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What is a Keynote?
A keynote is a cornerstone presentation that introduces the central theme of a conference or event and is designed to captivate, inspire and motivate the audience. It is often delivered by a distinguished speaker who offers deep insight, food for thought and a unique perspective on the topic. The purpose of a keynote is to set the tone and summarize the core message or key revelation of the event. A successful keynote not only imparts wisdom, but also encourages attendees to engage with the content of the event on a deeper level.
What is is the impact of a keynote?
What many people underestimate when they hire 2nd class speakers or even sell the keynote slots is that they miss out on making an impact.
The impact of keynote speeches goes far beyond the duration of the event. These speeches often serve as a powerful catalyst for change, inspiration and action among audience members. A compelling keynote can set the tone for an entire conference or meeting by getting to the heart of key issues and energizing participants with new ideas and perspectives.
So it’s no wonder that, in my experience, the impact of a well-delivered keynote can ripple throughout the industry, sparking innovation, shaping trends and even changing professional practice. What’s more, these speeches can create lasting memories and provide valuable insights that attendees take with them into their personal and professional lives. The blend of expertise, storytelling and charisma that an experienced keynote speaker brings can transform an ordinary event into an unforgettable and transformative experience, making the keynote an indispensable element of successful conferences and gatherings.
Why do I give Keynotes?
I give keynotes because I love it and, according to some, I’m one of the best in the world. It’s not my main job and I don’t have to sell it as an “entertainer” but for me it’s more of an opportunity to share with a wider audience some of my many experiences, learnings and insights. Everything I’ve worked hard to learn I now share in an easy to understand way to accelerate growth and transformation. Of course, my gift of packaging complex topics into understandable, compelling narratives and translating them so that others can learn and act on my experiences also helps.
“Digital Transformation is just a buzzword – Think what technology could do and just do it.”
What makes me different as a keynote speaker?
What sets me apart as a keynote speaker is my aversion to the superficial “show” that is often associated with public speaking. I don’t believe in a rigid, one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, I tailor my keynotes to the unique context of each event and address the specific issues and needs of the audience.
My goal is to deliver more than just a talk – it’s a condensed consultation packed with profound insights that not only captivate, but energize participants. I add a dash of humor to my keynotes to make them memorable, but more importantly, I engage the audience.
I encourage them to engage in trial and error, learn from mistakes and recognize the power of perseverance. My journey has taught me that with commitment, the right tools and a resilient attitude, the possibilities are limitless. It is this conviction, energy and knowledge that I aim to pass on at every talk. This is what distinguishes and differentiates me and has ultimately made me a globally recognized and well-known keynote speaker.
My famous keynote style
What sets my keynotes apart from others
I am different from the typical showman keynote speaker; I don’t do “rehearsed performances”.
My keynotes are the culmination of unique insights and profound knowledge informed by an extraordinary range of experiences. From founding numerous start-ups, to being recognized for numberous publications, building major companies and advising at the highest levels of global governments and institutions, my approach is anything but standard.
This wealth of experience informs every talk I give and ensures that what I offer from the stage is a truly bespoke experience that not only motivates, but provides a path to tangible change based on a history of tangible success.
Unpacking complexity and contributing unique insights. With my unique skills and experience, I can pass on information that hardly anyone in the world has.
Every presentation is tailored to the needs of the audience – also because I hate “repetition”. You have an idea, you have a task, you have a goal or you want more than just a show, then we will have a great experience together.
Initiating change with every word. I am passionate and transfer this passion for technology, the future and change to everyone by transferring ideas to the audience and making them easy to understand.
Turning insights into impact. I just love sharing something that can be turned into action. Also I prefer formats that are interactive and where I can engage with questions.
What are my topics as keynote speaker?
In my keynote speeches, I address topics where my expertise is not only extensive, but also groundbreaking and recognized globally for its depth and impact. My journey of founding more than a dozen start-ups, advising hundreds of companies and serving on countless boards and expert groups has significantly broadened my range of knowledge. The topics I deal with are diverse and often overlap, creating a rich web of interconnected insights. This unique blend of different perspectives makes my keynotes something very special. Each of my talks contains insights rarely found elsewhere – the result of a career in which I have been at the forefront of various disciplines. The synthesis of this experience and knowledge makes my keynotes not only informative, but also transformative.
For a comprehensive overview of the topics I specialize in, visit My Expertise or My Keynote Topics for a detailed look at each area of my expertise. Here are some of the most requested topics in the last years:
Futurism and Technology Impact
My work is about understanding technology and its impact on our society, the economy and even governments in the future. I communicate this easily so that everyone is inspired, but also knows the possible paths into the future.
Technology opens up completely new ways of solving problems and making a difference, because companies, organizations and even governments can completely rethink everything they do.
The future could look different, but how can we change and how can we get complex systems such as large companies, countries or even society as a whole to change and how can we promote system change.
Complex Systems & Systems Change
One of my areas of specialization is complex systems and system change. This includes complex topics such as the global economy, but also complex digital ecosystem models and how to promote system change.
Explaining technology easily
AI, metaverse, DLT, Web3 vs Web 3.0, Blockchain, IoT and many other topics are often just used as marketing gag and slangs. I give you a neutral and clear understanding without marketing.
Digital Platforms and Ecosystems
As a globally renowned expert on digital business models, digital platforms and digital ecosystems I will give you one of the most unique insights about the future of some of the most impactul business models of our time.
Startups and Entrepreneurship
I’ve built many businesses in the past and I’ve also run them into the ground. I talk about how to have the right mindset, motivate, tell unique stories and am happy to give everyone an insight into my world as a founder and serial entrepreneur.
Technology4Good and #bethechange
I speak at many international conferences and government meetings about the impact we can make with technology and the use of know-how for the benefit of all.
Sharing Knowledge & Insights
Latest From My Blog
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FAQ about Keynotes
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about my keynote speaking engagements, which will give you a clearer understanding of how I work and what you can expect when you invite me to speak at your event.
+ What topics do you cover in your keynotes?
I speak on a variety of topics including digital transformation, innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development, tailoring each keynote to the specific interests and challenges of the audience.
+ What makes your keynotes different from other speakers?
My keynotes are infused with real-world experiences, not just theory, and are personalized to deliver maximum value. They are designed to be interactive, engaging, and packed with actionable insights. You get years of my life condensed into the most important findings and facts.
+ Can you provide a keynote virtually?
Yes, I offer virtual keynotes using different techonolgies and with my experience I also ensure an interactive and engaging experience. I am also happy to give you insights into best practices to make the event more attractive and give you tips on how you can impart more knowledge.
+ What do you need from us to deliver the best possible keynote?
A clear understanding of your audience, the challenges they face, and what you aim to achieve with the event helps me craft a keynote that hits the mark and delivers on your expectations. I always prepare the keynote according to these unique conditions in order to deliver the most effective speech possible.
+ Why should we hire you as our keynote speaker?
You should hire me if you’re looking for a speaker who delivers more than just a talk, but an experience that combines deep insights with practical solutions, inspiring your audience to take action. You don’t hire me if you just want a “rehersed show”, I just do unique experiences where I deliver real value.
What Others Say About Me
I have worked with many inspiring people, companies and institutions around the world and I am delighted to some some of their voices and see how they have experienced my influence as a keynote speaker, as a panelist, as an entrepreneur and also as a futurist.
“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Benjamin.”
“Benjamin Talin like not a lot of people understood how exponential change will impact the political spiderwebs in our world. He is a dot-connector and fast thinker.”
Joël Charles Wuethrich