‘Contemporary Belgium’ - Belgium for foreigners
A lecture that tells ‘all’ about Belgium in one hour!
History, geography, politics, science, economics, culture, sport and food and drinks. ‘Everything’ in one hour is a bit ambitious (even though Belgium is a small country), but Harry is able to address all the topics mentioned above in that short period and to give foreigners a rather clear image of the versatility of this small kingdom.
He does this in an exciting and humoristic manner that makes it attractive to listen to. Foreign tourists who are passing through Belgium, expats who plan to stay for months, and Belgians themselves will be surprised by what this small country has to offer.
He also helps eradicate several myths that exist outside Belgium, such as:
- Walloons and Flemings are at each other's throats
- that tulips come from Amsterdam
- that Hercule Poirot is a Frenchman
- that Belgians live on only chocolate and beer
Harry was born and raised in Belgium, has travelled from one corner of the country to the other for business, has always been interested in history, culture and ‘people’. He loves being able to teach people about this special and very young country in a relaxed and varied manner via storytelling.
One-hour talk or longer if desired.
The topics mentioned in the first paragraph are the base of the story but, depending on the target group, Harry will adapt the illustrative anecdotes to suit the audience.
If the audience consists of American tourists (e.g. on a cruise ship), he will explain that the Battle of the Bulge was a turning point in WWII thanks to US troops or that Inbev purchased Budweiser.
If the audience is French then they'll hear that Napoleon was an occupier but that he also did a lot of good things for our regions and that Gustave Eifel didn't only build the Eiffel tower in Paris, he also built the original bridge in Temse.
If Brits listen in, then Harry will underscore their heroic performances during WWI (with poppies) and they'll also learn that our first king was the uncle of Queen Victoria.
The Dutch will learn that their national anthem ‘Wilhelmus’ was written by the mayor of Antwerp and that the Dutch were a textbook example of integration when hundreds of thousands of Belgians sought refuge in the Netherlands after the Spanish Fury and during WWI.
(Harry can also make alterations for other nationalities.)
It’s my pleasure to inform you that the guests on AHI’s Holland Belgium cruises, Groups 1 & 2 truly enjoyed your “Contemporary Belgium” seminars.
On our passenger surveys, 93.55% of the clients on the first group gave you either a good or excellent. And the second group scored your presentation almost identically—93.33% good or excellent. I should note that these were the highest survey results for any of our lecturers on these two cruises.
Passenger feedback indicated that it was not just your entertaining way of speaking, but also the dozens of illustrations included in the presentation and the informative commentary that conveyed such a vivid image of Belgium.
Speaking from the perspective of a tour operator, I am most appreciative of the English skills of the Belgian assistance in general and you as keynote speaker in particular.
We are looking forward to another successful collaboration next year and will not hesitate to recommend your services for the future.
Director of Operations
AHI Travel, Inc.
The feedback on your lecture was very good - guests who completed our surveys rated your talk 92.1% Excellent & Good! Hardly anyone wrote in any comments though. The ones who did all praised the Educational Component & said the lectures were great.
Thank you again for your contributions to our program!!
Till next year...
Vice President, Operations
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Details of the Recommendation: "On an event in Antwerp with guests from other European harbor cities, Harry presented "Contemporary Belgium". Our international guests really enjoyed Harry's funny introduction on what it is to be a Belgian and even the Belgian participants learned some new stuff ;)
It is not easy to combine information and humor on such a subject, but Harry really excels!
When you are in need of a good keynote speaker, who combines good presentation skills with humor and real knowledge of the subject, do not hesitate and contact Harry!"
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