If you’re wondering about having me as your next speaker, here are a few points to help you with that decision:

1. You want credentials.

If you’re going to position a Futurist on the program, it’s important for your audience to know he’s not just making this stuff up. I earned a master’s degree in Futures Research from the University of Houston. And, with over 1500 keynote talks so far, I’ve got a track record that’s easy to search and find.

2. You want funny.

Though I won’t market myself as a humorist, audience members always marvel at how they’re expecting a dry and statistical talk from a Futurist, and get one where they’re continually laughing — with the humor always making a point and always holding their attention. I’ve known for a long time that if you can laugh at the future, it’s not as threatening, so people can learn instead of worry.

3. You want serious.

One minute they’re laughing and in the next minute, you can hear a pin drop. Weaving in fascinating ideas with profound implications, people can find themselves going from being deep in thought during the talk to afterwards being engaged in some of the best conversations they’ve had in years. This makes for memorable meetings.

4. You want understanding, not platitudes.

My talks are never canned. Using a variety of broader themes, such as education, society, business, technology or design, I weave in facts, issues and trends that all pointed inward towards the concerns of your audience, both professionally and personally. I’m not an industry speaker, but I can help your audience connect their bottom line with the horizon.

5. You want engagement.

I don’t go to speaker conventions or futurist meetings, so I have the time to often attend the meetings where I speak. I make an effort to figure out how all the thinking that’s going on in those different industries can be connected into yours. Sometimes it’s the conversations that we have off the stage that people appreciate the most. I can help your audience to think into other boxes.

6. You want stage presence.

It’s more than just being on stage, it’s knowing how to hold an audience so they’ll remember what was said and tell others. (A frequent hashtag for my talks on social media is #mindblown) It’s about capturing imagination and taking people on a fascinating journey into the future and change the way they see things. It’s about an unexpected delight in the form of a talk that connects the past to the future and all that we care about right now.

7. You want the truth.

Unlike the Col. Jessup character in the movie A Few Good Men, I think you can handle the truth… If I’m not the right speaker for you or your audience, I will tell you. I have no desire to speak at events where I’m not a good match. Like I said earlier here, I’m not really a corporate speaker. My talks are best for associations, education in-service and retreats, and economic development events. My content is best for those who want to be there and want to learn. I’m the right speaker for those who are curious, love the idea of life-long learning and want to be both fascinated and challenged. If you want a motivational speaker, there are plenty to choose from but I’m not on that list. If you want inspiration, I can do that. If you want a sense of subtle humor that always makes a point, let me talk.

8. I say thank you.

Audience members often comment on how obvious it is that I love my work. They also often comment that I’m fairly down to earth, easy to work with and genuinely interested in sharing my time and attention. I’m grateful to have the chance to work with you and be able to entertain, educate and learn from your industry, your topics, your audience.