You’re launching and hosting something new called the Love Event that is attracting a certain kind of leader. Tell us more about that. (Explain the concept of the event and the leaders that will be speaking there)
I hope we are at the dawn where leaders, authors, speakers, influencers and entrepreneurs come together to have real conversations about the important things; love, care, kindness and consciousness. I think we spend too much of our lives accumulating and fighting for the wrong things.
First of all we must become more conscious personally, increase our consciousness so we can become smarter human beings that care, that love.
The world can be very polarizing, and it seems like the world rewards people for being this way. Do you think leaders need to be polarizing or controversial to breakthrough and stand out?
I think in the long run the world recognises people that bring everyone together. We need to become better human beings. There is too much controversy, too much division. If the pandemic has shown us anything it is that it’s one world and the virus did not understand age, gender, religion, or country of origin. It’s also taught to us that anyone can be affected and it’s important to appreciate and understand our mortality (we seem to forget). We must focus on love and explore how we can together leave the world in a better place.
Who are some leaders that you admire that aren’t controversial or political?
I admire scientists, authors, entrepreneurs, documentary producers that are focusing on educating us all on how we can all make a difference and be part of the solution of the many challenges our planet has, and how we can become smarter and caring human beings. I personally admire Elon Musk and how he invented, created, and established the path of the future which is now the present. I’m also a big fan of Brene Brown, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Liz Gilbert, Jim Rohn, and Osho.
Are there some leaders that you admire even though they are highly opinionated?
Yes, I like UK actor and comedian Russel Brand. He’s fresh, very well-spoken and outspoken, and has created many conversations around addiction and depression.
You weren’t born in the US and you don’t even spend most of your time here so what do you think about our leadership culture in business and politics as compared to the rest of the world?
With love, it’s shocking! Following the US elections and politics has been at many times sad to watch. Hey, I’m not saying politicians are better anywhere else, if anything, we need a new generation of politicians globally, ASAP.
To watch the division and how it is bordering hatred is scary. Everyone seems to be so political.
In business, maybe it doesn’t sell, but it has to be about unifying, bringing people together, and what is best for people and for the planet. There are things that can’t be argued like global warming, green energy, climate change, avoiding plastic, the excess use of prescription drugs, etc., yet many of these subjects are ignored.
I am also concerned to see how so many important subjects seem to be controlled by large corporations and lobbies – they seem to be getting away with so many things. The negative impact on society and the planet might not be able to be reversed if we do not act now.
Where did you grow up and as an outsider who has put on events in big cities like London and Los Angeles alike what are some of the differences if any?
I was born in London but moved to Spain when I was 9. I have lived and worked in Spain then out of necessity, having lost my business and what I owned in Spain, I moved to London for a fresh start. I left my real estate career and started promoting personal development events at the age of 40. I promoted events in London for nearly twelve years. I had no prior experience in promoting events but it was a beautiful part of my life. Running big events were stressful at times, but I loved the impact our training and The Best You EXPOs had on people.
I think we were a bit ahead of our time in the UK. The US embraced The Best You and our brand very quickly and it was easy for us to market, but unfortunately, the pandemic broke our expansion. I love how immersed the US market is in learning. The UK is ahead of the game in Europe but still behind.
You could have done your Love Event anywhere, so why Miami instead of Los Angeles?
I love LA and Miami. My last event was scheduled for LA just prior to the pandemic. It’s challenging but I think our restrictions to a degree are here to stay a bit longer and we have to adapt. Life must continue so we chose Miami because it seems that it has been adapting better, and we hope with less restrictions. Our event is capped at 500-600 people, but will be streamed online and broadcasted on The Best You TV for maximum reach.
What do you hope your Love Event achieves or accomplishes?
I hope it elevates consciousness, to discuss love and loving things. I hope to bring people from all over the world together to talk and have real conversations about caring and kindness, to create awareness and educate people around the challenges of the 21st century.
How are you choosing the speakers and leaders featuring at your Love Event?
Some we approach, but many are applying to get involved. People are loving the Love Event and stepping forward, but we need more people to come forward not only to speak, exhibit, partner or sponsor, but also to view or attend. Most importantly we want people to be part of this event and share it. It’s not our event, it’s everyone’s event.
How would you explain your own leadership style?
I’m not sure if I have a style. My style, if I have one, is a “Let’s do it, then find out how” approach. I am driven by passion and belief on what needs to get done, then I find a way to make it happen, and so far it’s always happened. I think big and never let anyone talk me out of something that I believe can get done.
I’ll share a story about my first EXPO and I remember it being a challenge. I didn’t sleep for months, worrying if I would pull it off. On the opening day, expecting hundreds if not thousands of people at the door, there were only four! I wanted to die… eventually around 3,000 people showed up over the weekend. I swore every year “never again”, but more and more people kept coming.
At my last event in London, I went to the door as I always do to see how it’s going. I had to walk to the other side of the street because I couldn’t see the end of the queue. There were at least 2,500 people waiting to get in. If you think big, work hard, and have a good mission, people will show up, but it takes time.
I have realised that I am a conduit. I bring people together. I have promoted over 1,000 speakers and more than 100,000 people have attended our events. It’s my role to spark something in people through my books, events, or TV network. I am comfortable now to say that I am a leader and a visionary. It took time to accept it.
Bernardo Moya, Chief Inspiration Officer and Founder of the Best You Expo is available for a limited number of mentorships and speaking engagements internationally each year.
Led by his unwavering belief in social, personal, professional and global responsibility, Bernardo Moya is passionate about helping others through his book and his platforms NLP Life and The Best You.
In his pursuit of self-improvement, Bernardo founded The Best You in 2009, and as Chief Inspiration Officer, continues to grow the company, which now includes 8 product lines, 26 international staff and numerous partners. He navigated economic adversity during the 2008-2009 recession by seeking opportunities, where others saw obstacles. Bernardo also runs Europe’s largest personal development trade fair The Best You EXPO, and is an entrepreneur, writer, publisher and television producer.
He has organised and promoted seminars for the most highly respected figures in the field of personal development, among them are icons Sir Clive Woodward, Baroness Michelle Mone, Dr. Richard Bandler, Marisa Peer, Brian Rose, Paul McKenna, Jason Vale, Jim Kwik, Mastin Kipp just to name a few. the editor-in-chief of The Best You magazine, Bernardo has interviewed amazingly inspiring people, including Barbara DeAngelis, John DeMartini, Paul McKenna, Dave Asprey, Simon Sinek and many more.
Bernardo focuses on internal retrospection, considering the quality of a person’s life to depend on the quality of the questions they ask themselves. He teaches people to take charge of their lives, learn from their successes and shine.