Interview with Klisman Murati
How do audiences gain from your keynote presentations?
One of the best things about being a speaker on my topic expertise is the sheer number of people it effects. Whether you are a mother in Kenya, a student in China or a CEO of a US Fortune 500 company my topic expertise effects all three of them.
Because I take the time to craft my talks to the nature and message of each individual event, audiences can expect me to answer their questions and help them form a better understanding of world events which impact them and their clients.
The world is experiencing a time which holds no precedent, we are facing challenges and creating opportunities at rates never seen before. In times like these, it is important to have a trusted, clear and reliable voice that can add value to your understanding by making sense of the data and who can also provide the resources and insight to issues that make a difference to you and your mission.
Describe yourself in 3 words – why these words?
Ambitious – This is in my nature, and I think it is a critical characteristic to have if one has a desire to tackle issues of world affairs. Being as large and interconnected as they are, my desire to understand them and then formulate solutions to critical issues and then to transmit them in spoken word takes ambition.
Adaptable – This characteristic permeates through almost all aspects of my life. I have been to over 10 different schools in my youth, I have studied topics from psychology, anthropology, outer space, money laundering, human rights, the dramatic arts and science. I am able and comfortable in initiating conversations with people from different parts of the world and from different social strata and I have a very unique ability to understand complex social, business and political issues from different parts of the world and communicate them to an array of audiences from Prime Ministers, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and the man on the street in language they understand and appreciate.
Memorable – Because of the first two characteristics, my audiences, friends and one-time encounters all take something from me they will never forget. Whether it be a keynote on new insights into the future of business, a helping hand on a personal ambition or a chance encounter with a tourist looking for directions or a place to eat. My energy and passion will shine through.
What kinds of clients have you worked with in the past?
Given the nature of my expertise, I am lucky to work with and lend my voice to a wide array of clients including corporates, think tanks, government, start-ups and academic institutions.
What’s the biggest challenge facing global businesses today?
The biggest challenge and opportunity is simply the fact that business is truly global. We have the ability in business now to reach a wider audience with increasingly cheaper methods. No matter what industry you are in, your ability to reach and connect with your audiences and customers are at a level never seen before. However, this reach also comes with responsibilities, responsibilities that if not tended to will end up costing the global community a price they not only didn’t expect but are unable to pay.
If we truly believe that business is there to provide solutions to problems the global business community must make sure they are not causing more issues that they are solving. Having and maintaining a clear mission statement that can facilitate the age of global commerce is very important and as far as macro-business challenges go this is most certainly at the top of the list.
What’s the biggest global trend at the moment?
This really depends on what you are specifically looking at, but in a general sense, a major trend/force that we have been seeing in world affairs is the growth and penetrability of technology. From farmers in India to students in Switzerland the ability to access technology is a global trend I think we will only continue to see growing. Things like smartphones and platforms like Facebook are truly global phenomena causing a common social language to form around the world. Through these technologies, we can expect ideas and processes to spread on mass as rapid rates never really seen before.
What are 3 habits for success?
Having an intention: This is the first step in anything you pursue. You must have a clear intention to action. You must know what you want clearly. From there you put into place what you need to succeed. If you do not know what you want you must make an intention to find that out. The intention will be there for you so you don’t lose direction, it is the essential first step to becoming a success. If not you will sail through life like a ship with destination – inevitably you will sink. So have an intention.
FOCUS: Next, to define and reach a goal one must have focus. Focus clarifies your aims and intentions and allows you to get to your destination. Your focus must be laser sharp and long term. It’s when you lose focus things start getting confusing and you get frustrated and you give up. You will find that the more focused you are the more passion and enthusiasm you have – that is because you are truly in the eye of the storm and you can see opportunities and face difficulties with more clarity. Would you trust a dentist with foggy goggles? I don’t think so, so why go through your life with an unfocused mind? – Focus is key.
Passion: I have never seen a reluctant success. I have never seen an Olympian who has won the gold medal in the 100m saying in a post-win interview they would rather be fishing. Everything in their soul and heart wanted that win and they were willing to have an intention to win and have focus. Eat-sleep-swim – that was what Michael Phelps diary consisted of. You must have a passion for what you want because if you do not, no matter if you have the other two you will get bored, or give up at the smallest frustration because your heart is not in it. Remember – nobody is a reluctant champion. So work on your passion.