Storytelling: How to make Presentations more Impactful, Interesting & Meaningful - Professor David Larson

Storytelling: How to make Presentations more Impactful, Interesting & Meaningful - Professor David Larson

We were proud to host a virtual event with Professor David Larson, the Dean of Academics at the American University in Switzerland.

The Storytelling: How to make Presentations more Impactful, Interesting & Meaningful session was held on Monday 8th March 2021 at 13:00-14:00 CET.

David was joined by our Director – Finance, John Bower, to host this engaging lecture for our Swiss network.

You rarely hear someone say, “Wow, I’m so excited to go sit in this budget presentation!”. Most people dread sitting through presentations. Most people hate giving presentations. Most presentations are horribly boring and painful to listen to, and to deliver.

Everything conveys a message; we just need to craft a stimulating and engaging way to tell that message.

In this session, we explored how you can use storytelling and interactivity to bring to life any presentation, and create that engaging information flow. We looked at introductions, laying the foundation, building the climax and then how to wrap it all up in a dynamic conclusion. At the end, our audience should have had a better understanding of how to design more thought-provoking, memorable and powerful presentations.

We are proud to continue our strong working relationship with the American University in Switzerland. We recently held a virtual lecture for the students on managing your career:

David Larson has more than 20 years’ experience of designing, developing and delivering adult education. He has lived in Jerusalem, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Ukraine, and worked in dozens of other countries, creating and implementing experiential learning opportunities for government and community leaders, including seminars, courses, workshops, coaching and mentoring.

In addition to face-to-face activities, he has written numerous guidebooks, case studies and tool kits. Most of his work has been building up and supporting young leaders around the world, including founding a youth leadership organisation in Ukraine.

David has an extensive management background, from managing upwards of 30 programs simultaneously, to being the chief Administration and Finance Advisor to the Afghan Electoral Commission and heading the National Democratic Institute’s West Bank/Gaza country office.

He has briefed international ministers, US secretaries, ambassadors, diplomats, US members of Congress, and senior US military and civilian leaders, and has worked closely with senior government officials.

David has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and has consulted with the US Department of State, US Peace Corps, the Special Olympics, the National Democratic Institute, the Global Fund, Gavi and the McKellar Corporation.

To stay up to date with other events that we have planned, please see our website:

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Becoming a Successful Business Partner - IMA & Anders Liu-Lindberg

Becoming a Successful Business Partner - IMA & Anders Liu-Lindberg

We were pleased to host the Becoming a Successful Business Partner webinar with our career development partner, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and Anders Liu-Lindberg, a top advisor to senior international and Finance and FP&A leaders.

This free, virtual event was hosted on Thursday 25th February 2021, from 12:00 to 13:30 CET via Zoom.

Finance business partners go beyond the production of standard reports and analysis, to lead multi-disciplinary conversations that yield insights to inform and improve decision-making, and – ultimately – boost organisational performance. Our interactive discussion taught you how to become a valuable business partner to drive performance across your organisation. This event included up to 1 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credit hour.

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers - Becoming a successful business partner event

Alain Mulder, the Senior Director Europe Operations at IMA, was joined by our Ambassador, Valentina Coco, and Anders Liu-Lindberg to offer their expertise and experience in Finance business partnering, followed by a panel discussion.

Anders is the Co-Founder, COO and CMO of the Business Partnering Institute, and owner of the largest group dedicated to Finance business partnering on LinkedIn. He has ten years of experience as a business partner at the global transport and logistics company Maersk. Anders is the co-author of the book Create Value as a Finance Business Partner and long-time Finance blogger, with over 33,000 followers.

Valentina has a long-standing relationship with EMEA Recruitment and recently became our Ambassador. She is currently a consultant and coach for Swiss businesses, helping them create diverse and inclusive environments. Previously, Valentina was a Senior Controller, Senior Finance Manager and Supply Chain Finance Business Partner at leading companies.

Alain leads the European operations of IMA, with offices in Amsterdam and Zurich, as well as the growth of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) program in Europe. Alain has experience in growing businesses, Operations, Finance, Business Development, Marketing and Communications.

As our Finance career development partner, IMA is offering you a free, three-month trial membership. Find out more and sign up here:

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How to Develop High Performing Teams - Dr. Steve Ingham

How to Develop High Performing Teams - Dr. Steve Ingham

We were delighted to host a virtual event with Dr. Steve Ingham, a world-leading performance scientist.

How to Develop High Performing Teams was held on Tuesday 2nd February 2021, at 13:00 CET.

Steve joined our Founder, Paul Toms, for a motivating session.

Steve has provided support to over 1,000 athletes, of which more than 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success. He also led the team of 250 scientists in support of Team GB to the 2021 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Under Steve’s guidance, Great Britain became the first country ever to win more medals at a Summer Olympics immediately after hosting a Summer Olympics – 67 at Rio de Janeiro, two more than in London 2012.

Steve presented focussed support aimed at unlocking your potential and taking you to the next level. His approach has been proven in the unforgiving world of elite sport, and can now be applied to business.

Sport sees the power of coaching all the time, but it is at its best when it empowers the resourcefulness of the learner to become a role model for sustainable high performance.

The highest performing teams invest in developing their people. Are you looking for impactful and inspiring personal development? 

Steve and his performance specialist business, Supporting Champions, are trusted by Google, McLaren, the Premier League, the BBC and Sky.

Steve joined Paul on the EMEA Recruitment podcast back in March 2020. You can listen to the full episode on Reaching your Maximum Potential here.

Be sure to keep up to date with the other events we have planned for 2021 through our website or LinkedIn profile.

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BI & Data Roundtable: Where does Data Belong?

BI & Data Roundtable: Where does Data Belong?

Ahead of the festive season, we brought together leaders in the data science field for a BI & Data Roundtable, discussing the topic, Where does Data Belong?

On Thursday 10th December 2020, we hosted nine top thought leaders from across Switzerland to engage in an open discussion on where data sits within an organisation and where it should sit.

This virtual event brought together key professionals from Geneva, to Zurich, to Lausanne.

Members of EMEA staff were joined by:

  • Matteo Vasirani – Data Science Manager at Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Marcus Köhnlein – Head of Digital Business at United Grinding Group
  • John Wegman – VP & Managing Director at Iron Mountain
  • Valéry Thomas – Head of Business Intelligence, Analytics and Digitization at Bell Food Group
  • Dirk Jan Verschuijl – Director Commercial Investment & Analytics at Salt Mobile
  • Clemens Pirker – Head of Intelligence/VP at Swarovski
  • Steffen Lange – Group Data & Analytics Officer at Sulzer
  • Leon Peeters – Data Science & Data Analysis at Swiss Casinos
  • Pascal Sulser – Data Science Lead at IWC Schaffhausen

We kicked off the discussion by asking participants where they believe data should sit within an organisation.

Matteo and Dirk agreed that the data science function deserves to report directly to the top, acting as an independent advisor to the business. Marcus argued that data should be split within an organisation, between the structured, traditional processes, and the flexible, agile side. John noted that there is currently huge tension between the two areas.

Pascal believes that the focus should be on where the most value is created, which should subsequently “steer the ship”.

Valéry feels that data belongs everywhere, to which Dirk added that the creation of data should sit within the technical function, while it’s the consumption of data that is across an organisation.

Steffen feels that there is a danger that we’ll look back on the 2020s as a time when we were so focussed on data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that we left out emotional intelligence and gut feeling.

The topic moved onto how to find really good data professionals to join your organisation.

Leon gave his top tips on attracting the right people to the role, while Steffen focussed on why Switzerland is both a blessing and a curse when competing for talent.

EMEA Recruitment ended with key recruitment advice for data science professionals.

We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the roundtable for their active participation and hope that everyone left with lots to think about!

If you’re interested in participating in a similar event in the future, please get in touch with Paul Toms

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Career Control with John Bower - AUS Speaker Series

Career Control with John Bower - AUS Speaker Series

We were delighted to provide the first virtual lecture in the American University in Switzerland’s Speaker Series on 12th November 2020.

Our Director – Finance, John Bower, hosted the inaugural session on Career Control for AUS’s students.

“We have to be in the driver’s seat for our career.”

Thanks to his strong relationship with AUS’s Dean of Academics, David Larson, John was able to share his passion for recruitment and inform students on what skills they need for post-university life.

John is well-connected within the Swiss Finance & Accountancy community, particularly among C level leaders. He therefore has a deep understanding of what industries are looking for in talent today and, more importantly, in the future.

With the world changing at a rapid pace, managing your career is essential if you want to make a difference.

John discussed what might have happened in his own career if he’d been consulted in this unique way between the ages of 15-25. He feels a personal commitment to delivering this information as early as possible in someone’s career, making AUS’s students a perfect audience.

The model John went through focussed on Finance, his area of expertise. However, the same structure can be used for practically all other disciplines.

He explored the subject of globalisation and how companies now have more competition; whereas previously they may have employed professionals from within their canton or, at least, the country they’re based in, the world now works on a more international level.

You can watch a short clip on this subject here:

John also described how the adapt or die approach now applies to people’s skillsets, and the reasons why millennials want more control over the direction of their careers.

For those seeking the highest level positions within businesses, John explained the importance of being able to talk about every level of the career pyramid.

John was pleased to take questions from the students, who are looking to take their first steps into the world of work.

We look forward to working with the American University in Switzerland on future events.

If you would like to discuss John’s Career Control lecture, please get in touch with him at: [email protected].

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Shake Up The Workplace: A Future of Work Unconference

Shake Up The Workplace: A Future of Work Unconference

In mid-October, we were proud to partner with The Future of Work Unconference in Switzerland, which was hosted by Shake Up The Workplace.

This unconference-style event took place on Monday 19th October 2020, at Kunsthaus, Zurich.

The Future of Work unconference brought together human-centric leaders, the C-suite, entrepreneurs, NGOs, government, start-ups and academia to sit at the same table and leave with an action plan.

Shake Up The Workplace’s English-speaking event was one that Zurich had not seen before.

Breakout sessions took place in the art galleries of Kunsthaus. A list of the fantastic line-up of speakers is below:

  • Henriette Wendt – Microsoft
  • Réginald Bien-Aimé – Master of the Ceremony
  • Daniela Landherr – Google
  • Heiko Fischer – Resourceful Humans
  • Simon Brown – Novartis

As a Network Partner of the event, we were pleased to offer a 15% discount on tickets.

Shake Up The Workplace’s mission is to create a Swiss Future of Work ecosystem that facilitates collaboration, experimentation and co-creation.

Unlike traditional conferences, the unconference is a participant-oriented gathering where the attendees decide on the agenda elements, discussion topics and workshops.

The event welcomed everyone who wants to co-create the Future of Work ecosystem in Switzerland. If you are intrested in attending similar events in the future, please contact our Marketing Manager, Rose Jinks, at [email protected].

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