Speaking2019-07-29T18:25:50+00:00

Duncan Wardle

Creativity Speaker

A world-renown creativity speaker, Duncan Wardle will do more than simply motivate and engage your audience, he will leave them empowered with an immediately actionable set of steps to improve their creativity and innovation capabilities, earning your business a massive competitive advantage in the process.

THINK DIFFERENT

Using insights and key innovation case studies from his time as the Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney, keynote speaker Duncan will provide your audience with his unique Design Thinking process, empowering them to leverage their creative mind and think different.

EMBEDDING INNOVATION INTO EVERYONE’S DNA

Sharing from his time spent embedding a culture of innovation at Disney, Duncan Wardle now empowers teams from all companies to embrace their inner entrepreneur, teaching tangible tools and techniques that give everyone access to their own creative ideas, and thus developing your company’s culture so that it’s primed and ready for innovation.

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MAGIC

Learn how to transform your business from product-centric to customer-centric, and experience the amazing results and rewards that come when customers believe the work you do is truly magic.

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Innovation & Creativity Speaker - Duncan Wardle in Europe

THINK DIFFERENT

In his over 25-year career at the world’s most innovative organization – The Walt Disney Company – creativity speaker Duncan Wardle learned many important things about building a profitable business and winning creative culture. The most important? If you want to be different, you have to think different.

As one of the most impactful creativity speakers, Duncan leans on his experiences as the Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney to take audiences on a journey. Throughout Think Different, they’ll be given a unique set of Innovation Tools and Techniques – the same ones Duncan used with teams inside the Disney organization. These include the breakthrough “What If” creative thinking tool, made famous by Walt Disney himself, who used it to pivot his company from simply an animation house to an entertainment and theme park pioneer.

After this immersive crash course from the acclaimed creativity speaker, your organization’s ability to mine for creativity and innovation will be drastically improved. In the end, your audience will leave with an actionable set of steps they can take to immediately start reshaping your company’s culture, creating a space where innovation thrives, and teams are encouraged and rewarded when they think different.

Embedding Innovation Into Everyone’s DNA

Innovation is not something that happens by chance. It’s the result of building an environment in which it can thrive.

As a Creativity Speaker, Duncan Wardle knows a thing or two about fostering an environment of innovation. During his time as the Head of Innovation for a company known for redefining pretty much every industry they touch – The Walt Disney Company – Duncan’s decades of success weren’t merely a matter of luck or chance. No, his results were a direct reflection of his ability to create an innovative culture, and ensure that everyone on his teams were put in a position to let their inner creativity run wild.

In his Embedding Innovation Into Everyone’s DNA keynote, Duncan will share the exact steps and strategies used to create such an environment. Your team will learn how to create safe spaces for taking creative risks, ensure everyone on your team is empowered and thinking like an entrepreneur, and transition from the ideation stage into action. He’ll also share a creative problem-solving tool called “What Else,” which will prime your organization to discover innovative ideas each and every time you set out to tackle a challenge.

In the end, your team will walk away from this keynote with a fresh outlook on their day to day tasks, and be ready to approach them with new levels of creative thinking, allowing innovation to flourish.

Former Head of Innovation & Creativity, Creativity Speaker Duncan Wardle

Customer Experience Magic

The best brands in the world don’t thrive simply because of their great product or service. They thrive because of an unrelenting passion and focus on customer experience.

Throughout Customer Experience Magic, creativity speaker Duncan Wardle will show your audience what can happen when your organization transitions from a product-centric focus to a customer-centric one, and the steps you’ll need to take to get there. He’ll share a famous real-world example from his time as the Head of Innovation and Creativity at The Walt Disney Company, where they found themselves facing challenges brought on not by their direct competitors, but by retail behemoth Amazon, whose lightning-fast fulfillment and delivery systems drastically changed how long consumers were willing to wait to be served.

As Duncan walks your audience through this example, he’ll share the exact steps they took to turn this problem into a massive opportunity, and how they used it to reshape the way Disney serves its theme park guests, creating a whole new echelon in customer experience. A new level of experience that’s frequently deemed to be “magic” by their guests.

By the end of this interactive presentation, your audience will have developed a whole new understanding of customer experience, and will be able to reframe all the challenges facing your organization, finding those unique opportunities to create some customer experience magic.

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Duncan’s workshop sparked our creative minds and gave us the tools that will pay dividends for years to come. My team was thoroughly captivated, fully engaged, energized and inspired. Look no further than Duncan for one of the best investments you will ever make in your business.

-Lisa Cotter, VP of Marketing for Orlando Magic

We had the immense pleasure of having Duncan conduct an "Innovation workshop" with our newly formed creative team at Apple. Duncan energized the room within minutes and had the undivided attention of all 25 participants. His ideas and activities around innovation are methods we still use in our creative brainstorming exercises and have resulted in much richer results.

- Suchi Parikh-Crandall, Creative Director of WW Channel Sales for Apple

Thank you so much Duncan.

The feedback from the team has been overwhelmingly positive. I think you really helped us break through and we will make the changes we need.

Thank you for giving us the tools to set us up for change, innovation and success.

- Laura Molen, President of NBCU Advertising and Partnerships

In one word I would explain Duncan’s creativity training as transformative. One day with Duncan created more than a year of conversation and fresh approaches to brainstorming throughout our agency.

-Tom Coyne, CEO of Coyne PR

Duncan has a unique way of connecting with an audience and challenging them to approach creativity in a radically different approach. Considering that many of the people in the audience are creative people by nature and job description, that is fairly remarkable. Duncan’s insights and sense of humor keep the audience engaged from start to finish.

-Paul Noland, President & CEO International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

We've had the pleasure of having Duncan speak at three different events in 2017. Each time, he was the audience favorite, hands down. His presentations are work sessions designed to be fun, interactive, and fast-paced. Duncan is true wealth of creative knowledge and inspiration, and he helped our members stretch their out-of-the-box thinking.

-Mike McMahon, President & Executive Director, Path to Purchase Institute

Duncan has amazed all of us and our audience during his visit to Colombia. Addressing to an audience of over 1,000 people he was able to land innovation and creativity in very simple and practical steps, and in a very fun way also! It is obvious that his over 20 years of experience with outstanding results in his back has given us also proven results of his proposed methodology. As a speaker, he comes across very simple, clear but with an incredible passion that is so contagious, you don’t realize how time goes by in his presentation!

-MARCELO CATALDO, CEO, Tigo Une

Duncan was an inspiring part of TEDx. His knowledge and experience are matched by his enthusiasm for delighting the audience with his wit and charm. I look forward to working with Duncan again- learning & exploring, in-depth, through his design workshops!

-Cassaundra Melgar-C’de Baca, Executive Producer, TEDxLadyBirdLake

If your company is looking for ways to continuously improve, engage your employees to think differently and have fun along the way, you’ll find inspiration in Duncan’s Innovation Emporium., Not only have our teams returned from Duncan’s workshops with a newfound excitement and a belief that they have what it takes to be innovative, they’ve also generated tangible ideas that are moving into the implementation phase.

-Laurie Giammona, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer - Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Duncan Wardle's interactive presentation breathed a new life of excitement into our Driven Brands Marketing teams. Immediately following his innovation seminar, we all created desktop screensavers with little tidbits or quotes from his lessons ensuring we would be reminded every day to "find the yes" or "get out of our river of thought"... and to "share early and often". We started having breakfast meetings where we idea shared. Ultimately Duncan's teachings continue to remind us that innovation is such a vital part of jobs and we can also have a lot of fun doing it.

-Hannah Ross, Sr. Marketing Manager, Carstar

Duncan’s power comes from his engaging exercises, energetic delivery and the memorability of his tools. When a 100 year old brand starts replacing stagnant approaches with expansive language like “how might we?” or “Yes, And,” - you know the culture is beginning to shift.

-Lori Geoffrey, Director of Digital Experience Pacific Gas and Electric

In true Disney fashion, Duncan’s teaching methods are educational and entertaining. He has successfully introduced new ways of thinking into our company, paving the way to invigorating and enhancing our culture of continued innovation and creativity.

-George Scammell, Director of Interior Design, Princess Cruises

The tools Duncan teaches in his Masterclasses are truly impactful. We have incorporated many of them into our strategic and annual planning exercises as well as ideation and hackathon sessions. As a result our employees are becoming more innovative and transformative - something every organization needs to be sustainable. I highly recommend Duncan’s sessions!

- Alex Kostenko

While Duncan spoke to a large and packed room, people were inspired and hung on his every word. Many claimed it was one of the best presentations they'd ever experienced. If you're looking for an amazing speaker who can motivate others to innovate, then look no further than Duncan Wardle.

-Michael Stelzner, Founder Social Media Examiner and Social Media Marketing World

Thank you for everything that you do and who you are.

And thank you for all of us who you have helped create amazing things and gave us the courage to bring our ideas into the world.

- Penney Fox

My head and heart just exploded. Thank you @DuncanJWardle for reminding us all the power of innovation and creativity. Loved your stories, loved your ideas, love love how you’ve ignited something in me. #getamplified

-Lucy Gibson

WOW! @DuncanJWardle is keynoting #TheSummit2020 by @TAGthink. This is BEYOND cool. If you don’t know Duncan, you don’t know innovation and imagination

-Arketi Group

Hi Duncan, thanks so much for the fantastic sessions today. From someone who has been taught to believe I don’t have a creative fiber in my body you have given me the belief that at least some of my ideas are pretty good. I am looking forward to using some of the things you went through back in the office

-Karen De Lore

I loved your intervention and the way you shaked us! As a mother of two boys, I’ve been thinking a lot about how parents and society block children’s creativity. I’m now on a process to reduce that influence as much as possible

-Carolina Bilbao Serrano

You’re amazing! I consider myself so very fortunate to have witnessed your brilliance up close, and only wish I worked for you longer. Keep dreaming and inspiring!

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-Mark Jaronski

 

Attended Disrupt in Vancouver w/ Duncan and was blown away by the amount of next-day implementable tools he provided. The learn & do format of the day was right at my level meanwhile challenging some of my entrenched thinking. A great workshop presented by class act of a human.

-Ryan Sawatzky

@DuncanJWardle, great to hear you talk so passionately about Thinking Differently in the digital transformation journey. Already have some radical ideas to start my day tomorrow. And btw, you’re easily one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard on stage. Truly inspired!

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-Jimmy Eapen

 

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful presentation and challenging us to think bigger. AND giving us tools to do it.

-William Hodges

This keynote speaks to my soul...looking at everything we do in the workplace from the objective and exciting perspective of “What if” Thanks @DuncanJWardle #corenetglobal

-Annemarie C. Henton

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“It’s A Small World” became the worlds most played song of all time. Most of us know the words with our eyes closed, and the ride often makes the “must-see” list of all visitors. (No matter how many times you’ve been on the ride before!)
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song we decided to tour around the world and ask people to sing along with us. People who’ve never left their country, never entered a Disney park, and didn’t speak English astonished us, again and again. No matter where we were in the world we were, children and adults alike, EVERYONE knew the words and sang along.  Link in bio at @DuncanJWardle
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Iconic entrepreneur Richard Branson​ made headlines this week with the announcement of a $250 million package aimed at saving his employees. With major revenue streams coming from air travel, cruise lines, hotels, travel bookings, and aligned industries, Branson’s Virgin Airlines Group​ and its 70,000 global employees have already been greatly affected by the chaos caused by the coronavirus.
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To stop the bleeding, Branson unveiled his plan to save his businesses. A plan that starts with saving his employees. As he explained, his top priority is to save jobs, and that the $250 million package “is likely just the start.”
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