Speaker Introduction for Glen Hiemstra
Glen Hiemstra (Pronounce: Heem-stra)
“If you listen carefully, you can learn what the future is telling you.”
We want to welcome Glen Hiemstra, America’s Guide to the Future, to speak to our _______ today. As a professional futurist Glen Hiemstra has been listening to the future intently for two decades. Glen is the CEO and Founder of Futurist.com, a company that focuses on the dissemination of information about the future and how to create it. His most recent book Millennial City: How a New Generation Can Save the Future, , was published in 2013 and is available for Kindle. Futurist.com, Glen’s website, is visited monthly by people from 120 nations.
An international expert on long-range trends and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and government organizations for two decades and has served as a technical advisor for futuristic television programs and been featured in several documentaries on the future. Glen works on issues as diverse as transportation, aerospace, energy, telecommunications, financial services, education and health care. Clients have included Saint Gobain, GHD of Australia and the World Future Forum – The Hague, domestic companies like Boeing, Microsoft, The Home Depot, Ernst & Young, Procter & Gamble and John Deere and in the public sector, FHWA Advanced Research, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and state and local projects like Atlanta 2060 and Michigan DOT 2030.
Prior to becoming a full time futurist Glen had a first career in higher education, teaching at Whitworth University, the University of Washington, and Antioch University, Seattle. At the University of Washington Glen published some of the very early research on how communicating via the Internet would change human and organizational communication. Glen’s final academic position was Director of the Masters Degree program in Whole Systems Design for Antioch University. Later, Glen returned to the University of Washington as a Visiting Scholar in the Human Interface Technology Lab, which worked on the development of virtual and augmented reality technologies.
In addition to his recent book, Glen is the author of Turning the Future Into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Futures and co-author of Strategic Leadership. Glen is frequently cited as a resource for articles about the future, by publications such as The Futurist, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press and USA Today.
Glen lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Tracie. They have three adult children.
We all believe the world is changing. What if we are right? Today Glen is going to stretch our images of the future, as he discusses science and technology, culture and society, business and economics, and as he challenges all of us to create the future we prefer.
Let’s welcome Glen Hiemstra to our program.
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FAQ on introductions:
If I am introducing the keynote speaker, how much should I say?
When the speaker is a national celebrity, say an ex-President, very little introduction is needed. In every other case, the person introducing the keynoter should plan to say enough to help establish credibility with your event audience. Usually this takes two or three minutes.
Should I just read what the speaker sent to me?
We recommend that you personalize your introduction as much as possible. Start with the script, such as the one above. But, edit it to include what you want to say…why have we invited a futurist, what is your experience of the speaker if you have heard the speaker before, what is an important future challenge facing your audience, and so on.
If I am making the introduction, isn’t my goal just to get out of the way?
No, the act of introducing a speaker is an art in itself. You want to set the stage, create a tone, answer the question “why are we about to listen to this person,” and establish that the keynoter is indeed someone worth listening to. If you take some time to achieve these goals, the entire experience will be better received.