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 Babak  Rafati 

Motivational Speeches for Employees and Executives

Business Health Management, Stress Management and Change Management as well as Personality Development through Self-Management.                                                     

Babak Rafati Business Speaker – Inspire – Move – Motivate


Possible Speaking Topics For Your Event

•    Why bosses, colleagues and the workplace itself are not the causes of our stress.

•    How to create a happy lifestyle – prevention strategies against burnout.

•    Business health management from practice for practice.

•    Stress management for executives and sales staff. 

•    Healthy reaction to unhealthy circumstances through positive psychology.  

•    Performance pressure is not the cause, but the consequence. 

•    Parallels from top-level sport to everyday working life and business. 

•    From falling down and getting up again.

•    Everything has two sides: The ups and downs of elite sport


Content of the Speeches

Part 1 – The Dramaturgy of ‘distancing from myself’

•    My life as a FIFA and Bundesliga referee (short introduction).

•    The chronology of the crash, which was due to stress factors and performance pressure.

•    Parallels from elite sport to everyday working life.

•    Typically, incorrect ‘thinking patterns’ in everyday working life.

•    The night (where thoughts can lead us).

Part 2 – Prevention Strategies to Tackle the Pressure to Perform and Motivations for Strong Self-Leadership

•    Stress Management: Healthy response to unhealthy circumstances.

•    Self-determination and personal responsibility.

•    Mindfulness: Radical acceptance – letting go – resilience.

•    Men's ideals: Weaknesses and limits – are women at an advantage? 

•    Motivation: Work–life balance from PRACTICE.

•    Terminate employer or the inner attitude?

•    Why bosses, colleagues and jobs are not the cause of our stress.

•    Discussing the causes of stress using my own experiences as well as discussions with professional footballers and managers (Transactional Analysis).

‘Respect, a speech that can change a life!’ – Bavarian Broadcast (Bayerischer Rundfunk)

Babak Rafati will discuss your ideas on presentation in terms of content, time and methodology. He wants to provide his expertise and, depending on the specific needs of the customer, give impetus and support a process of change and management. He is accustomed to an audience of millions from his job as professional referee.

Further Details About the Speech


Stress, pressure, burnout – these are not just problems in elite sport, but are, rather, social phenomena that are present in our professional lives, especially at the level of management. In his inspirational speeches, Babak Rafati speaks with outstanding clarity and convincing power about these taboo topics, connecting them to the present situation of globalisation, dynamisation, digitalisation, elbow mentality and demographic change. He touches, moves and inspires the audience, all at the same time. His special skills include thability to show the parallels and problems between high-performance sport and the business life in a practical way and to persuade convincingly, clearly and simply despite uncomfortable topics. Entertaining and relaxed, in infotainment he presents current problems in the professional world and enables participants to take a different view of themselves and their environment with respect to their jobs. A speech for the motivation and health of employees in companies! A personality development that leads to understanding through knowledge, which initiates a willingness to change by virtue of being motivated by an inner attitude of strong self-guidance. As a result, this self-discovery leads to change management!

Part 1 Speech: In his extremely authentic and captivating speeches, Motivation instead of Resignation, Rafati ruthlessly and self-critically describes his deeply inscrutable path. A breath-taking dramaturgy of ‘removing oneself’. ‘An insight into his thought processes at the time with impressive honesty. It is shockingly clear that burnout can hit anyone today, including executives and so-called strong personalities. It's about (power) pressure. He knows all about it. He was in the spotlight week after week in professional football in front of an audience of millions on TV and in the Bundesliga stadiums and on the international stage and was thus predestined for it.’

Part 2 Speech: It conveys valuable and solution oriented prevention mechanisms for everyone – strategies against burnout, stress management and positive psychology through ‘healthy reactions to unhealthy circumstances!’ True to his motto:  


Today I know that nobody is able to cause us stress, only we let it happen! Self-determination and personal responsibility, that's the key to success. Bosses, colleagues or the job aren’t the causes of stress at the workplace. We are the ones who stress ourselves so that we suffer from burnout in the end!’ Rafati wants to get people on the job ‘how to create a happy lifestyle in other words: motivation instead of resignation.’ He points out that one does not have to change oneself, but only the view one has of oneself and of others. If you do this, then things will automatically change. Thought management! At the end of an intensive speech, he tells you about one to two exciting and exhilarating anecdotes from the Bundesliga. 


The response of the audience at the events is overwhelming and the participants and the customers rate his work with sensational and excellent (reviews on home page). Numerous top executives and sales representatives (and others) have benefited from experiencing this former FIFA and Bundesliga referee, who sums up his mistakes without shame and provides valuable recommendations for action, such as resilience, mindfulness, radical acceptance and much more. A critical aspect of his speeches is the success rate and, therefore, the large number of participants who accordingly set the lever for rethinking and act actively. 


The benefits and added values for both employees and companies:  Rafati's descriptions lead participants through personality development through to self-discovery, which itself leads to the cultivation of different attitudes. Change Management. By own parallels aha effects arise, which has the charming character that by this self-reflection automatically a change process is set in motion. The subsequent recommendations for action from personal experiences complete the spectrum around the topic of stress management and self-determination. It becomes clear: Everyone has it in their own hands! In addition, the pressure to perform (and stress) is always the result of one's own expectations (inner dialogue), and is never caused by one’s professional life. So, we create our own pressure to perform, nobody else. This creates stress, resulting in a duration subscription for errors. Listen to Rafati’s confession: ‘I'm not a know-it-all, but a prime example of how not to do it.’ The insights gained from history are merely results of one's own search and are not, moreover, the result of a given schema. This facilitates the participants by the credibility of the self-experienced their acceptance, also because the raised index finger is missing.

One thing is very clear: companies have equal weapons. Good staff, modern technology, etc. The competitive advantage in the future lies in ‘Mental Health. Recognising relationships, motives, causes and people that creates motivation for employees as a fuel that drives performance. Instead of job termination we should cancel and change our inner attitude.

In the context of company health management, the following is very important: Healthy companies need healthy employees, otherwise we experience a cost explosion by the health insurance and by the companies! 

Work–Life Balance and Human Resources from a practical perspective. The self-perspective of an immediate participant with all of their despair and powerlessness. The speeches also consist in perspectives that point out new ways of thinking, motivating people to ‘look at old things with new eyes’.

When he enters the stage, it does not take three sentences to silence the hall An extraordinary, emotionally engaging and authentic talk by Babak Rafati with a happy ending that will turn your event into an unforgettable highlight. The audience reacts in the end with a standing ovation of a few minutes. Brilliant! Topics for the professional world – the practices in this infotainment cannot be taught. Thrilling, moving and at the same time inspiring and motivating. A fantastic motivator!