In April I got to see paradise places like Bintan (Indonesia), Bali (Indonesia), Tagaytay (The Philippines) but the biggest impact for me personally was when I got to visit the slums of Manila to do research for my speech for WorldVision later this year. The people working in the slums are true heroes.
In the month of March I had the privilege to speak to stellar brands like Deloitte, Amazon and Electrolux. But the highlight, I have to admit, was to speak at the first ever HR Convention in The Maldives. Talk about "perk" to get to spend some days in paradise!
Let me show how diverse a life of a global keynote speaker can be. In February I spoke to an Aluminum company in Holland, a hospital in the USA and at a global conference for translators in Malaysia!
2019 started with a bang. I got to speak in Swizerland, Singapore, Thailand, Portugal, Holland, the UK - and in Coimbatore, Chennai and Mumbai in India. A very global start of the year. Extra proud to be the closing speaker at the first ever Professional Speakers Convention in India.
April News: Island month.
Last year I started a project which I call: “The Human Island Project”, where I plan to visit 100 islands around the world in 100 months. I do it to learn more about humanity by visiting islands. (You can read about the project here.)
As it turned out April was a month where I only spoke in Islands. I did a series of speeches in Mauritius (and brought my wife so we could extend the stay and combine it with an island vacation.)
And I also did some speeches on my “home island” of Singapore, including one at the Speakers Academy teaching other speakers about how to become a global keynote speaker.
May News: Spring is in the air, the speaker is in the air.
May took me flying around the world to speak. I spoke for:
– A global group of lawyers meeting in London, UK.
– A group of global tax experts meeting in Shanghai, China.
– A group of global business developers from IKEA meeting in KL, Malaysia.
As you can notice all the examples above are for global groups, part of my strategy to be “The Global Conference Speaker” as in the preferred speaker of choice for global conferences. (See: http://www.globalconferencespeaker.com
for more information.)
(I also, like most months, did a couple of speeches “at home” in Singapore, including for PayPal this month.)
June News: A diverse and international month.
June was an inspirationally diverse month.
I got to speak to:
– Business leaders in Hong Kong, invited by the Swedish government to represent Swedish creativity.
– Global tax managers at an EY conference in Barcelona.
– Global HR managers from the law firm DLA Piper having a conference in Warsaw.
– Global customers of BMW attending a customer event in Munich (3 speeches over 3 days)
– Young leaders from 50+ countries taking part in the Queen’s Young Leaders program in Cambridge.
– German entrepreneurs at a conference in Berlin.
– Global clients of steel company Voestalpine at a customer event in their factory in Belgium.
I also did two talks for professional speakers. One in Hong Kong and one in Irland, where I spoke about being a global keynote speaker. I think the month of June shows that that is what I am.
July News: Vacation (mostly).
July tends to be my vacation month, and this month I spent most of the month with my family on our private island in Sweden.
But I did manage to squeeze in a speech in Macau for Asian managers of AVNET and a speech in Toronto for 4000+ clients and partners of IT company OpenText, making the month of July quite a global month mentally for me any way.
Spending time on 3 continents in one month makes it easy to continue to develop a global mindset.
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August News: From speaking to 400,000 people to speaking in Nepal.
August became a month of contrast, especially the week of Aug 7 to 13th.
In the same week I was:
– One of the keynote speakers at The Global Leadership Summit – the largest leadership summit in the world with 10,000 people in the audience, 150,000 people watching live, and a total of 400,000 (!) people watching over video link in 128 countries around the world.
It was an amazing experience to speak at the Summit and to share the stage with giants like Sheryl Sandberg, Marcus Buckingham, Bill Hybels and many more great speakers.
Then just two days after delivering a speech at the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago I found myself in Katmandu speaking at the leading branding conference of Nepal.
The life of a global, keynote speaker is exciting and the mix of people you meet and situations you get to experience is inspiring.
September News: Focus on the north
I might live on the equator (in Singapore) but in September my focus was on speaking – on 3 continents – in the north part of our beautiful planet.
North America: Canada.
I speaking tour took me all over Canada to speak to Entrepreneurs in 5 different Canadian cities.
The leaders of EY Norway put their annual convention in Sweden and invited me to speak to them.
I got the privilege to finally speak in Mongolia as I launched my book “The Idea Book” in Mongolian (the 17th language the book has been translated in.)
I also got to speak for lawyers in Hong Kong, bankers in Singapore and did pro-bono speech for an inspiring youth organisation developing young children from across Asia. All in all a great and inspiring month.
October News: Chickens, cars and investments.
October was yet another diverse month.
In a matter of two days I spoke for:
– Chicken breeders in Hong Kong
– Financial investors in Hong Kong
– Educators in the auto industry in Munich.
All in less than 48 hours.
These three groups, from three totally different industries from different parts of the world have very little in common – but they all need to be inspired to think in new ways, and thus I got the privilege to speak to them. The best part of being a global keynote speaker is how much you get to learn from so many different industries from all around the world.
December News: A global year comes to an end,
In December I had the privilege to speak for companies for such diverse industries as cars, construction, and nuts … I worked in companies internal learning rooms, at hotel ballrooms and – as this picture shows- outside on a deck overlooking a stunning beach in Portugal.
January News. And so starts another global year. In January I had the privilege to speak such diverse groups as entrepreneurs in Muscat, Oman as well as representatives of some of the largest food companies in Norway.
Snow and Sand in the same month.
The ability to inspire new ideas to diverse people, from diverse industries, from diverse cultures and from all over the planet is what drives me to continue to travel the world.
February News. The highlight of February for me was to be selected as the opening keynote speaker at the Global Speaker Summit, a bi-yearly speaker event with professional speakers from all over the world. At the event I was also awarded "The International Ambassadors Award" which recognises "those who have made an obvious, substantial, and sustained contribution to the speaking profession and community". It's selected by all the speaker associations in the world and has only been given 10 times.
March News. An inspiring and global month comes to its end. In the month of March I had the privilege to speak in London (UK), Paris (France), Abu Dhabi (UAE), KL (Malaysia) and Port Louis (Mauritius). A fitting month for a speaker who just published a book called: "Spread Your Message. See the World. How to become a global keynote speaker".
April News. The variety of a global keynote speaker. In one month had a client meeting on a beach in Bali before a speech for a shipping company. Spoke at a retail conference in Malaysia. Spoke for wealth managers for a global bank in Hong Kong and for clients of VISA from Africa/Middle East at a conference in Rome. Different audiences, different locations, different industries. Inspirational.
May news. May was a global speaking months, not only because I got to speak in Singapore, China and India. But also because in May more than 240 speakers from around the world gathered in Singapore for the Asia Professional Speaker Convention, for which I was convention chair this year. It is the most global speaker convention in the world with speakers from 13 countries on stage & speakers from 25 countries attending. Proud and happy to be supporting the global speaking community.
June news. For the month of June I make Europe (Sweden) my base. So I got to speak in France, Malta (picture), and the UK, for example, but I also got to add India to the list. But most importantly I got to speak to so many different kinds of people from lawyers, to young social entrepreneurs to property managers.
July and August news. After speaking in 15 countries in the first 6 months of 2018 I cleared my calendar for two months for some vacation and family time that was spent (mostly) on my private island in Sweden. I did do a few select speeches during this time for Hitachi, Adecco, LVMH and The Ministry of Education.
September news. As a global speaker I am happy to speak all over the world. But in September I actually got do do a few speeches in Singapore. Interestingly one was for 800 directors in Singapore companies where the theme was "Globalisation", so I was still in my "global element".