. Your opening keynote was a great way to start out the conference. it was high-energy, thought-provoking and very funny. I know that the audience was very receptive to your presentation. We were so happy to have you at the conference, and I just wanted to express my appreciation in writing."


Harvey Ardman,
Co-program Chair

"At this year's Pop!Tech Conference, "Being Human in the Digital Age," David Weinberger spoke to some 500 top Internet and computer executives about the future of work. He was funny, provocative and fascinating - an overall delight. The audience loved him without reservation. He told us truths about ourselves and our lives that we hadn't realized, and he told them in a modest, appealing and truly hilarious way. I'd heard David before and I knew he'd be good - which is why, as co-program chairman, I signed him up for the event. But he far exceeded even my expectations. His talk was one of the highlights of the conference, which included luminaries as John Perry Barlow, Bill Joy, John Sculley and Gov. Angus King."


Carol Parker
Manager, Meetings and Events

"Your general session presentation provided us with insightful information and at the same time kept us delightfully entertained. There are very few speakers who have in-depth knowledge of technology and also have strong presentation skills. From the positive verbal feedback I received, along with the excellent written evaluations, it is obvious that you are one of those rare individuals."

National Breast Cancer Awareness

Ron Nicodemus Director, Conferences & Symposiums Disney Institute

"David Weinberger's business concepts and presentation were the perfect way to jump-start our conference with the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Board of Sponsors on challenging the current communications paradigm in the healthcare industry). He created the right mental atmosphere in getting the participants out of their boxes and stimulating their thinking."

Art Technology Group
(8-event seminar series)

Alison Howard Manager,
Field marketing, ATG

"The audience, which was made up of [our] partners, customers, and e-business executives, offered nothing but praise for David�s presentation, �The New Context for CRM.� David provided an entertaining and insightful reflection on the consumer�s needs � and the company�s role - in an increasingly customer-focused marketplace.." User Conference

Tony Rodoni, VP Marketing,
Support. com

"David Weinberger is a guest speaker dream come true. He's passionate, engaging, and entertaining. And just as important for, he is a speaker that listens before he talks. His keen interest to learn about the audience and customize his presentation to ensure he is not only insightful but relevant is unparalleled."

Hospitality Technology Conference

Larry Hausman, Publisher, Hospitality Technology Magazine

"David Weinberger brought inestimable value to the readers of Hospitality Technology magazine as they convened for the annual HT Lodging Conference in Orlando, Fla. His talk was warmly received and it inspired several attendees - and HT magazine - to consider further developments of their websites."

Interactive Summit

Sarah Faye, EVP, Managing Director, Carat Freeman

"David Weinberger was an absolute hit as the keynote speaker at the Interactive Summit 2000 in Boston. He is to be commended for actually putting new ideas and information in front of a crowd that has seen all of the new economy presentations! And best of all, he made us laugh! I would highly recommend David Weinberger for the toughest of crowds - and especially if your audience needs to wake up to the Internet tidal wave that has changed business forever."


John Underwoood, CEO,

"David was the most entertaining speaker I have ever had the pleasure to listen to ( and laugh and laugh)..."


Mike Azzara
PC Expo & eBusiness Expo Conferences

"David Weinberger's articulate passion, intelligence and wit riveted an SRO crowd of about 1,300 at the eBusiness Conference & Expo. With the crowd in his palm, and hanging on every word, he painted a rich aural tapestry about the Internet's impact on marketing and the true meaning of the Web, culminating in a dramatic climax."

Washington, DC
Mary MacPherson

"On March 7, 2000, the Morino Institute's hosted an event featuring The Cluetrain Manifesto in Washington, DC. One of the authors, David Weinberger, was a featured speaker before a crowd of over 1000 people. David's best known mediums are perhaps the written word and the radio. But he's also a wonderful presenter. With high energy, he moved around the stage and did not park himself behind the podium. This enabled him to engage the audience -- which he did for the entire session. He's smart, funny, witty, very entertaining and also very genuine. In an interactive panel discussion, he was thoughtful in his answers, provocative and informative. We very much enjoyed having David in our program and hope that we'll have many opportunities to work with him again in the future."


Keynote to US government CIOs (Washington, DC)
Katie Hanusik, ENC Marketing

"I wanted to thank you for doing such a terrific job at the AFFIRM Breakfast at FOSE last week. It was such a pleasure working with you, and the attendees were thrilled."


Keynote to Canadian government industry group (Ottawa)
Peter Broadmore, Conference Organizer

"At ITAC's conference in Ottawa, David Weinberger stole the show. His sometimes irreverent delivery takes nothing away from the importance and relevance of his message. His analysis of most corporate communications is dead-on!"


Conference Organizers, etc.

Here are what some Very Important People
have said about David Weinberger's presentations.


David Weinberger takes material that others make complicated and pedantic and turns it into comprehensible and interesting information. He combines an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject with one of the sharpest wits around.� His insights are original and helpful.� If he were a movie, he'd be "don't miss it" and "An Oscar candidate".

Keith T. Davidson, Ph.D., EDPP
Xplor International


Over the years, David Weinberger has consistently been ranked as one of the top presenters at Documation, the leading conference on the business management of electronic documents. He has been a popular keynote speaker for us at conferences throughout North America and Europe because of his insight and humor. Also, he has no sense of shame, humility or dignity.

Frank Gilbane
Editorial Director for the Gilbane Report
Founder, Documation


A) Everyone really seemed to like David's presentation and after the person sitting next to me jarred me from a nearly narcoleptic coma, I really enjoyed the clapping part at the end.

B) David has the ability to show up on time and thanks to the invention of velcro fastners, even manages to dress well.

C) David possesses a sharp observational wit that engages his audience and helps make the impact of complex technological issues relevant on both a professional and personal level.

D) All of the above

Gerry Murray
Research Manager
International Data Corporation


David is one of the very best speakers in the document management/imaging/records management industry!� He is articulate, informative and incisive.� You really learn when he is at the podium.� In an era of rapid change, he is a true leader in understanding where we are going. Don't miss him!

Robert Williams
Chair, Managing Electronics Records conference
President, Cohassett Associates

Contact Information

David Weinberger
voice: 617.738.8323
fax: 617.738.7013
cellular: 617.852.6902
mailular: 94 Westbourne Terrace, Brookline, MA 02446 USA


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