" ... the most mesmerizing speaker I've ever encountered."

MetLife Insurance

"Patrick tells it like it is."

Cisco Systems

" ... delivery was so engaging ... "

Blue Shield of California

"Your ideas ... help sell our products."

Comcast Business Class

Patrick is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including artificial intelligence, blockchain and social media.

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Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a leading authority on technology trends including big data, artificial intelligence and the social media revolution. He has lectured at numerous academic institutions including Purdue and Stanford Universities, and is a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. Patrick is the founder of Trend Mastery Inc. and the host of the Strategic Business Insights video blog (with over 20,000 subscribers and four million views on YouTube). He has spoken about business trends, technology and digital marketing at hundreds of conferences in dozens of cities around the world.

Patrick discussed Learned Intuition at the TEDx Sacramento event in 2012.

Patrick is the author the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). His other books include Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker (2016, Authority Publishing), Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed (2009) and Make Yourself Useful: Marketing in the 21st Century (2008). He has been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Reader’s Digest, CNN Money, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, MONEY Magazine and Forbes, among many others.

An effective speech should act as a catalyst for change, and Patrick is passionate about that objective. Whether you’re looking for a dynamic opening keynote for an audience of thousands or a facilitator for an executive strategy session, Patrick’s global perspective and entrepreneurial mindset will inspire disruptive thinking and business transformation within your audience.

Patrick’s past clients include:

Patrick’s work impacts Fortune 500 companies and vertical markets including technology, financial services, manufacturing and retail among others.

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Thought leader, global speaker, business futurist and author; trust Patrick to deliver insights & buzz to your upcoming event.

Patrick has spoken at hundreds of events around the world. His global experience is apparent from the moment he takes the stage and his executive approach leaves audiences with strategic insights and perspective. Patrick’s knowledge of geopolitical dynamics, demographic shifts and technology trends combine to make his audiences feel both educated and understood. Is your event taking place in Shanghai, Paris, Cape Town or London? Regardless of the location, Patrick will help make your agenda thought-provoking and memorable.

Each event has unique content objectives and cultural considerations. By contributing to so many events in different parts of the world, Patrick has acquired a distinctly strategic perspective which he brings to upcoming speaking engagements. The result is heightened relevance for your attendees, and relevance is the ultimate measure of success for professional speakers.


Are you ready for tomorrow’s competitive landscape?

Which markets are growing and which are shrinking? Where should you open your next distribution center? Where should you focus your marketing spend? Patrick uses demographic data and GDP composition to identify market opportunities around the world. Developed economies are basically going sideways while emerging economies are experiencing dynamic growth. But which country should you expand into first? Second? Third? Patrick’s programs act as a catalyst for strategic thinking within his audiences.
Social media and data analytics have changed marketing forever. Data-driven market segmentation is allowing for personalized messaging and social media is engaging the customer in the branding process. What are the best practices? Who’s achieving success? Patrick uses Harvard Business School’s case history method to build his marketing programs. Review the latest success stories and learn from other people’s experiences, all in an entertaining and enlightening session.
“Big Data” is a game changer, but most businesses are only starting to understand how to use it. What data are you collecting? Should you purchase outside data to supplement your own? Do you have the right human talent to find the business opportunities hidden within it? Technology is scalable. In particular, data bandwidth, processing and storage are all following exponential curves. Patrick explains the trends and uses case histories to identify the opportunities and the essential elements for success.
For most businesses, payroll represents their single largest expense. Are you optimizing the value you get from your people? Are you attracting the best candidates? Are they motivated to succeed? What’s your turnover rate? The past 20 years have brought an explosion of research into motivation, positive psychology and the science of happiness. Patrick is passionate about the topic and how to apply it in business settings. From his “Learned Intuition” TEDx Talk to his “Strategic Business Insights” video blog, Patrick delivers research-based insights into sales motivation, productivity optimization and human resources.

In March, 2013, Patrick launched his Strategic Business Insights video blog. The series covers a wide variety of business, geopolitical and personal development topics. New videos are uploaded on a regular basis and are generally between five and 15 minutes long. This accumulated inventory of video content is a useful resource for your speaker selection committee to review. It will immediately highlight the topics that Patrick is passionate about and provide examples of his approach and delivery. Please take a look!