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Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered over 2000 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 60 countries on 6 continents and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”.

17 March 2013
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Awarded “Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)”

The Global Speakers Federation has 6,000 speakers as members. Less than 700 are CSP’s. In Asia there are only 10. One of them is now me.

After being a full time professional speaker (and author) for 12+ years who has spoken in 45+ countries I am very proud to be part of this professional and exclusive group of speakers.

1 March 2013
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News February.

In February the focus was on the launch of Fredrik’s new book: “One World. One Company.”

The book is off to a great start.

More than 10 000 copies (!) had been ordered before the launch of the book!

(The average business book sells less than 3500 copies.)

More than 250 people gathered at the launch of the book at Raffles Hotel on Feb 27.

Also in February:

1) Fredrik Härén was awarded: CSP – Certified Speaking Professional as one of only 10 in Asia, and one of less than 700 in the whole world.

2) Of course Fredrik also did some speaking engagements around the world. One extra fun booking was to be the keynote speaker at a marketing conference in Jakarta (Where he got the highest mark of all the speakers in the evaluations). Another interesting booking was to speak on the future of school in the Swedish Parliament for the political party “Centern”.

Quote of the month:

“Thank you so much for your speech. Your thoughts are 100 years ahead of ours here in Indonesia.”

– One of the participants of Indonesia Brand Summit.

27 February 2013
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Launch of “One World. One Company.” at Raffles Hotel.

More than 250 people gathered at the big Ballroom at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore tonight for the world launch of Fredrik Härén’s book “One World. One Company.”

A great venue for a book about having a global mindset as a business. After some mingle and networking Fredrik held a short 20 minute speech around the book and then the networking continued into the evening. Hundreds of books were bought at the event, so the demand for the book seems to be high.

The famous slogan for the hotel – “‘While at Raffles, why not visit Singapore?” – is a good summary of one of the messages of the book: that companies should focus on the values and characteristics of themselves, instead of those of the company’s country of origin.

16 February 2013
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Café Insights. Interview.

The Insight Bureau has posted  an YouTube-interview with Fredrik Härén about his new book “One World. One Company.”

8 February 2013
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News January.

The month of January was full of different experiences.

It started off with me on a floating raft in Palawan. I had breakfast on a river side hotel in Bangkok. Got to see the amazing fjords of Norway and got to go powder snow snowboarding in Sapporo, Japan. (Probably the best skiing of my life.) I then got to go back to Thailand again, before spending some time in Singapore and ending the month by going to KL, Malaysia twice in one week.

My clients were as diverse as the landscapes I got to see in January.

I spoke for senior managers of Volvo Trucks Asia, and politicians in Trondheim, for TV sales executives at FOX Asia, for Country heads for health company Mega and for Key Account Managers for Ericsson South East Asia, management students at SMU and I was the keynote speaker at the global conference for HID.

Even the subjects I was asked to speak on were diverse.

I spoke on: Creativity in The Developing World, Business Creativity, One World. One Company (about being a global company) and I even did a speech about how I look at the future of the world, and another one on how to live a creative life.

Yes, January was really full of different experiences.

(Picture of my legs covered by 50 cm of powder snow a few hours before I did my speech in Japan.)

8 February 2013
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How to be a global speaker.

Ever wonder how you could become a global speaker? In this video I share some ideas about how to become a global speaker, and every speaker should become one.  Recoded at APSS (Asia Professional Speakers Singapore) where I got a standing ovation at the end.

7 February 2013
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A reference

“I have finished reading (The Developing World) and I enjoyed and found it thought provoking to say the least.”
– P Hoyer

7 February 2013
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A reference

“I listened to Fredrik in Bali at the FBN Asia Regional retreat and he was so inspiring!”
– A Aswani

1 February 2013
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A creative pilot – You have to be joking? (Post from newsletter.)

2012 was a year of travel. So it was a good fit that my last speech of the year was for Malaysia Airlines.

When I was chatting with my client at Malaysia Airlines I mentioned that one of the professions that most people do NOT want to be creative is “pilot.”

I find that sad. Personally I would love for the pilot who flies my plane to be creative.

The mistake that people do is that they confuse “creativity” with “prone to take risk.”

I do not think creativity is about “taking risk.”

I think creativity is about “taking opportunities.”

So what do the pilots say?

Well, I have asked quite a few and they all say that their job require them to be very creative.

Not very often. Most of the time the planes almost flies themselves.

But the reason there are two pilots on a plane is because of those freak instances when things do not go as planned on the plane.

And then the pilot has to deal with a situation that no one saw coming.

Unpredictability requires a lot creativity.

So pilots are not creative often, but when they have to be, it is a crucial, life-and-death, skill.

So be inspired by the work of pilots and realise that most of the time life – just like a plane – flies by.

But once in a while something happens where we can become heroes if we have the creative wits to improvise and do the unpredictable.

And if we miss that opportunity the result can be catastrophic.

(This text is taken from the January newsletter. Want more creativity inspiration in straight to your inbox? Sign up for the newsletter using the link below.)

31 December 2012
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News December.

Looking back.

For me 2012 was The Year of the Traveler.

In one year I worked in 24 different (!) countries.

Sweden, Finland, Norway, England, Holland, Russia, Spain, Romania, India, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Pakistan, UAE, USA. North Korea, Malaysia and Macau and France.

In one year I used 32 different (!) airlines.

Air Asia, Air Phil, Aeroflot, ANA, BA, Cathay, Cebu Pacific, CHINA SOUTHERN, Delta, DragonAir, Emirates, Ethiad, Finnair, GARUDA AIRLINES, Iberia, KLM, Jetstar, Lufthansa, LOT, MAS, North Korea Air, Norwegian, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South West Airlines, Tiger Air, Thai, Turkish, Qatar, United, Zest Air and a privately chartered plane to Ukraine.

In one year I spoke for the most diverse groups of people. From government officials in Norway, to lawyers in China, to Nike employees in Portland and university professors in Pakistan. And many, many more.

The more I travel the more I realise two things:

1) We have much more in common with each other than we think.


2) We have so much to learn from each other.