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.
December – Two worlds yet One World
In December I travelled to San Francisco for a one month vacation with my family (After first doing a couple of speeches in Hong Kong.) One of many reasons for the trip to the USA was that I (as the swede I am) wanted my children (who are born and raised in Singapore) to experience snow. We also got to take them to such different places as Yosemite National Park, the great trees of Muir Woods, San Francisco and Disneyland. The picture is from Lake Tahoe. I am thankful to be able to experiencing such different places as Singapore, Hong Kong and USA. Earth is an amazing place with many different cultures, climates and people – and to travel the world to see and experience some of them does – I think – make us more human. I wish you a happy 2015.
The importance of going to new places
The month of November was another international month.
Perhaps the most interesting speeches where for 700 top government officials in Dubai and the partners of KPMG in Saudi Arabia. During those two speeches I got to experience how the world is changing for the better thanks to how we are all learning more about each other.
I posted a video of one interview I did in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a manager of KPMG who just hired the company’s first female manager.
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.
September: A month of long flights
In September Fredrik Haren was invited to speak in Sweden, Denmark, Australia and Thailand. He spoke for such diverse audiences as accountant, auto executives, and fond managers. Interesting how companies in totally different industries and totally different parts of the world all have an interest in knowing more about the concept of being Truly Global.
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 6: Why Borders are Boring
Fredrik Haren takes a trip to Belgrade Serbia and deals with the need to think outside borders.
Watch video here:
Fredrik Haren ON Episode 5 : Having a Human Perspective
Fredrik traveled to the 4 corners of the world and here is what he learned.
Watch the video here:
Fredrik Haren ON Episode 4 : Being a Truly Global Company
Episode 4 of Fredrik Haren ON is about what Fredrik learnt from the CEO of Indo-MIM about why they working on becoming a Truly Global Company.
Watch the video here:
Fredrik Haren On Episode 3 : Developing your partners
The 3rd episode of Fredrik Haren ON talks about developing your partners-
insights from what Fredrik learned during his talk for hotel executives in an event hosted by the Singapore Tourism Board.
Watch the video here:
Get to know The Other Side
|If I say Nigeria, what would you think?
Most people, I think, would say “kidnapped girls”, “terrorism”, “corruption”, “scam letters”, “poverty” or some other negative word, a nd all those descriptions could be used on Nigeria.
But I just came back from delivering two speeches in Lagos and my strongest insight from that trip is how slanted our world view becomes when we only get our news about the world from the news.
It’s like some parts of the world can only get negative news.
Yes, Nigeria has huge problems. But did you also know that the country just became the largest economy in Africa? That its 170 million (!) nationals is expected to have grown to 400 (!) million in 35 years, making it the 3rd largest country in the world? That Nigerians are a very, very, happy people?
A few years back you had to carry huge bags of cash with you if you went to Nigeria because there were no credit cards, not even ATMs. Today the ATMs are plenty (I had 3 different ones to chose from in my hotel but settled all my bills with credit card.)
A few years back the 170 million in the country had only a few hundred thousand phone lines. Now there is 20 million mobile phones, and growing fast. The country has gone from being the world’s second largest importer of cement to being a net exporter, and so on.
Nigeria is “gloom” but also “boom”.
But we only hear about the gloom, or mostly a nd it got me thinking. When we only hear about one side of a story, we start to believe that, that is the only story there is and that limits our minds.
In his famous poem “The road not taken” Robert Frost wrote:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
I love those lines.
To take the road less traveled should be celebrated – but what truly made the difference was not that he took the road less traveled by – but that he traveled at all.
Traveling – both physical and mental traveling, as in seeing new places, new sights, new ideas – is what makes us grow. Is what makes us less close-minded. More open-minded.
And if there is anything the worlds needs right now it is more open-minded people. More people being open to new, better – and yes, different ideas.
When ever there is something that you feel strongly about – especially something you feel very negative about – question if you are really looking at from multiple perspectives. Or if your perspective could benefit from looking at the same issue from some other points of view. It usually can.