If you’re wondering about having me be 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, business, technology or design, I then weave in facts, issues and trends that are pointed inward towards the concerns of your audience. 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, but I do often atrend the meetings I speak at and I make an effort to figure out how all the thinking that’s going on in each 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 on Twitter 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. I say (and show) thank you.

Audience members will often comment about how obvious it is that I love what 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.