Meet “The Idea Whisperer” Tamsen Webster               

Nov 4, 2019

As a professional “Idea Whisperer,” Tamsen Webster helps people find and build the stories that communicate their ideas. Part keynote speaker and part message strategist, Tamsen combined 20 years in brand and message strategy with four years as a TEDx Executive Producer to create The Red Thread®—a method for developing, framing, and sharing ideas.

We are thrilled to be working with Tamsen on bringing her Red Thread method to a wider audience, in a book slated for a Fall 2020 release. Read on (and watch her TEDx talk below) to learn more about Tamsen, and you’ll see why we’re excited to be welcoming her to the Page Two authors club.

What three words best describe you?
Relentlessly pattern-driven. 😉 Or, more seriously: curious, quirky, dogged.

What is your book about?
The simplest way to make the strongest case for your ideas.

Whom do you most admire?
Anyone who pursues ideas bigger than themselves: Artists. Academics. Authors. Scientists. Speakers. Technologists… You get the idea.

Are you a night owl or a lark?
I thrive in the midday sun. (Look at me being difficult!)

What was the last book you read?
And Be a Villain by Rex Stout (a Nero Wolfe mystery).

Who is your favorite book or author?
That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! My favorite type of books are mysteries, because I love the structure of them. I’ve read the whole Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as all of Agatha Christie’s books. I’m currently one-quarter of the way through Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. Other than that, my favorite book is probably Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, or A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (because, you know, they’re so similar… or not).

What is your personal motto?
Be useful. Be thoughtful. Be passionate. Be kind.

Where do you find inspiration?
Exploring the ideas of others. I’m lucky to get to work with people doing work in a huge variety of fields. It’s always fascinating to find an unexpected connection between them—like when my work with a scientist working on aquaculture and marine farming can help unlock an idea with an author working on a book about leadership.