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    Hi! I'm DAVE BIRSS
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    I demystify CREATIVITY
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    I reinvent INNOVATION
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International Keynote Speaker

Helping people and organisations boost their creativity and innovation.
Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, biology and behavioural economics.
Giving practical tips and useful take-aways.

Dave is obsessed with creativity - what it is, where it comes from, its role in history, its place in our future, what makes some people more creative than others - and this obsession finds its way into almost everything he does. He's on a mission to shatter the myths and destroy the mystique around the creative process. And on the way, enable more people to harness their untapped creative abilities and help organisations use it more effectively.

His main role is running and editing Open for Ideas; an online magazine that's dedicated to clarifying creativity and sharing practical advice to help everyone generate ideas more effectively. He's managed to collect an astounding calibre of contributors from all over the world who look at creativity and innovation from different perspectives.

Dave spent the majority of his career in the world of advertising, both as a copywriter and an art director. He ended up leading the creative departments of some of London’s biggest and best agencies, including Poke, McCann Worldgroup, OgilvyOne and DraftFCB. And he picked up a bunch of awards before he left the industry in 2010.

This experience led to him becoming the Editor at Large for The Drum magazine. During his time there he started Do It Day - an annual event that asks the marketing industry to put their talents to use making the world a better place. He also started up a video production arm, with the first project being a nationally broadcast TV series.

Dave is the author of A User Guide to the Creative Mind. It's a quick read that describes the creative process and explains how to come up with more ideas. It's on the recommended reading lists of the world's top advertising schools. (And you can get it for free by signing up to the Open for Ideas newsletter.)

Over the last few years Dave's worked with lots of individuals and organisations to help them boost their creativity. That's not limited to idea-generation techniques and workshops. He also looks at the environment, the processes, the culture, the structure and the recruitment processes - all of which have a massive impact on an organisation's ability to generate fresh thinking.

Dave's experience comes from a wide variety of creative careers. A well as being an advertising creative director, he's been a film director, radio broadcaster, poet, stand-up comedian, session musician, record producer, illustrator and university lecturer.

You may have seen Dave's face on your TV. He's an experienced broadcaster, writer and director. In 2015, his 6-part TV series The Day Before Tomorrow was broadcast in the UK. He also presented the world's first Virtual Reality history show - Secret Spaces. And he's created numerous online films for himself and others.

He's currently working on a couple of books, a handful of TV series and releases content on an almost daily basis.

Why get Dave to speak?

Dave has spoken for businesses and events all over the world.
This is why people tend to choose him.



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  • To say that the crowd loved him would be a serious understatement. To every corporate event organiser and conference program director out there - do yourself a favour, and hire Dave to speak. It will be one of the best decisions you will make - and your attendees will be thankful.

    - Vladimir Vulic, Spark.Me -
  • As always, Dave’s presentation style is engaging, honest and really makes you sit up and listen. We’d love to work with him again."

    - Rachel Evans, Experian Data Quality -
  • Dave is one of the most original speakers I've ever seen. He is always ready to adjust his presentation to fit the context. He's one of the most creative minds off and on the stage. An experienced professional and a great friend. I've never skipped a chance to book or watch him. And neither should you."

    - - Darko Buldioski, AllWeb Events -
  • We've had Dave speak for us twice at major conferences. He's brilliant, thoughtful and thought-provoking. I love his ability to open my mind to new concepts and ways of thinking and our audiences have always felt the same.

    - Graham Ruddick, Digital Doughnut -
  • It has been a true pleasure having Dave as our keynote. Rockstar on stage, he is brutally honest and shares amazing insights on all sides of creative advertising. We were a tough crowd to please and he got standing ovations.

    - Ivan Minic, Digital Day Serbia -
  • A really enriching talk which I know all our delegates really enjoyed. I wouldn't hesitate asking Dave to come back for our next one; but until then treat yourself and book him. You won't regret it.

    - Guy Armitage, Zealous X -
  • Dave MC'd a conference I recently produced and did it with professional aplomb. He confidently conducted the stage, engaged the speakers, managed the audience and even filled dead space when the IT failed us. He went over and above what was asked of him.

    - Matt Desmier, Silicon Beach -
  • Dave taught how to design and produce branded content. The quality of his work was extraordinary, which is why I highly recommend working with him. We hope to have a new opportunity to work with him in the future.

    - Fernando Acuña Díaz, Universidad Católica de Chile -
  • An excellent end. Very thought-provoking and engaging. Fantastic end to the conference. Really enjoyed this session. Left on a high.

    - Tory Gillingham, AMDIS -
  • Dave's delivery is endlessly entertaining. The ability to seamlessly switch between the serious economics of adland and the whimsical playing of a harmonica is something few people could master.

    - John Newbold, Canvas Conference -

Popular talks

Dave always tailors his talks to his audience. And often creates bespoke talks for the occasion.
But here's an overview of some of his more popular recent talks.

Get a taste of Dave in action

Watch the showreel

Get in touch

Dave is managed by Miriam at Ten Talent.

If you're interested in booking him for a talk, a workshop, some consulting, an interview or anything else, please get in touch.

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