marty coleman



If you would like a dynamic, creative and engaging speaker for your event or conference, I am confident I can meet your needs.  I have 31 years experience teaching, lecturing, presenting and leading workshops in a number of areas.  Utilizing the inspiring Napkin Dad story and the Absorbent Ideas I have drawn and written about for many years, I can customize the presentation to meet the needs of your group in terms of time and content.

See below for information on topics and audiences I have addressed in the past with a selection of audience responses.




 SXSW Interactive, Austin, Texas

March, 2016

‘Igniting Creativity with Periscope’ – 2 hour workshop for a group of 100


March, 2014

‘The Compelling Image in the Age of Social Media’ – I led a 2.5 hour workshop for a group of approximately 70.



Comments and feedback from twitter

Ready for day 2! Highlight of day 1 was #compelling photo sesh w @thenapkindad. So much fun taking photos and selfies w strangers! #sxsw
@sxsw @TheNapkinDad put on an #awesome workshop today!
Thank you @TheNapkinDad for a great workshop! Learned a lot about image composition #emptyspace #compelling #SXSW


Social Media Tulsa Business Conference

March, 2016

  • Igniting Creativity with Periscope


March, 2013

  • The Compelling Image in the Age of Social Media

@jillnickersonThis has been my favorite talk of the day at #smtulsa, “The Compelling Image” by @TheNapkinDad 

@revdanuren thought this was the best workshop today, getting to put into practice what we did at @SMTulsa

@TourismCurrents: Amazing @TheNapkinDad photo tips at #smtulsa


Southern Regional 4H Volunteer Forum – Little Rock, Arkansas – October, 2012

  • Keynote Address – The Six Stop Signs on the Road to Becoming



Marty, A 10 fold thank you!! Your presentation was on target and got folks thinking. Thank you for sharing your time, talent and insight. More over, thank you for taking time with the 4-H volunteers on Friday morning. It was greatly appreciated. Respectfully, Karla

Thank you so much for your presentation this evening! Your words were inspiring and your drawings even more so! Lisa


Blog World New York – June 2012

    • Overcoming Content Procrastination from Start to Finish
      • Slide show and synched audio below

@DawnPapandrea It wouldn’t be a social media conf. if I didn’t tear up at least once. Thx @thenapkindad for your inspirationally sweet story.


Social Media Tulsa – March, 2012

  • The Six Stop Signs on Creativity Road
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Marty Coleman speaking at Social Media Tulsa 2012



Blog World Los Angeles – November, 2011

  • The Napkin Dad Explains: The Six Stop Signs on Creativity Road


I was at your session at Blog World. You inspired me so much and I can’t thank you enough for that. – Marcelo Z

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Me talking to audience members after my presentation



Social Media Tulsa – March, 2011

  • The Napkin Dad Explains: Strategies and Attitudes in Social Media Engagement



Oklahoma 4H Annual Volunteer Forum  – July, 2011

  • The Napkin Dad Explains: Coping with Change – Within and Without



Tulsa Digital Photography Group – 2008-2014

  • Style and Technique in Black and White Photography
  • Compose Yourself! – Composition in Art and Photography
  • Expose Yourself! – Proper Exposure in Photography
  • Photo Techniques
  • Family Portraits Holiday Edition or How to Get The Shot You Want and Not Be An Obnoxious Control Freak.
  • Shooting in the Dark – Night Photography
  • Led numerous on-location photoshoots as well

Cabrillo College, Evergreen Valley College, Mission College – 1985 – 1994
  • Beginning and Intermediate Drawing
  • Art Appreciation and History
  • Art and Design



Contact me and lets talk about how I can meet your needs:

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I am available for interviews via email, phone, skype (audio or video) and in person. You can see video interviews and read articles at the ‘Interviews and Articles’ page.



All napkin images as well as all other original work of mine in photography, drawing and painting are copyrighted as All Rights Reserved.  I am happy to license the one time rights to the various images and will be happy to consider free usage for non-profits and charitable organizations.

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