After speaking in more than XX different countries during the first six months of 2012, Fredrik Härén spent six weeks on his island, Svanholmen, outside Stockholm in Sweden to give himself time to contemplate, think and wait for ideas. And of course also to spend time with his family.
The perks of being a speaker.
In June Fredrik Härén got:
– 3 days on a beach in Barcelona while doing two speeches at a DNV conference.
– An amazing – and brutally hard – chinese massage after a speech for IBM’s clients in Hong Kong.
– to attend a roof top party hosted by Mindshare the night before his keynote speech at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
– do a research trip to N
Speech for employees at IRAS in Singapore.
The contrasts of being a creativity speaker:
In June Fredrik Härén got to:
– Spend three days on a beach in Barcelona while doing two speeches for Den Norske Veritas AND (!) do a research trip to North Korea.
– Attend a roof top party hosted by Mindshare the night before his keynote speech at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity AND (!) do a speech for the Internal Revenue Authority of Singapore.
– Talk for IBM clients in Hong Kong AND (!) see Sweden play England live in Ukraine after doing a speech on match day in Kiev.
Some months are just more busy for professional speakers than other.
May is such a month.
In May 2012 Fredrik Härén’s schedule was as follows:
– Two Keynote speeches at the PMI conference in Romania.
– Speech for the employees of Nordea in Singapore.
– Speech for Doctors at Karolinska Hospital in Sweden.
– Keynote speech for Swedish Wind Association.
– Speech for Kindergarten teachers in Singapore.
– Keynote speech at the Capman conference in Finland.
– Speech for a conference organized by The Ministry of Education in Singapore.
– Speech at a brainstorming session organized by the Singapore Tourism Board.
– Speech for the Ministry of home Affairs.
As you can see it was very diverse with both keynote speeches and brainstorming sessions; both government, non-profit organizations and commercial companies; and both developing and developed countries.
April was another month of heavy travel.
In 30 days Fredrik managed to speak at:
A SingTel conference in Singapore
A customer event for GodEl in Sweden
A global senior management conference in China for AkzoNobel and (!) also squeeze in a small Asia tour to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Taipei to speak to the employees of the offices of UBS Japan, UBS Hong Kong, and UBS Taiwan.
Raking up air miles to fly around the world to try to make it more creative.
March was a great example of how creativity is a topic that is relevant is all kinds of industries.
Just during the month of March Fredrik Härén talked on creativity for:
– Firefighters, police officers and customs officers from Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore
– The HR departments of NIKE Europe and NIKE China meet in Singapore and invited Fredrik Härén for a speech.
– The employees of Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth) in Sweden had a conference with Fredrik Härén as their main speaker.
– Students at Linné University on Sweden as well as students from Västervik.
– Employees of UBS in London.
– A couple of hundred sales people of SAPA at a European sales conference in Amsterdam.
– Employees of Mindshare Asia at a conference in Bali.
– Senior managers of Capitaland Asia on a conference in China.
– SingTel employees attending the opening of the SingTel innovation lab.
Different industries, different countries, different kinds of conference – all with one common theme: the need to innovate!
February was a global month for Fredrik Härén.
He flew to the Manila to give a talk for the senior management of SN Power Aboitiz, a joint venture between a Norwegian and Philippine company.
He flew to Thailand to give a talk to Indian sales- and marketing directors of FOX TV India.
He gave a at the Singapore Airshow for at Jeppesen’s client event. (Jeppesen is the company that produces the maps used by airline pilots around the world.)
All industries need to change. Here are some examples of how companies in some fast changing industries engaged Fredrik Härén, during January 2012, to get people inspired about the rapid change in their industry.
All the managers at Handelsbanken in Gävle, Sweden needed to be inspired to think about new way to do business as banking adapts to life after the financial crises.
A couple of hundred advertising executives at Ogilvy India met at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai to be inspired about new ways of doing advertising in a media world that is rapidly changing from mass media to personalized media.
and DNV in Singapore invited some of their key clients for a talk about how the shipping industry will have to change in an enviroment of vast over capacity.
How fast is your industry changing? Do you also need inspiration to be able to change as fast?