Alisa Bonsignore: Public Speaker
Sustainability, Professional Development,
and the Business of Freelance
Using a combination of humor and bullet-free slides, Alisa is a public speaker who educates and informs groups both large and small. She delivers presentations that are engaging and approachable, and makes herself available to attendees even after the formal Q&A has ended.
Alisa has also spoken at a number of conferences and events in the U.S. and Europe, and delivers sales training presentations for corporate clients. She also conducts interactive, on-site workshops for small and medium-sized groups around the globe.
To find out more about having Alisa speak at your event, contact keynote at Clarifying Complex Ideas dot com.
- Nineteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability. 1-3 February 2023. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- Utterly Content Global. 28 February – 2 March 2023. Online, Global.
- Fifteenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses. 20-21 April 2023. Vancouver, Canada.
- STC Summit. 14-17 May 2023. Atlanta, Georgia.
- Corporate Events: December 2022; January 2023; March 2023.
Previous Speaking Engagements
- What I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know About Freelancing. STC Online Careers Seminar. 3-4 October 2022.
- Panelist: “The Future of Work and Post-Pandemic Career Planning.” STC Knowledge XChange. Online. September 2022.
- The Impact of Digitization on Climate. International Conference on Sustainable Development. Online. September 2022.
- ESG Communications: 5 Guiding Principles. IABC Philippines. August 2022.
- Sustainability: A Critical Part of Your Communications Strategy. IABC World Conference. New York, New York. June 2022.
- Use your leverage: Advancing sustainability. OmnichannelX. Online. June 2022.
- Sustainability and Content. STC Summit. Chicago, Illinois. May 2022.
- Meet the Editors. STC Summit. Chicago, Illinois. May 2022.
- Keynote: Can you afford to do nothing? Confab. Minneapolis, Minnesota. May 2022.
- Closing panel, “The Future of Content.” LavaCon 2021. October 2021.
- Host of weekly coaching calls for Content Coachvising. 2020-2021.
- Meet the Editors. STC Summit. June 2021.
- Integrating Sustainability Into Your Enterprise-Wide Content Strategy. Confab. Online, everywhere. May 2021.
- Keynote: How Sustainability Can Transform Your Career. Spectrum Conference. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, New York. April 2021.
- Non-traditional Paths to Leadership. Spectrum Conference. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, New York. September 2020.
- Sustainability is Everyone’s Business. Spectrum Conference. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, New York. September 2020.
- Host/moderator for Demystifying the STC Board: Ask your questions. STC Virtual Summit. May 2020.
- Polymath Communicators: The Future of TechComm. STC Summit. Denver, Colorado. May 2019
- The Value of the Polymath Communicator. TCUK. Northamptonshire, UK. September 2018.
- Won’t You Please, Please Help Me Find Non-Traditional Paths to Leadership. STC Summit 2018. Orlando, Florida. May 2018.
- Interactive session for freelancers with 10+ years of experience. AMWA Pacific Coast Conference. Pacific Grove, California. April 2018.
- Crochet Code. IGNITE! Art + Innovation. Pleasanton, California. October 2017.
- Crochet Code. Maker Faire Bay Area. May 2017.
- Introverted Entrepreneurship. STC Technical Communication Summit. National Harbor, Maryland (Washington DC area). May 2017
- The Business of Freelancing. American Medical Writers Association, Delaware Valley Chapter: Freelance Workshop. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 2017.
- Client Relations: You Don’t Get What You Deserve, You Get What You Negotiate. The Lavacon Conference on Content Strategy and TechComm Management, Las Vegas, Nevada. October 2016.
- Saving Your Sanity Through Better Client Relations. STC Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, California. October 2016. (You can also view a recording of this talk.)
- Closing the Deal. AMWA Medical Writing and Communication Conference, Denver, Colorado. October 2016.
- Closing the Deal. STC Technical Communication Summit, Anaheim, California. May 2016.
- Winning the Project with an Effective Proposal. STC Technical Communication Summit, Columbus, Ohio. June 2015.
- Advanced Client Relations: Asking the Tough Questions to Get What You Need. AMWA Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee. October 2014.
- Everything You Wanted to Know About Client Relations. AMWA Pacific Coast Conference, Pacific Grove, California. April 2014.
- Saving Your Sanity Through Better Client Relations. Society for Technical Communication, Technical Communication Summit, Phoenix, Arizona. May 2014.
- Strategies for Creative Freelancers. Virtual Event. April 2014.
- Improving Client Relations. Society for Technical Communication, Santa Barbara chapter. November 2013.
- Saving Your Sanity Through Better Client Relations: How to stop apologizing, say “no” tactfully, and know when to shut up and listen. Creative Freelancer Conference (CFC). San Francisco, California, June 2013.
- Panel discussion: The Skinny on Working With Corporate Clients. Creative Freelancer Conference (CFC). San Francisco, California, June 2013.
- Cause of Death: PowerPoint. American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). Sacramento, California, October 2012
- If Looks Can Kill… Your Career. American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). Sacramento, California, October 2012
- Roundtable discussion: Making Time to Stay Healthy. Creative Freelancer Conference (CFC). Boston, Massachusetts, 2012.
- On-stage participant: Pitch Perfect with Dyana Valentine. Creative Freelancer Conference (CFC). Boston, Massachusetts, 2012.
- You: The Brand. American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). New York, New York, 2012.
- Don’t Worry, I’m a Professional. American Medical Writers Association (AMWA). Jacksonville, Florida, 2011.
- Panel discussion: Information Security in the Age of Wikipedia. International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). San Francisco, California, 2011.
- Growing Your Freelance Business. International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). San Francisco, California, 2011.
- Panel discussion: Freelance Lessons Learned. Creative Freelancer Conference. Denver, Colorado, 2010.
- Onsite wellness events as the owner of Core Fitness. San Jose, California, 2003-2006.
- Sales trainer, 2002-2004.
- Touch the Future: Technology Forum. JCK International Jewelry Show. Orlando, Florida, 1999 & 2000.
- Why is Professional Development Important? STC Roundtable. May 1, 2019. “I think that the biggest risk for any career is stagnation. If you don’t feel like you’re growing and learning, you’re not going to be inspired. Uninspired people are bored. That’s terrible for your team, your employer, but most importantly, for your career.”
- In the STC Spotlight. May 1, 2019. “The Board uses my skills and experience in a completely different way than my day-to-day work. There’s a lot of focus on strategy and finances that’s on a completely different scale than what I get to experience in my own business.”
- Demystifying the STC Board. May 3, 2019. “I think that’s the important thing to know about Board service: it’s not about what you get from being on the Board, it’s about what you think you can give.”
- Hope for the Introvert podcast: Growing as a leader. A conversation with Alisa and Ben Woelk. “But none of that (career growth) would have happened if I had just sat back and been the quiet one. I had to look for new approaches to my career, where I had to find those alternative leadership opportunities.”
- Hope for the Introvert podcast: On public speaking. A conversation with Alisa and Ben Woelk. “They’re in your talk for a reason, and they’re not there to criticize you or to grade you or to challenge you. They’re there because you have something that they want to learn about. And when you shift that mindset — that you have something valuable to say — it really changes your perspective on speaking.”
- Hope for the Introvert podcast: Being an introverted entrepreneur. A conversation with Alisa and Ben Woelk. “I tended to be extremely quiet in meetings for many years… almost to the point of invisibility, but that didn’t mean that I didn’t have ideas.”
- Saving Your Sanity Through Better Client Relations. Recorded at STC Silicon Valley, October 2016.
- Freelancer Forum: Creative Freelancer Conference 2010 News and Updates. Featuring Alisa, Dyana Valentine and Ilise Benun. Hosted by Colleen Rice Nelson.
- How to stop scope creep in its tracks. A conversation with Alisa and Ilise Benun.
- The Art of Saying No. A conversation with Alisa and Ilise Benun.
- The Reflex Blue HOW Design Live conference special, featuring Alisa, Cami Travis-Groves, Julie Goldsberry and Crystal Reynolds. Hosted by Donovan Beery.
- AMWA: Medical Writing 911 pilot webcast, featuring Alisa, Eve Wilson, Karen Steinhilber, Tracy Bunting-Early and Anne Jacobson. Hosted by Scott Kober.
- AMWA: Medical Writing 911 premiere webcast. Hosted by Scott Kober.
What are people saying about Alisa?
- “Thank you for blowing minds with your keynote! That’s one I’ll never forget.” – from a Confab attendee
- “The power required to run content-heavy experiences at scale takes a mind-blowing environmental toll. We can help reduce our collective carbon impact with relevant, efficient content design.” – from a Confab attendee
- “I loved your speech on sustainability. it will be a great talking point when I go back to my teams this week.” – from a Confab attendee
- “Really good presentation. Definitely enjoyed this one.” – from a session review at TCUK
- “Good session. Very engaging.” – from a session review at TCUK
- “Her presentation style, slides, and animations were captivating.” – from a session review at STC Summit
- “Well presented; valuable content; helpful resources.” – from a session review at STC Summit
- “When Alisa begins speaking, your attention is riveted. She has that unique ability to deliver compelling information in clear, concise, humorous voice that requires you to put down your cell phone and simply listen.” – D.G. @ AMWA
- “I just had the opportunity to hear Alisa speak at the Creative Freelancer Conference, and she was great! Her message was compelling; her thoughts were clear and well organized; and she used humor effectively to convey her message. She addressed questions from the floor with ease, and with complete responses. Easily among the best speakers at the conference!” – T.E. @ CFC
- “You owned that stage. Seriously.” – B.T. @ CFC
- “You are born for this!” – C.R. @ CFC
- “I loved your presentation yesterday. You were so engaging and energetic.” – B.G. @ ASJA
- “At dinner last night, I was telling everyone about some of the anecdotes from your session. I had them in stitches!” – A.L. @ AMWA
- “It was a hit with the audience. I’m so grateful to you for sharing your ideas with us!” – G.L. @ AMWA
- “I enjoyed your session and talked about it enthusiastically when I got back.” – C.S. @ AMWA
Want Alisa to speak at your event? Contact her at keynote at Clarifying Complex Ideas dot com, or call her at 408-256-0621.