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The Big Cat Guy, professional Keynote Speaker, together with Graça Machel, addressing inquisitive young minds at the 2017 Round Square International Conference

I'm humbled that being a professional keynote speaker puts me alongside some great people every day.  I shared the platform as motivational speaker with Graça Machel at the 2017 Round Square International Conference in Cape Town this week, and after my keynote, I had the privilege of sitting next to Her Majesty Queen Anne Marie at lunch with some of the student delegates from around the world.  Well, you can imagine the conversation at the lunch table...?!  🙂

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Graça Machel is universally known for being a freedom fighter for Africa, a champion for the upliftment of this great continent and all of its people.  She married the first President of independent Mozambique, Samora Machel. Years later and after the death of her first husband, she would become the only woman in the world to have been married to two presidents when she wed President Nelson Mandela from South Africa.

Having Graça Machel on the programme was just one example of the spectacular scale and standard of this 2017 Round Square International Conference.  The agenda this year was incredible and really showcased how fantastic this organisation is and the marvelous, truly world-changing work it's doing and future leaders it's producing. A large percentage of the approximately 1400 audience members was Grade 11 students from 150 schools around the world. The President of Round Square International is His Majesty King Constantine II of Greece, who officially opened the conference, followed by a spectacular opening ceremony.  And so, it was a huge honor to also have the King and his wife, Her Majesty Queen Anne Marie, in the audience. What was really cool, as I have mentioned here, was to see the sponge-like curiosity and enthusiasm of these fresh young minds!

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Some of the international schools represented at this conference were:

Box Hill School

Keystone Academy, Beijing

Him Academy Public School

Amman Baccalaureate School

Ivanhoe Grammar School

Stanford Lake College

Ballarat Grammar School

The Armidale School

Scotch College

Buckingham Browne and Nichols

Woodleigh School

Samworth Church Academy

Gordonstoun

Bermuda High School

Inter-Community School

Colegio Los Nogales

And the list wouldn't be complete without a huge shout-out to the three Western Cape Schools who hosted and organised this massive international event: St. Cyprian's, St. George's Grammar School and Bridge House. A hearty congratulations for an unbelievable conference!

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  • Thank you so much Lorne for your exceptional presentation and facilitated session to our Executive Management Team. The team was blown away and could not stop talking about it and referring to your points throughout the remainder of our strategic planning session and beyond!! We have no hesitation in recommending ‘Thriving In A Wild World’. Thank you again, very much!

    ASHLEIGH DAY - RGA REINSURANCE COMPANY, SOUTH AFRICA
  • What a truly inspiring experience it was to have been part of Lorne’s Team Excellence program this year. Our full staff team of sixty people enjoyed a programme of discovery, fellowship and critical thought, at the end of which we left feeling inspired, motivated and, above all, like a high powered team ready for any challenge. Lorne’s easy manner allowed the session to proceed at our pace and ensured that all our needs were met. His insight and understanding of the nature of our “people” business is remarkable and he was able to get one and all to look inward and forward with a clear understanding of others in our team. A truly life changing experience that I am prepared to recommend most highly to those teams lucky enough to have Lorne as a speaker and facilitator. You certainly won’t regret your investment. It has already more than paid off for us.

    GRANT WILLIAMS – HEADMASTER, FISH HOEK PRIMARY SCHOOL, FISH HOEK, SOUTH AFRICA
  • Wonderful motivation and came at a great time for our company. The photos were a wonderful attention getter and the tie-ins to the real world business environment and to our own situation were totally applicable. It made our problems and strategies so much clearer. Thank you!

    MOLLY FANDRICH - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, E&K, LOVELAND, U.S.A.
  • Thank you for the opportunity to listen and learn from Lorne’s exciting and astonishing life experiences. His presentation really resonated with me. I loved that he could adapt his talk to meet our current business’ needs and give us the shake up we needed. I’d really recommend his presentation. He is such an inspiring individual.

    MARCELLE MAGGOT – HR MANAGER, ASSOCIATED MEDIA, SOUTH AFRICA
  • Again I have to compliment you on the wonderful presentation you gave at our conference this year– thoroughly enjoyable and extremely useful in assisting me in motivating my team. Not a day has passed since the conference that I haven’t referred in some way to the behaviours you shared with us in the wild, in reminding my team how to stay – Hungry – Focused and work as a Real Team.  Thank you Lorne! You definitely have a lasting impact on your audience.  Dallas, who you met in the front row, his feedback about your session was: ‘I just have one word: WOW!

    BELINDA-LEE BELLAGARDA - NATIONAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, CAPE COOKIES, SOUTH AFRICA