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Christoph Koch

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Journalist, Internet expert and Bestselling Author

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As a journalist, Internet expert and bestselling author and keynote speaker Christoph Koch has gained great success as a keynote speaker. His expertise on digital media and communication has been useful for several large companies, and through numerous experiments Christoph has achieved more insight on the subject of media today. Through keynotes Christoph Koch both inspires audiences with his authentic experiences and entertains.

Christoph Koch, born 1974, works as a journalist and is the author of several books. In each of these he usually undergoes an interesting experiment – such as living without the Internet or a mobile phone or finding out which paths to happiness really work. His keynotes and speeches are equally authentic and true-to-life. Christoph has first-hand knowledge of the things he speaks and writes about – because he experienced them. That is what makes his keynotes so entertaining and vital.

Christoph talks about the influence of digital media and communication on our life as well as about the possibilities of self-tracking or big data. Since he works for some of the most successful brands in the German media industry, he knows a lot about the future of the media business, about digital transformation and which strategies work and which ones don’t. Christoph is a gifted storyteller and a great explainer. Instead of buzzwords he uses examples. Instead of telling his audience, things they already know he makes them think.

Christoph has been studying communications, sociology and political sciences in Germany and the USA and is writing for many Germany’s most prestigious magazines and newspapers. He has worked with Nokia Siemens Networks, Kraft Foods, the German Ministry of Health, Volkswagen, Bertelsmann University, Red Bull and many other companies and institutions. Clients call him “a wonderful inspirational speaker” and his talk “exciting”, “entertaining” and “inspiring”.

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    Speaker Christoph Koch Keynote Topics

    • The Internet and digital transformation
    • Digital Detox: Work-life-balance in the digital age
    • Big Data
    • Crowdfunding
    • The future of media
    • Personal productivity and information management
    • Quantified Self / Self-Tracking
10.14.2014

Interview with Christoph Koch

How has digital media and communication impacted modern day society?

The digital transformation of our media and communication environment has changed our world dramatically, and a shift like this has not been seen since Guttenberg invented the printing press almost 600 years ago. And even that is probably an understatement. The main difference is: We can analyze the changes that the printing press brought (economical, intellectual, religious) from a safe distance and in retrospect – while the digital transformation and disruption is still going on at an ever-increasing pace.

How do you help audiences understand the media business and how to adapt to this digital transformation?

I try to avoid the many buzzwords that are flying around – or if they are unavoidable to at least explain them properly and take a good look at what they really mean. I try to weave in many personal experiences, because people can relate better to that than to a person going through lots and lots of slides with numbers and diagrams. At the same time I make sure what I am talking about doesn’t get too anecdotal – so each participant can take home some insight applicable to his or her situation or the situation of their company.

What type of audiences benefit most from your keynotes?

It is usually companies or foundations that book me for middle or higher management. But I have also given talks to school kids, to psychologists or to a hall full of young entrepreneurs who just founded their first start-ups. It is really important for me to know beforehand what the audience is going to look like, since I don’t have a “stump speech” that I present. Every talk or keynote I do is handcrafted and targeted to the individual audience, its knowledge and its needs.

How do audiences generally describe your talks?

I make sure to check in with the audience and the organizers after every talk to see what went well and what can be improved in the future. So far the feedback has been very positive. I think most people like the natural and authentic way I try to give my presentations, but of course in the end that is hard for me to tell.

One feedback that made me especially happy was from a group of Scandinavian managers who took a trip to Berlin to look at innovation and trends in the German capital. They spent two days in Berlin and saw a lot of presentations and talks and afterwards the organizer wrote me: „You did a great job and you were so interesting and inspiring. Everyone kept referring to you as we went along and many in the group said your stop was the best of the trip. I think you are a wonderful inspirational speaker and I think more people would love to hear your thoughts.“

What is the best experience you have had as a keynote speaker? 

What I like is when people get in touch afterwards. Either right after the talk or a couple of days later via e-mail, like I mentioned above. Because let’s be honest: Even during a bad talk or presentation most people, especially in a corporate environment, feel obliged to sit there, nod their heads and afterwards clap politely. It is afterwards that you get a feeling, if you really hit a nerve. If you sparked deeper thoughts, contributed to new insights and or an ongoing discussion.

One of the nicest things I received after a talk was a photocopy of a huge paper napkin. Two of the audience members from one of my talks had gone to a restaurant afterwards and got so caught up in discussing the subject of my presentation that they made diagrams and lists on the tray-sized paper napkin and sent it to me afterwards asking what I thought about their ideas. To inspire people like that and get a thought process going is the greatest reward for a speaker and something I continue to strive for with every keynote I present.

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