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Bernhard Wolff

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Creativity Expert. Multilingual Entertainer

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Keynote speaker Bernhard Wolff is a creativity expert and “backwards talker” - Yes, “sdrawkcab reklat”. Bernhard Wolff has the unique talent to give his audience a new perspective on whatever it is they have to be creative in, by literally starting it from the other end. He is a humorous and engaging speaker who will leave a long lasting impression.

Bernhard Wolff discovered his talent for the art of words in his early childhood and ever since developed his fascination to perfection, Growing up in a large family in a small town in Northern Germany, Bernhard Wolff found a very unique way to make himself heard.

After his studies in Hamburg, the business pedagogue did not take the direct way into the world of creative speaking. Bernhard Wolff looks back on some very successful years as a copywriter and entrepreneur. In 1999, he founded the event agency Wolff trifft Jaeger (literally translated: Wolff meets Hunter) and a few years later Think Theatre, where he has established a stellar reputation as a service provider for intelligent entertainment and received an EVA Creative Award in 2007 (the Oscar of the event industry in Germany).

Living his passion or entertainment further, Bernhard Wolff started his solo act “Thinking Helps” successfully in 2005. He is the only keynote speaker worldwide using backwards speaking as a method and a metaphor. He has spoken in various countries around the globe and has been acknowledged by his audiences to be innovative, entertaining and informative.

He is the only German Speaker who made it onto the cover of the leading industry publication “Speaker Magazine”, after his sensational presentation at the convention of the National Speakers Association in Washington in July 2015. Convince yourself why!

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    Keynote by Speaker Bernhard Wolff

    Think Backwards, Move forward

    Innovation is crucial for future success. Companies try hard to build a culture of innovation and to motivate employees and teams to contribute their ideas and creativity. Bernhard Wolff’s credo: The best way to do that is to inspire intrinsic motivation and to help people to rediscover their childhood creativity. In “Think Backwards – Move Forward” Bernhard triggers individual creativity in a playful and entertaining way is a guarantee to kick-start innovative thinking at every live event. Bernhard Wolff is your Brain-Ice-Breaker, creating an encouraging and energetic atmosphere.


    Bernhard Wolff’s 5 Golden Rules:

    • Rediscover your childhood creativity
    • Think in different directions
    • Look back from a future point of view
    • Do something unique and surprise the people around you
    • Stick to your passion and find your flow

Interview with Bernhard Wolff

Probably, you often have to tell the story about how you found out about your talent of backwards talking when you were a child. What we would like to know is, if you actually still have to practise and how backwards talking is different from German to English?

Oh yes, I have to practise. But it’s more about doing the movements compared to working on the pronounciation. That’s because I have a video system on stage and we show all the scenes on the screen in reverse. Backwards English needed another 2 – 3 years of work to be fluent because we have many other sounds in English.

One of your golden rules is « Rediscover your childhood creativity «. How do you think it is possible for someone like a senior manager to leave longstanding set rules behind and find unburdened creativity?

You have to allow him or her to leave his business context and start to play. Define a timeslot, provide tools and set a challenging task. For example: ”You have 30 minutes to create a blockbuster poster for a Hollywood movie about your strategy! What is the title? What does the key visual look like?”

How do you personally think you can contribute most to a company’s success in innovation, with a big conference setting or with a smaller group and a more intimate environment?

In a big conference setting! My contribution is to open people´s minds and to empower their creativity. I am a stage professional – and so I prefer stage settings. Most of the conferences I do have 200 – 1000 participants.

Can you provide us with tips on how also private life could profit from more creativity and breaking the ice in one’s brain?

Creativity is everywhere: ideas for a birthday present, weekend adventures, cooking, improvising in everyday communication. If you work on your innovator´s mindset, you will benefit in all areas of life.

What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your speaking career?

Presenting on the conference of the National Speakers Association in Washington 2015 for 2000 experts from the conference industry was outstanding. And they put me on the cover of their Speaker Magazine. Wow – I really was blown away!

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