Arnaud Collery: Real and Raw

Arnaud Collery: Real and Raw

Arnaud Collery does not beat around the bush. That’s his power. If you’re looking for clear and honest one-liner statements that will make you feel stronger about your purpose in life and the decisions to be made, Arnaud is your man. “I just can’t stand fake anymore. I can’t take people who do not give their true agenda. I like real and raw connections.” Having spent most of the past 20 years working and performing around the world, especially in the US and Asia, the French multitalented innovator, storytelling coach, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and filmmaker says he is “extremely happy” to go back to Europe as a speaker at TEDxMaastricht on 17 October: “Europe is a big deal for me. I am very grateful. People have said it’s one of the best TEDx events around so I hope I can bring my best game and make you proud.” Following his personal mission to make the world a happier, funnier place, Arnaud is active in two main fields: making companies, organisations and governments happier by stimulating their employees’ sense of purpose and creativity through teambuilding and public speaking workshops; and organising and curating Stand Up for Passion events dedicated to sharing and spreading passionate and inspirational stories in cities across the world, because “everyone is inspirational, and everyone needs some inspiration.” Arnaud’s favourite TED talk is Benjamin Zander’s message on the Transformative power of classical music: “For me this is the best talk ever because Benjamin draws people into a field which most people are reluctant to and think is outdated. He makes us understand, connect and love something most of...
Pitch Night 2016 – An Inspiring Evening

Pitch Night 2016 – An Inspiring Evening

An evening that surpassed expectations During this 2016 edition of our Pitch Night, the speakers inspired us. They made us change our perspective about how we view others and ourselves. They showed that redefining words can empower us and that the way we view hardships can be a game changer. They talked about how the way biology textbooks are written can change the world and that trees who make up these books can be a key to women empowerment. They argued about what it means to be a man today and how we should view researchers tomorrow. They talked about giving patients a voice and people a feeling of home. They made us travel from Shaolin monasteries in Italy, to the plains of Africa, to the streets of Afghanistan. They moved us deeply and took us on a rollercoaster of emotions. They made us close our eyes so that we could see with our hearts. They found new heroes and beauty in silence. They found who they were and made their dreams come true. Below are some of the many great quotes from the pitches. We can make people curious about the world. Curiosity is a greater motivator than anything. Jelle Bonthuis Superheroes these days are not especially good role models. What if we recreate new ones who actually deal with the bigger issues? Ruba Nawaz Home to me is moments, it’s conversations, it’s community, it’s groups of people. There is home for everyone. We can all be home. Everywhere we want to be. Samina Ansari I realized that somewhere along the line, we, as grownups, seemed to have lost the ability to simply trust in life. We suffer more from...