This post highlights the top corporate speakers about technology and innovation. With technology evolving at an exponential rate, it’s more and more important for business executives to understand technology and be able to anticipate and profit from disruptive innovation. The following speakers are among the most popular options for “business futurists” and technology speakers.
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a corporate speaker and business futurist specializing in technology trends including artificial intelligence, digital marketing, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. He has keynoted corporate conferences and conventions all around the world, covering the impact of technology on business and public sector service delivery. Although Patrick has been engaged by government departments and nonprofit associations, corporations make up the majority of his business. He focuses on technology, innovation, and leadership. Patrick is 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. He’s a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV and has spoken about leadership, innovation, and technology at hundreds of business conferences around the world (see map below). If you’re working on an upcoming corporate event (annual meeting, conference, convention, or congress), contact Patrick to check availability and discuss topic possibilities in more detail.
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Corporate Keynote Speaker
Corporate events are different than public sector (government) or association (nonprofit) events. In most cases, corporate conferences are invite only and closed to the public. Attendees might be employees, channel partners, or customers, and they don’t pay to attend. Instead, the company pays their way and uses the event as a marketing tool, either to build enthusiasm within their employee ranks or turbo charge their sales funnel. Patrick did over 30 events for Bloomberg TV, and they were all designed to get Bloomberg television content into the basic channel bundles offered by cable providers like Cox Communications, Comcast Cable, Time Warner, Brighthouse, and AT&T. For those events, small business owners were invited from the local community and the local cable provider was able to host the event with financial support from Bloomberg. Everybody wins. The small business owners get great content for free. The cable provider gets to build better relationships with their best customers. Bloomberg gets to deepen their relationship with the cable provider and increase the odds of getting their content included in the standard bundle. That’s a typical corporate event, and Patrick can weave marketing messages throughout his presentation, supporting the sales process along the way.
Corporate Convention Speaker
Conferences and conventions require a certain level of speaking talent. The corporate events often have 500+ or event 1,000+ attendees, and they are commonly held in large convention centers. These are not the environments for tactical how-to presentations, particularly on the main stage. Conferences have general sessions and breakout sessions. General sessions are for the keynote presentations, and there are usually keynote sessions to start the morning and again and lunch time. Those are the slots for professional corporate speakers. The breakout sessions are a different story. They are more how-to oriented and often feature industry experts discussing highly actionable topics. For keynote speakers, your expertise is NOT your message. Your message is your message. Your content is the PATH to your message. So in Patrick’s case, his expertise of technology trends and disruptive innovation factor heavily in his presentations, but his message is the THINK BIGGER. Business leaders need to expand their thinking and consider possibilities beyond their traditional industry footprint.
Keynote Speaker for Corporations
Patrick builds his keynotes with case histories and success stories. Once he has set the stage for the topic at hand, he introduces models to think about disruptive innovation and how it emerges. Disruptive innovation tends to come from the edges of an industry, not the center. It tends to cater to the least profitable market segment first. It’s usually seen as extreme or crazy by industry insiders, at least until it gains significant market traction within the least profitable market segment. Then, if it’s based on exponential technologies, it might already be too late for industry leaders to react in time. Anyway, the essence of his keynotes is the case histories. People love stories, and Patrick will want to communicate with at least one or two attendees ahead of time. Ideal candidates are those who work for progressive and future-leaning businesses. In the end, the ultimate measure of success is relevance. The more relevant the content is, the more it will be accepted by attendees. So Patrick’s primary focus is to maximize relevance for attendees.
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a keynote speaker who has spoken at business conferences in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.