Dissident Preacher

3rd Person Bio

Pierre is an author and a master storyteller who firmly believes in the ludicracy of speaking to crowds to change the world. He has a habit of making the familiar strange and turning the world upside down. He is currently the CEO of HumanWrites, saving the world one wee notebook at a time. He works with a contemplative community of faith in the heart of Cape Town but finds truth in every corner of the world.

He has been featured on TEDx stages numerous times, and travels the world preaching less about religion and more about chaos, leadership, innovation, and trends. He is an educator at DUKE CE University and his corporate clients include BMW, KFC, Adcock Ingram, Old Mutual, FNB and others. He was awarded the Desmond Tutu Gerrit Brand prize in 2017 for best spiritual publication by a debut author in an official language.

He believes he is the love child of Gertrude Stein and Jason Bourne.

He lives in Cape Town with his wife, two kids, and his iPhone.


Featured Keynotes

Pierre has done nearly a 1000 talks, speaking, and preaching, regularly to audiences around the world on chaos, leadership, innovation, and the art of leading the self. In a comfortable conversational style Pierre brings depth to an event by pulling from popular culture, trends, spirituality, and all the way through to ancient myths and legends. His humorous storytelling style leaves the audience inspired and equipped with new lenses and practical insights to use in their own lives, teams, or businesses.

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Monsters, Heroes, and Kings

A Keynote on Leadership

There are at least 4 near universal stages in life. The Child, the Hero, the King, and the Sage. Each stage has a set of invitations, and each stage has a turning point, a crisis that needs to be faced.

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In Praise of Shadows

A Keynote on Innovation

Treasure is never found out in the open, treasure is found in the dark. Innovation, creativity, adventure, and life is found in the sacred mess of mystery, chaos, and uncertainty. The soul needs its secrets, and it is in these where true authenticity lies.

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The Art of Discernment

A Keynote on Decision MAKING

Life is an infinite web of decisions leaving us spinning and flooded with emotion when needing to make a big choice that could make or break us. The question here is, how do we discern wisely and how do we go about choosing the path that will lead to life?

Pierre gave us a completely new angle on leadership, with practical actions that we can immediately implement in our teams
— Sarel van Zyl, CEO, FNB Namibia
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Testimonials

Pierre du Plessis is most probably one of the best speakers I have encountered, anywhere in the world. I have been lucky enough to see the likes of Nir Eyal, Eric Qualman, the great Tony Dungy, even that guy Bill Clinton, but do I do anything different after listening to them? Nope.

Think different. Apple said it. Pierre makes you do it.
— Dewald Du Plooy - Marketing Director KFC
Pierre looks at the world with infinite curiosity and an open mind. As such, he has a knack of pinpointing 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.
— Dion Chang, Founder Fluxtrends
Pierre’s talk dropped bombs in my head that have been exploding in my brain for weeks - love it!
— Rich MulHolland
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, and always interesting.
— Kelly McGillivray - The Squad Events