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One of the new stars in creativity and innovation, Fredrik Härén has been invited to deliver more than 1500 speeches and workshops in more than fifty countries.

A Swedish “Speaker of the Year," Fredrik uses humor and a powerful presentational style to explain to audiences the importance of creativity and how everyone is more creative than they think.

Fredrik's clients have included ABB, American Express, China Mobile, China Telecom, Ericsson, GE, HP, IBM, INSEAD, IKEA, Microsoft, Ministry of Finance Singapore, Nokia, Ogilvy, Pfizer, Saab, Sandvik, SonyEricsson, Swedish National Bank, Swedish Radio, Swedish Parliament, Stockholm School of Economics, TeliaSonera and many more.

The Idea Book, a combination book and notebook for awakening creativity, has sold more than 150,000 copies in Sweden and has been translated into many languages. It has been nominated as one of the “100 Best Business Books of All Time." His other books include The Developing World, a meditation on creativity that warns of the dangers of ignoring global change, and One World. One Company." which proposes a vision for truly global companies.

Full Profile

Fredrik Härén has quickly become one of the most talked-about names in the field of creativity. Based in Singapore, he is an accomplished author and speaker who has delivered over 1,500 presentations, lectures and workshops across 50+ countries, focused on creativity, idea generation and global business.

He was voted “Speaker of the Year” in 2007 in Sweden is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and has been invited to speak on 6 continents. (Just last year alone he spoke in 26 different countries.)

Fredrik presents on a range of topics including: From the Information Age to the Innovation Age; Why business creativity will become even more important in the future; Why we are less creative than we think – but more creative than we can imagine! He punctuates his messages with a number of amusing examples to help the audience understand the value of thinking in new ways, yet appreciate just how difficult this is to accomplish.

Fredrik has worked with clients including ABB, American Express, China Mobile, China Telecom, Ericsson, GE, HP, IBM, INSEAD, IKEA, Microsoft, Ministry of Finance Singapore, Nokia, Ogilvy, Pfizer, Saab, Sandvik, SonyEricsson, Swedish National Bank, Swedish Radio, Swedish Parliament, Stockholm School of Economics, TeliaSonera and many others.

He is the author of The Idea Book (2004), which is a book and notebook combined, designed to awaken creativity. This has sold over 150,000 copies of the Swedish version alone and is now produced and sold in countries all over the world. The Idea Book was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.” His second book, The Developing World (2009) is about creativity, dreams and a curiosity about the world, written about change and awakening and the dangers of not seeing what is going on in the world today. His latest book “One World. One Company.” talks about what it means to be a truly global company.

Fredrik was born and raised in Sweden, and following a period of time living and working in Beijing is currently based in Singapore.

Fredrik Haren ON Speaking Back to top


The most effective – but also the most difficult - speech to give is one that is both inspirational and provocative at the same time. The audience leaves feeling empowered and challenged simultaneously.

SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn / take away from your presentations?

HAREN: I was once called “an inspirational kick-in-the-butt” by a client. It was meant as a compliment, and I took it as such. ;-)

The most effective – but also the most difficult - speech to give is one that is both inspirational and provocative at the same time. The audience leaves feeling empowered and challenged simultaneously.

SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?

HAREN: I have done more than 1500 speeches in over 60 countries, and there are so many memorable engagements that I have done. But let me share some from the last month:

a) I got to speak to 4000 business people in Ukraine – a country torn apart by internal fighting, and yet the business people there were so hungry for inspiration on how to develop their businesses.
b) I gave a speech to a very small, but exclusive group of global HR managers of the largest multinational Chinese companies – to learn how Chinese companies are now trying to become more global.
c) I gave a speech to all the employees of BMW Brazil. This was the first time I spoke in South America, which means I’ve now given talks on all continents except Antarctica. (That same month I also spoke in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany and Norway.)

SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

HAREN: My specialty is to speak to global audiences (i.e. an audience consisting of people from many different countries). I am mostly booked for global (or international) conferences. I am not focused on any specific industry since business creativity, change and global business are themes that are relevant for virtually all businesses.

SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?

HAREN: Right now my favorite topic is to speak on change, because it seems that so many industries are going through such rapid change right now. In my 20 years of speaking on change and innovation, the pace of chance has never been faster than now.

SPEAKING.COM: Your talks on Business Creativity are based on your best selling book, The Idea Book. What do you teach in these talks?

HAREN: The sad thing is that according to studies that we have conducted, 98% of employees do not think that their company is doing enough to develop the creativity of its staff. Yet most people think that creativity is important in their job.

In my talks, my main goal is to get the audience excited and confident about their own creative abilities. Because if you do not think that you are creative, then there is a big chance that this lack of confidence - by itself - stops you from having great ideas. So while I can teach many specific techniques on how to develop your own creativity, the most important part of my speech is to leave the audience with a feeling of “I am now going to try to do things differently.”

SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?

HAREN: I wrote a book about the Internet and marketing in 1995, which was quite early so I was asked to speak a lot. (I was 27 years old at the time.). Around the year 2000, I stopped speaking specifically on the Internet and started speaking more generally on innovation and business.

SPEAKING.COM: How much do case studies, personal stories and/or humor factor into your keynote speech content?

HAREN: I am a speaker who relies a lot on stories. I think humans are programmed to learn the best from a strong message communicated through a story. I take pride in the fact that a very high percentage of my stories are personal anecdotes that I myself have collected from the companies I’ve worked with, as opposed to “hearsay-stories” about big companies that the speaker has never worked with.

SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you've helped clients make?

HAREN: I have a file on my computer where I save extra-inspiring speaker feedback. It has 1500+ emails in it. One strong email came from a young woman who had been depressed and for six weeks had not left her apartment. But after a friend brought a video of one of my speeches, she snapped out of her depression and took charge of her life again.

In the corporate world the most common long-term feedback I get is that I have helped the organizations to think differently. Last month, a client told me right after my speech, “You did more in 45 minutes than we (the global marketing department) have been able to do in 5 years.”


Fredrik Haren Speaker Videos Back to top

Full Speech - One World Company


“You are brainwashed at school not to be a creative person but to kill the creativity," Fredrik Härén claims, explaining how companies must regain that creativity in their employees to succeed. He explains how we must return to basics and creativity, saying, “Even before you start thinking creatively you have blocked your way of thinking."

Keynote Speech


Playativity: The value of play and creativity



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Fredrik Härén explains in his keynote speeches and workshops why creativity is important and also why it can be difficult; he offers solutions to help your employees become more creative. His theme is that most people are both less creative than they think and more creative than they can imagine. He also explains how the creativity now flowing from developing countries is going to change the world.

Fredrik has spoken to over one million people and he customizes his proactive style to his targeted audience. Whether you want to know about creativity for your salesforce, for leadership, for education or for customer service he can help you to realize and capitalize upon the creativity within.

Business Creativity
Why creativity is important, why it is difficult, and what we can do to help our employees to become more creative.

The Developing World
How an explosion of creativity from developing countries is going to change the world - and why the developed world needs to start paying attention.

You are less creative than you think - and more creative than you can imagine.
A talk to professionals in “creative industries.” A provocative, yet inspiring talk on creativity especially targeted for creatives.

Fredrik usually targets his talk for the specific audience. After more than 1000 speeches in creativity and innovation for more than 1 million people he knows how to adapt the speech for different audiences. Examples of targeted speeches include:

  • Creativity and sales.
  • Creativity and customer service
  • Creativity and HR
  • Creativity and leadership
  • Creativity and the schools.


Fredrik Haren Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"One of the guests said it was the best speech he had heard in his life. Almost everyone said that they felt highly motivated. So thank you very much again, it′s been a pleasure having Fredrik with us and it has also been great working with you!"
Blumberry
(Event booked by Speakers Platform)

“Fredrik Härén spoke at our kick off and everyone who attented was extremly impressed and were all inspired to create new innovations. Fredriks speech was the only thing everyone talked about at the end of the conference. I highly recommend to bring Fredrik in as a key note speaker.”
Mikael Pawlo,
CEO,
Mr Green

“Thank you so much for giving such an interesting presentation at our conference in Stockholm. We have had an extremely good feedback.”
Sarah Garside,
Praxit

“I’ve never heard someone speak on creativity so creatively.”
Tom Estad,
Singapore Management University




Exclusive Interview with Fredrik Haren

A truly global company will be much more effective, productive, innovative, and competitive than an international, or multinational company.
In this interview, Fredrik discusses:
    • The role of creativity in efficiency.
    • The importance of truly global companies.
    • How individuals can use creativity to become more successful in their lives and careers.

* Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

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"One of the guests said it was the best speech he had heard in his life. Almost everyone said that they felt highly motivated. So thank you very much again, it′s been a pleasure having Fredrik with us and it has also been great working with you!"
Blumberry
(Event booked by Speakers Platform)

“Fredrik Härén spoke at our kick off and everyone who attented was extremly impressed and were all inspired to create new innovations. Fredriks speech was the only thing everyone talked about at the end of the conference. I highly recommend to bring Fredrik in as a key note speaker.”
Mikael Pawlo,
CEO,
Mr Green

“Thank you so much for giving such an interesting presentation at our conference in Stockholm. We have had an extremely good feedback.”
Sarah Garside,
Praxit

“I’ve never heard someone speak on creativity so creatively.”
Tom Estad,
Singapore Management University


Business Creativity
Why creativity is important, why it is difficult, and what we can do to help our employees to become more creative.

The Developing World
How an explosion of creativity from developing countries is going to change the world - and why the developed world needs to start paying attention.

You are less creative than you think - and more creative than you can imagine.
A talk to professionals in “creative industries.” A provocative, yet inspiring talk on creativity especially targeted for creatives.

Fredrik usually targets his talk for the specific audience. After more than 1000 speeches in creativity and innovation for more than 1 million people he knows how to adapt the speech for different audiences. Examples of targeted speeches include:

  • Creativity and sales.
  • Creativity and customer service
  • Creativity and HR
  • Creativity and leadership
  • Creativity and the schools.


Full Speech - One World Company


“You are brainwashed at school not to be a creative person but to kill the creativity," Fredrik Härén claims, explaining how companies must regain that creativity in their employees to succeed. He explains how we must return to basics and creativity, saying, “Even before you start thinking creatively you have blocked your way of thinking."

Keynote Speech


Playativity: The value of play and creativity



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One of the new stars in creativity and innovation, Fredrik Härén has been invited to deliver more than 1500 speeches and workshops in more than fifty countries. A Swedish “Speaker of the Year,” Fredrik uses humor and a powerful presentational style to explain to audiences the importance of creativity and how everyone is more creative ... more

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