Bruce Whitfield Keynote Speaker
Top South African public business speaker

Bruce Whitfield, launches ‘Genius’ talk

Having shared the stage with the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Charlize Theron and Lord Mervyn King; delivering hundreds of speeches to thousands of audiences over two decades, Bruce Whitfield continues to captivate the crowds with his cutting-edge insight into the business world. And his latest presentation, Genius, won’t disappoint.

What drives Bruce Whitfield?


I love speaking in public.

In many ways I think I am a frustrated teacher or actor who wants to share ideas with as many people as possible!

There is nothing like the glare of the spotlight to focus your attention on what is most important in that moment: the audience.

There are few things more fulfilling than engaging directly with a live audience and assessing in real time what is resonating with them and finding those key points they will take home and share with their families and friends over dinner.

Getting people to think about the opportunities available to them in the world – regardless of how scary or dysfunctional their environment is – is a wonderful privilege.

I like speaking about opportunity, how it manifests, why it is that some people seem to possess a rare genius that enables them to grow their big ideas and, increasingly, take them global.

I am inspired by doers.

They don’t get enough recognition in our society. My mission is to highlight their success, and in doing so, inspire others to take the leap.

What are Bruce Whitfield’s top business talks?


1.      Genius


Bruce’s latest 45-minute business talk is based on his book of the same name, and takes a look at the particular brand of genius that not only thrives in a difficult domestic environment, but delivers on a global scale. Having spent more than two decades studying the South African business environment and distilling what has made the country’s top entrepreneurs globally competitive. The business talk and presentation has fascinating stories from those who have gotten it right, and inspires anyone looking to succeed against the odds.

2.      The Upside of Down


Basing this business talk on his bestselling book of the same name, Bruce demonstrates to audiences how important it is to have a growth mindset in a deeply complex environment, where fear and indecision can often paralyse us. Facts matter more than ever. You cannot make good long-term decisions if you are overwhelmed by fear. This deeply empowering, fact-rich, multi-layered talk challenges our in-built biases and encourages audiences to confront widespread, but often inaccurate beliefs.

3.      Power, Passion and Purpose


This presentation focuses on the power of entrepreneurs to solve real world problems, and challenges the audience to find their purpose and to use their skills to change society for the better. In addition to world-leading examples of people like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs, the talk features compelling case studies with video inserts showcasing a diverse selection of remarkable South African entrepreneurs. This talk is ideal for young people searching for their purpose.

What else does Bruce Whitfield offer?


In addition to being a renowned local and international business speaker who tells compelling stories about the political economy in a creative and engaging way, Bruce plays a number of other roles.

–          Facilitator / moderator


As a journalist, broadcaster and host of a daily radio show, Bruce has an unparalleled ability to bring insights into the issues being discussed, while masterly co-ordinating opinions across a panel discussion or any event with multiple voices. He elicits the important questions and handles difficult conversations (and people) with aplomb. His entertaining style turns even tough or technical topics into memorable discussions.

–          Master of ceremonies


Bruce’s stage presence, authority and ability to entertain make him an ideal programme director. He has managed stages with global speakers and thought leaders and brings credibility and gravitas to any event that he hosts.

Bruce has extensive experience, having spoken to boards, excos and leadership teams at leading national and international organisations. These include Standard Bank, PWC, Deloitte, RMB, Nedbank, Absa, PSG, Old Mutual, Sanlam, Discovery, Anglo American, DeBeers, JP Morgan South Africa, Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and more. Bruce is insatiably curious and constantly builds his understanding of the world in a way that helps him help audiences make sense of it too.

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