A memorable keynote is in equal parts informative and entertaining. Unpacking complex concepts in front of an audience in an approachable and engaging way is what I specialise in. 

My keynotes are stories backed up by data and evidence, not academic lectures or monologues. 

I’m happy to prepare a custom presentation tailored to your audience, event or sector, or, allow me to present one of my core keynotes (see below).

I’m experienced in delivering compelling presentations both virtually and on-site. For on-site keynotes I commit 10% of my speaking fee to carbon offsetting programs.

Marc is a talented entrepreneur and founder. I have invited Marc to be the speaker in our selected customer events and his performance rating positions him as a natural stage walker.
Patricia Simillon

(former) Marketing Director, Amadeus

Marc is a truly engaging speaker and writer on all things community, tech and travel related. He has an enviable way with words, but behind the stylistic flourishes is genuinely thoughtful and insightful content.

James Lancaster

Editorial Director, Northstar Meetings Group

Marc’s Keynote and in-depth breakout session on GenAI were truly fantastic. Many people have called it the best session ever at an Arival Event. I can’t even begin to describe it in detail, but the presentation was perfect for our audience, showing them a very practical use case for how Generative AI can be used for their business.

Bruce Rosard

Co-Founder, Arival



Largest audience


This high-energy keynote encourages audiences to absorb and implement an iterative process to break through barriers and deliver profound change to their organizations and within their lives.

From Edison’s talent for failure to the creation of all life on earth, we investigate and admire the raw power of an iterative approach to the design and development of products and services.

An inspirational keynote for aspirational people, designed to transform our relationship to failure by reframing the nature of success.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill


“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”

Coco Chanel

Fashion icon


This keynote dissects the lean approach to innovation and value creation; what methodologies can we apply to create new products and services quickly and without major investment?

We investigate compelling case studies and look at both the past and future of lean innovation so that we may arrive at practical solutions for the present.

This keynote is for professional audiences who are faced with the growing need and challenge of having to innovate to keep up in a digitally driven world.

“You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.”

Albert Einstein

Legendary Scientist

“There’s a way to do it better – find it.”

Thomas Edison

Inventor & Failure Expert

I’m a frequent contributor to online and print publications reaching hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. My writing is engaging and very accessible to non-technical audiences. Contact me for commissioned writing of op-ed articles, blog posts, and reports. 

More about my writing

You failed, congrats!

“Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is: Never try.” So advises Homer Simpson, the fictional personification of abject failure and, ironically, a success story of global proportions. Why has a fictional character that epitomises mediocrity and broken dreams captured the attention of hundreds of millions of viewers for a stupendous 32 seasons spanning more than 30 years?

The Edison Doctrine

One of the most paralyzing addictions many associations share is the desire for certainty and guarantees before implementing the level of change and innovation often needed to safeguard their future success. Paradoxically, waiting until the perfect solution presents itself often leads people to do very little, very slowly, which is exactly the wrong approach in this 21st-century technological paradigm. 

Travel, Right or Privilege

The Great Reopening of travel is also increasingly looking like The Great Reckoning. Everyone agrees we can’t go back to our old ways, but those old ways certainly were profitable and convenient. The dilemma is more precarious than ever and yet the possible solutions abundant. What choices will we make?

Technology Roadmap to 2030

The challenge now is in finding the balance between doing nothing and ‘jumping the gun’ by throwing every shiny new tech tool at the problem in the hopes of success or just to be seen doing something proactive; neither will serve you in the longer term. Entropy is a reality in business life too; it will be very hard to undo decisions made in 2020 ten years from now, just as you can’t unscramble an egg.


I provide group-based and individual coaching, training and workshops both virtually and onsite. Book one of my Digital Skills, Innovation Management or Design Thinking courses, or contact me for a custom curriculum or ad hoc training session.

Marc about my training work

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a powerful approach to new product development that begins with understanding unmet customer needs. It’s a human-centered design process that approaches problem-solving with understanding the user needs. Design thinking encompasses concept development, applied creativity, prototyping, and experimentation. When design thinking approaches are applied to business, the success rate for innovation has been seen to improve substantially.


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