Trend & Innovation Specialist.
Global Speaker. Best Selling Author.
Entrepreneur. Singularity University Faculty Member.

Global
Speaker

The future is not coming, it’s here. My Talks are for businesses and leaders who want to know more about the challenges they are up against, and the vast opportunities these create. Each topic can also be facilitated in a Workshop environment, or customised to meet specific concerns.

Keynotes

My book

What’s your Moonshot?

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Shaping your mindset
  • The future of technology, your consumer, your industry and your employee
  • Innovating with purpose
  • Creating your Moonshot

OVERVIEW:

Based on my first book, What’s your Moonshot?, this keynote unpacks what it takes to future-proof yourself and your business in the age of exponential disruption. The audience will be encouraged to ask bold questions, such as: How do we thrive – rather than merely survive – in our exponentially changing times? How can we innovate so as to make a positive impact on millions, if not billions, of people?

As the foundations of modern economies – transportation, communication and energy – are shifting, massive transformative ideas are no longer the sole domain of nations and global organisations. These pioneering, game-changing missions – or Moonshots – are defined by thinking big to drive change and shape the future. Does your business have what it takes to pioneer the future? Do you have a Moonshot?

employee and workplace

The Forever Profitable™ Whiteboard Lecture

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Get a holistic view of trends and shifts affecting the world.
  • Gain the confidence to ask [real] questions.
  • Become friends with the future, rather than a victim of it.

OVERVIEW:

This 45-minute interactive lecture is designed to encourage organisational decision-makers to dissect and contextualise the future from an informed, fearless vantage point. During this session we will venture into a new territory: one in which strategic decisions can be formed outside of comfort zones, beyond capabilities and irregardless of competitive advantages. By zoning in on the future of your industry, consumer, technology and employee within the three major consumer markets, each audience member will be challenged to explore their very own Moonshot potential.

The Future of Leadership

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Becoming transparent and personable leader
  • Organising people in small groups and around focussed tasks
  • Attracting the workforce of the future

OVERVIEW:

By 2023, 7 billion people will have access to the internet and access to the same knowledge. By 2020, 50% of the workforce will be freelancing.

How will this affect leadership? How will it influence company culture? How can leaders attract the workforce of the future? I will talk you through this seismic shift from centralised to decentralised leadership, and explain how this challenge can be an exciting opportunity to become a leader with a new perspective.

The future of the workplace

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Sustainable workforce: from acquisition to retention
  • Decentralisation of power in the workplace

OVERVIEW:

The most important asset in today’s world of business is true talent. This Talk is about discovering the “How”; how to attract, inspire, motivate and retain the best talent: from attracting and nurturing this talent, motivating and creating a climate conducive to innovation, and finding the keys that will unlock new doors to reveal growth and sustainability.

21ST CENTURY EMPLOYEE

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • What are the need states of the 21st century employee?
  • How do these needs change in a mature, emerging and less affluent market?
  • How can you attract and retain the employee of the future?

OVERVIEW:

It is no surprise that the future of your business is based on the quality of people that you attract, inspire and motivate to work with you – rather than for you.

What does this 21st century employee look like? Which are the different markets that he or she lives in? What is driving the behaviour of these employees and how will they choose to work with you over other companies in the future?

THE GAMIFICATION OF EVERYTHING - EMPLOYEE

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Reward-based motivation
  • Gamification in the workplace

OVERVIEW:

From a young age, we create games for ourselves; games that make an ordinary activity into something fun and rewarding. This concept of creating and playing games in everyday life can also be applied to enhance routine tasks in the workplace. Our new-age need for instant gratification, means that we are able to alleviate a lot of the stress around projects and are motivated to act differently if we are being rewarded. Allow me to show you how you can introduce gamification principles into your company and how it can become part and parcel of attracting, inspiring and motivating staff.

Consumer and sales

THE GAMIFICATION OF EVERYTHING - CONSUMER

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Reward-based motivation
  • Gamification in the workplace

OVERVIEW:

From a young age, we create games for ourselves; games that make an ordinary activity into something fun and rewarding. This concept of creating and playing games in everyday life can also be applied to enhance routine tasks in the workplace. Our new-age need for instant gratification, means that we are able to alleviate a lot of the stress around projects and are motivated to act differently if we are being rewarded. Allow me to show you how you can introduce gamification principles into your company and how it can become part and parcel of attracting, inspiring and motivating staff.

The Consumer of the Future

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Anticipating trends and knowing your consumer
  • Crossing over sectors: where are your consumers and where are you?
  • How to be Forever Profitable

OVERVIEW:

In an ever-changing world, staying relevant, authentic and profitable is a real challenge.

In this Talk, my focus point is on how businesses can use trends in a very specific manner and form new habits that will fast-track the adoption of a “forever profitable” culture. The main aim is to dissect the needs of your consumers, and the sector they operate in.

The Future of Sales

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • How to start attracting (pull) and stop shouting (push)
  • How to be helpful and differentiated
  • How to create a meaningful consumer experience around the brand that you
    are selling

OVERVIEW:

Successful brands of the future will master the art of an effective pull strategy.
In a hyper-informed world, ads become invisible as we (the consumer) become ninjas at avoiding push sales strategies.

Instead, we actively seek out brands that add value; brands that are helpful. What we need to do in this new world, is to position ourselves as thought leaders within our industry so that we can add value to people’s lives, and sell as a secondary, spin-off notion. If your sales strategy is not attracting the attention that it used to, this talk will show you how you can stand out in the future.

Future Strategy

How to Stay Forever Profitable

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Disrupting your own business
  • Seeing change & innovation as open doors of opportunity
  • How to Trenovate and stay ahead

OVERVIEW:

To create cutting edge organisations, we need to drink from the fountain of insight and look into the future of technology, our industry, consumers and our employees.

How can we ‘predict’ the future and what does it take to remain Forever Profitable? The simple answer is that it’s all relative, but the good news is that if you keep an eye on the world around you, you don’t need to be an oracle to see what your future might look like – anticipation is preparation.

Do you know what to expect? Do you know how your business will be disrupted?

Preparing for the challenge of change

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Finding opportunities in new categories
  • Understanding consumer needs
  • Staying afloat vs. transformation

OVERVIEW:

The word “change” is not big enough to explain what the world is going through. In fact, what we are going through is something called “transformation”.

In this talk, I invite the audience to think about how they can dive into new industry categories in order to stay relevant. We will explore change as being about really understanding the consumer. What needs do they have? How can your business become more personalised, more convenient and more trustworthy? How can you jump into new categories and achieve true transformation?

Striving in tough economic climates

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Preparing for the future
  • From challenge to opportunity

OVERVIEW:

Tough economic climates are for businesses that have not looked at the future and have not prepared themselves. If you are focused on the needs of consumers and employees, you are able to create a business ecosystem that is agile, continuously innovating, and moving forward.

Allow me to take you on a road trip of economic challenges in both an African and an international context: the African entrepreneur, the rise of women in power, tech convergence and mobile access.

Taylor made topics

Mastering Disruption

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Spotting disruptors in outside sectors
  • The ‘new’ rules of business
  • How to increase your Adaptability Quotient (AQ)

OVERVIEW:

Is the idea of a disruptor keeping you up at night? Do you even know who will be ‘stealing your lunch money’ in the near future? How can you survive the influx of disruption?

First of all, you need to look beyond the confines of your own industry, because disruptors typically come from outside of your sector. Next, you need to become familiar with the new rules of business and how to apply them. In this keynote, I show you how to survive disruption by asking new questions about your business, setting your sights on new industries and new rules, and moving your company from being IQ- and EQ-focused to being AQ-focused.

The Future of food

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • What sort of food will we be eating in the future?
  • How will food become almost free?
  • How will nutritional and health benefits of food change?

OVERVIEW:

It is estimated that the world’s population will have ballooned to 9 billion by 2050.

How are we going to feed everybody on earth and how will technology transform food production, distribution and consumption patterns? In other words: will food become
affordable and ubiquitous around the world? Let me show you a glimpse into the future and explain why food will become almost free within the next 10-15 years.

The Future of Travel

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • How will you be travelling in the future?
  • What sort of holidays will you be going on?
  • How will you plan your trips and how will the experience change?

OVERVIEW:

It is forecast that the 3.8 billion air travellers in 2016 will double to 7.6 billon by 2035. Travel is becoming increasingly affordable and the traveller’s hunger for new experiences is insatiable.

Not only will physical spaces and sustainable travel solutions shape this massive demand, but technology will also play an inseparable role in streamlining, optimising and transforming travel.

From augmented to virtual reality:
What is the future of travel going to look like?

THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Which of the nine converging technologies are you applying?
  • How are you working towards converging these technologies?
  • How can this bring more fluidity and relevance to your consumers and employees?

OVERVIEW:

This is a new wave of disruption that we’ve never seen before. What is the 4th industrial revolution all about and why do we refer to it as such?

What happened to the 3rd industrial revolution and why is it being overshadowed by the 4th? How will this new revolution affect you and your business? What are the primary converging technologies you should know about?

TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIALISM

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • What happens when knowledge becomes the new foundation of wealth?
  • What does the decommoditisation of food, education, healthcare, housing and entertainment look like?

OVERVIEW:

What does the transition from capitalism to post-capitalism look like?

In this talk, I examine how technology is encouraging collaborative production, information sharing and automation – all the while driving production cost margins towards zero.

Rather than demonstrating elusive trends, I will introduce you to innovations and social shifts that are shaping this emerging reality.

FUTURE OF THE CITIZEN

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • The need states of future citizens in the three major market categories
  • Innovation, skills, welfare, and happiness – what matters where?
  • What are the Future Citizen trends in your country?

OVERVIEW:

In our exponentially-changing world, what are the attitudes and expectations of a nation’s citizens in mature, emerging and less-affluent awareness markets?

From managing ageing populations, to skills development and cultivating & measuring happiness, this Talk examines the intricacies, priorities and trends that influence the Future Citizen across the globe and in your own country.

CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • The origins of conscious behaviour and thinking

  • The power of social capital

  • Cathedral Thinking for beginners

OVERVIEW:

At its core, the concept of ‘Conscious Capitalism’ is demonstrating that it’s increasingly possible – and inevitable – to be both sustainable and profitable. As consumers strive for guilt-free consumption, business strategies need to think ahead.

When we look back at key events that have occurred in our recent history, we can clearly see the path to a more conscious existence being mapped out. So why are some brands thriving in the face of this global shift, while others still whitewash their shortcomings just to tick the boxes? Do the long-term gains outweigh the short-term wins that keep stagnant wheels turning? What can you do to meet the new demands of conscious consumers?

People talk. Here’s what they say about me.

Your talk was just amazing, I was inspired and it was a real eye opener

Telkom BCX 

Outstanding content, explosive energy

De Beers

Amazing energy and enthusiasm, not to mention the powerful content

Rectron

Fantastic insights and unbelievable energy

Tiger Brands