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Rik Vera

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Renowned expert in sales-marketing and change management who can inspire you to develop a solid customer-centric strategy.

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Speaker Rik Vera is a renowned guru of customer-centricity, sales-marketing, and change management. By having over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, Rik delivers energetic presentations to inspire companies developing solid customer-centric strategies. As a great storyteller, he is capable of igniting the passion in any organisation to help them leading in the New Digital World.

Why you should book speaker Rik Vera

  • After a successful over 25 year career at C-level in global industry-leading manufacturing companies – where he was always able to outrun the competition, developing new business models combining the latest technology and extreme customer centricity
  • He shares his experience, he shares his profound knowledge of all things that happen in the innovation scenes, but above all, he shares his passion to create business models that are future proof.
  • Speaker Rik Vera will challenge the status quo. He will roast the strategy. He will demystify the hypes of the day.

Speaker Rik Vera started to travel the world to inspire companies, managers, teams, customers, and audiences to develop their own Day After Tomorrow-strategies. Rik Vera has been giving over 1000 keynotes, lectures, and workshops in many countries. He has been guiding and coaching hundreds of small to very large international companies and their leaders on their journey to the Day After Tomorrow.

Rik does not bring a silver bullet, nor does he pretend there is a script. Rik Vera knows how to create that vibrating but not hostile discomfort and how to make people smile and hungry for change. Rik Vera will shake, rattle, and roll.

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Business and Life in the Day After Covid-19

You had been building this amazing 5-year plan. Business was growing, your ambitions were high and then all of a sudden a gigantic meteorite called COVID-19 struck our planet and caused a major standstill of life and business. The world will never re-start in the old mode. You have loads of questions. How will the post-COVID-19 world look like? What can companies do today to survive, strive, and win after the harsh winter of COVID-19?

Audience takeaways:

  • Rik sets the scene and warns leadership to not just freeze a company in a temporary coma, but to act right now and at full force.
  • How there never was a better moment to make companies future proof.
  • He shares valuable tips and tricks to prepare every company to be ready for The Day After COVID-19.
Keynote by speaker Rik Vera

Managers the Day after Tomorrow

The Day After Tomorrow will be here soon. Managers shouldn’t be taken by surprise. Having been a managing director in the ‘good old’ textile industry for over 25 years, Rik does understand how challenging these fast-changing times are for managers and their teams and
why they do ask these questions: “Will my company still be there in 2035 or are we going to be crashed by digital disruption anyway?”; “How are we still going to be relevant to people and society by then?”; “Where and how should we start?”.
The answers are simple: Yes, every company can still be around and relevant in 2035.

Audience takeaways:

  • Understanding the physics of the New Normal is key. Once you ‘think new normal’, it is just a matter of re-composing your assets and building blocks to design the right business model.
  • Develop the right company structure, culture and management style, and the right skill set to make your company future proof.
Keynote by speaker Rik Vera

The Smart Ecosystem Economy

The business environment has been reshaped dramatically in between 2000-2020 due to technological waves that have changed people and society way faster than most companies were able to cope with. We have entered the era of the Smart Ecosystems Economy. Smart healthcare, smart logistics, smart retail, smart agriculture, smart food, smart mobility, smart cities, smart education, smart banking, smart insurance, smart utilities,… will become our daily reality.

Audience takeaways:

  • The new competition will be one between ecosystems. Business leaders and management teams know that they need to become platform players and be part of ecosystems.
  • In this hands-on keynote, Rik explains the simple rules of the game and how to play it.
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Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat

Why did Nokia lose the smartphone battle? Why did Kodak fail? What happened to Xerox? Why did Chernobyl turn out a disaster? Change the culture is the key. The old normal is not fully dead and the new one is not fully born. We have entered the Twilight Twenties: the in-between zone. There are no scripts for that twilight zone and those that travel it based on assumptions, will not survive.

The good old normal culture was inside-out, top-down, balanced scorecard driven, hierarchical, rigid, and based on patterns and assumptions. It was killing companies in the past and it will be killing even more companies in this era of lightspeed changes times.
Change it while you still can and start very simply by implementing one essential new KPI which is the perfect antidote for the old normal culture: the Net Curiosity Score (#NCS).

Audience takeaways:

  • Rik explains the why, how, and what of the new culture that companies need to adapt to.
  • Why curiosity is the leading force to making change.
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