Hi, I'm DK!

Advisor, speaker, producer
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About

BETTER QUESTIONS, INNOVATION AND SMILES

Currently:

Have:

  • founded leading social media training / consulting agency, MediaSnackers (a term I coined early 2004/5’ish) plus CEO / executive-level mentoring firm, Social Media For Suits, both ‘paused’ in 2011
  • been part of online communities and blogging since 2000 plus produced nearly 200 podcasts and vodcasts
  • spent over 6 months as a Business Designer for Empathy Design

Currently based in the coolest capital in the world, and work internationally.

Yes, DK is my (legal) name. Just a D and a K.

Services

How I pay the rent

ADVISOR

Insights, guidance, ideas on better ways of using social media / technologies. Simples.

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SPEAKER

Welsh-toned energetic talks brimming with juicy examples and tasty adaptable concepts.

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PRODUCER

Fantastic events plus helpful guides for wonderful souls like you to attend / buy.

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Clients

NEARLY 200 BRANDS / ORGANISATIONS AND COUNTING. HERE'S A FLAVOUR:

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“That was the most useful lecture of my whole University degree.”
Massey Uni Student
“DK was engaging, informative and thoughtful. He challenged us to think differently.”
DOWA IBI Group
“You absolutely and undeniably rocked our world today…!!!”
University of Waikato

Latest from the Better Questions Blog

Why I Love Public Speaking | Thinking Out Loud

Wellington Young Professionals Image

For some people it’s what they fear most. For me, it’s where some of my best thinking occurs.

Yesterday I spoke to 30 young professionals on social media and personal branding—an attempt to advocate for using social to build pedigree which sustains and moves with them.

My speaking preparation style is counter to most (don’t practise or have a script or write out bullet points) although it works for me and manifests two very important things:

  • the talk becomes more of a ‘conversation’ not a rehearsed lecture;
  • forces me to construct improvised value based on the audiences needs with the stories being shared.

In this loose and open approach, new concepts are created and interesting ways of presenting or mashing up old ideas occur. Some, are remembered which then form new blog posts or strategic leads. Others are luckily recorded by the tweets of those in attendance (here are just three of my favourite takeaways from the session):

"Blogs are great for metacognition: even if no one reads them, think of them as training your brain to contribute meaningfully" @justadandak

— Shadoe Stone (@shadoesuzanna) November 18, 2014

Damn, that’s a pearl!

So many folks want popular blogs and a readership which validates their effort although in the beginning the process of finding a true authentic voice is far more important than that.

"The currency of online is attention, not clicks" – I like that. Thanks @justadandak and @WellingtonYP for the social media tips!

— Katie Kenny (@kennykatie) November 18, 2014

I like it also.

So much so I added it to the image above (image credit).

Building credible and deep relationships should be the aim not the figures (see Social Media Is Dead | The Marketeers / Advertisers Are Taking Over).

"We are our own gate keepers, we now choose what media we consume, so we must be our own curators" #WYPseries with @justadandak

— WYP (@WellingtonYP) November 18, 2014

Ah the importance of curation as an emerging skillset as a way to combat the saturation and dilution of the signal.

It’s a shame there’s such a small event and speaking scene here in New Zealand. Although come the end of February I’ll be revisiting North America for several opportunities to get back on that stage to think out loud.


Huge thanks to the Wellington Young Professionals for the opportunity to speak:

A huge thank you to DK for his engaging and thought-provoking workshop yesterday. Not only did he open our minds, challenge our understanding and perceptions of social, and dare us to be digital curators, but we’re all heading out to make moleskin pen holders, and feature them on our new blogs!
Behold the new wave of social media users.

Alexis Trevethan, Vice President, Wellington Young Professionals

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