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Jim Carroll        

One of the World’s Leading Global Futurists, Trends and Innovation Expert; Best-selling Author

Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts, providing strategic guidance and insight to some of most prestigious organizations in the world for over twenty years. He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty and the necessity for fast paced innovation.

He has a track record of inspiring organizations to reframe the opportunity for innovation in the context of significant, transformative change. The PGA -- Professional Golf Association of America -- selected Carroll to open their 94th Annual General Meeting for his message on future trends and innovation, the first time in their history that they have ever featured an external speaker for their AGM. When the Walt Disney Corporation needed to inspire senior staff on the topics of innovation and creativity, they brought in Carroll. The US National Recreation and Parks Association had Carroll open a conference for 4,000 recreation professionals to inspire them to reframe the context of recreation in the 21st century. The Swiss Innovation Forum featured Carroll as their closing keynote speaker, delivering a message of the hope and opportunity that can come from being relentlessly focused on innovation.

Carroll’s global client base is extensive. It includes organizations such as: the National Australian Bank • Diners Club • HJ Heinz • PPG • the Minnesota HealthCare Association CEO Summit • Toshiba Australia • Blue Cross Blue Shield • Northrop Grumman • Missouri Governor Economic Development Congress • Johnson & Johnson • Signature Travel • Microsoft • Ernst & Young • US National Recreation and Parks Association • Burger King • Rockwell Collins • Oracle • Illinois Governors Tourism Conference • US Navy, Marine, Air Force Child Youth Programs • Nestle • the Swiss Innovation Forum • Readers Digest Food & Entertainment Group • Motorola • KPMG • World Congress on Healthcare Innovation & Technology • Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) • • Towers Perrin • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) • Swiss Innovation Forum • Property & Casualty Insurance Association of America • World Congress on Quality • SAP Sweden • American Community Bankers • Providence Health Plans • Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd • Verizon • Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association • American Express • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to name but a few. Hundreds of thousands have shared his insight with highly energized presentations in Zurich, New York, Vancouver, Cayman Islands, Palm Springs, Sydney, London, Los Angeles, Budapest, Miami, Toronto, Costa Rica, San Francisco, Nassau and Stockholm.

Carroll is an author, columnist, media commentator and consultant, with a focus on linking future trends to innovation and creativity. He has a 20 year track record in providing direct, independent guidance to a huge, diverse global client base, combined with a previous professional financial background, including 12 years with the world's largest professional services firm. Carroll provides high energy keynotes for audiences of 5,000, or intimate, detailed customized strategic planning sessions for CEO / board / senior management meetings. He has researched key innovation success factors for dozens of associations, professions, companies, individuals and industries including life sciences, health care, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, technology, education, government, consumer products, retail, banking and countless others.

His insight has been recently covered in the UK Telegraph, Dubai’s Capital Magazine and South Africa’s The Star newspaper. BusinessWeek named Carroll as one of four leading sources for insight on innovation and creativity; he was a feature expert on the prime time CNBC series, The Business of Innovation, hosted by Maria Bartiromo. Credit Suisse profiled Carroll in their global customer publication Bulletin, noting that he provides "unique insight on growth."

Carroll is also an author, with books including The Future Belongs To Those Who Are Fast, Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation. He has participated in over 3,000 interviews on radio, television and in print, including media exposure and interviews with ABC News, BusinessWeek, INC, Fast Company, CNBC, Texas Meetings and Events, The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), American Way, The Age (Sydney, Australia), CAPITAL magazine (Dubai/United Arab Emirates) CEO Magazine Hungary, Association LEADERSHIP, The National Post and PROFIT, to name but a few.

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Food conference (private), Toronto

Fantastic job! Very insightful and engaging. Thx again for sharing your insights with us!

Insurance CEO leadership meeting, Atlanta

Thank you for the excellent presentation you delivered at our Leadership Council meeting. I received a lot of positive feedback from the group about your session -- they found your presentation to be "engaging," "thought provoking" and "inspiring." I also appreciate your thoughtful participation in the panel discussion that followed.

Phoenix, AZ May 2011

Jim spoke at a partner event for Interlogix on future trends impacting home automation and other issues. He rocked! It was so much fun and his insight was very cooi. The live text message polling was pretty amazing. And all that in just the 35 minutes he had!

Las Vegas, NV, April 2011

Jim Carroll was an excellent speaker. He was very enthusiastic, and it was obvious that he loves talking about his subject matter. He covered a wide range of trends and topics, including the current and coming explosion in mobile access, the speed at which consumers move , and the huge generational displacement to come from the text message generation - Review of keynote @ Multi Unit Franchise 2011 in Las Vegas

Hudson Valley Credit Union

Your use of anecdotal information backed up by research validated your thoughts and helped create a platform for future thinking. We really appreciated your cooperative nature and your willingness to work with us to tailor a presentation to meet our specific needs….A friendly and down to earth presentation style is obviously your strong suit. All of our attendees were made to feel comfortable and part of the discussion!

PRO - Parks Recreation Ontario

Jim drew quite a crowd on the last day of our conference. We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout and how engaged the audience was at the end of this four day event. The information shared was really helpful in terms of informing our work and Jim shared it with passion, humour and an incredible amount of insight!

Ohio Techsolve event

wanted to drop you a quick line and thank you for a great morning this past Wednesday when you spoke at theTechsolve/Magnet Ohio simulcast.

Your presentation was outstanding and really validated much of what I am trying to do at my company. I am the General Manager at a company that has been very out of touch with innovation and has been a sleeping giant. Our new team is driving significant change. I needed a dose of motivation and your presentation certainly provided it to me!

Thanks for taking the time to share your exciting views and vision with us, Ohio companies certainly need it!

Johnson & Johnson, Dec 2010

While we have not seen our post meeting survey results yet I am anticipating that you will be getting one of the highest ratings. I think you hit the mark and it was a great way to kickoff the meeting. It was obviously very thought provoking and you had people’s attention as when we had other speakers people would incorporate some of what you talked about – “Yesterday we heard from a speaker that talked about big not beating small but fast beating slow” or “A concept was presented the other day that $1 talking stick in a market of 4 billion people……” Always a good sign that you hit the mark if people are talking about it the two days after. I also appreciated you hitting on the fact that we are all innovators that was the key I wanted them to hear and I think they got it.

I think the biggest indicator that you hit the mark was that two of my colleagues have requested your contact information. I think they would like to submit you name to be considered for speakers at various industry sponsored events so don’t be surprised if in a few months you hear from other colleagues.

Moorehead State University

It was excellent Jim, all around, the talk, the faculty workshop, the panel! You served us extremely well, you were the buzz of the conference, set the tone and the pace, very informative, energizing, and dynamic. Well done! Moorehead State University/Ashland Kentucky Entrepreneur Conference

Siemens XHQ Orlando Dec 10

We just had Jim in to keynote our global user group. Wow! It was fabulous - energetic, lots of insight, lots of humor. The text message polling rocked too!

Waters Corp Leadership offsite

Our team found your presentation timely, educational and, most of all, relevant for our professional and personal lives. Your address back in July aided immeasurably in helping the team think about the future in a different way and I wanted to personally thank you for that contribution. www.waters.com

Young Presidents Organization, Toronto

I received terrific feedback from my fellow YPO'ers about the time we spent with you last night. You really opened up some interesting and thought-provoking areas for each of them and did so in a 'no-nonsense'...straight-goods approach. Thanks for doing such a great job reading these people ….Great job! Young Presidents Association

CRIM Montreal 2010

We very much appreciate that you shared your time, experience and thoughts with us and hope you enjoyed being with us in Montréal.

We have compiled the satisfaction evaluations of the participants (29% of respondents). Here are some figures:

The presentations provided a useful overfiew of the issues I care about: 91 %
The seminars will be useful to me in terms of strategy development: 88 %
I am satisfied with todays’ activities: 88 %
Overall organization: 95 %

Satisfaction of your talk, Mr. Carroll : 91 %

Again, thank you for your valuable addition to this event!

National Rural Electrical Coop annual conference

All the feedback I have received has been positive. Both on the message and humour of your presentation....Most of the crowd and management agreed that you were the best speaker we've had in the last few years - National Rural Telephone Association / National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association

Appraisal Institute of Canada

One of Jim's strengths as a speaker is the preparation he does in advance of the event, to customize his message so that it truly resonates with a particular audience. Our members started the day with Jim ...and were still talking about what they heard at the reception late into the night. 300 grey haired folks waking up to change and innovation... great job! ( this is quoted from our evaluation form ) Jim took the time to study our organization in advance of the conference, and our members appreciated that his message reflected the reality of the changes in their profession." Appraisal Institute of Canada

Society of Competitive Intelligence annual conference

...our intention was to wake up the conference attendees and to give them a glimpse of the future, and you succeeded on both counts. Your energy and enthusiasm were contagious, and your insights were informative.
Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals

SCTE annual conference - Tampa

Not only did our audience benefit from Jim's keynote - but his insight and presentation bode well for us in press coverage after the event. In addition, another industry association executive in the audience had him speak at their convention less than 4 months after hours. She felt is was so good that she was willing to risk any cross-over audience for their group.

So, all I can say is that it worked very well for us. Jim is a good speaker, lots of energy and his information is fresh because he lives the future life...not just talks about it.

Career workshop, Rogers Communications

Jim really walks his talk! His commitment to preparatory research
for our presentation was most impressive. Jim's material is powerfully
relevant, practical and actionable. He engages the audience with humour,
sharing of personal experiences and unfailing courtesy and respect for his
V.P Customer Care
Rogers Communications Inc.

Picture Archive Council of America - New York 2008

Thanks so much for an excellent presentation! We will be sending out a survey to our attendees and I will be happy to give you any feedback that we get! We are already talking about having you return in a couple of years to re-access what has happened in our industry.......I'm happy to give a rave review to anyone who is considering your services.

Ernst Young Health care conference, Orlando

Wow! That was great! And fun -- Jim took us out of the debate about 'health care reform' and helped us think about what is really going to happen in the next ten years. More people need this type of out of the box insight!

Newark, NJ

We had Jim speak at an annual leadership meeting of our global HR team. It was bang on the mark and brought together a lot of our the themes we had been
discussing.... it was really relevant!

- Pearson PLC

National Recreation and Parks Association 2009 annual conference

“We were extremely pleased with Jim’s presentation….. the content was great and would hopefully prompt people to think about the rapidity of change going on in our world!” You were superb! As we make changes your message could not have come at a better time. This group likes tradition but unfortunately that often gets in the way of moving forward. Thank you again for reminding us that our greater responsibility is to the future!"

SAP, Various Corporate / Customer Events 2003-2007

“I have been working with Jim for the past four years, and, without question, he is one of the most dynamic speakers and professional partners I’ve ever come across. Our audiences (internal and external) love him, and he works wonderfully with our customers. ….I’m willing to bet your first experience will lead to many, many more, as it has with SAP. I wish you the best with him….book him before someone else does!”
- Lloyd Adams, SAP

Stockholm September 2004

He is engaging, funny, has done an amazing research on his subjects.
He also has a super energy, humor and a very pleasant way to surprise his audience.

US Navy, Air Force, Marine Child Youth Program Conference

“After seeing Jim speak at another conference, I was so motivated by his presentation, I invited Jim to speak at a conference for my organization. Another home run! Powerful, articulate, thought provoking and energetic! Jim’s delivery on the importance of staying abreast of rapidly changing trends truly can assist in changing the way we do business!”

Multiple times 2008 - 2010

I have been fortunate enough to see Mr. Carroll a few times now, First was a live / Virtual keynote he did for the opening of the Virtualis Convention Center in 2008. Even back then he was light years ahead of the pack, doing his presentation through his "Avatar", as well as streaming live feed video INTO his Virtual presentation! One of his video clips were used in our orientation area of the center - and as someone who watched them many times doing tours with attendees... Watching just a few minutes is like opening up a can of Verbal RED BULL. Can't wait to see him live again!

Found on the internet half a year ago during research for my own keynote

Energetic, inspirational, easy to listen, life changing.

Springboard Annual Conference

We hired Jim as our keynote speaker for our annual conference. He was the highlight of the day.

Peter Mosley
President, DMAT


He's forward looking, positive and hits on many topics that innovative business thinkers need to hear.

2005 Farm Credit Council Services Learning Conference

Jim's topic was "Forward Thinking Innovation". He presented compelling evidence on the urgency for organizations to embrace innovation as a strategic advantage. His style was engaging, humorous, provoking and inspiring. It was obvious he did his homework because he connected with the audience and their unique needs. Get him to your event and you'll be serving your audience a healthy dose of futurama! Lydia Gracing, Program Director, FCC Services 2005

2010 Minnesota Hospital Association Annual Meeting

Thank you Jim for presenting a session that not only kept the audience interested and involved, but also for taking the extra time to call and discuss issues and details that allowed you to tailor the presentation to fit hospital executives. Innovation is such a timely and critical topic for health care that I was pleased to see such great evaluations following your session.
Thanks for the engaging message!

2008 Barlow Research Client Conference - Atlanta GA

We were very pleased with Jim. Our company specializes in B2B survey research for large banks like Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo, BofA US Bank. We have an annual client conference in the Southeast in March each year. The theme in 2008 was innovation. We have used other keynotes before. I found Jim to be truly interested in what we were doing. He did further research to make connections between our audience, our products and his content. He was a great speaker and also moderated a panel which he prepared ahead of time. He was affordable and did not push his other products on our clients.

Illinois Governor Tourism Congress, Chicago, IL

"Jim is one of the best speakers we had. He had excellent information that our attendees could take home and incorporate it into their plans immediately. He also incorporated our messages into his presentation that helped localize the information for our group. Highly recommended!"

VIBE Conference 2010, Las Vegas

" Many thanks for your presentation, “7 Things You Need to Do Right Now: Aligning the Fast Future to Your Current Strategy” It couldn't have been more energy filled and dynamic to start the conference out on the right foot. It was exactly what the audience wanted and needed to hear. The feedback from all attendees was excellent.

Saskatchewan Recreation and Parks Association

Mind is still buzzing after key note presentation by 'futurist' @jimcarroll this AM...so many ideas, so little resources, so many naysayers!

Speech Topics

What Do World Class Innovators Do That Others Dont Do?

Jim Carroll has been the featured trends & innovation speaker at a wide variety of corporate leadership meetings for Fortune 1000 organizations. These meetings, often sponsored by the CEO or other senior members of management, have been focused on successful, forward oriented innovation strategies. Through his participation, has seen firsthand what these organizations are doing to position themselves for post-recession opportunity. One thing they are certainly doing is finding innovative solutions to complex problems. In this motivational keynote, Jim outlines what hes seen global innovation leaders concentrating on to ensure market success.

And most important: world class innovators arent afraid to back away from big ideas: they know that right now its a great time to made bold decisions, and take decisive advantage to forge aggressive new paths against their competitors.

When Do We Get to Normal? Why Thinking BIG Will Help You Seize The Opportunities of the 21st Century

The new normal is that nothing will ever be normal again. Instead, transformative, deep substantive change now drives nations, markets, industries, professions and knowledge.

The future belongs to those who are bold, and who are willing to think about the BIG BETS that need to be made to seize the future. In this keynote, youll be impassioned to think about how the real opportunities of the future will unfold.

The Future of Education: Rethinking Opportunity in the Era of Knowledge Velocity

In his keynote presentations, Carroll provides concise insight that links a wide variety of global social, demographic, scientific, technological, business and other trends to the impact on education. He provides a an understanding on the velocity of change impacting the industry, and why we need to rethink the context of "how we teach" in light of the realities that has knowledge growing exponentially, the foundation of knowledge generation forever changed and global social networks challenging traditional education delivery models. The reality is that the exponential growth of knowledge leads to massive career specializationwe are in the midst of a fundamental structural organizational and career change, and by 2020 or sooner, it will be all about "just-in-time knowledge."

Healthcare 2020: The Transformative Trends That Will REALLY Define Our Future

Where will we by the year 2020? We will have successfully transitioned the system from one which fixes people after theyre sick to one of preventative, diagnostic genomic-based medicine. Treating patients for the conditions we know they are likely to develop, and re-architecting the system around that reality. A system which will provide for virtual care through bio-connectivity, and extension of the hospital into a community-care oriented structure. A consumer driven, retail oriented health care environment for non-critical care treatment that provides significant opportunities for cost reduction. Real time analytics and location-intelligence capabilities which provide for community-wide monitoring of emerging health care challenges. Just-in-time knowledge concepts which will help to deal with a profession in which the volume of knowledge doubles every six years. That and much, much more.

Location is the New Intelligence: Customer Interaction in the Era of Pervasive Mobile

Were at the leading edge of the merger of three perfect trends: the rapid and massive emergence of a massive mobile infrastructure with increasingly intelligent devices. Pervasive location awareness as a result of GPS and location intelligence/mapping trends. And a consumer mindset that is increasingly open to new forms of interaction.

Futurist, Trends & Innovation Expert Jim Carroll is setting the retail, marketing and advertising world on fire with his fast paced insight into one of the most important trends to shape the customer-business relationship in the last few decades. Move over social networking location is the new intelligence!

Moving Beyond the Meltdown: Aligning Yourself for Growth Through Innovation

Jim Carroll, one of the worlds leading futurist, trends & innovation expert, shares his insight on the strategies that leading edge organizations are pursuing to stay ahead of the economy.

Its timely and critical insight! Many CEOs and senior executives understand that in addition to managing existing challenges, now is the time to focus on trends and the future, and that they need to act quickly to establish an innovative mindset to get there intact. Jim provides his unique insight on staying ahead in volatile times, through his signature keynote addresses, after-dinner talks, discussions at small intimate management/Board meetings, or by speaking and participating in large scale senior management and leadership meetings.

7 Things You Need to Do Right Now: Aligning The Fast Future to Your Current Strategy

Product innovations occur today at such a pace that time to market is now measured in weeks rather than years. A furious pace of technological innovation continues unabated, with the rapid emergence of new technologies that change entire industries. Customer mindset has become increasingly difficult to capture as we become a society with massive attention deficits. Business models are subject to upheaval due to economic turmoil, commercialization of product, and the rapid emergence of new competitors.

Its a fast paced world and thats why leading edge organizations are focused on key leadership strategies that provide for a fast paced future. In this inspirational keynote, Jim Carroll will challenge you to confront the big trends that you need to face head on and what you should be doing RIGHT NOW.

Wheres the Growth? Transformative Opportunities for Transformative Times

In a highly customized presentation, he outlines the major trends that will impact you, and what you need to start doing now in order to respond. He will open your mind up to the opportunities of this transformative time a new era when big ideas and bold action are proving to be the foundation for significant transformation in how we approach global challenges, problems and opportunities. In doing so, he will ensure you are well positioned for the future!

Were in a new fast paced worldalready, 175 million people worldwide participate on social networks through mobile technology. Organizations are faced with tremendous new challenges and opportunities in building and sustaining a brand image in this era of hyperconnected consumers. And given the rate of change that is occurring as consumers increasingly begin to influence brand perception, the new reality is that it costs substantially more to maintain relevance of brand image today. The biggest challenge for brands? We find ourselves in a period of time in which a brand is no longer what you say it isits what the consumer says it is!

Whats Happening with Our Workforce: Making Generations Work!

Join international futurist, trends & innovation expert Jim Carroll as he explores some of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. With the coming end of retirement, most companies will come to realize theyll need a lot of telephones with big buttons for members of the 70+ folk who are still a part of their workforce and a lot of innovative workplace practices as well.

Jims unique insight into emerging HR trends is in high demand 3,000 members of the International Human Resource Information Management Association recently heard him put the issues in context on stage in Dallas, Texas. Join Jim as he shares his insight into the trends that you are already faced with, and the innovative and creative ways that you can come to grips with the depth of the challenges ahead.

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