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Interview with Tim Bean

Learn about Tim Bean’s speaking preparations and get tips for healthy lifestyle changes. Read our interview with him below.

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

That staying in great shape is as important as anything else in their lives, and that it’s never too late, or too early, to turn things around and get your health on target.  I want people to go away thinking, “He’s right – I have no answer for that…!”, and taking action as a result.

 

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

Confidence, hope, energy, determination, belief.

 

How do you prepare for speaking engagements?

Research the host company/organisation, profile of audience (Numbers, gender mix, age range, seniority), meet with the person who commissioned the event to find out their motivation and desired outcomes, and what they want their people to gain from listening to my presentation.

 

What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

Not much, but I do gain tremendous satisfaction when people tell me months (and sometimes years) later how what they heard and learned has changed their lives or businesses for the better

 

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

Quite a bit – I’m a trained stand-up comic, and using the science and craft of comedic writing to bring life to my presentations is a strong element.  It’s also a way of softening what can be a very challenging message for many people

 

How do you use your own story to inspire others?

It’s a story that illustrates a true understanding of the problems and excuses, and realistic ways to achieve optimal health and long life.

 

How are your keynote presentations unique?

It’s not a topic that’s widely covered in the corporate domain, yet is crucially important. People can have a laugh about a subject that’s deadly serious. I think I have a depth of experience and credibility in this subject area that others may not. I talk about things that others seldom cover, in a language that cuts through the fluff.

 

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

Last month I was due to speak at an event in Christchurch, New Zealand. After driving 150km to get there, we discovered the hotel had been overbooked and there were no rooms available anywhere. Went to a friends house, but they were away, so I ended up jumping their fence and getting changed into my suit on their back lawn, cleaning my teeth by their garden tap and fighting their bull terrier for the return of my totally shredded tie!  (The keynote went flawlessly, by-the-way…!)

 

Can you give three tips for healthy lifestyle changes?

  • Lifts weights – strong people stay young
  • Macro/binge strategies don’t work – it’s the little things you do each day that make the biggest difference in the long term.
  • “Observe the masses and do the opposite” – Walt Disney

 

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