October News: Chickens, cars and investments.
30 October 2017
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October News: Chickens, cars and investments.

sarfaraz

October was yet another diverse month.

In a matter of two days I spoke for:

– Chicken breeders in Hong Kong

– Financial investors in Hong Kong

and

– Educators in the auto industry in Munich.

All in less than 48 hours.

These three groups, from three totally different industries from different parts of the world have very little in common – but they all need to be inspired to think in new ways, and thus I got the privilege to speak to them. The best part of being a global keynote speaker is how much you get to learn from so many different industries from all around the world.

September News: Focus on the north
30 September 2017
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September News: Focus on the north

sarfaraz

I might live on the equator (in Singapore) but in September my focus was on speaking – on 3 continents – in the north part of our beautiful planet.

North America: Canada.

I speaking tour took me all over Canada to speak to Entrepreneurs in 5 different Canadian cities.

Europe: Sweden.

The leaders of EY Norway put their annual convention in Sweden and invited me to speak to them.

Asia: Mongolia.

I got the privilege to finally speak in Mongolia as I launched my book “The Idea Book” in Mongolian (the 17th language the book has been translated in.)

 

I also got to speak for lawyers in Hong Kong, bankers in Singapore and did pro-bono speech for an inspiring youth organisation developing young children from across Asia. All in all a great and inspiring month.

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August News: From speaking to 400,000 people to speaking in Nepal.
31 August 2017
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August News: From speaking to 400,000 people to speaking in Nepal.

sarfaraz

August became a month of contrast, especially the week of Aug 7 to 13th.

In the same week I was:

– One of the keynote speakers at The Global Leadership Summit – the largest leadership summit in the world with 10,000 people in the audience, 150,000 people watching live, and a total of 400,000 (!) people watching over video link in 128 countries around the world.

It was an amazing experience to speak at the Summit and to share the stage with giants like  Sheryl Sandberg, Marcus Buckingham, Bill Hybels and many more great speakers.

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Then just two days after delivering a speech at the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago I found myself in Katmandu speaking at the leading branding conference of Nepal.

The life of a global, keynote speaker is exciting and the mix of people you meet and situations you get to experience is inspiring.

Want to learn more about how to develop your creativity?
9 August 2017
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Want to learn more about how to develop your creativity?

sarfaraz

Send an email to creativity@interesting.org and I will send you regular emails with simple, yet effective, techniques that you can use to help develop your creativity.

July News: Vacation (mostly).
31 July 2017
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July News: Vacation (mostly).

sarfaraz

July tends to be my vacation month, and this month I spent most of the month with my family on our private island in Sweden.

But I did manage to squeeze in a speech in Macau for Asian managers of AVNET and a speech in Toronto for 4000+ clients and partners of IT company OpenText, making the month of July quite a global month mentally for me any way.

Spending time on 3 continents in one month makes it easy to continue to develop a global mindset.

June News: A diverse and international month.
30 June 2017
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June News: A diverse and international month.

sarfaraz

June was a inspirationally diverse month.

I got to speak to:

– Business leaders in Hong Kong, invited by the Swedish government to represent Swedish creativity.

– Global tax managers at a EY conference in Barcelona.

– Global HR managers from the law firm DLA Piper having a conference in Warsaw.

– Global customers of BMW attending a customer event in Munich (3 speeches over 3 days)

– Young leaders from 50+ countries taking part in the Queen’s Young Leaders program in Cambridge.

– German entrepreneurs at a conference in Berlin.

and

– Global clients of steel company Voestalpine at a customer event in their factory in Belgium.

I also did two talks for professional speakers. One in Hong Kong and one in Irland, where I spoke about being a global keynote speaker. I think the month of June shows that that is what I am.

 

May News: Spring is in the air, speaker is in the air.
31 May 2017
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May News: Spring is in the air, speaker is in the air.

sarfaraz

May took me flying around the world to speak. I spoke for:

– A global group of lawyers meeting in London, UK.

– A group of global tax experts meeting in Shanghai, China.

– A group of global business developers from IKEA meeting in KL, Malaysia.

As you can notice all the examples above are for global groups, part of my strategy to be “The Global Conference Speaker” as in: the preferred speaker of choice for global conferences. (See: http://www.globalconferencespeaker.com for more information.)

(I also, like most months, did a couple of speeches “at home” in Singapore, including for PayPal this month.)

April News: Island month.
30 April 2017
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April News: Island month.

sarfaraz

Last year I started a project which I call: “The Human Island Project”, where I plan to visit 100 islands around the world in 100 months. I do it to learn more about humanity by visiting islands. (You can read about the project here.)

As it turned out April was a month where I only spoke in Islands. I did a series of speeches in Mauritius (and brought my wife so we could extended the stay and combine it with a island vacation.)

And I also did some speeches on my “home island” of Singapore, including one at the Speakers Academy teaching other speakers about how to become a global keynote speaker.

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March News: Return business.
31 March 2017
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March News: Return business.

sarfaraz

In March I did speeches in Sweden, Germany, India and Singapore.

As a speaker it’s always good to get invited back, it’s a sign of very happy clients.

And in March I had a few examples if that, for example:

– One of two keynote speakers at the Business Times Leadership Conference in Singapore where I was the keynote speaker last year (!) and they invited me back again this year. (Having the same closing keynote speaker at a conference two years in a row is very, very rare.)

– In December I spoke at the OpenText client conference in Singapore (which was the second time in 2016 I did that) and that got me to get invited to speak at the OpenText client conferences in Sweden and Germany too this month. (Meaning they flew me in from Singapore to Europe rather than taking a locally based speaker.)

– Prudential. Because of the speech I did for prudential in February I got invited back in March to do another speech.

All examples of return-business based on great results.

But the high light of the month was getting to be the dinner speaker at an event organised by the Swedish Prince Daniel in order to celebrate Creativity and Entreprenurship in Sweden.

February News: Disruption in financial services
28 February 2017
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February News: Disruption in financial services

sarfaraz

February was a months where work for financial institutions dominated my bookings. Some of the more interesting speaking assignments were Prudential, EY and FWD.

For more than 20 years I have been speaking on change and disruption and it has never been more of a relevant topic than right now. Almost every industry is talking about “change and disruption” and no industry more than the financial services industry.

 

January News: A global start to the year.
31 January 2017
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January News: A global start to the year.

sarfaraz

The new year started off with a bang from the perspective of being a global speaker: I spoke in 4 different countries on 3 different continents, and raked up almost 60 000 km  in the sky.

(To put that into perspective: one trip around the world is 40 000 km).

Now, it wasn’t the hours in planes that I remember. It was the amazing experiences of speaking in countries like the Philippines, Sweden, Holland and Namibia. The highlight of a great month was to be taken on a safari in a game reserve the size of Singapore while I was in Namibia to speak.

 

 

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Watch a video here on the workweek that took me from Namibia to Sweden in one week.

 

 

 

December News: Looking back at another global speaking year.
31 December 2016
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December News: Looking back at another global speaking year.

sarfaraz

As we are now closing 2016 I have done an inventory of my global speaking year.

2016 Summary:

Countries spoken in: 23 different ones in 2016. (Bringing the total number of countries I have spoken in to 63.)
Continents spoken on in 2016: 4. (Asia, Europe, Africa and North America).
Number of speeches delivered: 64.
Months off: 3 (January, July and August, to be on paternity leave with my kids),
Number of global (or international) conferences that I spoke at: 23 (more than 1/3 of all my speeches).
Percentage of speeches done outside my home country of Singapore: Ca 65%.
Here is a video to hopefully give you a glimpse into what that year looked like, felt like and was like. I hope it will inspire you to speak more globally too.

If you want to watch a video of what the year of a professional speaker looks like you can click here and see a short video on what speaking in 23 different countries in on year looks like, feels like and is like.

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ps. If you are interested, here is a list of the countries I spoke in 2016:

Austria
Bangladesh
China
Egypt
Germany
India
Indonesia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Hong Kong
Macau
Malaysia
Nigeria
Philippines
Singapore
Spain
Sweden
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
USA
UK
Vietnam

And here a list of the global, or international conferences I spoke at:

BMW Engine Global Management Conference
APLMA Annual APAC Syndicated Loan Market Conference
IATA Africa/Middle East Conference
Anoto Global Management Conference
Tata Communications Global Marketing Conference
FWD Asia Management Conference
LIMRA Global Conference
Nu Skin Asia Management Conference
LSB Global Conference
Kaufmann Fellows Global VC Conference
Grant Thornton Global Partners Conference
Templeton Global Investor Conference
DLA Piper Global Services Conference
Qmatic Global Customer Conference
EY Global Mobility Conference
ATD Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition
EO Global Conference
Home Instead Global Conference
DLA Piper Global Lawyers Conference
The Queens Leadership program
OMB Asia Management Conference
EY Asia Pacific/Global Tax Conference
Morison KSi Global Conference

I am now looking forward to 2017, which I already know will be another global year that will (at least) take me to speak on 4 continents, and most likely 5.

I wish you a happy new year and look forward to working with wonderful clients all over the world in 2017.