Happy New Year 2022

New Years 2022

Here we are: 1 January 2022.

In some ways, it feels like, in the words of the inimitable Yogi Berra, déjà vu all over again. And yet, there is something about the turning of the page from one year to another that brings with it a sense of hope for better times ahead. The seeds of optimism have a chance to sprout.

Last year was not a prolific year for me in terms of blog posts. For my first post of 2022, I need to own up to that fact. My focus was elsewhere.

I invested time in maintaining and growing my business in light of all the challenges (and opportunities) from the ongoing pandemic. I also spent time improving my language skills in Italian and German. In addition, several friends needed assistance with a variety of things throughout the year and I tried to help them as best I could. I also had a renewed focus on improv performances and trainings.

A few highlights from my 2021:

  • Several new clients (companies, international organizations and individuals)
  • Work in English, French and, for the first time, in Italian
  • More sophisticated online work through the use of different interactive tools
  • Business travel outside of Switzerland after almost 18 months, including:
    • Italy (Rome, Turin and Milan)
    • Germany (Munich and Berlin)
    • Germany and Finland (Berlin and Hesinki)
    • Finland and Germany (Helsinki and Berlin)
  • First improv performances in front of a live audience after almost 18 months
  • Teaching public speaking and presentation skills in the MBA and Executive MBA programmes of three universities in Switzerland
  • Work on a new book project with four others, a key element of which is finding your voice at work (stay tuned for more information)

While I had plenty to keep me busy, it is not an excuse for not posting more regularly. This will change this in 2022, and you can look forward to more frequent posts from me.

In the meantime, it is with a renewed sense of energy that I wish you all the best for a Happy and Healthy New Year. The pandemic has proven to be a challenge in so many ways and we are not finished with it yet. Still, we will find a way out of it.

I am hopeful that 2022 will be the year in which we do so, and that we learn some lessons about the importance of acting as a global community to solve the problems that we are all facing.

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  1. Looking forward to see more blogs from you in 2022. It has indeed been a difficult 2021 in many ways. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year, health and all the best.
    Much love.

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John delivered a keynote address about the importance of public speaking to 80 senior members of Gore’s Medical Device Europe team at an important sales event. He was informative, engaging and inspirational. Everyone was motivated to improve their public speaking skills. Following his keynote, John has led public speaking workshops for Gore in Barcelona and Munich. He is an outstanding speaker who thinks carefully about the needs of his audience well before he steps on stage.

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TA Leader, Gore and Associates

I first got in touch with John while preparing to speak at TED Global about my work on ProtonMail. John helped me to sharpen the presentation and get on point faster, making the talk more focused and impactful. My speech was very well received, has since reached almost 1.8 million people and was successful in explaining a complex subject (email encryption) to a general audience.

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CEO, Proton Technologies

John gave the opening keynote on the second day of our unit’s recent offsite in Geneva, addressing an audience of 100+ attendees with a wealth of tips and techniques to deliver powerful, memorable presentations. I applied some of these techniques the very next week in an internal presentation, and I’ve been asked to give that presentation again to senior management, which has NEVER happened before. John is one of the greatest speakers I know and I can recommend his services without reservation.

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Senior Data Scientist, Expedia Group

After a morning of team building activities using improvisation as the conduit, John came on stage to close the staff event which was organised in Chamonix, France. His energy and presence were immediately felt by all the members of staff. The work put into the preparation of his speech was evident and by sharing some his own stories, he was able to conduct a closing inspirational speech which was relevant, powerful and impactful for all at IRU. The whole team left feeling engaged and motivated to tackle the 2019 objectives ahead. Thank you, John.

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Secretary General, World Road Transport Organization

I was expecting a few speaking tips and tricks and a few fun exercises, but you went above and beyond – and sideways. You taught me to stand tall. You taught me to anchor myself. You taught me to breathe. You taught me to open up. You taught me to look people in the eye. You taught me to tell the truth. You taught me to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. I got more than I bargained for in the best possible way.

Thuy Khoc-Bilon

World Cancer Day Campaign Manager, Union for International Cancer Control

John gave a brilliant presentation on public speaking during the UN EMERGE programme in Geneva (a two days workshop on leadership development for a group of female staff members working in the UN organizations in Geneva). His talk was inspirational and practical, thanks to the many techniques and tips he shared with the audience. His teaching can dramatically change our public speaking performance and enable us as presenters to have a real and powerful impact. Thank you, John, for your great contribution!

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HR Specialist, World Health Organization

John is a genuine communication innovator. His seminars on gamification of public speaking learning and his interactive Rhetoric game at our conference set the tone for change and improvement in our organisation. The quality of his input, the impact he made with his audience and his effortlessly engaging style made it easy to get on board with his core messages and won over some delegates who were extremely skeptical as to the efficacy of games for learning. I simply cannot recommend him highly enough.

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National Education Director, Association of Speakers Clubs UK

John joined our Global Sales Meeting in Segovia, Spain and we all participated in his "Improv(e) your Work!" session. I say “all” because it really was all interactive, participatory, learning and enjoyable. The session surprised everybody and was a fresh-air activity that brought a lot of self-reflection and insights to improve trust and confidence in each other inside our team. It´s all about communication and a good manner of speaking!"

Jon Lopez

General Manager Europe, Hayward Industries

Thank you very much for the excellent presentation skills session. The feedback I received was very positive. Everyone enjoyed the good mix of listening to your speech, co-developing a concrete take-away and the personal learning experience. We all feel more devoted to the task ahead, more able to succeed and an elevated team spirit. Delivering this in a short time, both in session and in preparation, is outstanding!

Henning Dehler

CFO European Dairy Supply Chain & Operations, Danone

Thanks to John’s excellent workshop, I have learned many important tips and techniques to become an effective public speaker. John is a fantastic speaker and teacher, with extensive knowledge of the field. His workshop was a great experience and has proven extremely useful for me in my professional and personal life.

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Senior Sales Manager, Sunrise Communications

John’s presentation skills training was a terrific investment of my time. I increased my skills in this important area and feel more comfortable when speaking to an audience. John provided the right mix between theory and practice.

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Director of the Jura Region, BKW Energie AG

Be BOLD. Those two words got stuck in my head and in the heads of all those ADP leaders and associates that had the privilege to see John on stage. He was our keynote speaker at our annual convention in Barcelona, and his message still remains! John puts his heart in every word. Few speakers are so credible, humble and yet super strong with large audiences!

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Senior Director and Talent Partner, ADP International