Frederik Imbo speaking on stage

Frederik Imbo Keynote Speaker

  • Expert in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and communication
  • Founder of Imboorling, which provides interactive training, workshops and presentations to encourage personal growth
  • Delivered Belgium's most-watched TED talk, ‘How not to take things personally’, with over 8 million views

Frederik Imbo's Biography

Frederik Imbo is an expert in communication and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), an actor and a popular keynote speaker.

He makes the difference through the playful and entertaining way he interacts with his audience. In this way, he greatly increases the impact of his message. He uses a lot of humor and, thanks to his acting background, has excellent speaking skills that make the audience hang on his every word.

He is the Founder of Imboorling, where he provides interactive training, workshops and presentations to encourage personal growth to a variety of institutions, companies, schools, governments, associations and at conferences. Frederik is an expert in stimulating and guiding individuals to develop their communication skills, by providing them with tools and knowledge to do so. Frederik also provides one-to-one coaching for politicians and business leaders looking to develop similar skills.

Frederik delivered a highly-popular talk titled ‘How not to take things personally’ at TEDxMechelen. The video, which has been viewed over 15 million times, has captured the attention of people over the world and is Belgium’s most-watched TED talk ever.  He’s in the top 50 of globally most-watched TED talks ever.  In the talk, Frederik explores how taking things personally is giving the power to other people and the question “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?”

Frederik has created several keynote speeches on various topics: connecting communication, increasing impact and working on your own resilience and happiness. Each presentation brings a powerful message that resonates for a long time. No boring explanations but an interactive and entertaining learning moment with enlightening insights and immediately applicable tips & tricks. The audience is confronted with themselves and is given recognizable examples that stick, surprising humor and hilarious clips, packaged in a top professional slideshow.  And all this tailored to the audience through examples that respond to the daily professional life of the listeners.

Frederik completed a bachelor’s degree in theatre at the University of Ghent, where he first discovered his passion for communication. He applied his theatre skills to the study of communication, and completed a master’s degree in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He also completed a master’s in Transpersonal Coaching and Counselling. Frederik has continued to develop his knowledge and skills in this area, having also completed qualifications in Connecting Communication and non-violent communication, which he completed in the US with the famous American Psychologist, Marshall Rosenberg. Frederik is a certified practitioner in Insights Discovery (a concept on the psychological preferences of individuals that is based on the ideas of Carl Gustav Jung).

As an actor, Frederik has appeared in several Belgian television shows, films and in the theatre. Highlights include playing the voice of Viktor Krum in the Flemish version of Harry Potter and playing Maxime in the film ‘Collision in Moscow’.

Frederik is an entertaining speaker, who always brings high energy levels to his fun, interactive and informative sessions. He uses his unique insights and knowledge, alongside a sense of humour, to connect with audiences and leave them feeling motivated and inspired.

Frederik Imbo's Speaking Topics

Resilience and happiness

40% of our happiness is determined by our mindset. Want to develop resilience? Then stop complaining about what you can't change and shift your focus to what you do have control over. Do you know what happens if you take your life into your own hands? Something terrible, because you can't blame anyone else anymore.

Connecting communication

If you express yourself in a clear, constructive and respectful way, you increase the chances that the other person really understands what you feel and need. Moreover, if you first try to understand the other person and only then want to be understood, the connection becomes even stronger.

How not to take things personally

How do you manage to not take things personally? By investigating from which positive intention the other person blurts out their sharp words. Out of which unmet need is the other person acting? If you still feel hurt, tell the other person without blame what you are feeling.

Insights Discovery

Blue, red, yellow and green are the four colours of Insights Discovery that everyone has in them, both with positive and negative traits. You discover which color is your preference and how you best respond to the color the other person is currently showing in their communication. Funny, confrontational and very useful!

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Videos of Frederik Imbo

How not to take things personally? | Frederik Imbo | TEDxMechelen
How not to take things personally? | Frederik Imbo | TEDxMechelen
Voices of Meltingpot | Frederik Imbo
Voices of Meltingpot | Frederik Imbo
Roundabout Trailer | Frederik Imbo
Roundabout Trailer | Frederik Imbo
Frederik Imbo: Why we have 2 ears and only 1 mouth
Frederik Imbo: Why we have 2 ears and only 1 mouth

Articles, Media & Podcasts

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