W hen I started out as an inventor over forty years ago, I didn't find any books on the subject. There were probably a few out there, but they certainly weren't as readily available as they are today. There was no Internet. There was no Amazon. There were libraries, of course, but the books I found back then were generally technical or vague about the steps an inventor should take. Then, as now, most books will tell you "what to do" but not "when" or "in what order" to do the steps.

Only through persistence, continued research, trial and error, and by spending money going down what turned out to be many dead ends was I able to determine the proper path to success.  I discovered that if I took this path every time my chances for success were greatly increased. When I veered onto the wrong path, failure was most likely  to result.

When I speak to your group, I share the insights and practical steps I learned during the process of bringing my inventions to market.  Below is a list of the topics I cover during my speaking sessions. Below the list is a contact form you can complete and send to me. As always, if you have any questions, please get in touch.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!  -Ken Johnson

Ken speaks to groups large and small….

Successful Inventing A to Z

In this topic I cover:

  • Idea development
  • Evaluation
  • Prototyping
  • IP protection
  • Invention marketing
  • Licensing or venturing: Which path to the market is best for your invention
  • Q & A

Licensing Your Invention: How do you want to bring your invention to market

In this topic I cover:

  • What is a license?
  • The licensing process
  • Disclosure information about your invention
  • Licensing decision
  • Prerequisites common to licensing
  • Royalties
  • Up-front payments
  • Minimum royalty payments
  • Win-Win deals
  • Some basic royalty definitions
  • Ways to get paid
  • How much do you get?
  • How to negotiate your agreement
  • Why do companies license inventions?
  • How to find and market to potential licensees
  • The overall makeup of a good license agreement

Venturing Your Invention

In this Topic I cover:

  • How to determine if venturing is right for you and your invention
  • Business start-up
  • Will you manufacture your product or contract to manufacturing?
  • Financing
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • Packaging
  • Sales
  • And much more...

Success by Thought

In this topic I cover

  • Success is within your reach
  • How our thoughts lead us to success or failure
  • How to avoiid discouragement
  • how we alone are the determiner of our success
  • What you need for success
  • How and why our attitude makes all the difference to our success
  • Negativity is the killer of success and relationships
  • Think your way to success
  • And much more...

Any of the above topics can be modified to meet the needs of your audience.

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C. Phillips

Board of Directors, Inventor's Association of Metropolitan Detroit (IAMD)

Our Inventor's Association hosted Ken Johnson as our monthly speaker on November 21, 2013. We were very impressed with his knowledge of inventing, marketing, and licensing processes. He shared his personal experiences, drawing the audience into the challenges facing today's inventors and entrepreneurs. Our members were so engaged with questions and comments, that it was difficult to end the presentation. As a result, we have invited him back during the winter of 2014! We highly recommend Ken Johnson as a speaker and resource for inventors!

M Kendrick

Inventor Club Member

Charismatic Presenter

S Reitkowski

Inventor Club Member

The Success Story as a whole

L. Baker

Inventor Club Member

All the Info was Great...Like Christmas

J. Peet

Inventor Club Member

Friendly, Straightforward Approach

M. Abdallah

Inventor Club Member

Straight Talk from someone who has done it

T. Finn

Inventor Club Member

The great breadth of understanding Mr. Johnson has on his own, by hard thinking. A great role model