Creativity World Forum

Creativity World Forum ’11 – Garr Reynolds: Presentation Zen

Presenting your message in a compelling way is an art. Doing this in a lengthy (20 minutes or more) presentation, without boring your audience to death is even more challenging. Driving without a drivers license is a crime, and so is wasting the time, motivation and energy of your audience. Therefore I propose a compulsory training with Garr Reynolds, writer of Presentation Zen and The Naked Presenter, for all speakers. Or at least have them study his work with a test afterwards. Oooh, how ‘bout a Presenters License? [caption id="attachment_1864" align="alignright" width="300"] Picture via Flanders DC[/caption] It’s impossible to get bored during a presentation of Reynolds, as he of course masters the technique of entertaining while informing. Growing up in Japan, he experienced the way their culture connects with nature first hand. He had a chance to learn about zen arts, which are about simplicity, and how hard it is to achieve simplicity. It’s about respecting empty spaces, resisting the urge to fill up every one of them.

Creativity World Forum ’11 – Professor Jamie Anderson: Lady Gaga as a model for your social efforts

I think it’s safe to say that most attendants at the Creativity World Forum are interested to learn more about possibilities to combine their creativity with success. Antwerp based, Australian born Prof. Jamie Anderson is the author of the book “The Fine Art of Success”, was named Management Guru by The Financial Times, was included in a list of the top 25 management thinkers and teaches strategy, innovation and creativity at Antwerp Management School. Although his field could make you think of dry, spreadsheet based, numbers and cases ridden presentations. Anderson’s presentation revolves around just one case, and a very refreshing one indeed: it’s the emergence and success of Lady Gaga.

Creativity World Forum ’11 – Alexander Osterwalder on Business Model Innovation

A blogpost in English, sorry about any confusion. This is a recap of an interesting presentation I attended at the Creativity World Forum 2011, hosted by Flanders DC in Hasselt, Belgium. How relevant is a business plan this day and age? If you think about it, most business plans don’t even survive the contact with customers. Therefore, plans are worthless, planning is everything.