January News: A global start to the year.
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.
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.
As we are now closing 2016 I have done an inventory of my global speaking year.
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.
ps. If you are interested, here is a list of the countries I spoke in 2016:
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.
In November I had the privilege to speak in 7 different countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Turkey and Spain.)
I also had the privilege to speak to some very interesting audiences, like:
– 3000+ delegates of a retail conference in Istanbul.
– the global conference of TATA Communication in a beautiful resort in Kerala.
– two global clients client conferences for EY (in Barcelona and Singapore)
– a HR conference in Taipei
and many more.
All in the month of November.
October is always a busy months for a keynote speaker and this October was no different.
It was also a global month.
Not only because I was invited to speak in six countries (Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Lithuania, UK and Thailand) but also because it was a month of me speaking for many global groups.
As “The Global Conference Speaker” I position myself as the speaker who speaks for global and international groups.
In October I got to speak at:
– the global client conference for Qmatic, a customer experience company.
– a global conference for one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper.
– the global CEO conference for one of the world’s largest accounting networks, Grant Thornton
– a global conference for investors who had flown in to Singapore from all over the world.
I also got to speak for such diverse companies as a HR conference organised by the Human Capital Leadership Institute, a conference for SMEs in Malaysia, for a furniture company in Lithuania and at a trend watching conference in Thailand. (And for a few financial institutions as well.)
October: a global, inspiring months for me.
And we are off again!
The “fall season” of the 2016-speaking year started with a BANG in September.
I had the pleasure to be invited to speak in:
– The Philippines (for managers of Nordic companies)
– Bangladesh (for creatives at Bangladesh Brand Forum, and for managers of Grameenphone.
– Malaysia (for delegates at the Pangkor Dialoge in Ipoh.)
– Macau (for managers for Nu Skin from all over Asia.)
– Singapore (at the Swedish SEA Business Summit.)
– USA (for bankers on Manhattan and for the global managers of HomeInStead at their HQ in Omaha.)
– Spain (for global customers of Qmatic.)
Speeches in 7 different countries, on 3 different continents – in one month – just the way I like it.
A short video of me going around the world in 5,5 days can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZUibvCxY1w
Picture of me and one of the other keynote speakers at the Pangkor Dialogue: Muhammad Yunus.
In August I focused my free time on meeting with and mentoring other speakers. In just the month of August I had one-on-one meetings (for at least one hour each, often longer) with more than 40 professional speakers. (Picture from one of the many one-on-one-speaker sessions that I did.)
I do that to give back to the speaking community, but also to learn and become better as a speaker myself.
The only speech I did was a pro-bono speech for a university which had invited me to give a speech on what why I choose to take so much time off to be with my young children. The fact that Paternity leave is seen as an exotic, progressive idea is both inspiring and depressing. Depressing when I think how far we still have to go before fatherhood means that father takes care of their children. Inspiring when I think about how things are starting to change.
Now getting ready to get back on the road again as global professional speaker.
July was the beginning of my 2 months paternity leave and I spent the first month or so on our beautiful island in Sweden just playing with my kids.
Being a global speaker means that you also need to block out “no-work” periods in order to stay sane. I am in the middle of that right now.
But I did take a break from paternity leave to fly to Phoenix, Arizona to be the keynote speaker at the National Speaker Associations’s INFLUENCE conference where I had been invited to speak at the opening of “The International Day.”
I was invited to speak on how to become a global speaker.
But I of course also took the opportunity to learn from some of the very best speakers from around the world who had been invited to speak at this conference. INFLUENCE is, by far, the world’s largest and most respected conference for professional speakers with 2000+ participants from all over the world.
For a speaker focused on speaking in different places all over the world, June was a great month.
I got my “Asia inspiration” from speaking in countries like Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.
I got my “Europe inspiration” from speaking in Luxembourg, Cambridge and Madrid.
East and West.
I also got to see totally different industries: from make-up to banks. From insurance to lawyers.
But perhaps the most inspirational speech I did was to speak for the participants of “The Queen’s Young Leaders Program” where selected young leaders from all over the Common Wealth gather for an amazing week where they get to learn from everything from BCC to visiting the Prime Minister and receive an award from The Queen.
Speaking from such a young energetic, intelligent and dynamic group of young people from literally all over the world – in a setting of the old Cambridge University – was such an inspiration for me.
May was unusual month since I did quite a few speaking assignments in Singapore this months. (I am based out of Singapore but tend to speak all over the world.)
I was invited to be the only speaker at the annual dinner for the prestigious HCLI (Human Capital Leadership Institute)
I was one of only two keynote speakers when Singapore’s leading business newspaper The Business Times organised a conference on the future of Singapore. (The other speaker was S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore.)
They also did an interview with me that you can read here.
Happy to be asked to speak at such prestigious conferences in my home country all in one months. Now, May did also include some speaking assignments in other countries: like USA (New York), Thailand and Malaysia – I am the global conference speaker after all…
The most fun part of being a global speaker is the extreme diversity of assignments you get to do.
Let’s look at three speaking assignments I did in the month of April.
1) Managers in Asia/Australia of Media Agency OMD at a conference in a luxury resort in Vietnam.
2) Airline executives from Africa and Middle East at a aviation conference in Cairo.
3) TV Sales people from Sony Television on a conference in Bali.
Three kinds of professions. Three kinds of industries. Three different kinds of locations. Three different kind of briefs.
So different in so many ways. And great examples of the diversity of assignments you get to see as a global speaker.
March News: A very global week, even for a global speaker.
As a global speaker I am used to having weeks that involve a lot of travel, but one week in March this year was a little bit extreme even for someone like me.
In one week (March 12 to March 19) I did 3 speeches, in 3 different countries on 2 continents.
The week included 6 flights, 7 airports in 6 countries on 3 continents. (Gothenburg, Stockholm, Vienna, London, Lagos, Dubai and Singapore)
I also spoke for 3 totally different industries:
An Internet bank in Sweden. (Banking)
The global management team of BMW Engines (Automotive)
A food and farming company in Nigeria (Food).
Totally different environments, totally different industries, totally different audiences, totally different speeches.
The kind of week that a global speaker like me live for.
Spreading the inspiration to as many different industries, audiences and countries as possible.
For this months news I want to focus on pro-bono speeches.
I was once asked if I thought professional speakers should ever speak for free. I replied: “Of course, it is part of a speakers CSR.”
I then got the follow up question: “But is it not bad for business?”
I replied: “A speaker who is not speaking for free is not making enough money.”
What I meant by that is that it should be obvious that a speaker should speak pro-bono to certain kinds of clients. And if a speaker doesn’t think some clients should get a speech without paying, it might be because the speaker is not good enough at getting paid speeches somewhere else.
I speak for free a number of times per year.
Just last week I spoke for a number of teachers and principals of elementary schools in Singapore. Why? Because teachers to amazing work and as someone who has children living in Singapore it felt like the least I could do.
But I also recently spoke for, for example, a women’s network. Why? Because they are not running a corporate business and if they are not commercial, then neither do I have to be.
I try to spread out the pro-bono speeches between different groups, audiences, industries and situations. If you have a group who would benefit from a speech on innovation, change or global mindset but who doesn’t have the budget to bring in a professional speaker, please drop me an email and explain the situation and let’s see what we can do.