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Feb 25, 2020

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


This week on the podcast, Justin has a unique episode in store for you all! He will be exploring the topic of risk in the context of music with his special guest, Kai Kight! Kai is an innovative composer and classical violinist who uses his mesmerizing and original violin performance as a metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity. He will also be presenting his unique blend of storytelling, music, and motivation at the upcoming RIMS 2020 Conference!


In this episode, Justin and Kai discuss his career, his unique presentation style, and some of the parallels between risk management and music. He also shares some of what he has in store for those attending RIMS 2020!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Benchmark Survey and the RIMS Membership.

[:46] About today’s special episode!

[1:00] Justin reminds listeners that registration is open for RIMS 2020.

[1:35] All about today’s special guest, Kai Kight.

[2:08] Justin welcomes Kai Kight to RIMScast!

[2:14] When and why did Kai begin to pair playing violin with motivational speaking?

[3:54] Why did Kai gravitate towards the violin, to begin with?

[4:40] Does Kai consider what he does motivational speaking?

[5:56] Does Kai feel that having an entrepreneurial spirit was key in making the leap into making this his career path?

[7:09] Kai shares some standout pieces of feedback he’s received following an appearance.

[8:16] Does Kai prefer the term ‘perform’ or ‘present’ when it comes to describing what it is that he does?

[8:32] Are there certain types of audiences, industries, or professionals that are more receptive to his style of presenting than others?

[10:47] Does Kai ever feel like he has to increase his energy or dial it back depending on the audience’s initial reception?

[12:57] Kai highlights some of the parallels between risk management and music.

[14:31] What inspires Kai the most right now?

[15:40] What does Kai have in store for RIMS 2020?

[16:37] Justin thanks Kai Kight for joining him and highlights some important links in the show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS 2020 (May 3rd–6th in Denver, CO) — Listen closely for a special discount code!

Upcoming RIMS Events

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

New Feature: RIMS-CRMP Stories

RIMS Membership — Discover why 10,000 of your peers from more than 60 countries are a part of the RIMS community!

RIMS Benchmark Survey: Contribute your data by March 31 and receive the 2020 Survey for free! You’ll learn how much companies are paying per line of coverage and more. Visit

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