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Interview with Ariane de Bonvoisin

Ariane De Bonvoisin shares her experiences as a speaker and talks about the importance of change. Read more below.

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

The overall message is that change is the law of life, its inevitable both in our personal and professional lives, and yet, most people hate change, avoid it and think they are bad at it. Getting good at change is the most important life skill to learn and yes, there are ways of making change easier. I’ve interviewed a few thousand people and went looking for what makes someone good at change. I share these 9 principles with examples, stories and clear action steps.

 

What is the feeling you would like people to take away?

My goal is to give people a feeling of optimism, remind them of their inner strength and courage and who they really are. I also hope to leave people with a sense of calm and clarity on how to move forward, process what is happening and take some action, regardless of the what the change is that they are facing. Audience members often tell me how inspired they are, how much they relate to the content and stories i shared and how they feel they have truly learnt something valuable.

 

How do you prepare for speaking engagements?

I get a good nights sleep, eat well, meditate, set some strong intentions to be of service to my audience and then also listen to a few specific songs on my ipod.

I get very focussed on what i want to say, who my audience is and anything specific to tailor for them. I also remind myself to have fun and be myself.

 

What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

My hope is always to be of service, to help, inspire and inform audiences.

Personally, i get to travel to various countries to meet with very different types of people, companies, non-profits, schools etc. Its a privilege to interact with people who always end up teaching me something.

 

How much does humor factor into your keynotes and other speaking engagements?

I tend to laugh at myself, my own mistakes and shortcomings on this journey called life.

Humor tends to lighten up the subject of ‘change and transitions’ that many of us fear or would rather avoid!

 

What is the first important step in the process of change?

This depends really on what is going on for a person individually, but as a general observation, i would say your mindset, beliefs and physical state you are in. All of these play a huge role in how your process change.

 

How are your keynote presentations unique?

I believe being informal, approachable, personal and sharing some unique insights from interviews with thousands of people including my own journey, make my presentations valuable and different.

I speak from the heart, while using my mind to get important principles across.

I’ve traveled to 70 countries around the world, so also try and add a unique and global perspective on things.

 

Do you have any unique memorable moments in your speaking career?

Yes! i was asked to fill in as the keynote speaker at the Governors Conference for Women in Texas in front of 7000 people. That was an experience since i had nothing prepared but in the end, one that i loved. Its an amazing feeling to trust and believe in yourself that no matter what, you can step up and deliver something great.

I was also asked to interview Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser as the person who should have interviewed him wasnt there. Watching these questions pop into my head while we were live was exhilarating.

 

Can you give some hints as to what constitutes healthy changes?

Sure! Changing how you see yourself (your self worth), how honest you are with yourself about your life and what needs to change, who you choose to forgive, your beliefs and mindset and especially how you take care of your physical body are all foundational aspects of good solid changes, whatever area of life they come in- financial, professional, personal, family etc.

Also, the people you spend time with and surround you when you go through change can either be healthy and helpful or very much the opposite.

Finally, change that involves giving back, serving, going beyond ‘me me me’, often are the most fulfilling and life changing in the end.

 

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