Frank Garten - Keynote Speaker

Facilitator, Speaker and Author on Leadership Development, Communication and Cultural Diversity.

Frank Garten is an expert on intercultural communication and management. As the author of several books and a popular speaker and trainer, he knows that the best communication starts with you.

He has worked in technical, commercial and general management positions in Philips and NXP, gaining practical insight into cooperation between people from different cultural backgrounds. He has traveled extensively in most business cultures of the world, and experienced what works and what doesn’t in phone conferences, meetings, change projects and negotiations.


“Frank has a suitcase full of world-wide experience and this is noticeable. His observational and communication skills reflect in everything, even in the way he adjusts the training ad hoc depending on the group’s needs and energy. The content is widely applicable and, as far as I’m concerned, essential for anyone who works with people. Interesting statistics, memorable stories, funny examples and insightful exercises, eyeopeners regarding own behavior, cultural differences and cooperation in general are guaranteed.” -Aster Katoen, Product Development Engineer at Sonion


In his daily work Frank helps professionals become stronger, more effective and achieve optimal results through meaningful dialogue. Just like he built up his career on a strong start in science, he likes to base his work on solid insights and well-proven methods. Frank understands, simplifies and defines practical solutions. You could even say that he speaks “engineering and science” in a way that are easily understandable to a wide audience. He is able to rapidly build up trust in groups such that they can speak about meaningful things. He challenges and confronts, with an empathetic smile and a results-oriented mindset.


“Within minutes, Frank succeeds to capture his audience and takes them on a fascinating journey into the wonderful world of different cultures and habits. An eye-opener for all working frequently with people from other cultures.” – Nicole Biesheuvel, Head of Corporate Sales and Marketing, Benelux at Schenker Logistics


Frank’s most sought-after topics include:

Helping companies understand how to work better in cross cultural settings

Practical cultural insights, code of conduct and ethics. 

International negotiating, helping companies to negotiate with international clients

Inclusion and Diversity


Frank Garten has been working for the last 8 years as an independent consultant, and gives lectures and workshops on topics such as cultural diversity, cross-cultural cooperation, communication & influencing and personal leadership. By combining his sound theoretical basis from his PhD with his own experience, Frank’s talks and lectures notably stand out for their focus on what to do practically. Should you copy your superiors on an email? Do you present conclusions first or last in a talk? Should you act confidently or with modesty in first interactions with colleagues, suppliers, clients and partners from across the world?


Popular topics: "I'm very tolerant of differences" - A keynote on diversity and inclusion at work | "I'm the rule, they are the exception" - A keynote on cross-cultural differences at work | "Yes, but... I'm right, not you" - A keynote on defensive responses at work | Diversity | Communication | Cultural Intelligence

Frank Garten

Facilitator, Speaker and Author on Leadership Development, Communication and Cultural Diversity.

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