Cyriel Kortleven is a man who practises what he preaches – a veteran in the world of creativity and innovation, he has developed his impressive skills as a teacher and inspirational speaker by dreaming big and starting with tiny steps. After his studies as a Commercial Engineer and working several years as a management consultant in different industries, he made a career switch and chose to explore the domain of Creativity and Innovation. His real passion could thrive during his
time at the Centre of Development of Creative Thinking. In 2004, Cyriel started his own company and his mission in life became clear: to boost the creative & entrepreneurial mindset of professionals who are faced with change….which is pretty much everyone in business today.
Through his playful and enthusiastic attitude to life, he creates an open and informal atmosphere which works well for bigger events and conferences. Cyriel stimulates people to break their fixed-thinking patterns and inspires them to unleash their full potential. With almost 20 years hands-on experience in the domain of creativity and innovation, he spends an average of around 100 days a year on the ‘road’ (or in a plane) – he presented already in 33 different countries on 5 different continents. He is also the author of 5 books. He’s the first Belgian Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) – only 750 CSP’s in the world. And Cyriel belongs to a select group of 35 people in the world who are Global Speaking Fellows: An award for speakers who have spoken across the Globe and demonstrate a high degree of speaking expertise and cultural awareness in global markets.
In his entertaining and thought-provoking keynotes, Cyriel Kortleven encourages people to break with their fixed thinking patterns and dare to go for their GiGa dreams. They learn methods to explore the world from different perspectives, to get into action and make sure they can fail fast, often and forward by applying NaNo actions. Audiences will be inspired by several tailor-made examples and stories and experience the power of thinking in a ‘Yes And Act’-mindset.
“Cyriel is pro-active, interested, easy to work with and a pleasant person. Cyriel got the highest score of all speakers with a 4,6/5 followed by comments such as "Absolutely brilliant", "By far the best inspiration and needed session", "Excellent thinking",...This says it all and makes my day
Michael Nielsen - organiser HRcoreAcademy @ Teneo Meetings
"Cyriel worked with the Belgian Unilever Change Leaders on innovative and creative thinking. He delivered a splendid and energizing keynote presentation and afterwards facilitated a workshop in which we developed new ideas and solutions for some Unilever challenges. A great experience. “
Sabine Blanchet - Country HR manager @ Unilever
"Cyriel is able to apply enormous amounts of creativity to his sessions. Whether it's about behaviour, strategy, team-spirit or out-of-the-box-thinking, it's always worthwhile exchanging thoughts with Cyriel!”
Peter Lathouwers - Europe Business Intelligence Director @ Nike
"Cyriel's approach and insights into "how to succeed in business" is fresh and exciting! He teaches with humor down to earth tools that can easily be used by graduates to seasoned business professionals. With less effort, you get better results- a winning formula! South African's thoroughly enjoyed his unique approach!”
Julia Cook - director Global Corporate Leadership @ DUKE Corporate University
"We experienced a very inspiring presentation from Cyriel, with humor, down to earth examples, and some practices. Many thanks! highly recommended!"
Connie van Marrewijk - director commercial @ Amgen
"Cyriel's keynote was awesome. I received a lot of positive feedback and appreciate the good and professional collaboration with you!"
Pia Kuss - senior Marketing Manager - Coliquio
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