Jon Burkhart.

Jon Burkhart

Jon is an award-winning keynote speaker and content strategist best known for co-authoring Newsjacking: The Urgent Genius of Real-time Advertising. As a workshop leader and MC at festivals like SxSW and Cannes Lions, he’s the playful agitator/curious questioner who entertains and inspires audiences with insights about creativity and innovation. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Fast Company and The Guardian.

After his first book was published in 2013, Jon hit the road, leading content strategy workshops across the UK, USA, Canada and Europe for the last 7 years for brands like Google, Samsung, Uber, LinkedIn, eBay, Microsoft, BMW/Mini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Channel 4, BBC, MTV, GSK and Sainsbury’s.

There’s no one better placed to deliver a brand storytelling for social media workshop than Jon. His Urgent Genius blog was one of the first in the world to track how brands were telling stories on Twitter way back in 2009, pre-Instagram days.

Jon’s workshops are up-to-the-minute relevant because he’s a trend lover. His love for what’s new and next in brand storytelling, social media and content marketing as well as disruptive innovation have helped him secure positions on the boards of top marketing and technology conferences globally. He was one of the very first to speak at South By Southwest and has continued to do so ever since. It’s where Twitter launched.

Jon’s studied improv comedy and his quick thinking makes his workshops the farthest thing imaginable from the word ‘work’. He’s created a framework & series of unique interactive games to help brands be more clever & curious with their content. It’s all about asking ‘firecracker’ questions — ones that add tension & surprise.