An Interview With Jamie Anderson
Q: What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?
For me, it is about having a powerful narrative and strong visuals that create an emotional response from the audience. In the words of Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said ... But people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Q: How did the corporate speaking begin?
I spent more than ten years as a Professor at different business Schools in Australia and Europe, so keynote speaking was a natural step for me to share my research and original ideas.
Q: Which event has been your favourite and why?
I spoke at the Creativity World Forum alongside speakers such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jimmy Wales. It was amazing to be on the stage, speaking to an audience of more than 2,500 people. I have also given a TED Talk, which I enjoyed a lot as the short length of the talk really forced me to think about how to deliver a powerful message in a compelling way.
Q: Why do you love being a speaker?
I love the art of storytelling, and to be able to engage with any size of audience. My talks are always interactive, so I also love to experiment with the choreography of the performance to do something new and exciting for the participants.
Q: Who would you most like to share a platform with?
I already shared a stage with Malcolm Gladwell, and would happily do so again. He is a very down to earth person, and I am amazed by the way he can join together the dots between different fields of the social sciences. My second choice would be Sir Ken Robinson as I have a strong personal interest in individual and collective creativity.
Q: What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?
That themes like creativity, innovation and leadership are easy to understand and practice in one’s own life. That business themes can be fun, and can even make people laugh.
Q: What’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
My passions are cycling, my family and stand-up comedy, so a perfect Sunday would involve all three (although not necessarily in that order).
Q: What personal ambition must you fulfill before you die?
I achieved an amazing personal goal by participating in the World Masters Games in Torino Italy. I competed in the Cycling Road Race with more than 130 elite Masters cyclists from all over the world, and won the bronze medal. This had been a dream of mine since I raced as a teenager, so to be honest I have not yet thought about what might come next.
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