Don Packett is a raconteur, MC, professional speaker, stand-up comedian, author and Head of Perspective at strategy design and dissemination firm, Missing Link.
On stage, Don’s speciality is bridging the gap between corporate content and entertainment. Through working on organisational strategies for over a decade and building a comedy career since 2008, finding the sweet spot between both is where the magic happens. The output? An MC and speaker with a wealth of deep-set knowledge and appreciation for the corporate beast, with enough perspective to provide educational and entertaining anecdotes, tales, metaphors, analogies and a healthy dose of recapitulation for good measure.
He has shared the stage with international speakers like Robert Scoble, Julian Assange (via Skype, because who has a key to the Ecuadorian Embassy anymore?), as well as music legends Oasis, Korn and Muse while MC’ing events like My Coke Fest. He’s also hosted brand launches for XBOX, Windows and a number of corporate events. Don is also on the SA professional speaking circuit, providing perspective at events like TEDx, Heavy Chef and NetProphet, as well as to institutions such as Absa, BMW,FNB, GIBS, Investec, Tiger Brands,Internet Solutions, Momentum and more.
He can also be seen on the South African comedy circuit. His mom thinks he’s hilarious.
Don has a range of “banked” talks to suit all audiences*
• The Power of Perspective (Why taking a step back is crucial to stepping forward)
• Ideas, Innovation and Idiots (Why we need to change things before the idiots out-breed us all)
• Why We Do Things (The rationale behind some of the decisions we make, and how to identify them before it’s too late)
• Work/Life Balance (and the rat-race to find it)
• Speed Kills (How the rapid adoption of technology is killing incremental growth)
• Speed: Yay! (How speed in industries could be all we have left)
Watch Don speaking at TEDx Pretoria 2014:
Have less time? Watch Don fit the concept of “Online Douchebaggery” into 3 minutes:
*All talks can and will be suited for each audience’s needs. Bespoke talks can also be custom-built to your specifications.
“You delighted the participants with your humour and content knowledge. For me you met the brief 120%, thank you once more for sharing your knowledge with us.”
Wonderware: Jaco Markwat
“Don didn’t just present ‘Speed Kills’, he told a fantastic story which resonated with our audience, provoked thought and inspired action. Great energy and objective achieved!”
Traction Sport & Entertainment – Trevor Latimer
“Don was contracted as an MC and Quizmaster for our client year end function and we never looked back. He leapt wholeheartedly into the brief and supported our team with a slick and varied programme. As an MC Don was confident and eloquent, he matched the tone of the evening perfectly and read the room with experience. We highly recommend Don for any event.”
FNB Commercial : Shaun Edmeston
“I’ve been working with Don and his team for close on 10 years and not once have I been left thinking, ‘Wow, that’s exactly what I asked for’. The reason for that is I have always got so much more.”
GIBS : Yossi Hasson
“Don was a classroom sensation when he presented to 33 GIBS MBA students on how to transform an idea into a business. If you’re looking to help a team see a problem with a new perspective, improve on execution or just gain some inspiration, I would highly recommend Don as your next speaker and consultant.”
World Wide Creative : Fred Roed
We invited Don to talk at one of our regular ‘Heavy Chef‘ digital marketing events. We asked him to do a talk on slowing down in the speedy era of digital. The events are attended by the who’s who of SA’s digital marketing set so Don had his work cut out for him. In the end, it was one of the most popular sessions of our calendar, with Don providing a strong mix of scything humour and fresh insight. I’m looking forward to Don’s next talk.
FNB Wealth : Sandra Vicente
“Don facilitated one of our leadership groups, and although the topic was of a serious nature, he managed to create excitement within the room and this in turn allowed the creative juices to flow.”
Marketing Mix Magazine : Terry Murphy
“Thank you very much for a most entertaining and intellectually astute presentation at our Word of Mouth Marketing Workshop. As the first speaker, you set the right tone for the day. You were highly rated by the delegates and I look forward to working with you in the future.”
Introduxion : Roman Szulc
“Your refreshing combination of wit, humour, great delivery and audience interaction combined with an in-depth knowledge of an insightful and thought provoking topic, was well received and thoroughly enjoyed by all.”
Emerald Resort & Casino : Roxanne Malan
Don is absolutely amazing as an MC, add in a little comedy & you have a night set for success.