Moving with Storytelling
Adapting to Change
Speaking Mentor Ianka Fleerackers is a must for all business leaders who want to better share their drive and passion.
Working with ianka means surrounding yourself with someone who brings out the best in you.
Chapeau! You were great in your role as moderator. An Absolute Pro!
Ianka gave a very inspiring speech at our Failing Forward conference in 2014 - sharing heartfelt experiences and lessons learned to help our audience prevent making the same mistakes and understanding that they are not alone in encountering a bumpy road on their way to success!
There are people who change the course of your business and your personal life forever. Ianka is one of them. During a great workshop, she unraveled the secrets of presenting and storytelling. With the skill of a master storyteller, she showed us how to enthrall and convince an audience. But she showed us much more. She showed us that there can be a story and a storyteller in each of us. She is the guide to effectively communicating that message.
Ianka was the event facilitator at the UNIZO Creativity event at the Verbeke foundation. I was one of the speakers. 500+ entrepreneurs enjoyed a great afternoon/evening while Ianka managed the links between the speakers very professionaly. If you look for a great event facilitator, I can very much recommend Ianka.
We invited Ianka to be the moderator of our Women of the Year Award. She responded very professionally to our request and prepared the event in a serious way, thoroughly reading the material we submitted and asking for further elicitation if needed. The day of the event she got caught in a terrible traffic jam and only arrived at the very last minute. But she jumped directly to the stage and got started. The audience was never aware of the stress she must have felt. Ianka did an excellent job in our marvelous event. Marij Elias, Chair of BE Lioness, the Women's Network of ING Belgium.
I invited Ianka to speak at the first kickoff event of CreativeMornings Ghent, where she gave a talk about our theme 'Muse'. I and everyone in the audience found Ianka's talk very inspiring. She took us unto her compelling journey to find her muse. Being a muse herself she brought a fresh and honest perspective on how people find inspiration. Ianka stands in front of an audience full of confidence and brings in the necessary amount of humor and interaction to keep you engaged throughout the talk. Ianka is pure, passionate and personal!
The key take away is that you can find inspiration in anything, as long as you are capable of asking yourselves provocative questions.
Too often I speak at events where the CEO has a great message that is unfortunately lost in a superficial presentation. Being good in management also means being good in public speaking. You can learn how to manage. You can learn how to be a good speaker..
I have seen what Ianka can do with our Nexxworks Bootcampers in just a few hours. Take your time. Not a few hours. The time you need to find your own voice, your own key, your own attitude, your own format, and story.
My compliments to Ianka for moderating a debate on future prospectives of family policy and leave systems (15/11/2016). I myself was one of the debaters. Ianka kept us all on topic and challenged us to think outside the box. This truly improved the debate.
I recommend Ianka to anyone in need of a storytelling concept. Being a writer herself, an actress and a very good listener, she is capable of creating, recognizing, shaping, producing and performing strong stories. Therefore she uses her brilliant imagination, true empathy and wonderful presenting skills.Furthermore, she is an interesting conversation partner always ready with constructive advise and open to share her knowledge and expertise.
Ianka was our ‘Master of Ceremony’ during the UBA Trends Day, an event with 1450 marketing and communication professionals. She was brilliant in introducing the speakers and in engaging with the audience. We enjoyed working with her and our attendees showed their appreciation in the event-survey.
A delight to work with. Full of energy and inspiration. As a host of TEDxFlanders, she knows how to fill the gaps and covers technical errors with a laugh and a jest.
In her Thought Leaders Academy, storytelling architect and speaking mentor ianka has been training leaders and CEOs in delivering persuasive keynotes and speeches for years. For this, she draws on her rich experience as a theater actress and director.
“The business world can learn a lot from actors and directors. The way in which we develop our curiosity, our characters and our emotional intelligence, how we deal with unpredictability and how we respond to it, how we deal with public pressure, how we work together, how we fail forward, how we lead and follow, inspire and manage. ”
ianka teaches her speakers strategies that have been used in theater for centuries, in business situations and on stage. Again and again, she sees how applying her knowledge improves leadership qualities and communication power of her students.
In this keynote, ianka takes you into the world in which she (literally)grew up: the theater and in front of the camera. Backstage and onstage. In front of and behind the camera. A Cross-industry learning.
Curiosity is one of humans blessings, but it also gets us into trouble more than often. Curiosity is a powerful motivator, leading us to make important discoveries and explore the unknown. But reality and scientific research shows that our curiosity is sometimes so powerful that it leads us to unintended consequences that have no apparent benefits, even when we have the ability to avoid these outcomes altogether.
ianka explores how we can deal with this double-edged sword. Part of the answer lies in the first expression of curiosity: a question.
Asking questions seems obvious and easy. We do it without even thinking about it. Asking the right question is important in all areas of our social and professional life. Yet it is difficult to ask the right question in order to get the answer we are looking for. The relationship between the two is like the chicken and the egg.
What do you need to have a meaningful conversation? How do you know if you are dealing with the truth or fake news? How do you know if you choose the right candidate for the job?
In this keynote ianka explores how questioning feeds your curiosity, defines your decision making and your view of the world.
TOPICS: #emotional intelligence #leadership #Critical Thinking #Creativity
We have entered the age of lifelong learning. But not everyone is ready for this. People lack motivation, are wary of change. Getting people curious again is the solution.
Curiosity puts people into action, and makes them involved and committed. Strengthening the curiosity factor is important on a personal level but also in the workplace.
Staying curious is ianka's secret and she can tell you how to unlock your curiosity. She manages to reinvent herself professionally time and again and successfully walks new paths in other sectors without losing her individuality. She is often called a 'self-innovator', a 'multi-potentialist' and a 'philomath' (lover of learning)
In this keynote you will learn how to unlock and cherish curiosity as a driver for (self) innovation and company culture. How to move from 'Lifelong learning" towards a 'Lifelong curiosity'
TOPICS: # Future of work # Personal development # Company culture # Lifelong learning
Guiding people through change is challenging. As a leader you deal with a lot of new information that you have to convey to your people. In addition, you must get everyone curious enough to take action. How to do that?
By using stories to change systems.
It is easy to make a decision based on numbers and hard data, but the reality is that, by using the spoken story, people are able to remember and make the data meaningful.
In this keynote, ianka makes you experience the power of storytelling to guide, influence, persuade, create meaning and connect with peers, family, friends and strangers.
TOPICS: # Commmunication # Emotional Intelligence # Leadership