Speaking & Events

Joanne is available as a keynote speaker, trainer and event blogger. For bookings, contact her via email or call her on +61 419 131 077. For details of Joanne’s forthcoming appearances, see the links at the right of this page.

Feedback on past presentations by Joanne Jacobs…

Joanne Jacobs gave everyone a master class in not just how to use new social technologies smartly and appropriately but, also how to be an engaging presenter. No matter what she thinks of Paul Clarke’s photos of her, they captured the passion with which she delivered her subject.


you can get caught up on videos, photos and insights from the Like Minds conference here and here. Among the keynote speakers: Ogilvy Worldwide’s John Bell, Chris Brogan, Orange’s Yann Gourvennec, Joanne Jacobs and Jonathan Akwue, who are all brilliant beyond words. No matter what presentation you watch, trust me, you’ll learn something valuable.


The 2 speakers – Joanne Jacobs and Chris Brogan were the highlights; Joanne was a performance that set the standard. Chris – an outstanding blogger and the reason why I came. He did not have the time to finish; what a shame!


There were particular vibrant and engaging presentations from Jonathan Akwue, Joanne Jacobs, Olivier Blanchard and the irrepressible Chris Brogan.



More like a rock concert, than a business gathering, the energy in the room was palpable. We were addressed by some of the leading social communications experts in the world, including Joanne Jacobs, Olivier Blanchard, and the amazing Chris Brogan.



@joannejacobs had a great style which the crowd responded well to. Her message was clear – there are good uses of new technology (like augmented reality) and there is gratuitous or bad implementations. She used an Ikea implementation as a good use – they allow you to overlay items in your space to test drive them, so-to-speak. She challenged the delightful (perhaps) but somewhat silly uses of augmented where you place a ‘code” in front of a camera and you can watch an animation come to life (so long as you are in front of the camera etc…). At the heart of what she was saying – embrace a discipline of being useful and actually think through what problem you might solve with the innovation.


The event was very well put together by Drew Ellis and Scott Gould and they managed to attract some of the best known names in the Industry such as Chris Brogan, Joanne Jacobs and Oliver Blanchard.


For me the highlights of the afternoon were the presentations by Joanne Jacobs and Olivier Blanchard. Joanne’s talk was funny and engaging and Olivier’s was interesting and well presented. It was a shame that Olivier ran out of time and had to rush through the second part of his presentation.


What Likeminds 2010 did was provide world class thought-leaders and practitioners (Chris Brogan, Olivier Blanchard, John Bell, Jonathan Akwue and Joanne Jacobs) that will hopefully inspire many others to take part in healthy, social media/online communications debates.


I was very impressed with Jon Akwue, Joanne Jacobs and Chris Brogan who was one of the first 10 people i started to follow on twitter – Joanne’s Gartner style hype cycle for Augmented Reality was very interesting.


Joanne Jacobs covered the post-lunch spot perfectly with a lively exhortation on emergent media.


I really enjoyed hearing Joanne Jacobs bang the drum for augmented reality – she was spot on and a great speaker.



I’m not going to analyse all the speakers & panels, as many others this week have done that very thing, but when Jonathan Akwue stands up and tells you that social media actually saves lives – you listen, when the incomparable Joanne Jacobs leads you through a perfectly timed presentation that literally holds attention like a children waiting for Santa Claus then you know you’re witnessing something memorable and special.


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