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Cyriel Kortleven

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Expert on 'the change mindset' with a mission to boost the innovative and entrepreneurial mindset of leaders

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If you want an engaged and energized audience around change, speaker Cyriel Kortleven is your man. Cyriel travels all over the world -spoke already in 23 countries- sharing very pragmatic content and tips in his enthusiastic style. Inspiration guaranteed.

Keynote speaker Cyriel Kortleven is on a mission in life: boosting the innovative & entrepreneurial mindset of leaders & professionals in change. Cyriel is a man who practises what he preaches – a veteran in the world of creativity and innovation, he has developed his impressive skills as an inspirational speaker by dreaming big and starting with tiny steps.

Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires them to unleash their full potential. With almost 20 years hands-on experience in the domain of creativity and innovation, he spends an average of around 100 days a year on the ‘road’ (or in a plane) – he presented already in 23 different countries on 5 different continents. Speaker Cyriel Kortleven is also author of 4 books. And the first Belgian Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) – only 750 CSP’s in the world.

Speaker Cyriel Kortleven in 25 words:
Global speaker, author, Change Mindset, inspirator, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), digital nomad, interaction, less is beautiful, Yes And Act, obstacle run, burning man, loves Liane, present.

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    Keynote by Speaker Cyriel Kortleven

    Ladders & Bananas: survivalkit for professionals in change.

    Putting a ladder on top of a banana-peel to avoid somebody falling over it, is probably not the most efficient solution. But it’s a bit bizar that we have created so many ladders (inefficient patterns, rules, systems) in our organisations and in our lives. Those patterns might have served us in the past but many of them are not relevant anymore in this fast changing world.

    And that’s where the Change Mindset gets into the picture.

    • Yes… you need to suspend your judgement to break fixed thinking patterns
    • And … explore the world from a different perspective to generate new ideas
    • Act … on it because the key to real innovation is doing experiments & fail fast, often & forward.

    In this interactive and entertaining presentation you will get tips, tools and language to influence others to be more creative & entrepreneurial and give a big boost to your own Change Mindset.

    Yes And Act … Now.

    Keynote by Speaker Cyriel Kortleven

    ‘Less is beautiful’

    We live in a society with an abundance of products and services, connections, technologies, information but a downside is that we almost get paralyzed by the choices and possibilities (burn-outs, stress and less and less time for the real important things in life).

    There are already several great examples of individual initiatives of people who live with less stuff or who choose to live a simpler life. But, there aren’t a lot of examples of how professionals in organisations and governments can apply ‘Less is Beautiful’ to their daily practice. Get inspired by loads of examples from very different industries and learn how you can apply three simple principles to experience ‘less is more’: start to stop, simplify and letting go. This presentation gives you insights into the exaggerated search for efficiency, the paradox of choice, and very concrete examples and tools to apply ‘Less is Beautiful’ to your professional lives.

    • Become aware of the paradox of choice and the power of 3 principles
    • Start to Stop – discover the power of focus and learn how stopping activities can lead to more time, money and energy
    • Simplify – learn simple methods to ban complexity
    • Letting go – dare to trust again and create space and time in your professional life
    • Get a lot of inspiring examples how ‘less’ can succeed in business

    Keynote by Speaker Cyriel Kortleven

    Workshop/masterclass ‘a Creative Boost’

    In combi with a keynote, speaker Cyriel Kortleven is available for a 90 minute – 3 hour Masterclass. During this session, the participants will be inspired by the possibilities of creativity and break their own fixed thinking patterns. Next to several skills to stimulate a creative attitude, we will be exploring the creative process and several techniques to generate loads of ideas and methods to select, finetune and syntegrate the top-ideas into a top-concept. It will be a very interactive session where we can focus on an actual problem or challenge from the participants.

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The Change Mindset - survivalkit for professionals in change by speaker Cyriel Kortleven at TEDxAntwerp

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Interview with Cyriel Kortleven

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?
I want that people got inspired to use their creative skills more often and understand that creativity can be very simple and doesn’t cost a lot of time. They will go away with a very practical, down to earth ‘Yes and …’ attitude and can turn problems into opportunities.

How do you prepare for speaking engagements?
After a briefing with the client, my creative mind will pay attention for all kind of examples and methods that could be interesting for my target audience. And for the special projects, I collaborate with the my colleague – Master of the creative websearch – to find tailor-made examples to let the audience experience the power of creativity.

How do you suggest that businesses reduce risk aversion?
Too many people (and businesses) focus too much on the elements that can go wrong. They think in problems, risks, effort and costs. But if you want to discover business opportunities, you have to learn and allow mistakes (we even invented a different word – the nearling – to get away from the negative connotation of a failure). I recommend people to go for passion; dare to take action by going for small steps so you can fail fast and learn fast!

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by a lot of things – three things that absolutely give me an inspiration boost: a week in the desert @ the Burning Man festival; unplanned meetings/talks with people (friends or strangers); and the unstoppable imagination of children.

How are your keynote presentations unique?
I use a lot of interaction (even with large audiences) during my keynotes; tailormade examples how creativity can work in the domain of the target audience and I try to be normal ‘human being’ on stage instead of the expert who has all the answers.

Why is the concept of creativity so important in the workplace?
The world is changing faster and faster and I’m afraid that people and organisations will be ‘out-of-business’ very soon if they don’t learn to think ‘out-of-the-box’. Creativity isn’t hocus pocus or a gift to the very few; it’s an attitude that everybody can learn and apply in their lives and work.

Can you give 3 tips to increase creative thinking?

Three tips to give a boost to your creativity:

  • Avoid the ideakillers (yes but, no money, it’s not for me, …) when you hear/see an idea
  • Explore the world with different eyes – look from a different perspective to your problem/products/services
  • Do it now – allow yourself to make nearlings when you’re have a new idea. Fail fast and learn fast.
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