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Ariane Guides People through Changes
First30Days, which launched its web site in February 2008 currently features 60 life change subjects, including those relevant to issues such as losing a job, selling a home, starting a business, smart investing, reducing debt, dealing with depression, and getting divorced. Ariane also hosts a popular on-line show, ChangeNation, where she interviews experts and thought leaders on numerous aspects of life changes.
With a degree in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics at the age of 19, Ariane began her professional career at The Boston Consulting Group. She worked in over a dozen countries during her tenure. After receiving her MBA from Stanford University, she moved to New York and worked with media companies Bertelsmann and Sony.
She joined Time Warner in 2000 as the Managing Director of a new $500 million digital-media venture fund. The mission of the Fund was to take equity stakes in early-stage, potentially strategic, technology companies.
Prior to her launch of First30Days and time at Charlie Rose Productions, Ariane spent a year as the Senior Advisor on a Humanitarian Project entitled A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AFRICA. The project involved the top 100 photojournalists placed in the 53 countries of Africa on a single day.
Ariane also had a monthly column in Redbook magazine and AdAge, she is currently MSN’s Expert on Life Change, as well as a contributing editor to BusinessWeek.com, a Life Balance expert for Health Magazine and has previously appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows, including the CBS Early Show, NBC’s Today Show,CNN Radio and ABC News Now. She is a contributor to Huffington Post and has written articles for media outlets including Town & Country, Advertising Age, Yahoo, the New York Daily News, Media Bistro, Reader’s Digest, and MSN among others. Oprah Magazine and USA today have also written about Ariane.
Ariane’s most recent book, “The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier”was published in May 2008 by Harper Collins and reached the bestseller list on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Ariane embarked on a national media and speaking tour for the book. A Spanish edition was published in December 2008 and the book has now been translated in over a dozen languages.
She is currently finishing her upcoming book, A Foot in Both Worlds; Walking a spiritual path while fully being in the world.
Ariane speaks frequently around the country and abroad on issues concerning personal and professional change and the topic of consciousness and spiritual life. She has spoken at events which include Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference, the Houston and Boston Leadership Conferences, the Health Conference in NYC, the Pennsylvania’s Governors Conference, the IDB in Washington and other international conferences. She always enjoys speaking to kids and youth of all ages.
She is also an accomplished athlete, having been a ski instructor, competitive swimmer and a runner in a series of marathons and triathlons. She reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2001 and accompanied a group of students to Antarctica in December 2002. She was most recently part of a documentary movie called The Highest Pass – a motorcycle journey through the highest roads in the Himalayas. The documentary premiered in August 2011; a journey to discover that our Highest pass is always within the heart and beyond the mind.See keynotes with Ariane De Bonvoisin
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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