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Summary Profile

Steve has been studying performance for thirty years of which fifteen have been devoted to performance improvement through an integrated mind and body approach.

His MBA dissertation at the University of Cape Town focused on business performance improvement. He followed this with a PhD thesis on Mental Toughness as a factor in performance. Academic research combined with experiences assisting business organizations and sport teams at all levels led to his work as a strategist, international motivational speaker, facilitator, conference speaker and keynote speaker.

Steve has the business knowledge and skills to view a wide range of problems with a perspective broader than the established patterns that entrench thinking and close minds. He can also address them with a diverse set of tools.


• Mental Toughness: a presentation or workshop about the mental resilience to survive and thrive

• Who killed the sale: An edutainment show about those incidents that butcher the sale

• Stop chasing seagulls: A workshop on strategic planning

• Mind and body; A presentation or workshop on wellness and stress management

• Face the music: An edutainment show about innovation and making a plan

• Appreciative teamwork: A team work experience based on your needs

• Absolute dance: Entertainment by two of South Africa’s best dancers

• In step: Teamwork experience using dance as a metaphor

• Walking the talk: A presentation or workshop on the real reason for customer service

Rave Reviews

Just a note to thank you for your excellent and engaging motivation presentation yesterday. I have
had lots of positive feedback on the inter-active style of the afternoon and the good balance of 'hard
truth' and humour. Many thanks and I hope our paths cross again soon.

David Anderson CEO Saint Gobain


Thank you very much for a being our keynote speaker. The presentation, and message, was
inspirational, appropriate and needed. Mental toughness is so crucial to success, keeping your
thoughts positive and avoid “bad habits” to negatively impact behaviours. The “we” option is so vital in
the industry we are operating.
Two quotes that really stood out for us was:
“Nobody can out prepare you” and “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your
life” and “admiration, the way you treat your clients and others.
We received very positive feedback from our guests as well.

ï‚· The keynote speaker was excellent, smart, professional and delightful.
ï‚· He was extremely motivating
ï‚· The presentation was top drawer, very inspirational and most appropriate
We will definitely recommend you to our peers, and you are welcome to use our feedback as a

Carolina Visser Capitec Bank


Thanks so much for making our strategic session a success. The motivation and facilitation was

Makhosi Makhoba – Senior Manager - Civil Aviation authority


We have had very good feedback regarding the conference as well as your presentation. Everyone felt
that the message underlying your speech was particularly relevant. I have had a few queries from
delegates about how to contact you, and I have directed them all to your website.
Thank you again for being there!

Debbie Sharwood– Group Communication Manager – Pioneer Foods


Many thanks for your incredibly motivating and inspiring presentation. This country needs more of
exactly what you stand for.

Gavin Macaulay – MD Uni - Source


Thanks, once again for the presentation. Our managers found it fascinating and will be able to use the
concepts in their work and private lives. From my perspective if we can use mental toughness to gain
the edge over our competitors our business will truly benefit. Have a great day.

Mike Els – CEO - Waco


Thanks very much for sharing your time with us, the session was most valuable, I had very good
feedback from my team and points referenced a few times throughout the conference.

Oliver Lamusse – MD - First Technology KZN


Thank you so much for your great presentation and enthusiasm for life, which you passed onto our
people! It was a most worthwhile day and every team member that was present is enthused and has
only positive things to say – a big thank you!

Linda Pampallis – CEO - Thompsons Africa


It was so nice to get all the positive feedback from the people that attended our breakfast and your
presentation. Thanks once again for coming to Potchefstroom and doing the impossible by influencing
everybody so positively!

Dewald Van Breda – Chairman - Chamber of Commerce


Just want to say thank you, I must say that all my sales staff were most impressed with what you had
to say and I am sure that there were many positives which they can use in both the working

environment as well as in their personal capacities. Difficult to keep someone’s attention for two hours
but you managed to do just that - easily!! Thank You.

Fred Green – MD - Arctic Health

Thank you for being our guest speaker at the 2014 Franchisee of the year awards. Your wisdom and
insights on Mastering your Mind was inspirational and moving. You entertained and captivated us and
we will cherish the unforgettable experience of being with you for years to come. Best Regards
Lee Anne –HR Manager - OK Franchise division

A special thank you for an inspirational presentation on Saturday morning; I have received numerous
compliments from the team expressing how much value they received from your wellness talk.
Trevor Herbert - CEO - McCarthy Toyota
Thanks for this morning’s motivation session you presented to our board. I found your concept and
content of Mental Toughness fascinating and motivating. I have asked my PA, Zelda, to set up a time
for a follow up discussion.

Gareth Ackerman – Chairman - Pick n Pay

Thank you so much for the motivating talk you gave yesterday. It was incredibly entertaining and the
staff was genuinely touched by your messages. Let’s get together next week to plan how we will
include the follow up learning programme so that we take the concept of mental toughness into our
organization as the underpinning architecture of our culture.
Rian Oberholzer – MD - Access Management

This session was phenomenal. I was moved by the statement, “You have to turn up.” It is also life
changing and enhances the possibilities of a huge paradigm shift. This session motivated me to use
the hidden potential that’s inside of me. I’m brainstorming quite a lot on “Turn up & show up” and
making the impossible possible.

Joy January – Pollsmoor Prison
Thank you for spending time with us – it was excellent. I definitely ‘zing’ with the way your mind works
and really enjoyed your wit. There is nothing more charming than a brilliant, healthy and well-trained

Anita Heyl – HR Manager - Trans African Concessions
Your presentation was an absolute hit; everybody is talking about it. I need more info and a proposal
on the online course. I have candidates, including myself, who wish to participate.
Adri Fourie – HR Manager

Thanks for a wonderful talk. Time just shot by; it felt like half an hour. I loved the elegant simplicity of
your work (the highest compliment) your humour, stories and media. It was just thoroughly
entertaining. Like a good movie, it has been on my mind since.

Si Ekin – Life Coach
Many thanks for spending time with us in Bonnivale. All participants reacted very positively to your
talk. I will be prompting further thought processes in the “inches” and “mental toughness” directions of
your presentation. These good ideas tend to be forgotten very quickly if left alone so we will attempt to
jog memories with the main points.

Mark Philp - CEO - Selford Donford Group

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