Talks and Speaking

I love speaking to creatives and about creative business!

I’ve spoken about entrepreneurship, social media for creatives, experiential retail, pop-up shops and design thinking at events like Clerkenwell Design Week, the IDEO London Make-a-thon, the London Design Festival, New Designers and Brooklyn Designs.

My wide range of experience gives me an unusually multi-disciplinary perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing independent designers, makers and brands.

My speaking style is friendly and approachable, and includes humor, audience interaction and lots of visuals!


Salon at Forest: Marketing and Mindset for Creatives (NYC talk)

Marketing and Mindset for Creatives, Salon at Forest, Tue Sept 17th: Join me in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a free talk at ceramicist Yuko Nishikawa’s wonderful Salon at Forest series.

Communicating Your Craft: How to Tell Better Stories (London talk)

Communicating Your Craft talk, Sun Sept 22nd: Join me during the London Design Festival for this free talk about how designers and makers can tell better stories to communicate their craft. Book on Eventbrite

Part of the Collaboration by Design event in partnership with UK designer Ella Doran as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle.

Instagram for Interior Designers (London workshop)

Instagram for Interior Designers workshops, Oct 1st: I’m teaching Instagram for Interior Designers workshops for the British Institute of Interior Design in London. Details on the BIID site, with morning and afternoon workshops. BIID-accredited CPD.

Galleries and Shops – Collaborating With The Right Ones For Your Product

Creative Links panel at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London
31 Jan, 2019

Social Media for Architects and Interior Designers

Talks with 100% Design, London Design Festival 2018
Wednesday 19 September, 1:30pm

Description: Is your online presence as beautiful and purposeful as your offline projects? If your social media strategy needs polish and focus, join creative business expert Charlene C Lam of The Creative Edit for a talk on the ways architects and interior designers can use Twitter, Instagram and more for their design businesses.

The Future of Design panel with WGSN and Prophet
New Designers 2018, Business Design Centre, London

“I really enjoyed your talk – and witnessing your energy! – at New Designers”
– Mary, talk attendee

Bircan Tulga Photography

Be Human: Social Media Strategy in 2018

Sold-out talk at Conversations at Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Design Week, May 2018

Description: Charlene C Lam hosts a social media masterclass, looking at the major role social media plays in how designers and creative brands show and sell their work. But how do you know which platforms are right for your business and what is the best strategy to get return on your time and effort?

In a time of algorithms and bots, Lam explores how we can take a human-centred approach to social media.

Top Tips for Successful Pop-Up Shops, talk and Q&A
New Designers 2017, Business Design Centre, London

Description: Join curator and pop-up shop organiser Charlene Lam of Creative Clerkernwell and special guests for a look into the world of pop-ups. Hear case studies and get top tips for how creatives can use pop-ups to show and sell their work. Followed by Q&A.

“Your talk was very clear, interesting and helpful. I loved how you’re logical and strategic in a warm, friendly way!”
– Talk attendee

Pop-Ups: What, Why and How
Webinar for The Design Trust Business Club

The Power of Pop-Ups
Creative Links talk and evening at the The Goldsmiths Centre, Clerkenwell, London

Interested in booking me to speak at your event or for your organisation? Email hello [at]