Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist specializing in technology trends including artificial intelligence and blockchain, and disruptive innovation. He has a green screen video studio in his office, allowing him to deliver virtual keynote presentations (via Zoom, for example) as well as create the educational videos in his Strategic Business Insights (SBI) free video series (over 28,000 subscribers and 6 million views. He is also capable of delivering his keynote presentation as a hologram at in-person conferences. 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. Because of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, more and more businesses are considering virtual conferences for their employees, customers, or channel partners. Patrick is uniquely well suited to this content delivery model, being able to generate any background image the client requests, further enhancing the branding of the virtual event. If you’re looking for a virtual keynote speaker, particularly one who specializes in technology trends, please contact us to check availability and discuss topic possibilities.
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Conference Keynote Speech delivered on Zoom or GoToMeeting
The key to an effective virtual conference is customization. The speaker needs to select a background for his/her presentation that matches the conference theme. Also, the presentation cannot be generic. It needs to be highly customized so the virtual attendees fell like they’re getting specific and relevant content. It’s too easy for these attendees to walk out of the room, use the restroom, answer a call on the mobile phone, change a diaper, or walk their dog while the presentation is going on. There’s no way to combat that aside from offering highly relevant and actionable information. In the future, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality will be able to make these virtual sessions more interactive, and that will provide added incentive for attendees to watch the content in real time.
The Future of Virtual Conferences and Conventions
Virtual conferences have been around for many years already, but they have been a poor replacement of live in-person events for many reasons. In particular, the inability of conference attendees to properly engage with other attendees stifles the single greatest benefit of conferences: in-person business networking. It’s only a matter of time before virtual reality headsets and augmented reality goggles will fill this gap, allowing participants to see and interact directly with other participants, even if they are only in avatar format. With the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand for these services will skyrocket, and investments into software development will follow, ensuring that these virtual conference platforms become more and more attractive over time.
There are a number of platforms that specialize in virtual conferences, webinars, and online meetings, and many more will emerge over the years ahead. It’s inevitable that an increasing amount of business activity will be conducted virtually in the future.
- EZTalks Video Conferencing: Free Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, and Online Meetings
- GoToMeeting: Online Meeting Software and Web Conferencing
- Zoom: Screen Sharing, Web Conferencing, and Webinar Software
- Zoho Meeting: Your online meeting and webinar solution
- Slack: Slack brings the team together, wherever you are
Virtual Convention Keynote Speech
One of the primary differences between a virtual conference and an in-person conference is that the in-person option guarantees that all attendees are in the same timezone. With virtual conferences, that is no longer guaranteed, and that presents another challenge for meeting and event planners of virtual meetings. The timing of the keynote address is important. If it’s too early in the morning for some, it’s likely that their attendance will be lower, and engagement level will be lower. It’s also possible to run the keynote address twice during the day, stipulating clearly that the second one is NOT live, meaning that no Q&A will be available. Nevertheless, this approach may increase the overall attendance to that keynote address, and we all know that the keynote speaker is one of the most expensive components of a conference, whether in person or via Zoom or GoToMeeting. Please contact us to discuss options for virtual keynote presentations.
Gerd Leonhard is a business futurist based in Zurich, Switzerland, and he has done some inspiring work in the virtual conference space. Patrick follows dozens of thought leaders in the technology space, and Gerd Leonhard is providing fascinating options for corporate event and meeting planners to leverage for future business conferences. We have include two of his recent videos below.
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a keynote speaker who has spoken at business conferences in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.