The stage at ASFA conference in Melbourne was in the middle of the huge ballroom where 1700+ people gathered for the last day of keynote sessions. Interesting challenge for a speaker, and a perfect setup for a conference that had “creativity is key” as one of its core themes.
Since the stage was round and the audience was around me I decided to do round slides as well to be “with the theme”.
Do not just “send in your slides”, instead make sure they really do fit with the theme of the conference.

I have not written about this before, but one things I do before a speech is to listen to a guided meditation on Spotify.

I find it a very effective way of becoming present, getting rid of distracting thoughts and pushing out the ego.

By escaping from the conference room into a quiet place, a park – or even a restroom – I find location where I can be by myself. Then I put on my earphones and focus on the message in the guided meditation.

Earlier this week in Macau I listened to a guided mediation on gratitude while walking around an empty shoppingmall next to the convention center. It put me in the right mood before having the pleasure of going up on stage to speak to 100+ event organisers from all across Asia.

I find that it does not really matter what theme the meditation is on. Just search for “Guided meditation” and find one that suits you. But do not pick “Guided meditation for sleep” ;-D


Today I found this bird lying infront of our house. I first thought he was dead, but then I could see him (or her?) breathing. He had apparently flown straight into one of our windows.

But after short while in shock he stood up again, shock his tiny little body, and took to the skies again.

Over my 20+ years as a global professional speaker I have had an amazing ride, but a few times I have found myself on the floor after banging my head against a window I did not see.

The key to a long and successful speaking career is to be able to shrug off these negative things and get up into the air again.