LORNE SULCAS – The Big Cat Guy – Global Motivational Speaker

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Innovation: surviving competition

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One of many powerful success lessons from Africa’s Big Cats that I share in my keynote presentations is how to survive brutal competition by innovating and doing what no-one else is doing.  As the smallest (by shoulder height) of the large predators, the leopard has to constantly compete with the much more powerful hyena and lion, both species of which tend to specialise in hunting essentially large herbivores.  The leopard on the other hand, is an extremely versatile hunter, able to hunt a very diverse variety of prey, from medium to small mammals down to small birds and even reptiles.  This adaptability allows the leopard to come up with innovative hunting strategies in response to the conditions in which it finds itself.

The benefits of being able to innovate and adapt can be extended to success in business and even sport.  The following is South African rugby legend Nick Mallet’s take on last Saturday’s brutal South Africa vs New Zealand rugby match, and doing what no-one else is doing in order to prevail over competition:
“The (final) try that the All Blacks scored, they had an opportunity to go from 20-17 to 20-20, but they kicked to the corner and came up with a lineout move that no one has seen ever. It was brilliant; they are the most innovative team in the world. We’ve never seen that and we didn’t know how to defend against it. Every game they come up with these fantastic new moves, it worked so well… They take seven points and win the game because of that courage; it’s their ability to come up with new ways to score tries that’s better than ours.”

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  • Hi Lorne, I thoroughly enjoyed your keynote presentation this morning. I love cats and I loved your photography – WOW!   Your presentation really resonates with my beliefs about strategies to enable a successful, efficient team, which is so essential to what we do. My friend Anni, who attended with me, was really inspired and chatted excitedly all the way home about everything you talked about that she’s now going to do in her own business.

    SANDY WALSH – LYONESS, SOUTH AFRICA
  • Lorne, your talk was an incredible success. When I was chatting to some of the delegates that afternoon they were all saying how inspirational your speech was. I have never heard them talking like that about a guest speaker. One of the ladies who I know quite well said that after your talk she was motivated again and her goal starting that day was to lose weight. So you clearly made an impact. Thanks so much.

    CARRIE FORDER – CONFERENCE AND EVENT PLANNER, CLF SOLUTIONS, SOUTH AFRICA
  • “I was blown away … Lorne is unique and I really feel he would please any audience. His was and still is one of the most talked about presentations we’ve seen.”  

    Motivational Keynote Speaker Cape Town WC Astraia MATTHEW NEWNHAM – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ASTRAIA TECHNOLOGY, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
  • I had the utmost pleasure of seeing Lorne deliver his “Thriving in a Wild World” keynote and his ability to draw real life comparisons between survival in the bush and thriving in the business world was truly first class. I was able to immediately apply insights from his talk and I can honestly say it has yielded brilliant results!

    FEMI ADEBANJI – FEMI BUSINESS SPEAKER, NIGERIA
  • Lorne, your presentation on survival in business with reference to the big cats of Africa, was extremely inspiring and interesting. We often forget in our work and personal environment the importance of those lessons: vision, change and especially in our situation, teamwork. The visual that you create of what it takes to overcome challenges is very powerful… the uniqueness of your message cannot be underestimated. Many people who attended told their associates and colleagues about the session and how valuable it was and I have heard several people say how disappointed they were not to have attended.

    SHARON BRINK – MPN CO-ORDINATOR, ENSAFRICA, SOUTH AFRICA