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SPEAKING

The topics I speak about are the ones I have struggled with the most
in my life. It’s what I know about and what I can put into words.

PRESENCE – The way to change

Change is a fact of life. Everything is in constant movement. Creating change therefore has its causal point in being present. Presence enables you to clearly perceive the changing situations you find yourself in, instead of being on autopilot and reacting to each new situation as if you have been there before. It is not reality but your in-built autopilot that is the cause of the repeating frustrations and problems in your life.

Your autopilot consists of the thoughts and beliefs, which colour your individual perception of reality and which forces you to react to the challenges you face in a particular (and often undesirable) way. So unless you become aware of your limiting thoughts and beliefs, your attempt at creating authentic and lasting change will have the same effect as a new hat has on your thoughts.

In this talk I zoom in on the autopilot with (in hindsight) entertaining examples from my own life and my motorcycle travels, which illustrates how wrong things can go when the autopilot is ON.

You will learn:

  • to spot the thoughts and beliefs that don’t serve you
  • to deactivate the autopilot
  • to respond authentically and appropriately to challenges and
  • to create lasting change.

If you want to book me as a speaker for your event or if you have any questions, please do get in touch.

TESTIMONIALS

“We have seen and heard a lot of speakers in our profession, and Annette was really fresh and different. Hers... Read More

“We have seen and heard a lot of speakers in our profession, and Annette was really fresh and different. Hers is a most compelling story because it comes from the heart. She is not trying to impress you with what she has achieved, nor as someone like an elite athlete with their hard-won medals. Rather, she comes across as one of us, but with one profound difference: she is someone who not only listened to that little voice inside we all have, but she took action. That is what is most compelling and original. She has a very engaging storytelling style that is so authentic and genuine mixed with her fun, self-deprecating style.”

Lance Saunders
National President / DDB Canada

“Annette Birkmann’s talk on personal development and seeing the world in a new way was entertaining, artful and inspiring. She... Read More

“Annette Birkmann’s talk on personal development and seeing the world in a new way was entertaining, artful and inspiring. She talked about courage – courage to do the unexpected, courage to admit when things are not working and courage to be and stand by oneself. I think most people will be enriched by meeting this wise woman and if nothing else, enjoy her thrilling story about her motorcycle journey.”

Mathilde Meinertz
Conference and Event Booker / Department of Culture and Leisure, Copenhagen Municipality

“Annette’s presentation was a highlight of the weekend, standing out amongst the other talks with Annette’s casual and unpretentious wit... Read More

“Annette’s presentation was a highlight of the weekend, standing out amongst the other talks with Annette’s casual and unpretentious wit and charm, leaving the audience alternately laughing with her and in awe of her accomplishments.”

Grant Johnson
Founder / Horizons Unlimited

“The talk about inner strength related very well to my life as a trade union representative where I face many... Read More

“The talk about inner strength related very well to my life as a trade union representative where I face many daily pressures and challenges. The explanation of inner strength we all have and use when under pressure was excellent. Listening intently to Annette’s story made its lessons very relevant to my everyday life.”

Bo Vollertsen
Trade Union Representative / Department of Finance, Copenhagen Municipality

“Your presentation was sensational. You are very articulate and intelligently entertaining.”

Kenneth M. Fujita
National Director / Life Insurance Premium Finance, Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group

“It is a story that starts with a journey on a motorbike, but by the end you realize it is... Read More

“It is a story that starts with a journey on a motorbike, but by the end you realize it is a journey in what it takes to be human and to ensure your time on this planet is personally fulfilling. For that I would recommend her to anyone who wants a speaker that speaks from the heart and makes you think far beyond the 50 minutes you had the privilege to listen to her for.”

Lance Saunders
National President / DDB Canada