Kyle MacDonald

Kyle MacDonald

Social Networking with "One Red Paperclip"
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Quebec, Canada

Program Descriptions

“One Red Paperclip: Anything is Possible”
The incredible tale of upgrading a single red paperclip for a house – in just 14 trades.

“The Worst Online Marketing Advice Ever Of All Tim”
A hilarious offering of terrible online marketing tips that Kyle learned on his One Red Paperclip journey. This advice is so bad, it will force your audience to think about marketing in a brand new light (while laughing hysterically).

“Have you heard about the guy who...?”
Kyle provides examples similar to his One Red Paperclip project that attained International headlines. In a world where every organization is trying to stand out, this presentation teaches us about low-budget (and entertaining) ways that marketing projects gained country-wide attention.


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Kyle MacDonald bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year.

Running with the idea of taking one small item and attempting to trade it for something bigger and more substantial, MacDonald has become renowned for his off-beat and inspirational ideas and goals.

On July 12, 2005, Kyle posted a picture of a red paperclip on his blog and in the barter section of craigslist, and asked if anyone wanted to make a trade for something bigger or better. A few days later, he traded the paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish. He then traded the pen for a doorknob.

His yearlong adventure in bartering includes trading for a Coleman stove, a ski-doo, a moving van, a music recording contract, an afternoon spent hanging out with Alice Cooper, a movie role, and finally, a house.

"A lot of people have been asking how I've stirred up so much publicity around the project, and my simple answer is: 'I have no idea'", he told the BBC. The stories that have come from these adventures are impressive, but MacDonald’s generosity, free-spirit and willingness to look for the positive in things is what makes his story significant.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Kyle MacDonald has spoken to thousands all over the world about the lessons that he learned from trading a red paperclip to a house. He has been interviewed by 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, CNN, City TV, Global, USA Today, Maclean’s, The New York Times, The New York Post, In Touch Magazine, VH1, MTV, The National Examiner, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Toronto Star. He's been on Japanese television (multiple times), on stage with Alice Cooper at a concert in Fargo, and gained considerable media attention on television and radio around the world. In addition, Volkswagen Spain and Grolsch Beer made TV commercials based on the story, and Kyle starred in a Mastercard commercial that played off of the Red Paperclip story.

He has now set two Guinness World Records: one for Most Successful Internet Trade, the other for erecting the World's Largest Red Paperclip.

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"It is with enthusiasm that I recommend Kyle MacDonald to anyone looking for a very unique, entertaining, and inspirational speaker. Here's a sample of some of the feedback we received: "Kyle's presentation was the perfect ending to the conference," "Kyle's story was amazing - he's also a really funny guy!" and "I was impressed with his story-telling ability." Overall, Kyle's amazing story helped make our annual conference one of our most successful events so far."

"Kyle MacDonald’s fascinating story about remarkable entrepreneurial spirit and thinking outside the box captured the undivided attention of all ages from beginning to end. Kyle’s charismatic approach brought his story to life while his creative and entertaining sense of humor engaged the entire audience in smiles and laughter. Following the event one spectator commented "how could you possibly top having Kyle MacDonald". A thoroughly enjoyable evening!"
--FirstSask Credit Union & Golden Opporunities Fund

"Kyle is an inspiring storyteller with a wonderful message. His casually style is engaging and the lessons that he imparts are empowering for leaders at any level of an organization. I highly recommend Kyle MacDonald for any group looking for a bit of entrepreneurial mojo."
--Maddock Douglas