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Summary Profile

It has been said that people born blind grow and mature with an intellect absolutely void of the pre-conceptions or judgments of those with sight.
Their minds become formidable think tanks… platforms from which they develop razor sharp insights into life’s everyday problems & challenges.
Hein Wagner is such a man – a man who lists more personal achievements than many!

* On 14 April 2013 Hein becomes an Ironman
* Two Oceans Ultra marathon in March 2013
* Dessert Dash 369km mountain bike race form Windhoek to Swakopmund in December 2012.
* Two-times winner of the Argus cycle race blind tandem category 2011/2012.
* First blind person to complete the 2011 ABSA Cape Epic
* 6 October 2009 Hein broke the World Blind Land Speed Record averaging a speed of 322.5km/h
* Hein has completed both the Hong Kong and New York City Marathons.
* He has skydived from a height of ten thousand feet and bungee-jumped from one of the highest bridges in the world.
* In February 2006 Hein became the first blind person in the world to cycle solo over a distance of thirty-nine kilometres.
* First South African to break a World Land Speed Record in September 2005 reaching a speed of 269 km/h
* A player in the SA blind cricket team that won the World Cup in India during the inaugural Blind Cricket World Cup in 1998.
* He completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race at the age of 22.
* Hein also performed his autobiographical show, Bat Magic, at all the major art festivals in South Africa.
* He completed his APM (Advanced Professional Management) through the Open University of London.


Hein’s captivating and humorous motivational talks are available in English and Afrikaans. He can further tailor-make any of his presentations to suit your conference/meeting objectives and outcomes.

Blind man with Vision™

This presentation is guaranteed to open the eyes of those that are simply too lazy to see. It is loaded with humour and suitable for diverse audiences of all ages, religions and cultures. Hein leaves the audience with the burning question: "I am blind... What is your excuse..?"

Hein recommends this talk for corporate dinners, award ceremonies, gala & fundraising events, product launches etc. Basically any function, formal or informal.

A slightly adapted version of this talk is also available for schools, colleges and universities.

Against all Odds™

This presentation takes the audience on a moving journey of Hein’s view on the world he lives in. He shares some of his light and dark moments as well as his personal recipe to achieve extraordinary results.

Hein recommends this keynote for any kind of conference or seminar that deals with any theme or topic including sales, marketing, leadership, strategic planning, team building, project planning / kick-off or just pure staff motivation.

Dinner in the Dark

An unique and unforgettable experience without comparison.

What?: A three course meal is served in total darkness.
How?: Hein facilitates the evening and guides the guests through their experience in the dark.  As there are a number of technical requirements to hosting Dinner in the Dark, Hein prefers using preselected venues for this event. The venue is blocked out completely ensuring that no light seeps in. 
Please note: mobile phones, lighters and watches that glow in the dark will be kept in safe keeping during dinner.
Guests do not see the venue prior to the event and are normally unaware of the fact that they will be served dinner in total darkness. The venue is loaded by table and guests meet their highly skilled blind waiter, who will assist them to their table, in the dark. Guests are not aware that their waiters are blind. This will only be revealed once the lights are switched on.
Why?: With one sense temporarily removed guests have to rely on their other four senses and the people around them to navigate through the evening. This concept can be linked to various themes including:
Leadership and Respect
Hein can tailor-make the messaging of Dinner in the Dark to suite your company’s core values and/or goals, product launches, client experiences and staff motivation etc.
Dinner in the Dark Quick facts:
Suitable for 20 – 130 guests
No light generating devices will be allowed into the venue
Venue loaded table by table 
Detailed table list including dietary requirements essential

Listen, Think & Grow™
(Motivation & Team Building Session)

The team building session kicks off with an all round introduction that is followed by a 45-minute powerful and emotional motivational talk.  This moves the audience into a dimension of positive thinking.

The talk is followed by an interactive session that includes a number of exercises to improve the level of understanding, respect and sense of belonging within the group.

Hein contracts confidentiality with the group and through the above mentioned techniques create an environment of trust wherein people share on a deeper level to ultimately have a far better understanding of everyone in the group/team.

With a better understanding and deeper level of trust within your group/team the members also get to know and understand the interpersonal boundaries and how to effectively deal with one another, especially under pressure.

Be warned: This is a highly emotional session, however incredibly effective in bringing a group/team together for life.

We recommend this session for any team/group that needs to achieve extraordinary results on all levels.  It leaves them connected, respected, appreciated and “team mated”.

As the creator of this interactive team building session, Hein can change the content to accommodate your organization’s key objectives, core values or any long & short-term goals, should that be required.

Rave Reviews

Mike DeNoma, CEO, Consumer Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
“Without doubt Hein is an exceptional individual. He delivered an inspiring presentation with humour and enthusiasm, touching each individual in the audience with his insight into life and the ways in which he overcame his challenges. Our audience of 400 managers & executives from over 30 nationalities were captivated by his many achievements and energy for life. A huge success!”

Harry Charlton, Chief Finance Officer, Parliament of South Africa
“Many of my people have said that they went away with a very different perspective on life. All too often, motivational talks are once-offs with a one-day impact. It is nearly a week after your talk and I am pleased to tell you that people are still commenting about your presentation.”

Arno Vorster, On behalf of the Institute of Internal Auditors Western Cape
“This truly inspires those that can see - to stop and think what we have achieved in life. His talk was humoristic, grabbed the attention and was really inspirational as it depicted true and realistic examples we all see in our daily situations but never see the detail as experienced by a person who cannot see... ”

Jody Pearson, PR Manager, Alexander Forbes
“Hein is a remarkable young man. He achieved so much in his life that I wouldn’t even dream of attempting.”

Brian Robertson, HR Director, Vital Health Foods
“The time we spent together on Friday afternoon was WITHOUT EXCEPTION the most humorous, uplifting, motivational and inspirational experience that I have experienced during my 18 years with the Company. The message was clear, practical and relevant to our people and you manage to reinforce a very strong and positive sense of accountability through turning your disability into a massive ability – “I am blind … what is your excuse …” ”

Hein Wagner


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