Dietmar Dahmen is a top business expert on innovation, disruption, trends and technologies of the future.
Dietmar Dahmen is an energetic speaker on the upcoming demands and the business opportunities created by new trends and technologies. He explains the complex in simple ways, and gets his audience – from expert to novice – to feel the need to change now.
Dietmar’s keynotes cover a broad range of topics, including: disruptive trends and upcoming technologies; transformation; the future of success; fear and opportunities of change; leadership; customer-centric sales and marketing as well as new global topics including sustainability, transparency and the new role of trust.
His style of presentation is informative, motivating, inspiring, entertaining and designed to reach the heart of the audience, by creating memorable images and moments on stage. Dietmar presents in English and German.
Dietmar Dahmen started out as a strategic planner, and later moved on to become a highly decorated creative. He was Creative Director with DDB, Executive Creative Director with Ogilvy, Chief Creative Officer and Managing Director with BBDO, working in Hamburg, New York, Munich, Los Angeles and Vienna.
Today, Dietmar Dahmen is the founder and managing director of Dietmar Dahmen Brainkicks GmbH and works as a professional speaker, author, coach and motivator. He helps bring change to global clients, is involved with various start-ups and is the expert for future marketing and disruptive technology with the European Association of Advertising Agencies.
In “Destroy the Pillows of Comfort,” Dietmar demonstrates how development is always running. And, in order to run (and not be left behind), that means even you need to get up and run, as well. But it is human nature to prefer to stay comfortable. Dietmar explains how the temptation of finding comfort is so strong, that it is best to destroy this option entirely.
This is exactly what he then does, with the help of a chainsaw. The image this creates on stage is an impactful one that will stay with the audience forever. It also makes a great headline photo for publications, and some companies even use the (signed/branded) chainsaw as an achievement award or prize.
In breaking the walls of the “Impossible”, Dietmar builds an actual wall on stage, and shows how this wall blocks progress and development. Together with the audience (engaged in the countdown), Dietmar then breaks the walls of the “impossible” and generates a powerful atmosphere. In a positive and playful way, this helps to deal with the hard work and mental blocks associated with change, while activating a can-do attitude.
Upon request, “bricks” from the wall can be signed by Dietmarand given away as fun reminders for the audience members to take home.
Change is often seen as dangerous. In “How to Ride the Shark of Change” this fear is embodied with an actual shark attacking success. The shark is produced on site and after bringing it on stage, Dietmar addresses the urgent need to adapt to the new, and invites everyone (in a photo op after the keynote) to “Ride the Shark of Change” as well.
This helps to deal with change in a positive, even playful way, and dramatically reduces the fear of change by framing it as a positive and manageable experience.
Collective intelligence and cooperation is the main KPI of the future. In “Cooperate or Die” Dietmar talks about the unparalleled power of cooperation, and the need to see cooperation as the single most important strength in your organization. Dramatizing his point with a human skull, Dietmar explains that it was neither muscle nor brains that made us the dominant species, but rather, our ability to cooperate; the same key strength that secured our survival as a species, and will heavily impact your survival as a business!
He discusses the rules of cooperation and how the perfect mix of expertise depends on future opportunities and challenges.
The unique imagery that Dietmar is known for creating on stage has a powerful and lasting effect on the audience.
In “Superheroes of Change ” Dietmar takes the audience on a journey that transforms every one of them into a superhero of change. Each member of the audience has a different superhero strength, which together forms a fantastic team.
Sustainability is a must for all businesses! In Dietmar emotionally dramatizes the need to act now, demonstrating the effect of global warming by putting a flamethrower to a toy globe.While the globe melts, Dietmar explains the effects of the global rise in temperature on the planet.
This image is a strong and memorable visual that makes a great headline photo for publications.
In typical “Dietmar style,” the overall message and tonality stays positive and motivating: we need to grieve what we’ve lost and save what we can! Hell yeah! We can do this!
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