Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a professional keynote speaker and business futurist specializing in technology trends including big data, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, and how these technologies fuel disruptive innovation across the economy. He’s the author of “Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain” (2018, Authority Publishing) and has lectured at numerous academic institutions including Stanford and Purdue Universities. There are two categories of keynote speakers. The first includes people who have become famous for a past achievement, and they then become speaker and discuss that achievement for audiences. These people have impressive credentials, but they may or may not be good dynamic speakers. The second category includes people who dedicate their lives to the speaking profession and hone their message to be as effective and memorable as possible. These speakers generally focus on one topic area and become experts within that field. Patrick has been a full-time professional speaker since 2007 and earns over 90% of his income in speaking fees. He focuses on technology and disruptive innovation, and has keynoted hundreds of corporate and government events all around the world.
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Professional Corporate Speaker
The hallmark of a professional keynote speaker is the focus on the message. Patrick spends most of his time doing research on case histories and success stories involving technology or innovation. He has hundreds of these use cases in countless different industries. If you decide to engage his services, he will begin by scheduling a call to discuss the audience and topic possibilities in more detail. In particular, what are the primary opportunities and challenges of the conference attendees. Patrick will also request the names of two or three attendees that represent particularly progressive and successful businesses within the industry. Calls will be scheduled with these attendees, and factory tours arranged if possible. The ultimate measure of success is relevance. The more relevant the content is, the better it will be received by attendees. Patrick will work with you and your team to ensure the content and message are the best possible fit for your event objectives.
Professional Convention Speaker
Technically, “conference” refers to an event for education, exchange of information, and discussion. “Convention” refers to a formal meeting for members, delegates, or representatives. As such, most corporate events are conferences while most association events are conventions. Also, conventions can be very large, attracting 20,000 or 30,000 delegates in some cases. Corporate events can be large as well, but the average conference is significantly smaller. In addition to these two classifications, there are also annual meetings and congresses. Professional speaker need to understand the differences between these events and be able to cater their keynote programs to match the organizers’ event objectives. Patrick has spoken at hundreds of events, both private sector and public sector, and can help your team navigate the details of these unique meeting environments.
Professional Motivational Speaker
There’s a critical difference between motivation and inspiration. Motivation encourages attendees to do things that they already know they *should* be doing. On the other hand, inspiration encourages attendees to do things that they never even considered until hearing the keynote speech. Professional motivational speakers strive to change the perspective of attendees and get them to look at their situations in a new and productive way. Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist who specializes in technology and innovation, so his approach to motivational keynote programs is to remind attendees of the accelerating change within our society, driven mostly be technology, and how they can stay abreast of the changes, anticipate disruption, and actually PROFIT from disruption. And at the end of his keynote speech, he will use his signature “think bigger” close to leave attendees thinking more expansively and ready to consider new ideas.
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a keynote speaker who has spoken at business conferences in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.