TEDx Speaker

David is a listed TED Speaker and international TEDx Speaker. He has been a TEDx speaker at events in Italy, Morocco and Norway.

He was the keynote speaker in Italy at TEDx Napoli on the theme of ‘Crisis and Creativity’ with his TEDx talk entitled ‘a-Creativity : i-Creativity’. (See video below and page with speech and video.)

As a TEDx speaker in Morocco, David gave a talk at TEDxENCGJ on the theme of ‘Power is Illusion’ with his talk ‘Marketing: Power by Illusion?’ (See associated article: “Is Marketing a ‘Paper Tiger’?”)

David was a TEDx speaker at TEDx Tromsø and gave a talk on the subject of “Empowerment through Creative Entrepreneurship.” (See video below.)

David is a keynote conference speaker, marketing speaker, international business speaker, TEDx speaker, business adviser, and the author of two books and other publications. He works internationally helping creative entrepreneurs to become even more successful by combining their creative passion with smart business techniques that fit with their values and objectives.

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TEDx speaker David Parrish speaks at conferences, conventions, forums and other events on a wide range of topics and themes relating to marketing, international business, business strategy, marketing communications, creativity and entrepreneurship, the creative industries, strategic marketing, creativity in business, creative marketing and cultural enterprise.

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David Parrish speaking at TEDx Napoli:
‘a-Creativity : i-Creativity’

Creative industries keynote speaker and TEDx speaker David Parrish in Tromsø:
‘Empowerment through Creative Entrepreneurship’

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As a TEDx speaker, David can deliver a TED talk for your TEDx event on subjects such as:

1. “Local and Global”
The distant is often regarded as more exotic and the local overlooked as ‘ordinary’. We can sell and collaborate online globally, yet sometimes close contact is required to build trust and co-operate effectively. How do we get the best from both global and local? David discussed these issues in an article for the City Tribune, Liverpool.

2. “Are you busy?”
We are often proud of how busy we are, but why? Are we in danger of becoming “busy fools”? Being busy can be a form of laziness. By keeping busy with trivial things, we can consciously or unconsciously distract ourselves from the more difficult and more important task of thinking about what’s really important for our lives and our enterprises. This is one of the subjects in David’s latest book ‘Chase One Rabbit’.

3. “Imagination and Rationality”
We need to be hopeful and imaginative, yet rational and realistic. How do we reconcile this paradox? We can use right-brain creative thinking then left-brain logical thinking in a complementary ‘yin/yang’ fashion. David talks about creating ideas and possibilities, then using a ‘feasibility filter’ to assess which ones are most important and achievable. David developed the idea of a ‘feasibility filter’ in his first book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’.

4. “How to Make Money While You Sleep”
Business models which are based on intellectual property have the potential to generate income from licensing and other commercialisation techniques. David talks about commercialising our creativity with many interesting examples from the world of the creative, cultural and digital industries internationally.

5. “Authentic Marketing”
How strategic marketing is different than the commonly-understood meaning of marketing as ‘glitzy sales techniques’ and allows a person or enterprise to be authentic, connecting only with the most appropriate customers. Authentic marketing isn’t a separate “selling” function to delegate to ‘marketing people’; it’s something the business owner is best qualified to do – whether or not they recognise this!

6. “How to use creativity (both a-Creativity and i-Creativity)”
Both kinds of creativity can be used by individuals, organisations and enterprises to achieve greater success in the creative industries and other economic sectors.

7. “How to avoid the wrong kind of success”
It’s dangerously easy to follow the conventional wisdom on achieving success defined by other people and society at large. What’s more important is to devise your own unique definition of Success and then design a plan to achieve it.

8. “Why a Business Formula beats a Business Plan”
Business plans are often written for an external audience then ignored internally because business owners don’t actually believe in them. What’s more important and much more useful is to create your own Business Formula.

9. “Strategy, Power and Pricing”
Pricing is a complex and difficult issue faced by entrepreneurs in the creative industries and elsewhere. Pricing can be regarded as a function of the power relationship between seller and buyer, based on demand and supply. The businesses that are in a powerful position with regard to pricing are those which have devised a business strategy based on competitive advantage and careful targeting of customers.

10. “Leading Creative People”
Many entrepreneurs in the creative industries unexpectedly find themselves in the position of being a ‘leader’ of their people without ever having been training for this role. So how does a business owner or manager become an effective leader? And is it even more difficult to lead ‘creative’ people?

11. “How International Marketing can go wrong”
Marketing internationally requires a sensitive understanding of other people’s cultures, customs and business etiquette. When international marketers fail to see things from their customers’ point of view, tragic, amusing and expensive mistakes can happen. A talk with amusing examples – plus sound advice to ensure you don’t fall into the same traps.

12. “The Art and Science of Communication”
Effective communication is both an art and a science. Communication in business, within organisations, and in personal relationships, can be improved using an imaginative blend of learning from both art and science. Learn a number of ‘rules of thumb’ that you can use to improve your ability to communicate well.

13. “How to Design a Business”
Ironically, businesses in the field of design, those that offer design services to clients, often don’t use their skills to design their own business model. Designing a business means thinking in advance about the size and shape of the enterprise you want to build, like a builder uses a blueprint, rather than ‘making it up as you go along’ and growing unthinkingly. This talk tells you how to take control of your destiny by positively and consciously designing your own business.

As a TEDx speaker, David can talk on other subjects, fitting with the theme of your TEDx event.

Contact TEDx speaker David Parrish regarding his availability for your TEDx event.

David Parrish TEDx speaker in Tromsø giving TED talk on Creative Industries

David Parrish speaking at TEDx Tromsø. (Photo: Daniel Lilleeng Photography)

David Parrish, TED speaker, with TEDx talk at TEDxENCGJ, El Jadida, Morocco on Marketing

David’s TEDx talk at TEDxENCGJ, El Jadida, Morocco

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TEDx Speaker David Parrish

Some conferences and events at which David has been invited as a creative industries speaker are listed below. He is also often invited to give keynote speeches, presentations, talks and workshops. David also delivers university lectures as a guest lecturer.

  • Creative Business Summit Africa. Speech on ‘The Business of Creativity’ in Nairobi Kenya.
  • International Creative Industries Conference in Serbia. Keynote speaker on Creative Business in the Digital Economy.
  • Ejadah Creative Economy Conference and Exhibition 2016. Keynote speaker on the Creative Economy and Creative Entrepreneurship.
  • The Digital Debate in Bogotá, Colombia. International keynote speech on creative and digital entrepreneurship, new business models in the creative industries and international business.
  • TEDxENCGJ, Morocco. TEDx talk on marketing, focusing on authentic marketing and strategic marketing, within the TEDx event theme of ‘Power is Illusion’.
  • Digital Ecosystem Conference organised by EIKEN in Bilbao, Spain.
    Keynote speech on New Business Opportunities for in the Digital Age for AudioVisual and other Digital Enterprises.
  • Enterprise Week 2017 in Donegal, Ireland
    Keynote speech on Creativity and Business, business growth workshop, and individual advice sessions for creative businesses.
  • Innovation Center Kosovo (ICK)
    Presentation on ‘Business Growth in the Creative and Digital Industries’
  • GrowthAccelerator. The UK’s premier business growth programme.
    Presentation on Strategic Marketing for Business Success.
  • World Summit of Creative Industries 2014
    at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), Moscow
    Speech: “How to be a Creative Entrepreneur”
  • Biz Labs, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
    Workshop “Combining Creativity and Business” for creative startups and entrepreneurs
  • 2014 International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Philippines
    Speech on ‘Creativity and Business: T-Shirts and Suits’
  • Creative Business Cup International Finals. Denmark 2013
    Presentation: ‘T-Shirts and Suits”
  • Creative Industries Agency, Moscow, Russia
    Presentation at Summer School for Russian creative entrepreneurs
  • Korea Creative Industries Forum 2013
    Keynote speaker on Creativity and Business at event in Seoul
  • Samsung Conference. Lisbon, Portugal
    Keynote speaker on “Creativity and Business”
  • TEDxNapoli. Italy
    Keynote speaker on theme of Crisis and Creativity
  • Ministry of Culture. Santiago, Chile
    Conference speech on Creativity and Business
  • SATU, Finland’s organisation for producers of TV and audiovisual content.
    Keynote speaker on New Business Models in the Creative Industries

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David Parrish TED talk at TEDx Napoli on Creativity
David Parrish speaking at TEDx Napoli


David Parrish TEDx speaker and registered TED speaker
David Parrish. (Photo: Félix Brassier)


David Parrish. International guest speaker at EIKEN digital industries conference in Spain on New Business Opportunities in the Digital Age
David Parrish. Speaker at EIKEN conference in Spain on New Business Opportunities in the Digital Age


David Parrish, international summit keynote speaker at the World Summit of Creative Industries at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow
David Parrish speaking at the World Summit of Creative Industries at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow


David Parrish, international keynote speaker at creative industries conference in Chile
David Parrish speaking in Valparaiso, Chile


David Parrish with other TEDx speakers at TEDx Tromsø
David Parrish with other TEDx speakers at TEDx Tromsø



Due to his commitment to helping creative entrepreneurs worldwide to become even more successful, David can give speeches, presentations, lectures and TEDx talks in the following countries, depending on his international travel schedules and availability:
Afghanistan, Aland Islands (Finland), Albania, Algeria, American Samoa (USA), Andorra, Angola, Anguilla (UK), Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba (Netherlands), Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda (UK), Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands (UK), Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands), Cayman Islands (UK), Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island (Australia), Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia), Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands (NZ), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao (Netherlands), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (UK), Faroe Islands (Denmark), Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana (France), French Polynesia (France), Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar (UK), Greece, Greenland (Denmark), Grenada, Guadeloupe (France), Guam (USA), Guatemala, Guernsey (UK), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (China), Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man (UK), Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey (UK), Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (China), Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique (France), Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte (France), Mexico, Moldov, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat (UK), Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia (France), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue (NZ), Norfolk Island (Australia), North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands (USA), Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands (UK), Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Reunion (France), Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Barthelemy (France), Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (UK), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (France), Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tom and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Netherlands), Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway), Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau (NZ), Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands (UK), Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, United States Virgin Islands (USA), Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna (France), Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.