I am jaded, I have been in the industry a very long time (20 years feels like a lifetime), I have seen a lot, heard a lot, had my intelligence challenged and my mind bent, and often been bored. There are not many speakers out there that make me stop (mid running around on an event) and listen. Pierre is one of those
Pierre du Plessis has a “je_ne_sais_quoi” he is genuine, he is kind in nature and he is deep. What he talks about hits home and makes the neurons fire. He inspires me and makes me think.
He is the 1st person I recommend when a client requests a speaker. A consummate professional, always on time and always interesting.
I mean, really who doesn’t want to be a “flaneur”?
Kelly McGillivray - The Squad Events
I am flâneur, I saunter about cities observing trends, the flow of culture, and the pace of the world. I curate the information, I collect to sift the meaningful from the meaningless.
I am interested in what it means to be human, how we grow as people and how we can produce good work.
I have worked in advertising, design, and trends since 1999.
I write for various blogs and newsletters and speaker on what is, and what it takes to create, good work.
I have done over 500 talks.
I can’t go a day without creating something.
My alter ego is the love child of Gertrude Stein and Jason Bourne.
That is the challenge. How do live lives that are meaningful, not only to ourselves, but to the rest of the world around us?
How can we create good work, work that comes from a good place, and does good, and creates even more good?
How do we add, build and innovate, rather than take away, break down, and dumb down?
The world doesn't want breadth it wants depth. The world is tired of hollow, it wants solid. The world is tired of fake, it wants real.
How do we create good work?
My online life:
Cats, Throwing like a girl, and Gurus
a start to knowing yourself.
Because nothing is worse than the right person in the wrong job.
Knowing ourselves has become such an important goal, that nowadays it is being tied to knowing the meaning of life itself.
Where is the self located, are you your six packs abs, your skill to bake gluten free muffins, or your job?
Are we what we do?
In Praise of Shadows
A talk on where to find inspiration, and how to innovate.
This talk explores the inevitable, and increasing, mysteries and uncertainties in the world and how we should react to, and even engage the unknown.
For it is when we do just that, enter into the shadows, that we will find innovation, creativity, and new possibilities. We desperately need the gift of randomness if we are ever to break new ground and to truly innovate.
What do your hands smell like?
A talk on the importance of understanding your context.
Your hands tell the story of where you have been, where you live, what brought to where you are.
Many of us live a continually disconnected lives, we separate our lives into neat boxes, we have places for work, for fun, for exercise, for spirituality. Yet we are whole beings. We live our lives continually through our screens instead of our ‘eyes’.
We have become disconnected from our own context.
"Pierre, like all good trend spotters, looks at the world with infinite curiosity and an open mind. As such, he has a knack of pin pointing a trend on the rise, but most importantly its roots and trajectory. Without these two elements you don't have context, and Pierre has the ability to provide that all important context."