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    Who's that guy?

    Cyriel Kortleven - Making Change Simple

    For more than 20 years, I have been inspiring organisations like IKEA, NASA and Unilever to approach Change with courage, confidence and enthusiasm. My pragmatic advice has earned me the nickname The Simplifier. In an increasingly complex world, we need new simple perspectives to enable us to navigate uncertainty and to turn problems into opportunities.


    Be ready for practical tips & tools to help you as a leader drive behavioural change. Your audience will be armed with new language and a boost of energy to transform the fear of change into a positive attitude towards the goals you want to achieve. I use interaction and humour to create a context where people think and feel differently to reignite their appetite for creativity, taking risks and achieving ambitious results. 


    Don’t mind the change. Change your Mind.

  • "More than 300 satisfied clients have written a recommendation on Cyriel's Linkedin profile."

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    Why should you work with Cyriel?

    Four reasons why Cyriel is your perfect speaker

    • You want to receive a simple and pragmatic message to support your organisation to navigate uncertainty and to turn problems into opportunities. My clients gave me the nickname 'The Simplifier' due to my very simple and positive approach to cope with change.
    • You get 20 years of experience in the domain of change, creativity and innovation condensed in an engaging presentation. More than 300 recommendations on LinkedIn are proof of my track record from satisfied clients like IKEA, NASA and Unilever.
    • You can put me in front of an international audience because I have already delivered paid speeches in 36 countries on five continents. As a Global Speaking Fellow (an award that only 35 people in the world received), I’ll ensure that your message is strengthened especially in a culturally diverse environment.
    • You deserve a speaker who goes the extra mile. Don't expect a standard presentation. You will get an experience. I love to work in an interactive way (even during online sessions) and I combine stories, props, exercises, examples, … with a lot of humour to make sure that the content will be remembered years after I have spoken.
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    "Time flies when you have Cyriel to run your online session!! Very interactive, full of insights and fun. I highly recommend Cyriel as a speaker, moderator or facilitator for any online or offline events."

    Elina Jutelyte - Meeting Professionals International President Belgian chapter

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    "Cyriel delivered a splendid and energising keynote presentation for our Change Leaders. As a result new language and tools are now being used regularly. A great experience. “

    Sabine Blanchet - Country HR manager


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    "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


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    "Cyriel is a fantastic speaker to work with. His energy and style, combined with the relevant content of his session ensure the delegates leave the event inspired.”

    Simon Yeowart - program director

    @ the Eventful Group

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    "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 - managing director

    @ TENEO events

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    "Cyriel's talks are simple, well-thought and yet 'unpredictably' interesting.”

    Alfred Chin - Sales Director Southeast Asia

    @ AIP Corporation

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    "He holds the audience on the edge of their seats from start to finish.”

    Simon Harvey - organiser @ Fit for the Future event

  • A selection of happy clients from all over the world

    Logo companies Cyriel Kortleven worked for
  • Videos

    The best way to explore if Cyriel would be a great fit for your event is by experiencing him on stage.


    The second best way is watching a video to discover his engaging style,

    his interaction with the audience & his humour. Enjoy.


    On the left, you can discover Cyriel's 3 minute showreel. Below you can see Cyriel during longer clips on different stages in the world.

  • Showreel online presentation

    [3 min]

    Discover how Cyriel can create a fun, interactive online session where your audience stays attentive!

    TEDx Antwerp

    [16 min]

    Watch Cyriel's TEDx Talk delivers in Antwerp in front of 800 participants.


    [7 min]

    Get a good impression of Cyriel's mission in life & see him on stage at the European Communication Summit (700 communication directors from all over Europe).

    Showreel UAE Government

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    Exact 1-minute showreel of Cyriel presenting in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) in front of 50 Communication professionals from the UAE Government.

    Going the extra mile

    [3 min]

    This is a great movie to show that I go the extra mile for a client. In this case, I was dressed up in a boxing outfit because the stage was a boxing ring for 200 Dutch Travel Managers.


    [3 min]

    What are the participants of the 'Mastering SAP' conference saying about me after my keynote + workshop.

    Recommendation Omar Hatamleh - NASA

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    Recommendation from Omar Hatamleh - Chief innovation officer @ NASA

    Full keynote 'Change Mindset'

    [41 min]

    This is a complete keynote, recorded at the European Communication Summit in Brussels for 700 communication directors from all over Europe.

  • Check Cyriel's availability

    for your next event

    Ready to boost the Change Mindset of your audience?

  • Most popular keynote

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    The Change Mindset

    Survival kit for professionals in change

    Every day, we're confronted with new challenges: global competition; demanding clients; new technologies; ... We need professionals who dare to leave their comfort zone and suspend their judgement. We need professionals who explore the world from a different perspective and can turn problems into opportunities. We need professionals who get into action and who aren’t scared to fail fast, often and forward by experimenting with Nano actions. Are you one of those professionals?


    YES ... suspend your judgement to break fixed thinking patterns.

    AND … explore the world from a different perspective to generate new ideas.

    ACT … take small actions because the key to real innovation is doing experiments & fail fast, often & forward.


    In this interactive and entertaining presentation, you will get the spark, tools and language to influence others to be more creative & entrepreneurial and give a big boost to your own Change Mindset.


    Yes And Act … Now.

  • Cyriel also delivers online interactive presentations.

    Or you can even get inspired by his 'No More Boring Online Sessions' workshop.

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    Recognition in the speaking industry


    Cyriel is a member of the Professional Speakers Association in Europe & Asia. He's also the first Belgian Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) - only 800 CSP's in the world.


    But even more remarkable is that he belongs to a select group of 35 people in the world who may call themselves Global Speaking Fellow - an award for speakers who have spoken across the Globe and demonstrates a high degree of speaking expertise and cultural awareness in global markets.

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  • Author of 5 business books

    Click here or on the picture to get more information (& you can order your copy of one of these book)

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  • Some Facts & Figures


    Days/year working abroad (of course not during the COVID-period, snif snif)


    Subscribers on his newsletter & Connections on Linkedin


    Visits to the Burning Man festival


    Testimonials on Linkedin


    Countries visited as a speaker


    Business books written


    Obstacles conquered at the longest obstacle run in the world


    Global Speaking Fellows in the world (I'm one of them)

  • Cyriel has already delivered presentations in 36 countries (on 5 continents)

    Overview countries where Cyriel kortleven spoke
  • Download Speaker Package & Onepager

    Via this dropbox link, you will get access to my one pager and Speaker Package with all my basic information.

  • Connect with Cyriel

    The fastest way to receive an answer is sending an email.

    +32 486 87 45 11

    +32 486 87 45 11 (Belgium)

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