April – Yet another month of extremes
Let me illustrate the diversity of experiences by sharing with you three different speeches that I did during the month of April:
a) A conference on disabilities in Abu Dhabi with mostly government officials in the audience.
b) An Asian conference for the travel industry in Bangkok, Thailand with mostly international business people in the audience.
c) A business conference in Kiev, Ukraine, with mostly local Ukrainian business people in the audience.
Three totally different parts of the world, three totally different industries, three totally different conferences.
But they all had one thing in common: They were three of the clients that booked me to deliver a keynote address for their delegates during this month.
ps. The highlight of the month was to share the stage with Sir Richard Branson – a creative business man with a global mindset.
March – the perks of being a Global Professional Speaker.
In the month of March I got to stay not once – but twice (!) – in an amazing resort in the Philippines as part of my job.
First at a resort in Cebu while doing a speech for the most important clients of SAS, and then again when Globe invited their most important clients to a private island in beautiful Palawan for a exclusive weekend of knowledge sharing. (Picture of our breakfast buffet.)
But it was not all resorts and beaches. I also got to speak at a Facility Management conference in Dubai, at a logistics conference in Singapore and – for the second year in a row – at the Global Dealer Conference of Bentley, that this year took place in Manchester.
In other words, a months full of diverse places, people and insights. Just the way I like it.
Me: One of “The Top 10 Swedish Speakers ever” according to Sweden’s oldest speaker bureau.
Today I am VERY happy and humbled to find out that I was included on the list of “The Top 10 Swedish Speakers ever”. The list was compiled by the Swedish speaker bureau SAJ (which is one of the oldest and most respected bureaus in Sweden.)
Stefan Jonsson, CEO and founder of SAJ said about the list: “I believe I am the person in Sweden who has seen the most professional speakers in this country, During 21 years I have seen on average three to four different speakers every week.”
And out of all those speakers SAJ then picked their all-time favourites – and 1 of those 10 was me. It is extra fun since I have not been living in Sweden for ten years. (I share the list with great speakers like Hans Rosling, Göran Kropp and Ernst-Hugo Järegård.
February – a short, but diverse month.
February was a perfect example of how diverse the assignment can be for a global speaker – and how interesting.
Just look at three totally different examples of jobs that I did this moths.
a) The Global Communications Conference of BMW, in Munich, Germany.
300 of the top communications managers of BMW globally met to learn about the company’s strategy for the future. My role was to get them to think about what it means to be a TGC – “A Truly Global Company.”
(I was the only external speaker at the event.)
b) The Innovation Day at Cognizant in Chennai, India.
Cognizant is an amazing consulting company with more than 210 000 employees that puts a lot of emphasis on innovation. As part of their annual Innovation day I was invited to inspire their employees to develop their innovation.
(This was the fourth year that Cognizant helt their “Innovation Days” – and am the only speaker who has een invited back to speak at the event a second time.)
c) The Annual Global Management Conference of SSC in Stockholm, Sweden.
The global management team for the space company SCC met in Stockholm to discuss how the rapid development in the space industry would affect their company and how they could take advantage of these changes. My role was to inspire them to look at change in a positive way.
(I was one of two external speaker at the event. The other speaker was the “Head of Space” at Google.)
Three totally different industries, three totally different audiences – and three totally different keynote speeches.
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: