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The conference I was speaking at in Paris yesterday got a bit delayed which meant my speech ended a bit later than planned. Then there were more traffic than I had anticipated to get to the airport in Paris so when I finally got to the airport it was 5 minutes left until boarding started (and I still had to get through security etc).

Luckily I had printed out my boarding card so it was ok to arrive at the airport 30 minutes AFTER check-in had closed. But that meant that my bag could not make it.

I asked my driver to take the bag back with him to my Paris hotel and grabbed my carry-on to rush through security to get to my flight.

What is the lesson here?

If you are going to check in luggage make sure that all the things you need for your speech is in your carry on.  A bag is just a bag and DHL can get it to you later. But you have to make that speech. And that means you have to make that flight – even if you have to leave your bag behind.

This post written when I am happily arrived in Malta.

(PS. Yes, there was a back-up flight that would have been able to take me to Malta in time for my speech today, but that would have had me on flights more or less all night and taken me to Tunisia for the connection to Malta which would have meant sleeping on planes and airports and arriving in Malta 1 hour before the flight, so not a very desirable Plan B, better than to leave the bag behind and get on that flight without it.)

 

 

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Being a global keynote speaker might arguably be the best job in the world.

Think about it.

You get (highly) paid to travel the world to live in some of the best hotels in the world. And you are also able to attend large conferences (for free) where you get to learn about the latest trends from the world’s leading experts. Working side by side these experts means you often get a chance to chat one-on-one with them behind the scene.

And when it is your turn to work (for one hour or less), you get to stand on a stage in front of hundreds or thousands of people who give you warm and intense appreciation when you are done.

Yes, being a professional keynote speaker is a dream job if ever there was one.

By starting this blog, I hope to inspire others to join this amazing line of work by sharing some “behind-the-scenes” stories of what it is actually like to travel the world and speak.

I will write these posts while on the road to give an instant and authentic portrayal of what this job entails.

Join me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fredrik.haren) or LinkedIn (https://sg.linkedin.com/in/fredrikhare) for even more “behind the scenes”.

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Learn by watching me learn.

There are a lot of resources online on how to become a better speaker. There are also many professional speakers who will teach you how to develop the business side of speaking, usually for a fee. But there are not so many places online where you can learn how to become a better professional speaker – for FREE!

I have started this blog to share my approach to being a global professional speaker.

At the core of this approach is my belief that to run a successful, global, speaking business, you should focus much more on the “speaking” side of your business than the “business” side of things.

Personally, I spend much more time thinking about how to develop myself as a speaker than thinking about how to develop my speaking business. This strategy has made me one of the most successful global speakers of today.

By starting this blog, I hope to have a venue to share my thoughts about what makes speakers – and speeches – great.

I will try to have a good mix of content where I will both share my own experiences of speaking as well as share what I have learnt from other speakers or other speeches.

One of the best ways to learn something is to “tag along” and be a “fly on the wall” and try to absorb as much as you can by observing an expert. In this blog, I will share stories, insights and lessons that I have gained “on the road”.

I hope you will learn from these “real life” examples and that you’ll find them useful.

I look forward to helping you become a better speaker by sharing my journey of always trying develop myself to be the very best speaker I can be.

Fredrik Haren.

P.S. If you have any specific questions that you would like me to cover, please do not hesitate to send me an email at fredrik.haren@interesting.org.

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