A Creative Public Speaker Who Teaches, Inspires and Engages

Years of Being the Extroverted Geeky Kid Has Paid Off

As print-designer-turned-web-nerd, Alison Knott is a public speaker of many topics. Her presentations are an unusual blend of creativity, marketing, community and web. She brings high-octane enthusiasm to her presentations.

Alison aims to engage audiences at the highest level. Action plans, workshop sessions and giving out candy are just a few examples. Whatever it takes to have people leave inspired, she’s on board.

She is a member of Creatively Speaking Toastmasters, where she continues to hone her speaking and collaboration skills. When not working or speaking, she teaches design related courses at the Institute of Technology of Nova Scotia Community College and NSCAD School of Extended Studies.



Interested to see Alison in her natural speaking element? Every Tuesday at 12:30 Atlantic, she hosts a Facebook Live series called ‘LunchPress’. There is a new topic discussed each week from plugin how-tos to industry life. Viewers can also post their WordPress questions and have them answered live. Yes, speaking to a webcam is very different from an ‘in-the-room’ audience (much harder, she’d argue) but why not see her energy and knowledge for yourself?


Speaking Engagements

Recently, Alison has focused on WordPress, creative community and professionalism in design. She is happy to craft something special for your conference, PD day or classroom. She is also available to lead workshops in web, design and illustration. Public appearances include:

Podcamp Halifax 2017: Wrangling WordPress: staying sane when you’re trying to do it ALL

Zine Fair 2016: ‘Promoting Your Zines Online’

BlogJam Atlantic 2016: ‘Engage Your Audience Now: purposeful content design for bloggers’

WordCamp Montreal 2016, WordCamp Ottawa 2016: ‘Engage Your Audience Now: purposeful content design for beginners’

E3C Portfolio Review Night 4: ‘What it takes in a portfolio to land an interview’ panel

Volta’s Design Peer2Peer: ‘Professional confessions’ panel

Blogjam Conference 2015: ‘Wrangling WordPress’

Collide Halifax Conference 2015: E3C + Behance Portfolio Night ‘Creative Communities’

AIM Conference 2013: ‘Is Your Website Working Its Hardest?’

Podcamp 2012:  ‘Is Your Website Working Its Hardest?’

Workshops: ‘So You Wanna Build A Website?’; ‘Fun With Gestural Drawing’

Classroom Presentations: ‘E3C and the Creative Communities’; ‘Combining Illustrator and Photoshop for Poster Artwork’


Community and Leadership

In 2012, Alison created E3C to encourage fellowship between designers, illustrators and other artists. She also leads Nova Scotia’s only WordPress Meetup and Atlantic Canada’s first WordCamp. The meetup is a monthly event where people of all backgrounds meet to get help and share victories in WordPress.

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Alison's combination of being knowledgeable, funny, and an effective presenter leads her to being one of the top speakers I've had the pleasure of presenting at WordCamp Ottawa. I can only dream that more speakers were as dedicated and of high-caliber like her!

Meagan HanesWordCamp Ottawa Lead Organizer

If Alison could market her energy, she would be filthy rich! Great WordPress presentation at the BlogJam Conference.

Sandy McFaddenAutomattic (WordPress.com)

Alison supports the spirit of sharing skills and creating community. Between shiny presentations, and answering all participants' questions patiently - she's a bad ass!

Community-Learning-Love CommitteeTrade School Halifax

Alison Knott is a force to be reckoned with. A powerful public speaker that engages her audience with both a passion for her subject matter and honest clarity which inspires.

Frank Orlando Co-founder and Editor of Hello Dartmouth

What a great presentation on content design! Full of energy, humor, fun slide visuals, stats and examples that helped us all!

SteveWordCamp Montreal Attendee