Jesse Brown

November 28, 2013 by Speakers' Spotlight

Spotlight On: Jesse Brown, Digital Media Expert and Broadcast Journalist

For the inside scoop on where digital culture is headed, look no further than digital expert and entrepreneur, Jesse Brown. A start-up founder, podcaster, blogger, and journalist, Jesse shares his technology insight with audiences of all kinds, from social media newcomers to organizations and educators looking to discover the digital world’s “next big thing.” Jesse let us put him in today’s spotlight:

What do you like to leave audiences with?

Of course I want audiences to feel entertained and excited by my talks, but beyond that my big wish is that they are left feeling like they now understand something that they didn’t quite grasp beforehand.

How do you prepare before a talk? 

I think about who I’ll be speaking to and what will make my message resonate with them. It’s important not to get cocky or lazy just because my last talk may have gone well. It’s good to feel a little nervous.

Any funny or embarrassing situations you found yourself in as a speaker?

The first time I spoke to  a group of librarians, I had some silly stereotypes in my head.  These turned out to be totally false–the librarians were raucous, funny, and a little wild. They invited me to their reception that night–it was more fun than I could handle, and nobody got “shushed.”

Is there a charitable cause that you feel passionate about? Why?

I volunteer for Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.  I used to take it for granted that we have free speech in Canada, but now I realize there are constant threats to it and it must be actively protected.

If you had to choose a new career, what would it be?

Web developer.  There aren’t enough to go around, they can live and work anywhere they want, and they collaborate and create everyday.

Desert island album?

Berlin, Lou Reed.

Last book you read?

Bossypants, by Tina Fey (yes, it’s an airplane book, but I was on an airplane).