Time to summarise a global year.
2015 has been yet another global year for me – which is fitting since I am “The Global Conference Speaker”.
I did 80% of my speeches outside my home country of Singapore.
22% of my speeches were in Asia. (Excluding my speeches done Singapore)
17% of my speeches were in the Americas.
29% of my speeches were in Europe. (7% were in my native Sweden.)
7% of my speeches were in Africa/Middle East.
5% of my speeches were in Australia.
All in all I spoke in 22 different countries – on 5 continents in 12 months (bringing the total number of countries that I have been invited to speak in to more than 60. This year I added Croatia and Brazil to the list.)
But numbers can never really summarise all the amazing moments and experiences that makes up a year for a global conference speaker.
Just some of the many, many interesting speaking assignments that I did in 2015 include:
A global conference for BMW in Munich
A global conference for MINI in London
A global conference for Bentley dealers in Manchester
The Asia Partner Conference for EY.
The Global Conference for Nexia in Rio De Janeiro.
A South- and North America Tour for BMW (including speeches in Sao Paolo, Mexico City, New York and Las Vegas).
The Distributor Conference for CANON for Europe/Africa/Middle East – in Paris.
And many, many more.
I got to work with companies from all kinds of industries, from banks (Like Standard Chartered in Bangladesh) to travel (Booking.com in Thailand), to space (Rymdbolaget in Sweden) and government (a conference for awareness of people with disabilities in Abu Dhabi.)
And many, many more.
The more i travel the world, the more I meet people from different cultures, countries – or industries -, the more I feel that we all belong to one big group – and the power and the possibilities that would be unleashed if we all truly understood this would be amazing.
It is the possibility of getting mankind to think and act as one with the best interest of all that keeps me motivated to spread my message of innovation, creativity and the positive aspects of having a global mindset to as many places as I can.
I can not wait for 2016 to begin so I continue this journey.
(Picture of the wall of my house – yes, I like to remind myself to have a global mindset even when I am home.)
November – Around the world (again)
For the second time in three months I went around the world in 8 days or less.
This months it was an epic trip that took me from Singapore-Tokyo (where I had Sushi) – Houston (where I had Hamburger) – Rio (where I had rum) – Portugal (where I had tapas) – Switzerland (where I Schnitzel) – Amsterdam (where I had cheese) – Istanbul (where I had tea) – and Kuala Lumpur (where I just had a quick transfer 😉 before coming back to Singapore again 204 hour after I left.
I got to speak at the global conference of Nexia,
for global managers at Credit Suisse,
for top managers at ING,
for clients of Bentley in Sydney and Melbourne,
and -very exciting – for 1700 Partners of EY from 22 different countries having their conference in Singapore
(For the EY conference I got the share the stage with people like Steve Wozniak (creator of Apple II computer and global ideas wizard), and Linda Yueh (BBC presenter, Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School, and Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University.)
All in the month of November.
January – Learning and teaching.
The months of January was a months of both learning and teaching for me- and also a month of traveling. The year started with a bit of a vacation with the family in California. I then got to spend one week in San Francisco doing some intense writing locked up in a borrowed apartment. I also got to go to Orlando Florida to attend the CSP Summit – a conference that only Certified Speaking Professionals get to attend. At the conference I got to learn som very valuable things around developing my global speaking business.
And yes, I did do some speaking too… Including a really fun assignment in Dubai for a Global Conference of a financial services company.
Crazy Global Month in October
In the month of October alone Fredrik Haren was able to speak to: – Creativity experts in Bangkok, Thailand – Business Managers in KL, Malaysia – Steel Manufacturers in Linz, Austria – Accountants in Saigon and Hanoi, Vietnam – HR managers in Manila, Philippines – Marketing Managers at MINI in London, UK – Global Communication Managers at BMW in Munich, Germany – 4.000 business leaders in Vilnius, Lithuania – and customers of CITI BANK in Shanghai, China.
How to become a global speaker
Fredrik Haren was invited to speak for the National Speaker Association in Sweden on the topic of “Being a Global Speaker”. Watch it below.
To Reflect about Reflecting
Great ideas comes from combining things we know about. So the more things we see, the more curious we are about different things and the more we travel and explore the world around us the bigger the chance that we can combine those different pieces of inspiration to a new idea. But we also need time to reflect. Because good ideas come when we give ourself time to look inside.
In the last 12 months I have travelled to 30 different countries on 5 continents and spent more time in the air than a commercial airline pilot – all to expose myself to many different cultures, countries, industries and people.
But I have also given myself a total of 5 months off – most recently spending 10 weeks on an island in Sweden just playing with my kids and reflecting on life.
I am convinced that people who give themselves plenty of time to reflect and rest are more successful in being creative – and for sure they are more harmonious and less stressed.
Taking time off to work less coincided with my most busy and successful year as a professional speaker ever – I guess that proves my point in a way.
After ten weeks on an island I am now back in full speed again travelling around the world to speak – full of ideas and ideas.
I hope this post will inspire you to take some time off to reflect about if you are giving yourself enough time to reflect.
I did a short video about the two parts my creative process – Inspiration and Reflection.
Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 1
I would like to share some short videos about the things that I learned while working with a client somewhere in the world as a global speaker.
This is video 1, about my speech at the Luxottica Asia Conference in Phuket, Thailand.
Presenting Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 1: On Looking at things differently.
A short, but intense month took a speaker around the world.
February was a short month but I still managed to be the speaker for conferences and events that happened in Seoul, Korea; Manila, the Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Munich, Germany and Oslo, Norway – and of course Singapore.
I spoke for such diverse groups as the clients of EY, the delegates of the global sales conference of BMW and for managers of Tesco in Asia and many other groups. The groups might have been different; the countries, industries and events too, but they all had the same thing in common: a keen interest to know more about the world of ideas and the ideas of business.
(ps. The best speaker gift of 2014 was – by far – the kick-bike that the MAN CEO handed over to me to give to my son. Talk about being a hero when he came back from that trip.)
Inspiring Ideas. Globally.
For me 2013 was the “global year”. I launched my new book – One World. One Company – about being a Truly Global Company. And then I set out to travel the world to speak. It turned out to be a pretty global year. Here are some statistics about my 2013:
* I spoke in 26 different (!) countries just last year
* 92.6% of my paid speeches in 2013 where outside my “home country” of Singapore.
* +45% of my speeches in 2013 where outside my home continent of Asia.
* I passed 50 countries spoken in in 2013
* I spoke on 5 continents in 2013 (and have spoken on 6 in total as a professional speaker.)
* I boarded 137 flights that took med to speak in 37 different cities
* I spent 700 hours on planes in 8 months (which is the same as a professional airline pilot (I had 4 months of in 2013 as I was on paternity leave, so I did the above in 8 months.)
* And finally, I spoke on “How to be a global speaker” at the “Global Speaker Summit” 😉
It was a great year. A fun year. And a global year!
I did some videos about the crazy, global year of 2013.
You can find them here:
My three favourite ones are:
I hope these videos, and my book, will encourage people to have a more global mindset. It has never been more important – or valuable – to think globally than now.
News for August
In August Fredrik was in Sweden enjoying his time on his island. But he also took the time to speak for some schools. He spoke for 2000+ students at Jōnkōping University. After the speech the client wrote “You are a Rockstar here now!”
He also spoke for the new 150 students at HyperIsland school in Stockholm. One student summarised the speech as: “It was a bloody great speech!” Finally he spoke for all the teachers at the largest private school company in Sweden. After the speech one teacher wrote “You are an amazing speaker and you truly inspire people- including me!”
To be able to inspire students – and teachers – to become more creative is one of the most rewarding parts of being a speaker. If you know of a school that would benefit from a speech from Fredrik please let me know, he would love to come and help out.
News for June
What does baby food producers in France and logistics centres in China have in common?
How is a MBA class in Singapore connected to mobile phone developers in Taiwan?
And what does all that have to do with a japanese company committed to becoming a truly global company?
Well they where all examples of groups that I spoke for in June.
By being a global speaker on business creativity I do not only speak on creativity and global business – I also get to learn from businesses around the world, and in all kinds of industries, how they are using creativity and innovation to improve.
That is what I love with this job.
That I can stand and speak to a group of global managers from Danone on a wine yard in the south of France on day before jumping on a plane to go to the Philippines.
That I can fly in to Taipei to learn about how HTC is developing their new smart phone and the next day speak at the Global Technology Conference for clients of DHL.
Or how I can spend on day in Tokyo first speaking for a very interesting japanese company and then going out with clients and have a traditional japanese dinner.
So June was another month full of different impressions from around the world giving me inspiration and teaching me many new things.
July will be something totally different.
News for April
In April Fredrik visited 6 countries for work:
He got to speak to many diverse groups, from marketing professionals at a Marketing conference in Warsaw, to country heads for SEA for NIKE at a conference in Jakarta and for treasury clients of CITI in Singapore and many more.
He got to speak for a government body (MIDA in KL), for corporate clients (on a speech about “One World. One Company.” in China) and creatives (in Poland.)
Perhaps the most interesting assignment was to be flown in to Shanghai to be the keynote speaker as the Swedish Business Association celebrated 15 years. Fredrik did a speech at the dinner on the differences in creativity between different cultures. Having spoken on creativity in – now – 47 countries, it is safe to say that he has some experience to draw from.