Thank you for stopping by. As both a professional speaker and planning committee leader I understand how much effort it takes to find the right speaker, and the impact that decision has on your event. So, I hope you find this page helpful.
Thank you for considering me for your event, I really appreciate it.
I work closely with organizers to ensure your objectives are met and the audience walks away with concrete and tangible ideas they can put to work the next day. Here is what you can expect from me and my team:
- Prompt replies to your inquiries. Phone calls are returned within 90 minutes during regular business hours (Mountain Time).
- Phone consultation prior to your event, to ensure that you and your audience receive the best experience possible.
- Custom teaser video encouraging people to attend your event, which can be used on your newsletter, website or social media channels. [sample video]
- Resource page created specifically for your event that includes slides, notes and relevant links.
- Follow-up call or e-mail after the event, to make sure your expectations were met and the audience was satisfied.
I have been speaking professionally since 2008, keynoted over 50 events and led some of the most well-received breakout sessions on digital marketing and social media. My work has been featured in Mashable, USA Today, Forbes, Financial Post, Alberta Venture, Non-Profit Quarterly and Social Media Today.
Most of my work focuses on marketing, branding and thought leadership in the digital space. In 2010 I founded a Social Media For Business Certificate at Mount Royal University (the first of its kind in Western Canada), and in 2014 I designed and produced an online Digital Marketing certificate program for the Canadian Marketing Association.
Some of the conferences I spoke at include:
- WordCamp 2014 – WordPress Conference Calgary
- Internet Marketing Conference – New York, Vancouver, Calgary
- Embracing New Frontiers – Atlific Hotels National Conference
- Economic Outlook Summit – Economic Development Alberta
- Connect & Collaborate – Travel Alberta Industry Conference
- Executing Social Media Conference
- Forecast Conference – Canadian Real Estate Board
- Get Global – SAMDA Economic Development Conference
- MRU Shift: Getting Down To Business – Mount Royal University
I currently live in Calgary, am happily married and we are expecting our first baby in February 2015! We also have a furball named Jazz. In my free time, I paint, write haikus and ride the BC backroads.
I speak on the topics of digital marketing and meaningful work. None of the presentations are “canned” – each one is developed specifically to create the outcome you want to achieve.
Usually 45 minutes long, my keynote presentations blend industry-specific examples, innovative marketing ideas and your key messages. Some of the recent keynotes include:
- Finding Your Voice – learnings from 6 years of failure
- The 5 Engagement Triggers – on the psychology of online engagement
- The Ripple Effect – how social media influences our decisions
If you have an upcoming event that requires a value-packed, dynamic and engaging keynote presentation, click here to get started.
While similar to a keynote, I find that breakout sessions offer a more intimate environment to deep-dive into a topic and engage in more focused discussion. Topics include social media, personal branding, content development, marketing strategy and more.
From the outset, we establish a safe and interactive atmosphere where participants can get their questions answered and walk away with specific and actionable ideas. If this is what you are looking for, click here to get started.
Highly interactive, workshops often include group activities to help facilitate better retention of materials. 90 minutes to half-day in length, these can be a perfect vehicle for capacity building or professional development. Topics include:
- Social Media Strategy
- Content Marketing
- Thought Leadership Positioning
Workshops range from a lecture-style presentation to a unique experiential learning event. One of my favourites was a social media adventure race we developed for a local non-profit where departments had to compete by solving clues and completing tasks across using social media tools. Click here to get started.
“Every time Ernest speaks, I always learn several new “takeaways” that I can use immediately to improve our results online.“
— Nancy Smith — Travel Alberta
“Ernest is an excellent speaker on digital marketing and social media topics. He has a fantastic perspective on what really matters and provides clear, practical insights to our audience of leaders, managers and marketing professionals. His sessions always get rave reviews and I would recommend him as a speaker for any event, online or offline.“
— Susan Sweeney — eLearning University
“Trying to standout in the NEW social media universe can be challenging. Ernest Barbaric’s fast-paced and strategic presentation equipped our connected Rural business owners with key information on targeting customers and customer motivations. His ideas and examples were very useful to demystify and uncover new options for connecting with customers using social media. Book Ernest today if you want to amp up your social media success!“
— Christie Dick — Economic Development Officer, SAMDA
“I hired Ernest to kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week at Medicine Hat College. He spoke to over 120 students, faculty and curious onlookers about personal branding and the intelligent use of social media. Frankly, he couldn’t have done a better job. He engaged his audience, related to students, and delivered impactful insight. Even better, he gave his audience real world case studies to inspire action. I’d recommend Ernest to anyone looking for a speaker on social media, marketing or the importance of personal branding.“
— Jon Sookocheff — Manager, Entrepreneur Development Center, MHC
“Ernest’s presentation was tailored to the veterinary profession. It was a very relevant interactive talk that more than met our objectives and exceeded our expectations. His examples of what to communicate and more importantly, what NOT to communicate to make the difference between success and very public failure, was of particular interest to our group. The simple and practical tools and techniques that he provided us with were very useful and could be used immediately.
My experience working with Mr. Barbaric was excellent from the start of the pre-conference planning process through to the post-conference wrap up. He is professional, knowledgeable, entertaining, and an effective speaker. I highly recommend him as a creditable highlight to any conference.“
— Midge Landals — CanWest Veterinary Conference
Thank you for considering me :)
Please fill out the form below to receive my availability and fee schedule. For immediate response please call 403.561.8363 in Canada or 619.800.8363 in USA.