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Chris Riddell

Driven by the real world, by humanity, and by ‘the now’, Chris makes sense of the uncomfortable and challenging world of ‘the future’ and makes the case for excitement, motivation and optimism. And there’s never been a more critical time for optimism—but moreover, optimism with rigour. Chris’ obsession with data, detail and insights—making unique connections and unlocking new perspectives—forms a compelling case for a future that will be better than today.

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Chris Riddell showed a wonderful articulation for technology and its real life use, with practical examples and none of the propeller spinning complexity and jargon that is often seen. Chris has also recently been a keynote speaker at our Telstra Retail COnference, speaking about the future of digital and how it's impacting our world. Chris was able to not only entertain and inspire but delivered on the future ways of working and the challenges faced by business leaders today. I'd highly recommend Chris for any key speaker appointments for business that are needing thought provoking discussion on how their businesses will continue in the future with technology.

Telstra

 

Chris is an incredible presenter and was very well received by our customers. He is in my opinion the leading expert keynote speaker on the future of digital.

Aquent

 

Very engaging, content relevant to our business and thought provoking. 

Telstra Licensee Association

 

Chris is obviously right across his subject matter and delivered an engaging and thought provoking presentation which certainly engaged our staff and achieved the desired outcomes, well done Chris.

Isuzu Australia Limited

 

I wanted to take the time to thank Chris very much for his contribution to our event last week. The feedback has been fabulous and there's a great buzz around the country about what a great event it was and, in particular, his presentation. So thank you. We hope he enjoyed it as much as we did and we look forward to crossing paths again in the near future.

Telstra Licensee Association

 

Chris is an engaging speaker who's energised and inspiring. Chris used great examples and made things easy to understand; he was both entertaining and insightful. I can't wait to take his insights back to my organisation and inspire them to be their best.

Institute of Internal Auditors – Australia

 

On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to thank you for your participation as a speaker at the new look PMA Fresh Connections 2015. PMA Fresh Connections has earned a reputation for presenting topics that are relevant and useful for delegates and having presenters who are able to ‘connect' with their audiences. We have received great deal of positive feedback in regards to the quality of the presentations this year, further enhancing this reputation. Once again, most sincere thanks for your time and participation in PMA Fresh Connections 2015.

PMA Fresh Connections

 

As an invitation only leadership event, it was imperative that we had a quality and draw-card speaker who would challenge the status quo and leave the audience inspired, informed and with valuable insights.Your thought-provoking keynote delivered to our brief and did so with a lot of energy and creativity. It truly set the stage for a terrific conference. Your presentation on the digital future, innovation and disruptive technologies resonated with all and feedback from the audience and global SAS executives has been very positive. I personally found your content engaging and entertaining at the same time. I would recommend anyone looking for a futurist speaker on digital and social trends to look no further and sign you up.

SAS Australia and New Zealand


 
Chris Riddell Travels from VIC
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Chris Riddell's Biography

CHRIS RIDDELL IS AN AWARD WINNING AND INDUSTRY RECOGNISED HUMAN FUTURIST, FORENSIC OPTIMIST AND ENERGISING CATALYST.

Driven by the real world, by humanity, and by ‘the now’, Chris makes sense of the uncomfortable and challenging world of ‘the future’ and makes the case for excitement, motivation and optimism.

And there’s never been a more critical time for optimism—but moreover, optimism with rigour. Chris’ obsession with data, detail and insights—making unique connections and unlocking new perspectives—forms a compelling case for a future that will be better than today.

This obsession with the future—and ‘the now’ that shapes it—has powered Chris’ thinking, and his career, for 15 years. Having lived across the globe and working for some of the largest and influential businesses and brands on the planet, Chris has honed his ability to spot and track global patterns and unlocking opportunities in the increasingly disrupted digital world we live in.

Chris’ approach sits at the intersection of rigour and insight—and heart and energy. Taking what we know—and fear—about our world today and tomorrow and encouraging changes in attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and mindsets… all wrapped up in awesome entertainment and showmanship.

This is the power of the live Chris Riddell experience. It’s real… relatable… relevant… and revelatory.

Whether live in front of a room of thousands, or streamed virtually to the homes of millions, the energy and impact of a Chris Riddell experience is unparalleled. His always-on and hyper-relevant presentations are like a shot of business adrenalin—injecting a much-needed sense of interrogated optimism… and imparting valuable and actionable outtakes.

Speaking Topics Include

BUSINESS BEYOND 2030

It’s never too soon to prepare your business for the world of tomorrow. The speed of change we’re experiencing is altering every facet of our lives—and this dramatically different world requires a shift in thinking and a fresh perspective on business, on leadership and on our global community.

So, let’s prepare ourselves today for this new world by immersing our businesses and our teams in the critical factors that have the power to affect how we do business today and how we evolve and thrive towards the future.

 

THE NEW CUSTOMER

WHAT WILL THE CUSTOMER OF 2030  LOOK LIKE… THINK LIKE… BEHAVE LIKE? 

AND CAN WE PREDICT THEIR NEEDS BEFORE EVEN THEY KNOW WHAT THEY WANT?

The ‘future of customer’ is a story of data, real-time information and radical experience transformation. And in a post-pandemic era it is more important than ever to deeply understand the genetic construct of your customer and their continually evolving needs.

Generation Alpha—the “children of the millennials”—are already guiding many of the purchasing decisions within their families. They are expected to be the longest-living and the wealthiest generation to have ever lived. This will be the most diverse, demanding and tech saturated generation we’ve ever seen, and we need to understand who they are—and what’s important to them—right now.

 

REINVENTED BUSINESS

WHEN OUR ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ IS ANYTHING BUT…  HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO GROW, THRIVE AND INNOVATE? WHAT COULD INCREDIBLE BUSINESS LOOK LIKE AMIDST THE INCREDIBLY UNUSUAL?

COVID-19 has been the biggest stress test for business and the global economy in living memory. But while it is undoubtedly challenging many businesses to find different, smarter, more connected ways of operating, surviving and connecting with their audiences—it’s also revealing pockets of startling ingenuity and resilience—sometimes in the most unlikely places.

Let’s discover and uncover the diversifications, innovations and strategies that some of the world’s most exciting businesses have employed to ensure that they’re riding the wave of reinvention—while not being drowned in the process.

 

RESILIENT LEADERSHIP

WITH THE WORLD AT A PRECIPICE  HOW CAN BUSINESS LEADERS REINVENT  THEMSELVES, AND EMBRACE REAL-TIME DECISION MAKING FOR THE CHALLENGES AHEAD?

The need for leadership invigoration has never been more urgent. Leaders are navigating a dynamic, fast-paced digital age, and working within this environment demands leaders make decisions more quickly, agilely and across virtual landscapes.

The global community is shrinking, and reliance on high-performing, collaborative teams is more critical than ever. And in turn, leaders will need to evolve their understanding of human behaviour and the human brain through neuroleadership which will help create more effective leadership, better change management and drive positive behaviours.

 

FUTURE TRUST

HOW CAN WE BUILD ENDURING CONSUMER TRUST IN AN AGE WHERE WE GAIN DIGITAL LEVERAGE BY MERELY PUSHING  THE “ENTER” KEY?

Trust, in its simplest form has been the cornerstone of our civilisation for 10,000 years. It’s the glue that holds everything together—it’s what makes people feel safe, feel connected and feel like they belong.

But what role does trust play in our digital lives? With recent events contributing to the decline in levels of trust in major public and private institutions across much of the world, we need to invest in—and understand—the increasing human need for digital trust.

And with the proliferation of new trust-enabling technologies—transforming how trust is built, facilitated and maintained in our digital age—the transformation and instruct importance of trust in our world has never been more important.

 

RADICAL INNOVATION

IN THIS NEW ERA OF INNOVATION, HOW CAN WE  IDENTIFY DRIVERS OF FUTURE TRENDS,  AND DEVELOP NEW PRODUCT AND SERVICE IDEAS TO DRIVE RAPID GROWTH AND INNOVATION?

Welcome to the new wave of innovation. With the pace of change hitting peak levels, we’ll see more fundamental human problems being solved in the next two decades than have been solved in the last two centuries.

Radical innovators will need to think and behave like technologists. More importantly, they will need to refresh their skills routinely to stay ahead of rapidly evolving technology.

 

HYPER DISRUPTION

WHAT ARE THE KEY TRENDS THAT WILL DETERMINE A PATH FORWARD AMIDST A CHAOTIC AND  FLUCTUATING WORLD—AND HOW CAN WE EMBRACE THIS VOLATILITY?

Our world is in a state of flux. Recent events such as COVID-19, Brexit, the United States Presidential race, and demonstrations in Hong Kong have shown us that nothing is straight forward when it comes to politics, government and society.

The ever-increasing power that technology giants have gained over the last decade—combined with trade wars between regions and countries—have seen major shifts in power in both the business and government sectors.

Businesses of the future will without doubt require a deeper understanding and tolerance to the volatility that these new shifts have created.