Aaron Ochs is available to speak at events on a wide array of topics, which are listed below. Aaron also performs music as a singer-songwriter.
Journalism Ethics & Dangers of Disinformation
Drawing on experiences he wrote about in Defamers: How Fake News Terrorized a Community & Those Who Dared to Fight It, Aaron candidly discusses journalism ethics, the importance of adhering to those ethics, and recognizing the dangers of leaving unethical journalism unchecked in an era of rampant misinformation and disinformation. He discusses his personal involvement as a young journalist who spent years researching and fact-checking local and national media. Then he shares strategies on addressing false news narratives, propaganda campaigns and harassment aimed at journalists.
Grassroots Organizing & Smart Activism: Perfecting the Call to Action
Aaron discusses his experiences in organizing grassroots political and social cause campaigns. After mobilizing the community with nonprofit organizations including Los Osos Taxpayers Association and Save Morro Bay, Aaron decided to work with volunteers and leaders to help effectively structure their activism. In this program, Aaron provides comprehensive guidance on how to mobilize, delegate, fundraise and unite communities behind candidates and important causes.
Business Management During COVID-19
Aaron shares his experience managing businesses and organizations looking to survive during a historically unprecedented and deadly global pandemic. He will present current and prospective small business owners with provably effective and practical strategies to manage their operations. Aaron will provide information on pandemic loan forgiveness opportunities, safety guidelines, targeted cost increases and reductions, budget-friendly marketing and employee outreach. He discusses his role as the “fixer” involved in turning struggling businesses into consistently profitable entities.
Live Music & Entertainment
Aaron will perform his eclectic set of hit originals on acoustic with covers. He is inspired by many of the songwriting giants from the 1970s through the 90s, including but not limited to The Beatles, Moody Blues, Neil Young, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters. Aaron was previously a featured artist on Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Spotify.