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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.

I can give talks in both English or Danish. If you need more information or have
any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email:
hello@annettebirkmann.com

I give the following talks:

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INSECURITY – The way to strength

There’s only one starting point for your life: Here and now. This means that if you feel insecure, then that’s your starting point now. Unfortunately, most of us make the mistake of believing that the feeling of insecurity is wrong, something that shouldn’t be there, or something that we have to fix or get rid of before we can take action and live the life we dream of.

But that just isn’t so.

Instead of using some – or all – of our energy trying to resist what already is, we can learn to use it as a way to reconnect with the strength within that we mistakenly think we lack.

In this talk I will give you a new perspective on our common beliefs about what it means to be strong and give you my take on how you can use the feeling of insecurity as the direct way to reconnect with the strength within, that you already possess.

You will learn:

  • how to spot that which makes you feel insecure (and it’s never what you think it is)
  • use a simple, yet effective tool, to respond to challenging situations or people, and
  • to reconnect with the strength, you already have within.

CONFLICT – The way to develop better relationships

There is only one conflict, that plays itself out in infinite ways: our conflict with and resistance to our present moment experience – a conflict and a resistance which we experience as varying degrees of discomfort.

As long as we are unable to give space to and fully contain this inner discomfort, to a large extent our actions are governed by an unconscious attempt to avoid feeling it. For example, this is what happens in times of conflict when we react by directing a hurtful comment to someone else and regret it shortly after. The remark slipped out because we wanted to push away the person we perceived to be the cause of our inner discomfort, instead of trying to resolve the outer conflict.

The first step out of any conflict is therefore a temporary shift in focus from the outer conflict situation to the inner resistance. A shift that we can call “to press the pause button”. When we press the pause button, we give ourselves the chance to become aware of the thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in our body which make it difficult – and sometimes impossible – to perceive the outer situation clearly and respond appropriately.

In this talk I give you my take on how conflicts can be a way to improve our relationships both in the workplace and privately and I give you a simple, yet effective tool, which help you respond – instead of react – in conflict situations.

You will learn:

  • how to press the pause button
  • how give space to and contain your discomfort so you can respond appropriately in conflict situations, and
  • how develop better relationships.

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