As I attend conferences, tech incubators, start up festivals, and other events I often hear people come up to me and say “I’m also a futurist.” This always excites me and this generally starts an interesting conversations. Oftentimes I look for those that talk about their experiences, references, and their confidence in speculations about the future.To be a professional Futurist is a very different situation from being a hobbyist Futurist. Both are valid. But, being a professional Futurist means to deliver a huge amount of value through consulting, guest lectures, keynotes at large and small conferences.One Futurist I admire and follow is Gerd Leonhard. Engaging, insightful, crazy slides, provocative. Here is a\u00a0talk he gave at Innotown 2016 in Alesund Norway, on digital transformation and the key future scenarios impacting business, culture, technology and society. See\u00a0http:\/\/gerd.io\/28ZXoP6 for his\u00a0slides and more details.I know Gerd reads this blog once in a while so I just wanted to say – Cheers Gerd! Keep pushing and I look forward to meeting you soon.Also, there are many Futurists that I follow and I’ve highlighted a few more in these following posts:Where are all the Female Futurists?10 Essential Futurists for 2015, Part One10 Essential Futurists for 2015, Part Two***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.