Conference Keynote Speaker
International Conference and Keynote Speaker Lorne Sulcas, The Big Cat Guy Keynote presentations:
“THRIVING IN A WILD WORLD™:
Powerful Success Lessons
from Africa’s Big Cats.”
Having an opening or closing Conference Keynote Speaker who ‘bombs’ is probably an event planner’s absolute worst nightmare. You’re looking for a high-energy, high content speaker who will set the critical tone in opening your conference or leave your audience excited and ready to grow after closing it. Your speaker’s message has to stick and inspire. You cannot afford to have a Conference Keynote Speaker who is forgotten straight after walking off the stage.
Audiences don’t forget The Big Cat Guy. Or his message. His is not a speech. It’s an experience. And each keynote is different. Because every event and every organization is different.
Since 1996, Conference Keynote Speaker Lorne Sulcas has been ‘WOW’ing top teams and organizations around the world with his unique Thriving in a Wild World™ keynote presentations. After many years as a sought-after Leadership Trainer and Management Consultant, Lorne Sulcas went from the corporate jungle to the real jungle. Everyone thought he was crazy. For nearly a decade, Lorne was a game ranger, tracking and photographing Africa’s Big Cats on a daily basis. Today, The Big Cat Guy travels the world sharing potent life and organizational lessons from these super-predators that have been thriving for millennia in the face of change and competition. No-one has ever fallen asleep in Lorne’s keynotes! They are one-of-a-kind. And tailored to your bespoke context. Lorne reveals to your audience the age-old proven secrets of success:
- Sustaining growth and exceptional results
- Resilience in the face of inevitable change
- Truly exceptional teamwork
- Potent leadership, innovation and opportunity
- Getting and maintaining competitive advantage
He’s unorthodox; definitely not your average conference keynote speaker. Lorne’s clients include organizational giants on five continents, from Hershey’s to Bank One to Rolls Royce. He has spoken on the world’s biggest stages. He appears on CNN. His captivating stories and award-winning photos will pierce your audiences’ hearts. His inspiration will stay with them forever. His message moves people to act. He’s an extraordinary expert; renowned professional; a ‘cat’-alyst; trusted Motivational and Conference Keynote Speaker to CEO’s and Event Planners. Around the planet.
Because there’s no excuse for mediocre.
Click here to see some of the rave reviews Lorne gets from audiences across the globe.
I work with Eyegym. We train the eyes and the brain. We work on decision making and I think out of Lorne’s talk I realized again that we are actually designed to, like animals to hunt, look far and be aware of what’s happening around you. I feel us as people have lost that skill. The talk from Lorne just reminded me again of those basic skills that we got inside. We’ve born with that but we just need to awaken them again.
I’m involved with rugby in the USA. Lorne’s talk relates to a lot of what we do in the elite sports world. To some of the big cats here and South Africa, the lion, the leopard and the cheetah; I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to take what happens in real life. His thought around the fact that this has been going on for hundreds and hundreds of years and related to what we have now sort of on the cutting edge of elite sport. From my side, it was fantastic! It really made things real. Something that I could relate to as a coach but also someone that works with a lot of high-performance and a leap program. Fantastic and really glad I got the opportunity!
What really stood out for me was the quality of the photos and specifically the stories on the lions and having new angles on things that have been quite in the public eye. People are being made aware of the stories of animals and how they work together and how we can borrow those lessons to our world. What really stood out for me was almost the game ranger experience of how you can tell stories of moments, unique moments in the world. How you can extrapolate the detail therein, how it might apply to you in your life in particular. The metaphor of the wild buffalo and how he’s so frustrated from the ticks and even the detail. To see the photos of that, the talk really came alive to me. To look at something that we see at a certain level but to add the detail that’s relevant and extract the story in the metaphor really was very powerful. I enjoyed it very much!
I really enjoyed the presentation on the wildlife in Africa because I believe that in every business there are the same challenges that you face in the wild. Lorne explained in very clear terms how nature selected species have survived in extremely hostile environments. The rule of the game is that you have the skills to survive or you die. These lessons of the African bush are relevant to every business. Focus and avoidance of distraction, patience as we learned from the leopard, leadership dynamics as we learned from the lions, social dynamics within the team again we learnt from the pride and select your prey and focus on goals. I think that if business people were to adopt those fundamental paradigms in their own businesses, they would be much more successful. Lorne’s lessons from the ruthless plains of Africa should therefore be applied to every business. Well done Lorne!
"Lorne, I want to personally thank you. You made each session so relevant to our world. Your delivery is professional, entertaining and inspiring - every time... absolutely outstanding ... the ‘lessons that Big Cat guy spoke on’ is one thing they all really remember and still refer to."
DALE CROSSMAN - ED.D, IPM PROGRAMS, NASA, FLORIDA, U.S.A.
"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."
MATTHEW NEWNHAM – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ASTRAIA TECHNOLOGY, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
"Your presentation was brilliant, Lorne. In my job, I hear a lot from motivational speakers and much of it is a rehash of other presentations or literature. This was different…… Pure, base animal behaviours ... expertly translated into the world of human beings ... An intellectual triumph."
MARK SUDDABY - GROCERY DIRECTOR, TESCO STORES, UNITED KINGDOM
"…I was struck by your powerful message that can benefit all of us in today's world of chaos and change. Goose-bumps stuff! We immediately implemented your lessons around teamwork and leadership and are already noticing a huge difference. ..."
CAROL HALLING - ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS MANAGER, AT&T, U.S.A
"The standing ovation said it all. You have something rich and powerful ... which you expertly fit right in line with our conference... a provocative and exciting approach… absolutely unique and fascinating."
ISISARA BEY - SENIOR DIRECTOR, SONY MUSIC CORPORATE AFFAIRS, U.S.A.
Where Lorne Frequently Speaks
United States and Canada
Atlanta GA; Greater Atlanta Area; Los Angeles SC; San Diego CA; San Francisco CA; Denver CO; Washington DC; Miami FL; Tampa, FL; Chicago IL; Detroit MI; Las Vegas NV; New York NY; Philadelphia PA; Phoenix, AZ; Dallas TX; Houston TX; Seattle WA; Vancouver BC; Toronto ON; Edmonton AB
Europe and the UK
Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Munich, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Ireland;
Africa and the Middle East
Cape Town, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Pretoria, South Africa; Durban, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; Windhoek, Namibia; Dubai, UAE; Abu Dhabi, UAE
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Hong Kong; Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Australia: Auckland, New
Zealand; New Delhi, India; Mumbai, India
Lorne Sulcas - The Big Cat Guy
Atlanta Convention Centre
Atlanta, Capital of Georgia
Atlanta is the largest city and capital of Georgia and situated in the northwest part of the state at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Chattahoochee River. The first European settler was Hardy Ivy, who built a cabin there in 1833.
Atlanta is a unique destination in the heart of the South. It is the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia and apart from its fine dining, shopping, and rich history, it is also host to one of the most connected convention spaces.
One of these convention centers, the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, has a team of experts with more than 50 years of experience in operating, managing, and providing solutions for events of any size. It has 500,000 square feet of space, 100,000 square feet of contiguous space and over 45 breakout rooms.
Did you know that there are over 55 streets with the name "Peachtree" in Atlanta? Apparently, they're named after the Native American village of “Standing Pitch Tree.”
Atlanta's symbol is a phoenix because. Atlanta was the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war. Only 400 buildings survived after General Sherman burnt it to the ground. So the city is almost completely rebuilt after the fact.
A highlight of visiting The King Center in Atlanta
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in a two-story frame Queen Anne style house that was built in 1895 and bought by his grandfather in 1909. After Dr. King's assassination on April 4, 1968 plans were begun to restore the house as a historic museum.
Dr. King was born and lived in this house for the first twelve years of his life.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is considered the busiest airport in the world because it’s just a three-hour flight from many major American cities.
Things you might not have known about Atlanta
- Atlanta is the major commercial and transportation hub of the southeast United States.
- Atlanta has one of the world's largest aquariums which offers an up-close look at exotic marine life where you can also learn about aquatic habitats and see of the most diverse examples of oceanic life in the world.
- World of Coca-Cola is situated at Pemberton Place, Atlanta, the only place where you can explore the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand.
- One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India is located in the Atlanta metro area.
- Stone Mountain outside Atlanta is one of the largest blocks of exposed granite in the world.
- It was an Atlanta resident, Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the well-known novel, "Gone with the Wind". An ankle injury kept her from walking and so she reverted to writing her novel.
- The Winecoff Hotel was thought to be absolutely fireproof when it was built in 1913. But an enormous fire engulfed the hotel in 1946 and 119 people died. As a result of this tragic event, President Truman called a conference that led to the creation of modern-day fire safety codes. The hotel is known today as the Ellis Hotel.