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Human Potential and Parenting Thought Leader


Award-winning speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, helps individuals and teams to win at life and work. Her passion for connection and relationships, and how to maintain them in a fast-changing world, is at the core of everything she does as a human potential thought leader.


Nikki is admired and respected in the business, education and parenting circles for her work in raising human potential through leadership, engagement, resilience, connection and teamwork. She helps to create mission-ready individuals and organisations for everyday and future disruption.


Nikki is the co-author of three bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child (Penguin, 2008) co-authored with Dr Graeme Codrington, Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009) co-authored with Ilze Alberts and Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm, 2014) co-authored with Arthur Goldstuck. She recently published two ebooks: Talent Re:Defined with Raymond de Villiers, and Parenting Matters 2.0. Her next book, the 10thanniversary revised and updated edition of Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s (Penguin Random House), will be published in August 2019.


She is a prolific speaker and has presented in South Africa, in neighbouring African countries, Hong Kong and the United States. Nikki is as comfortable presenting at high end conferences as she is in under-resourced squatter camps, and she provides high impact with practical application that adds value wherever she goes.


She has a large digital footprint and an impressive mainstream media presence. Due to her trusted, independent and informed opinion and her ability to pack a soundbite, she has racked up over 2 000 media appearances in just over 10 years. She is the resident family and parenting expert on SABC TV3’s Expresso and Radio 702 where she has had weekly slots for many years.


Nikki is a guest lecturer at Wits Business School, GIBS & Henley. She is a professional member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) of which she is a founding member.


Certified Speaking Professional

In 2016 Nikki received her CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association in the US. It is the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers who speak for a living. Nikki is one of just over 600 speakers in the world to hold this designation. In South Africa she was the 10thspeaker to acquire her CSP and was one of only four women to achieve it at the time.

Speakers Hall of Fame Award

In 2019 she was inducted into the PSASA’s Speakers Hall of Fame for excellence in her craft and being an industry icon and an example to others. She is the very first woman to receive this award in the 11 years since its inception, breaking the glass ceiling. #womenonfire #doingitforthegirls #glassceiling


Nikki was married to Simon for 26 years before his untimely passing at the end of 2017. She has two sons aged 19 and 24 and they live in Johannesburg. Her children are the light of her life and the inspiration for much of her work. Family is an extremely high value for Nikki who believes that strong societies are built on the foundation of strong family life just as good matric results rest on good foundations that are laid in the pre-school years; and strong businesses are not just about processes but about the people behind them.


What If ‘What If’ Happens For Women

How prepared are you for disruption in your life?

Talk type         :           Keynote

Talk length      :           45 – 60 minutes (to fit into your agenda)

Seating            :           Cinema style or at tables

Group size       :           Minimum 20, Maximum unlimited

How prepared are your female staff, practically and emotionally, to cope should a ‘what if’ moment happen to them? No-one’s life unfolds in a straight line, either professionally or personally. Disruption is part of the human condition and we all experience it in very different and sometimes profound and life-changing ways, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a home, health, wealth, a business or a job.  

As media personality, award-winning speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, shares her story of six short minutes that changed her life forever, she inspire your audience and show them how to see collateral beauty in collateral damage. They will be inspired to shift their perspective of loss and trauma as a potential pathway to growth. They will be motivated to create peace of mind by getting their practical affairs in order using Nikki’s blueprint for being mission-ready for when a ‘what if’ moment strikes, as it will. Nikki is an expert at empowering individuals and teams to win at life and work – they are inextricably linked to each other. If resilience, resourcefulness, empowerment and optimism are gifts you would like to give for the women in your business, organisation or association, then this presentation is for you.

Nikki will share:

  • The six minutes that changed her life

  • How loss and trauma impacted:

    • Her brain

    • Her body

    • Her brand

    • Her business

  • Challenges she has faced and what she has learnt

  • A blueprint for how to be ‘mission-ready’ for when a ‘what if’ moment strikes

  • Includes a handout of Nikki’s ‘What If File’ checklist

I had the pleasure of hearing Nikki speak in South Africa at the PSA convention where she was one of the keynote speakers. I was blown away by her courage and vulnerability, sharing her personal story. I cannot recommend Nikki highly enough as a speaker who will motivate and inspire any audience.” Madeleine Black, international speaker, TEDx speaker and psychotherapist


Which Jacket Are You Wearing Now?

Celebrating how you got to ‘here’

Talk type         : Keynote (can also be presented as a longer more interactive workshop)

Talk length      : 45 – 60 minutes (to fit your agenda – longer if you want a workshop)

Seating             : Cinema style or at tables

Group size       : Minimum 20, maximum unlimited

Do we ever stop to wonder how we got to here? This presentation is a reminder to every woman of the journey they have walked; how everything they have done and experienced to this point has contributed to where they find themselves now. It’s also a celebration of the lessons and wisdom they have learnt along the way that continue to shape and inform their own personal empowerment story, their own brand of one. Nothing is forgotten, nothng is lost.

Inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, takes your audience behind the scenes of what it takes to build a strong personal brand. In this vibrant, energetic presentation she will wear five different jackets sharing the most important lessons she learnt from wearing each of them, while building three different careers. Today she is a stand out brand of one, a thought leader and media personality who inspires other women to aim higher while staying true to who they are.

 Her presentation highlights:

  • How to hold on to what’s important to you

  • The importance of connecting with others and not travelling through life alone

  • Finding mentors on your journey

  • Taking responsibility for one’s choices

  • How life does not unfold in a straight line, no matter your age, life stage or position in the work place

  • The importance of a flexible mindset and opportunity eyes

“Nikki presented her 5 Jackets talk to the women in Vodacom Group's Finance Team on the occasion of International Women's Day for 2019 - what an inspiration! A fabulous speaker with so many lessons we can all relate to - considered by many of the women present as simply the best they have listened to. Down to earth but with world class finesse and so much energy and passion.” Sandi Linford, Group Company Secretary at Vodacom who hosted the International Women’s Day event at Vodacom

Shift From Human Doing To Human Being

Connecting beyond your job description, KPIs and your workstation

Talk type         : Interactive, facilitated workshop

Talk length      : 60 - 120 minutes (to fit your agenda)

Seating             : At tables

Group size       : Minimum 20, maximum 150 pax

How well do you know your colleagues? How often to you really connect and engage as human beings vs human doings - chasing KPIs, surviving and just getting the job done? When last did you laugh so much that your cheeks ached?

In this very interactive, process-based workshop that is customised to raise issues or start conversations that are important to your group or organisation, award-winning speaker, Nikki Bush, will help your team break down barriers, reconnect and raise their energy levels. Laughter and learning are guaranteed as she facilitates critical conversations in between each carefully selected process. Nikki is an expert at helping individuals and teams to win at life and work.

This workshop will:

  • Empower participants both at work and at home

  • Encourage clear communication

  • Create greater understanding of team dynamics and collaboration

  • Break down barriers between team members

  • Build stronger, more connected teams

The added bonus of this workshop is that every process is something participants can go and do with their own families at home or do again in the business setting, making them a hero at work and at home. Both boxes ticked!

Nikki will leave your team viewing the world from a new perspective, with fresh eyes.

“Nikki had 150 people on the edge of their seats, participating in tasks and processes, eliciting responses and feedback to demonstrate the importance of team cohesion, and ensuring the breaking down of silo’s and buy in to individual commitment.” Sunita Singh, Organisational Development Consultant, Nedbank Retail Banking

Rave Reviews

  • More than a speech – a profoundly moving experience!

  • You made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me sit up and think.

  • You have blown me away. I don’t have to feel guilty anymore.

  • Thank you for encouraging me to get out of my head and connect with my children.

  • As a single mother, this workshop has been my saving grace. Thank you.

  • Thank you for helping me see how connecting more creatively and being more present with my children means I will have to discipline less.

  • What a great reminder that simpler is better.

  • You blew my mind and opened my heart.

  • Really empowering in its simplicity.

  • Thank you for reminding me to be more playful and to have fun myself at home and at work.

Nikki Bush


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