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Vernon Cresswell

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Vernon Cresswell - Motivational Speaker, MC, Keynote Speaker, and Team building - Johannesburg

Well know and respected in the corporate community, Vernon decided to combine lessons from his strong business background with something even stronger – his passion for nature. His on-the-job experience in corporate SA and business in general for the past 20 years, coupled with his in depth understanding of nature makes him a truly unique individual when it comes to understanding the intricacies of team dynamics.

Raised in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Vernon was introduced to the wonders of nature at a very early age. After graduating with B Com LLB Degrees and Higher Tax Diploma and Company Law Diplomas, he decided to pursue a career in business – a decision that proved to be highly successful. In later years he and a few colleagues built their own financial planning business which was later sold to a large corporate. After serving a restraint period, Vernon was headhunted in 2001 by Standard Bank and appointed to start up their Private Bank, now a highly successful part of the groups Retail Bank. Following these illustrious successes Vernon was later appointed as Head of Standard Bank’s Wealth Division.

After remaining in this position for a period of time, the urge for Vernon to take up a new and exciting challenge was too great – resulting in him devising and developing a presentation enabled to assist others in the corporate environment to reach their own levels of true success when working as a team.

Both dynamic and inspiring, Vernon is a presenter with paramount appeal. His ability to combine various business principles with hard lessons we can learn from nature whilst still delivering this message with dynamism and humour, makes a presentation from him truly unique.

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The Team Beyond

A visually powerful and interactive presentation, Vernon is able to clearly demonstrate that we need to adapt the way we operate as a team today in order to survive tomorrow. More importantly - using wonderful visuals and great humour - he is able to bring together some of the harsh and powerful lessons we learn from nature and explain how these learning’s can be applied in business. Aspects covered in this vibrant presentation include:

You can’t do it alone – Communication – Relationships - Warning signs – Strategy – Leadership - Generalists and Specialists – Succession – Training – Trust – and more…

Vernon’s presentation is ideally suited for employees from all levels within small entrepreneurial organisations all the way up to large corporates. You would have leant that things don’t get more real than they do in nature. Both the corporate world and the bush each have to face the dawn of a new day with the same challenges – competition, politics, ego’s etc. No business will ever succeed over a sustained period of time unless it is able of operating effectively as a team.

You will leave this session more informed and more motivated to put into motion some of the learning’s from Vernon’s talk. Sound simple? It is, but it is very seldom practiced….

Rave Reviews
The motivational talk Vernon did for our senior managers was superb and the sometimes brutal but “fact of life” scenarios Vernon uses in nature to emphasize competition and only the strongest will survive, really struck a nerve with our team. We had international colleagues attending our conference and they were certainly in awe once the presentation had finished. Highly recommended – Leslie Matthews - MD Tempest Car Hire

Vernon is an inspiring leader.
He leads with personal charisma and integrity and with a focus on empowering and motivating those around him. He displays huge understanding and caring of people, and attention to the small yet important details.

More that anything, Vernon has impressed me by his passion for the bush. I have been privileged to join him at Milkberry, in the Sabi Sands, where he has led us on numerous fascinating and memorable game viewing excursions. He has an amazing knowledge and understanding of this environment, from trees and grasses to animal behaviours. He has intrigued us with information and shown us breathtaking sightings.

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Vernon has combined his skills, business and sporting experience and passion into a motivational presentation. He has entwined the importance of leadership with lessons from both harsh and caring animal behaviour, and demonstrated teamwork by how animals work together in the wild. Incredible pictures of the Sabi Sand game park create a backdrop to how we can lean lessons from the bush and relate this to the business environment.”

Dr Paul Fallon
Director: Lending Products, Standard Bank

“On behalf of all concerned, we would like to say a short thank you for making yourself available in your busy schedule to do your presentation to us.

Yours is no run-of-the-mill presentation as is so often made. The analogy that you make between the animal kingdom and the workplace is truly remarkable, and this contributes to the participation and interest of the delegates in the presentation. The visuals that you showed were amazing to say the least.

All the staff came away from the presentation in awe. You highlighted some glaring shortcomings in our organisational behaviour and operation. These we have now addressed and it is amazing what the turnaround has been. The co-operation amongst the staff, the acceptance of responsibility for actions and the outcomes thereof and the general team spirit that has developed has been as a direct result of your presentation, and is nothing short of astounding. The staff motivation has gone through the roof!

Thank you once again from all of us. We definitely look forward to your next “episode” during the forthcoming year.”

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