Futurist Speaker


As a futurist speaker, Tom Cheesewright has delivered keynote speeches and hosted conference sessions for large audiences and small, including:

Tom is a frequent presence on TV & Radio

Appearing across the BBC from the Breakfast sofa to Newsround and World Business Report, and as a regular contributor to 5live and Radio 4. He has shared his thoughts on the future with Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch, Channel 5’s Saturday Breakfast, Sky News, the Guardian, Evening Standard, Entrepreneur Magazine, Stuff and MSN. He has consulted on TV shows for Channel 4, including In The Future, and Phil Spencer’s Home Hero.

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“Tom brings energy and original thought to customer conferences and roundtable events, inspiring them with thoughts of tomorrow.”

John Hughes, NHS

Futurist speaker Tom Cheesewright talking about the future of finance at the Yolt Unthink Tank

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Biography

Tom Cheesewright is the Applied Futurist, helping people and organisations around the world to see the future more clearly, share their vision, and respond with innovation. Tom will help you and your audience to connect tomorrow’s world to today’s experience, and make sense of what’s happening next, and why.

Tom is a frequent presence in the media, his face, voice, and unusual name recognisable from weekly appearances on TV and radio including BBC Breakfast, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, 5live, Radio 4, and TalkRadio, and in The Guardian, The Times, and The Evening Standard.

Tom’s first book, High Frequency Change, was published in 2019 by LID Publishing and shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2020 in the ‘Leadership for the Future’ category.

Tom’s next book, Future-Proof Your Business, will be published by Penguin in Summer 2020.

What topics can Tom cover?

Tom produces bespoke talks and presentations for each client. Using his bespoke Intersections methodology he can identify themes, threats and opportunities with high relevance to any audience, allowing him to add value to any event. Using this approach he has addressed every topic from supermarkets to superyachts!

Some broad topics have become particularly popular over the years, leading Tom to build up a particular knowledge set and client base. Some of these are listed below.

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Future City

Tom Cheesewright has written and spoken extensively about tomorrow’s places, where we live and work, and how we travel. Topics include:

  • Smart cities
  • Future of public transport
  • Future energy
  • The future car
  • Future home
  • Future of retail
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Future of Humanity

What will it mean to be human in the future? Futurist speaker Tom has covered various aspects of this subject, including

  • Bionics and human augmentation
  • The future of work
  • Education, learning and skills
  • Culture and media
  • The future of sport
  • The future of food
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Future Business

How will business be affected by this age of High Frequency Change? What are the business models of the future? Tom addresses multiple aspects of future business in his work:

  • Future of finance
  • Future of retail
  • Future banking
  • The future of money
  • Building a future-ready organisation
  • Future of recruitment

What do you get when you book Tom Cheesewright, Futurist Speaker?

Tom is an experienced speaker with an audience of his own who is happy to work with you to help you promote your event. This can include pre-event videos, PR campaigns, contributed articles, social media promotion and more.

Tom Cheesewright, futurist speaker, at BBC 5Live

PR and media

Tom has experience of thousands of media interviews for broadcast, print and digital. He’s happy to do joint interviews with other speakers or event spokespeople, or speak direct to the media in advance of or at the event to help you with promotion.

Pre-event video

Tom is an experienced broadcaster and very comfortable in interview or direct to camera formats. He can work with you to produce promotional videos for his keynote and the conference to be shared in email campaigns or via social media.

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Contributed articles

Tom can provide a taster of his upcoming keynote in a blog post or article for you to share via your promotional channels, or share a write-up of the full talk to be distributed after the event as a follow-up.

If you’re interested in his writing, clients can volume purchase Tom’s book, ‘High Frequency Change‘ to share with delegates as part of a goody bag, giveaway, or competition prize.

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Promotion on social media

Tom will use his social media presence to amplify your campaigns and point people towards booking pages. Tom has over 14,500 followers on Twitter and 4,500 contacts on LinkedIn with a high proportion of business and thought leaders.

Tom Cheesewright, futurist speaker, interviewing an executive from Accenture at Mobile World Congress

Hosting & interviewing

Tom is most commonly asked to keynote but he is happy to chair panels or interview other speakers on stage, while he is at the event.

Remote Speaking and Training

“If your event, launch, strategy session or training has been cancelled or postponed, why not do things digitally? I can deliver talks and training remotely, using a variety of tools. With 14 years of broadcasting experience, I’m as used to speaking to a camera or a microphone as I am to a room full of people.

My initial experiences of transferring live events to streaming sessions have been really positive: great turnout and great engagement.

If you would like to organise a digital talk or training, just get in touch.”

Tom is equipped to deliver talks and training remotely:

  • Fast fibre connection with plenty of upstream bandwidth
  • High definition camera
  • High quality microphone

Tom is experienced with a range of streaming and online training platforms, including:

Here are Tom’s tips for making a success of streamed speaking and training events:

  • Keep the length down if possible. Short, sharp hits of under 30 minutes seem to work well.
  • If you want to run something longer, make sure the agenda is really clear and has a mixture of information and interaction. I am for 10 minutes of interaction for every 20 minutes of information.
  • Make sure the agenda is laid out up front and that people know what is going to be asked of them from an interaction perspective. Will it be questions or polls? What is the feedback channel? When and how should they interact?
  • Make sure your speaker is prepared for the feedback channel. It can be disconcerting seeing in text what is usually in the audience’s heads! How should they respond to what they see? Should they interrupt the flow of their talk to respond or group responses at the end of their talk?
  • Make sure the speaker has the right equipment. A good microphone, and a high definition camera make all the difference. If they can, ensure their connection to their router is wired, not wireless. And that their broadband package provides good bandwidth both upstream (for the video feed from their house) and down. Lots of home broadband has a fast connection to the home but poor speeds out from it.
  • Do a rehearsal. Of course it will always be different on the day, but try to get as close as possible to the live event. Check audio and video, bandwidth, slides, and any poll or chat functionality you plan to use.

Get In Touch

Tom is available for speaking opportunities, media campaigns, content creation and consultancy.

For information on rates and availability, please get in touch by filling out the form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.




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