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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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Testimonials

  • Dear Lorne, a sincere thanks for your invaluable key note address to UWP Consulting at our regional conference. You exceeded all expectations. Apart from the fact that the presentation was enthralling, accompanied by world class photographs, the Survival of the Fittest theme rings very true in our present day working environment which requires unusual focus, great vision and superb teamwork you talked about, in order to obtain and maintain the edge required for success in our industry. I can recommend this presentation to any organization who seeks inspiration in striving to be the best in whatever they do.

    ADRIAN SKEA - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - UWP CONSULTING (PTY) LTD, SOUTH AFRICA
  • 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
  • Thank you Lorne, you did such a fantastic job in your talk yesterday of integrating the corporate world environment, with that of nature and those majestic cats. Your discussion around adapting, enduring, creating opportunities and teamwork in a tough environment was beautifully demonstrated and you really held our attention with your amazing stories. Your presentation and photography were superb – and it was so refreshing to have such a vibrant visual and well delivered presentation. You really told a story that was highly enjoyable with a lasting message.

    WENDY DIAS - MARKET DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCT MANAGER, SYNCHRON MARKINGS, 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.
  • Lorne, I really want to take this opportunity to thank you for your brilliant keynote on Lessons from Africa’s Big Cats at our Q1 awards meeting. It was exactly what we needed. And it wasn’t just an outstanding speech. At a challenging time for our business, the powerful lessons you shared about leadership, dealing with change, and being an exceptional team, really hit home with our people. Everyone keeps talking about being like the leopard, cheetah and lions. Your talk has made a huge impact on our culture and organisation. I would firmly recommend your key note speech to any team that is facing challenges are requires inspiration for dealing with change and its impact on leadership in these trying times.

    MURRAY PRICE - MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQSTRA FLEET MANAGEMENT, SOUTH AFRICA