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Beatrice Freeman

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Award-Winning Speaker, Comedian and Story-Teller

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Keynote speaker Beatrice Freeman has had 7 careers, ranging from opera to cyber security. She motivates to conquer the fear of change and entertains as a comedian with the “Frustrated Prima Donna Collection”.

Beatrice Freeman has portrayed many tragic roles in opera, and she has been on quite a journey herself. Due to recession she had to retrain; she moved on to cyber security and became the CCO for mkryptor. In the process of raising cybercrime awareness she had to network daily and this experience allowed her to write a guide to successful networking in live events. She is also the Regional Winner of the 2017 Professional Speaking Association’s Speaker Factor.

With her unique background, Beatrice brings something completely new and refreshing to the after-dinner stage as the “Frustrated Prima Donna”. As a motivational speaker, she draws on her experience in overcoming complex challenges and exposes common myths. She helps build resilience, courage and self-trust.

Beatrice Freeman is the author of a five-star book, Introverts Make Better Networkers: How Anyone Can Succeed and a nationally acknowledged networking guru, interviewed by a top UK newspaper. The granular approach in her method makes the networking process easier and helps build a sustainable network for yourself with more confidence and better results.

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    Speaker Beatrice Freeman Keynote Topics

    Workshops

    • Personal Impact
    • Networking

    Keynotes

     

    Comedy: The Frustrated Prima Donna Collection

    Did You Think It Would Be Much Bigger? The Operatic Voice.

    How to Handle the Stick Man and Die Successfully.

    Gardening Kneepads for Madam Butterfly: Real Opera Stories.

    No Milk in My Tea or How to Be Special.

    Life is Too Confusing: Dog Mess and Eton Mess.

     

    Motivational Speaker

    The Dawn Always Comes – But How to Cope with the Darkest Hour?

    That’s Not What I Ordered – Resilience, Change and Thinking on Your Feet.

    Success as a Female in a Male-Dominated Profession.

    This Isn’t Someone Else’s Life – It’s Yours: Ownership, Perseverance and Personal Impact.

    Ageing is Optional or Life Begins at 50.

12.11.2017

Interview with Beatrice Freeman

How did your speaking career begin?

As a result of 20 years in opera, I have a huge need to be heard. As me. Not as yet another character, not in the words of other people, but talking about the things I’ve experienced and learned from (most often the hard way).  So when an email about a competition happening in two days appeared in my inbox, I thought it was an excellent opportunity to find out what it’s like to speak from a stage. It was past the deadline to apply, but I asked for a cancellation slot, got it, walked in and won it. I’ve been told it was due to my original material and authentic delivery. I guess I was ready. It felt natural.

What is your most unique experience you have had as a result of your job?

Every time I speak, someone suggests I should write a book. People find my observations interesting as I have a very different angle on most things. One less busy October afternoon I sat down to write and got up 12 days later with a book. (I did sleep and eat in the process.) I thought this would be a nice little birthday present to myself, “The Secrets of a Professional Networker”. It appeared as an ebook one day before my birthday and it’s been available as a paperback since 1st December. I never really planned to write a book at all and it is a straightforward result of speaking.

Can you provide 3 tips for successful networking?

  • Treat business networking not as a social event, but as a business event.
  • Practice what you’re going to say and thoroughly prepare it in a shorter and longer version a few days before the event.
  • Really listen to what the other person is saying; don’t waste “the listening time” on thinking what you’re going to say next. If you don’t listen, you won’t be able to give, and giving is what networking is all about.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

I’m often told that it’s refreshing to have a story-teller who is neither a sportsman nor a politician. I have a different take on life because of my seven careers and also because I’m a serious enemy of all nonsense and muddiness. I help find the clarity. Thanks to my background, I’m able to help organisations improve personal impact and resilience. As for opera, opera is just a job like any other job; I do sing better than an average businesswoman but I’m certainly not a diva.

What are your biggest goals in your life and career currently?

It’s important to me to help charities and I specifically admire The Prince’s Trust; I would love to speak or sing at their fundraisers. The next goal for my career is performing as a stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 and I’m just looking at suitable venues.

Who and what inspires you most?

I’m always inspired by anonymous kindness. It’s humbling and very beautiful. I see a lot of it in London. Just last month, I was coming home after a very tiring day and I tripped over my long coat going up the stairs on the tube in the evening rush hour. I was terrified that I’d be trampled to death by the speeding crowd. What actually happened, as I was hitting the ground, I was lifted up by three different people. They checked if I was alright and disappeared. All of the accident took about two seconds. No one stayed to be thanked: they helped a human in need and dissolved a potentially dangerous situation. Just like that.

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