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Patrick Schwerdtfeger's speaking fee falls within range: $10,000 to $15,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is an industry-leading expert on game-changing technology trends and how to harness them. As Founder of Trend Mastery, he specializes in advising businesses on artificial intelligence, demographic forecasting, big data and digital marketing.
Over the past decade Schwerdtfeger has presented at hundreds of events worldwide, headlining global business conferences, as well as events for Oracle, Bloomberg TV, Marriott, Bank of America, and Time Warner Cable, among others. His clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500s. While he is best known for his tactical and energizing keynotes about technology and digital marketing, Schwerdtfeger’s expertise extends to personal development and human motivation.
Schwerdtfeger is the award-winning author of Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed as well as Keynote Mastery: The Personal Journey of a Professional Speaker. His Strategic Business Insights video blog is followed by over 20,000 people, and has received more than 4 million views.
Schwerdtfeger began his speaking career after his podcast on real estate and finance gained popularity in 2006. He was a sought out advisor during the Financial Crisis and a pioneer in digital marketing, specifically on how to use social media to increase revenue.
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Patrick Schwerdtfeger (@schwerdtfeger on Twitter) is a leading authority on technology trends including big data, artificial intelligence and the social media revolution. He’s the founder of Trend Mastery and the host of the Strategic Business Insights video blog (with over 20,000 subscribers and four million views on YouTube). He discussed “Learned Intuition” at the TEDx Sacramento event in 2012.
Patrick is a keynote speaker who has headlined events for Oracle, Bloomberg TV, Marriott, Bank of America, Trek Bicycles, RE/MAX, Century 21, Keller Williams, Comcast Cable, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), Time Warner Cable and United Healthcare among many others, as well as hundreds of industry conferences and conventions around the world. His programs focus on technology trends, digital marketing and the psychology of human motivation.
Patrick is the author of the award-winning book, Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) as well as Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed (2009) and Make Yourself Useful: Marketing in the 21st Century (2008). He has been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN Money, Reader’s Digest, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Associated Press, MONEY Magazine and Forbes, among others.
Patrick was invited to cover ‘Global Mega Trends’ at the 18th annual GCC eGovernment & eServices Conference in Dubai (May, 2012) and has spoken in the Middle East four times since then. He has also contributed to business events across the United States and Canada as well as destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Asia. He is best known for his keynotes about the social media revolution and global business trends, and their impact on consumer behavior and market leadership. Patrick’s strategic perspectives make his programs inspiring and thought-provoking for attendees.
Patrick is a passionate and dynamic speaker who focuses on delivering valuable content and highly practical strategies that people can implement immediately and see results quickly. His programs consistently receive enthusiastic reviews and leave attendees burning to put their new ideas and strategies to work.
Patrick’s expertise encompasses modern business trends, marketing and communication strategies. The convergence of these explain the focus his books have on small business marketing and social media, but today’s mega trends directly impact communication channels for large corporations and governments as well.
Patrick was born in Vancouver, Canada, and received his Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Finance from Carleton University in Ottawa (1993). At the age of 27, he discovered he was an American citizen and moved to Los Angeles just six days after receiving his first American passport. Patrick now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Technology trends expert, Patrick Schwerdtfeger peers into the fascinating processes that are constantly unfolding within our subconscious and how we can tap into our "real superpowers" to make smarter decisions and further our goals and aspirations.
Our intuitions are the product of the 10 million unconscious observations we make in any given setting; however the average person's conscious mind can only keep track of 40. People who demonstrate superb intuition in a particular area, organically developed that ability as a result of extensive experience, but how can you intentionally increase your intuition in a way that's both quick and effective?
"Immersion," Schwerdtfeger replies.
"If you want to learn to snowboard, you're much better off going five days in a row than going one day every week for five weeks." He elaborates, explaining, "In both cases you're on the mountain for five days, but when you do it all at one time, it gives your unconscious mind an opportunity to organize all that new information and start to understand."
Technology and trends expert, Patrick Schwerdtfeger guides you through waves of disruption by helping your organization find opportunities in areas like artificial intelligence, blockchain protocol, and social media. Schwerdtfeger blends his special insider knowledge with regional demographics, creating a one-of-a-kind program that is rich in relevance and value.
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
The explosion of big data technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) have led to dramatic advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. These technologies are fueling innovation in predictive analytics, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality and countless other fields. Patrick has accumulated dozens of case histories and success stories in a variety of different industries, allowing him to explain the trends in a way that people understand. His technology keynotes don’t get into technical specifications. Instead, they highlight trends and strategies for executive and managerial audiences.
Blockchain Protocol and Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin was the first application of blockchain protocol. Since 2009 when it was officially launched, the bitcoin blockchain has never been hacked. This distributed public ledger technology is now finding its way into hundreds of different applications. Its popularity is part of a larger trend from centralized to decentralized structures. Ironically, the industries that are most threatened by blockchain technology (banks, insurance companies and other financial services) are the ones investing in it most aggressively. Patrick explains the risks as well as the opportunities that today’s executives need to know.
Embracing Disruptive Innovation
Disruptive innovation invalidates existing business models. That’s why it’s become so important for executives around the world. Technology is evolving along an exponential curve. Entire industries are collapsing as new (mostly digital) business models provide better outcomes for fewer dollars. Disruptive innovation generally comes from the edges of industries, not the center. It comes from ‘adjacent markets’ often catching executives by surprise. Patrick dissects the topic and leaves attendees with a series of questions they can use to spot possible threats and also opportunities within their business models.
Marketing Strategy and Social Media
Marketing has been forever changed by the Internet and social media, but online channels are converging with offline channels. The secret to successful marketing is to convey compelling stories on both online and offline channels simultaneously. This is done with (1) event-based ‘launch’ campaigns or (2) ongoing ‘drip’ campaigns. Patrick has dozens of fascinating and entertaining success stories for each strategy. His programs leave attendees inspired to revolutionize their businesses with cutting-edge marketing techniques.
Think Bigger! (leadership)
Build a culture of innovation! Build a team of leaders! These are exciting times. The next ten years will be nothing like the last ten! That’s the primary message in Patrick’s ‘think bigger’ leadership program. By reviewing technology developments at a strategic level and identifying the trends tying them all together, the ‘think bigger’ program energizes attendees and gets them thinking more expansively about modern technology as well as the leadership opportunity they have in exploiting it. Patrick’s ‘think bigger’ keynote is a great opening session to get your attendees thinking bigger right from the opening bell.
Predict the Future … Today!
Patrick also facilitates interactive strategy sessions for senior executive teams. Not only will we identify the seeds of disruption in your industry, but you will also be introduced to a series of predictive models and proprietary frameworks that Patrick uses to filter technology developments and anticipate where the trends are leading. The agenda consists of a 60-minute presentation followed by a coffee break and then an interactive workshop-type session where we apply the models and frameworks to your specific business environment. This powerful program can reshape your entire business strategy in a single three-hour session.
Build Your Own Custom Program
Each event is unique and you may want Patrick to concentrate on some topics more than others. Please feel free to request specific topics and Patrick will create a keynote program tailored for your event. He focuses primarily on the following topics, combining them to suit your needs.
Thank you again for a great event! I’m still receiving calls from folks that attended wondering when we’ll have you in town again. The tips and tricks that they took away were “priceless” and many can’t wait to implement them. I too took much away from the event. The products we sell are fully capable of providing the features needed to put your ideas to work right away for the customer. Many of my reps are already using your ideas to help sell our products. I’d almost say that we gained more from the event than our customers. But after some of the calls I have received, I’d say it’s a tossup.
Brian Gray, SMB Manager, Comcast Business Class
We have truly had rave reviews about him, and I believe he is absolutely the best speaker we have had during the series. He provided exactly the kind of information our small business members needed – easy-to-understand, easy-to-do social media tips with excellent case studies to really bring the ideas alive.
Laura L. Williams, Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Patrick Schwerdtfeger is the most mesmerizing speaker I’ve ever encountered. His uncanny talent to explain complex business concepts utilizing digital social media in such a simple, easy to understand format is impressive. Patrick is genuine and fun!
Betty Tam, MetLife Financial Services
Patrick’s presentation regarding leveraging social media with our broker advisory council was outstanding. He is very professional, provided useful and valuable points and examples that can be quickly applied to today’s business environment. Working with social media can be overwhelming for some and Patrick had a way of demonstrating how easy it can be and what possible results can be had when his techniques are applied. Our senior executives were very engaged and have asked Patrick to speak to our corporate marketing team.
Kate Moher, National VP of Broker Strategy, United Healthcare
I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation last month. Your delivery was so engaging that I lost track of time. By any measure, you are a very effective speaker and educator
Mitzy Russom, Blue Shield of California
The session on social networking prompted me to look more deeply into using iTunes as another vehicle for providing though leadership about my practice. I am seriously looking into this and planning to FINALLY actively use at least iTunes to get more visibility to the Bay Area Consulting Group LLC and our deep expertise in IT management.
Harry Chapman, BACN founder
I learned that I had underestimated the power of YouTube and its rightful place at the Big Kids table of social media. It is in fact now part of the Big Four: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn AND YouTube.
Kerry Rego, Kerry Rego Consulting
WOW! Patrick Schwerdtfeger presented a one-hour energy Social Media workshop packed with scores of tips and tricks to create social media success. He motivated me to take action and create Executive Coaching YouTube videos to attract more clients.
Dr. Maynard Brusman
Patrick did a great job of presenting the core information about Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. The material was all familiar to me, but I appreciated his arrangement of these four social networks as spokes around the hub of your blog. What stuck with me most was the advantage of going where your prospects already are, rather than struggling to build up traffic on your own website.
Sallie Goetsch, The Podcast Asylum
My take-away from Patrick’s lively, easy-to-follow presentation was his emphasis on the integration of social with your marketing strategy. I especially liked the tips on using YouTube. Very smart.
Susan Bercu, Graphic Design & Illustration
The content of the presentation was thought-provoking and useful. The speaker was very knowledgeable, and I definitely intend to use the information to position and promote my business services in a more effective manner.
David Weissman, Bay Area Paralegal Services
Everything in the presentation seemed so practical that I wanted to learn it in a step-by-step process, so I bought Patrick’s book Webify Your Business. I particularly liked his approach which came from being self-taught — and convinced me that I could learn from him.
Alice Cochran, author of Roberta’s Rules
The one take-away I had was the “raging water” symbolism. It really does give justice to how viral and quick the pace of things in social media — and how you need to throw yourself into the water and go with the flow. I also liked his case studies, which really drove home his points.
Neil Schaeffer, Windmill Networking
Patrick’s enthusiasm and passion for social media tools are infectious. Many thanks to BACN for a wonderful presentation which has inspired me to ACT.
Yael Schy, Dramatic Strides Consulting
I loved listening to Patrick. He’s a font of wisdom about social networking. I’m close to posting my first YouTube video and I got some great ideas about tagging.
Marla Rosner, Corporate Trainer
What I liked about Patrick was that he comes to this stuff with the same skepticism as I do. He doesn’t preach, but rather shares his amazement that using Web 2.0 can actually be very helpful in establishing one’s personal visibility and respectability, and therefore ultimately one’s business. The credibility of his low-key, easy-going style made me want to look further into what he was telling us about – and buy his book!
Steven Tulsky, Benemetrics Consulting Group
I have seen Patrick present twice live. He has excellent content as well as delivery. His presentations are well organized, captivating, pertinent and actionable.
I have been to numerous workshops with Patrick and have read his new book, Webify Your Business from cover to cover. Using his tools and information, I have increased the traffic to my site and my blog. His information has always been very practical, useful and timely!
Patrick is a well informed speaker that has a deep knowledge of his subject matter and amazing delivery skills.
Rick Rochon, Marketing Consultant
Patrick was AWESOME, I took well over 15 pages of notes. He was a plethora of useful, helpful information. He was well spoken & a great teacher & presenter. Look forward to future events & workshops
Patrick tells it like it is. His book ‘Webify Your Business’ is a down-and-dirty step-by-step practical guide for anyone who wants to get real with Social Media. Highly recommended.
Ian Griffin, Professional Speech Writer, Cisco Systems
Patrick is a wonderful, exciting, alive, fun, interesting speaker who happens to share a lot of excellent information within the Social Media realm. I heard him speak live and the entire audience was energized! I give him a two thumbs up!!
Leslie De Palo
Patrick’s presentations are always jam packed with TACTICS and TIPS you can take back to your office and apply to your business website or your social media strategy IMMEDIATELY. He is also a very good presenter and connects with his audience which puts every body on the edge of their seat waiting for the next NUGGET of info he is going to share with you.
Chrystal Bougon, Online Retailer
I attended a workshop that Patrick led this past weekend. It was fantastic. He is an engaging workshop leader and has a tremendous knowledge and experience in social media. I learned so much and had fun, too!
Michaela Hayes, Magazine Editor
Patrick is simply amazing. He has significantly elevated the quality of a monthly meetup networking group that I have been attending since January 2009. We routinely have 50+ members and this group provides a forum for us to network and build relationships. Speakers are consistently good, and Patrick recently added a great new feature—a social media moment. He’s the expert and is great about sharing his knowledge; he is helping all of us learn to use this channel to monetize our businesses. I am also working my way through his book, Webify Your Business. This book is brilliant. Short, succinct chapters with action items at the end of each chapter. I refer my clients and colleagues to this book and tell them that if they work through this, they will understand how to leverage electronic delivery to grow their businesses.
Janet Peishel, Business Coach
Patrick is a master presenter/teacher: funny, super knowledgeable and has a unique ability to compress years of info into an informative, entertaining presentation that you can actually put into action!
Alison Bliss, Web Developer
I have attended one of Patrick workshop. It was GREAT. Full of information and ideas of how it can apply to my situation and get more opportunity.
Patrick is fun, engaging, and full of great information. Check out his YouTube presentations, and you will get a sense of his talent and knowledge. I attended one of his fabulous workshops. Good handouts, great ideas, well presented and well sequenced presentation! Try it, you’ll like it!
I have attended many functions where Patrick has presented and feel he is excellent. He possesses great knowledge on his subject matter and presents it in a way that is clear, concise and motivates me to take action. He is FULL of ideas around internet marketing, search engine optimization and getting your website in front of others using social media. I highly recommend Patrick.
Michael Waters, Graphic Designer
Patrick did an exceptional job presenting an incredibly generous amount of information. He made the steps for utilizing Social Media to promote my business very clear and do-able. I would highly recommend Patrick’s work!
Chris Arcucci, Yoga Instructor
Patrick’s “Social Media Victories” was comprehensive, interesting, and delivered with passion. I walked away with a concrete plan that I began implementing within days of Patrick’s workshop. The information provided was so clear and so specific, anyone could take the content and be on their way to a massive internet presence.
Laurel Pine, Online Retailer
I am a complete novice with social media. I saw Patrick at the Pleasant Hill Chamber Brown Bag Series and he spoke on Social Networking in a dynamic and thoughtful way that made me want to learn more.
Patrick is an exceptional presenter. The guy knows his stuff and he knows how to teach it so that you can understand it too. He’s also a real genuine and generous person that you can’t help but enjoy being around.
I have attended Patrick’s seminars and, then, had him as a featured speaker at an event I sponsored. He was a hit. He provides a lot of content in a very short period of time…and he does it authentically. He will be great.
Thomas Loarie, Chairman of the Board, Mercador
Patrick does a masterful job of taking the complexity of social media scope and breadth and breaking it into bite size pieces that event the technology novice can understand. Attending Patrick’s seminar will open your eyes to solutions behind doors you didn’t even know were there. The mantra of success in a complex technological world is simplicity. Patrick takes the complex and makes it approachable.
Michael Breen, Corporate Branding Consultant
Patrick is an excellent, knowledgeable speaker. I attended an all-day social media seminar and learned Twitter, Linked In and FB tricks that I hadn’t discovered on my own.
Patrick has become a real powerhouse in the industry. His knowledge, business sense and genuine personality have put him on top. I have him coming up to Madison, WI. on October 14th to give a one day seminar. Anyone reading this should consider bringing him to your city also. But, book him asap as he’s already in high demand (and for a good reason!)
Patrick’s knowledge and presentation is exceptional. His topics cover real world solutions which can be applied immediately. Attending his seminars or seeing his speak is amazing and a must for any business, large or small.
John Padlo, Graphic Designer
I’ve attended Patrick’s presentations. His extensive knowledge of social media and its practical business benefits are impressive. His quality presentation/materials and generosity put him a cut above most people in this field.
I’ve attended Patrick’s presentations. He has a wealth of knowledge about how to succeed in a web business. His business name “Tactical Execution” is perfect because he shows us techniques to use in every area to drive business to a web site. Tactics are critical to success, and Patrick can explain them clearly.
I have seen Patrick speak on a number of occasions. All the attendees I have spoken with came away with something to help them in this new world of Webifying Your Business.
I attended this workshop and immediately began to implement the strategies. Patrick ties the whole picture of social networking for business together in a way that makes the content accessible. His is simply the best presentation of this material I have found. And I had been looking – hard – for over a year. I highly recommend Patrick and believe his workshop would be a great addition to the program.
Amy Sluss, Speaker & Trainer
Patrick is an excellent presenter. His passion for social media is quite contagious. His content is thought provoking and integrated in a very easy-to-follow and logical format. He is definitely a rising international speaker on Social Media.
I have seen Patrick speak. His topics are informative and interactive. He is very passionate about the subject matter and it shows in his presentation.
Erica O’Leary, Commercial Banking
We have hired Patrick to speak at two of the organizations that I am involved and there was not one unsatified customer in the house. He is truly an expert in his field and extremely engaging as a speaker. Great choice!
Karla Garcia, Corporate Trainer
I enjoyed Patrick’s seminar, “Webify Your Business, Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed.” Patrick is a very polished speaker. He is well-organized and concise; very personable and entertaining. He uses clear examples to help make sense of social networking.
I’ve seen Patrick speak several times. He is consistently organized, clear and engaged with his audience. Always informative, frequently entertaining, Patrick delivers super relevant information and case studies that people can learn from and apply in their own business. SXSW attendees would be in for a treat!
Cheryl Liquori, Marketing Consultant
Patrick has great material and presents it well.
Patrick is a great speaker – I’ve heard him several times. Always something new. Great audience rapport. Real passion for his topic. He’d be a great addition!
Walter Feigenson, Online Marketing Consultant
I have heard Patrick speak. He is the best! He makes the hard easy to understand and is the clearest, most easy to listen to speaker you will ever hear.
I am learning the true power of social media, and envision fantastic future exponential growth. The obvious is that great wealth will come if you position yourself properly now. Patrick has amazing amount knowledge with a deep understanding of to put it all together. I have rarely seen such in-depth knowledge and understanding of a subject matter by someone who also has the skill of wonderful presentation presence, teaching comprehensively and very plainly getting his points across. Patrick will draw a crowd, captivate the audience, and provide SXSW with great praise. Having Patrick in your corner at this stage will position you in front of the curve. Don’t miss this opportunity.
I’ve seen & heard Patrick just once, bought & read his book, checked out his website, and I plan to catch him at another seminar next month. He is very impressive — very well informed and up-to-date, a quick and effective teacher, an entertaining speaker, and his enthusiasm inspired the whole roomful of listeners, including the other speakers on the panel.
I’ve attended two of Patrick’s events and they were both excellent seminars. Patrick is a terrific speaker/presenter and a very helpful guy. His information is top rate and his style is friendly, professional and easy-going, with lots of opportunities for audience interaction and questions. He has a lot to offer and you would do well to include him in your program.
I am Patrick’s biggest fan! I stumbled onto his website quite by accident about a year ago. I signed up for his 52-week e-course and am loving it! Since signing up for the course he has compiled the information into a book “Webify your Business–Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed”. The book is awesome!!! Although due to proximity issues I have never personally attended an event where Patrick was speaking, I have listened to podcast and watched video clips of him. Patrick would make a great addition to your conference.
Cathleen Hoffman, Human Resources, Daisy Guns
Patrick is a dynamic speaker and I have thoroughly enjoyed and found quite useful his book about webifying your business. I highly recommend him.
Robert Burpee, Financial Advisor
Patrick is a very fun, exciting and knowledgeable presenter. He has great insight and loves to share.
I have attended several of Patrick’s seminars and workshops including one at Blue Shield of California. He is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate speakers on social media. He has motivated me to launch new endeavors for my own business’ online presence. Patrick has helped me immensely in setting up blogs and websites and developing a following. His knowledge of his subject matter is always current and at the cutting edge. I highly recommend him as a speaker.
Philip Lee, Insurance Agent
I have know Patrick for years and still feel the electricity around me from knowing him and the knowledge he brings to the table. He bring to the table, what you need to better understand the world of social media. Terrific speaker and a great motivator for your future.
Marvin Baida, Promotional Products Distributor
Excellent presenter with priceless content. I make it a point to see him when his presents in my area. You won’t be disappointed!
Tons of great content presented today. My head is spinning with the possibilities for not only marketing my own business, but also how to tap into the new social media marketplace for clients. I’m actually changing the focus of my business as a result of the information I learned today. Thank you, Patrick!
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