Pierre du Plessis is an author and a master storyteller who firmly believes in the ludicracy of speaking to crowds to change the world. He has a habit of making the familiar strange and turning the world upside down. He is currently the CEO of HumanWrites, saving the world one wee notebook at a time. He works with a contemplative community of faith in the heart of Cape Town but finds truth in every corner of the world.
Pierre cares deeply about human development, people becoming better people so that they can create and build things that truly matter.
Pierre is schooled in ancient practices and texts, and understands how to leverage ancient wisdom in order to solve modern business challenges.
He is the founder of Palaestra, a community of practice. He leads a contemplative community with a strong focus on meditation, retreats, and inner work in Cape Town. He is an award winning author, having received the Desmond Tutu, Gerrit Brand prize for literature.
He speaks to audiences around the world on how to use age old truths to solve today’s problems. He has been featured regularly on TEDx stages, and his speaking clients include BMW, KFC, Adcock Ingram, Alan Gray, LASIK, and many others.
He believes he is the love child of Getrude Stein and Jason Bourne and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife, two kids and his iPhone.
This keynote and book are calls to train naked, to have skin in the game and start training for the ultimate marathon, life. It speaks of identity, purpose, ethics and along with a selection of life changing practices, they aim to inspire each one to take charge, get skin the game and train.
Never Let a Crisis go to Waste.
How to navigate liminal spaces, chaotic times, and create positive change.
Change has swept the world in an unprecedented way and this is why it is important to understand the mechanics behind change. Pierre will uncover a concept called ‘Liminal Space’. A liminal space is the time between what was and the next. When we have left the old but have not yet arrived at the new.
Villains, Heroes & Victories.
USING THE POWER OF STORYTELLING TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS.
Once upon a time… See, I already have your attention. Our brains are hardwired for stories. Telling stories is how we make sense of the world and embed our lives with meaning.
In Praise Of Shadows
HOW UNCERTAINTY FUELS CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION.
Treasure is never found out in the open, treasure is found in the dark. Innovation, creativity, adventure, and life is found in the sacred mess of mystery, chaos, and uncertainty.
PUSH BACK FORWARD
Using the best from the past to catapult into an unknown future.
How do you know what to do next in a chaotic and uncertain world? Firing random shots can be a complete waste of time and not to mention expensive, and jumping onto the next trendy bandwagon can be fatal. So, how does one chart a course in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world?
HOW TO Sessions:
Humankind has long since known the benefits of designing a regula for daily life (a rhythm of practices) that supports our development. These sessions, in-person or online, are designed to teach you and your team basic practices to deal with stress and anxiety, develop focus and concentration, guide decision making and strategy, and just to become all-round happier, healthier humans.
How to: Meditate
A MINDFUL PRACTICE TO REGAIN FOCUS AND CALM.
Neuroscientists have for the last 50 years been interested in the effects of meditation on the brain, on our focus, attention, resilience and ability to deal with stress and anxiety.
How to: Do a Digital Detox
A TALK AND GUIDED BODY PRACTICE
We spend an inordinate amount of time in front of and staring at our black rectangles, our screens. People spend around six hours a day in front of a screen and on average about two to three hours on our phones. And during the pandemic our screen use has skyrocketed. Our eyes hurt, our backs ache, and our attention span aspires to be that of a goldfish. We need a digital detox.
“The more high-tech we become, the more high-touch we need to be” Dr Leonard Sweet
How to: Make A Decision
A DECISION MAKING AND STRATEGY TOOL
A 500 year old decision making practice that can help you strategise and your team chart their own journeys forward, finding out what they truly want in life and work.
How to: Deal with Anxiety and Fear
PRACTICES TO CALM AND CENTRE AND RESTORE FOCUS.
Anxiety and Fear can be crippling, this series contains 4 practices specifically designed to reduce anxiety and fear allowing your team to focus on building what matters.
He is not a typical “speaker circuit” guy, that sounds like a radio recording. Pierre is real and authentic. Above all, Pierre lands a message so delicately, that weeks later little nuggets from a talk will still pop up in your head” Dewald du Plooy, Marketing Director KFC
“The true power of this talk is in how it touches on the simple yet poorly understood – or personal yet most potent – aspect of our being…managing the self” Victor Kgomoeswana, Africa Business Specialist
Over the centuries humanity has developed ways to facilitate change and growth in life, from birth to adolescence, to adulthood and even to sagehood.
Pierre du Plessis – Leadership