Stef Du Plessis

AROUND THE BLOCK: What you see is what you get! Stef assures his clients by means of his track record spanning over two decades, two-dozen countries and over 3500 successful assignments. This is why Stef has become a trusted resource to CEO’s and event planners as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, strategic facilitator and intervention leader on people, culture and strategy.

Stef is consistently rated as one of the top motivational and business speakers, conference after conference. His corporate clients swear by his in-house programs to help them improve their performance, year in and year out. Stef is the whole package; a world class presenter with a FULL HOUSE OFFERING!

With a Masters Degree in Leadership, Stef is academically well grounded with SOLID CONTENT. Many of his programs were developed under the auspices of the University of Johannesburg. Given his considerable experience as an executive-level leader and entrepreneur, he balances this with a hands-on approach.

When it comes to his work in the field of culture, it is his partnership with Australian-based Steve Simpson, creator of the acclaimed ‘Unwritten Ground Rules’ or the UGRs process that provides the tools and systems necessary to facilitate workplace transformation.

Audience feedback is unanimous; Stef radiates authenticity as a PEOPLE MOBILISER. This connects him with people at all levels, across all divides. Stef is a gifted communicator. He is able to motivate and inspire people to the point where they want to do more … then he shows them how!

Finally, Stef provides the tools, resources and assessments with which to make lasting change.

Bottom line: his clients insist that he delivers solid content, presented with award winning style.

Stef is a SHOWSTOPPER. He has been consistently rated as the stand-out speaker at premiere conferences. So much so, that he has been invited to speak on a number of the world’s most prestigious stages to audiences of up to 10 000 people, translated simultaneously into as many as 18 languages … including the Million Dollar Round Table and he has spoken there twice …

His corporate clients – including many of the most recognised brands in business today – bring him back to do more work with their people, year after year; sometimes for a decade … even longer … he is a CULTURAL ARCHITECT.

He has literally conducted hundreds of workshops for employees at all levels and he has frequently led company-wide organisational change and transformation interventions. In addition to facilitating strategic work sessions for executive teams, he is one of the very few practitioners anywhere in the world today who is able to facilitate groups of almost any size, thus ensuring rapid large-scale employee engagement, buy-in and implementation.

There is no argument that Stef is an INDUSTRY ICON. He has received every available accreditation and award on offer to a South African – based speaker, bar one: namely the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa’s highest and most coveted award. He has earned a far greater honour though, in that it has been named ‘The Stef du Plessis’ Award. This undeniably demonstrates that his industry peers consider him to be the ultimate role model and that his career is a benchmark case study.

SAFE: If it is in Stef’s marketing material, it’s true. He does not take on assignments that are beyond the scope of his expertise and he only accepts invitations to work with a group or speak at an event after making sure that his content and style is well suited. This is why he is able to offer a bullet proof guarantee that he will meet your expectations or the fee is on him … no questions asked.

Stef’s content at a glance …

People Empowerment

When it comes to growing people, Stef is considered to be a powerful motivator and change agent. He is an expert in the fields of self-mastery, teamwork and leadership. Through his motivational and inspirational talks, business keynotes, workshops and courses, he stimulates the development of human potential and initiates change and growth for individuals, leaders and teams. His comprehensive range of online tools, instruments and assessments, and his weekly-delivered re-energisers keep people focused and engaged, and provide the key to taking bite-sized steps towards achieving their long-term objectives, long after the event is over.

“Stimulating... cannot but capture people’s imagination and assist them to achieve their full potential. Unforgettable.”
Banus van der Walt, (then) Managing Director, Sanlam Properties

Culture Transformation and Change Intervention

Together with his partner, Steve Simpson, Stef helps organisations to improve their bottom-line results by showing them how to better understand and manage their workplace culture through the use of the innovative and groundbreaking Unwritten Ground Rules, or UGRs® concept. Their many clients, ranging from SMEs through to global giants, and spanning a very broad spectrum of industries, consider the UGRs process to be a game-changing competitive advantage. Experience the power of UGRs through a one-hour keynote or a short workshop, or permanently transform your culture with a UGRs in-house intervention or Train-The-Trainer programme, supported by a comprehensive vault of tried-and-tested, easy-to-use online resources, tools and assessment instruments.

“UGRs initiated a corporate ‘Road to Damascus’ experience for Gold Fields, creating the foundation for our future sustainable success.”
Ian Cockerill, (then) President, Gold Fields Limited

Strategic Facilitation

When it comes to strategic facilitation, business leaders turn to Stef to help them craft, and then implement their strategic plan throughout the organization. He is also a master mediator who knows how to work with top-level executives, senior management, unions, blue-collar workers and large groups of employees (of almost any size), enabling him to help his clients improve employee engagement and build better labor relations.

“After years of working with you, I didn’t think you could raise your game any higher... but somehow you did... again. This was by far the very best strategic session I have ever attended. You stuck to my brief in every way. The session was focused and to the point - I couldn’t have wished for a better outcome.”
Gareth Taylor, (then) Executive General Manager, Barrick Africa

What are others saying about Stef?


“Stef’s programmes have nation-building potential.”
Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki

“Our attitude towards each other, and the workforce, will never be the same again. I have never seen a facilitator like Stef du Plessis.”
Rickson Mboweni, Labour Relations Manager, Iscor

“One of South Africa’s most influential motivators.”
Council on Education in Management

“In my view, Stef is one of the top five speakers in the world today.”
Ian Berry, 2004 President, National Speakers Association of Australia

“One of the world’s leading practitioners when it comes to teams and team leadership.”
Institute for International Research

Who has Stef worked with?

-    South African Airways                                
-    SAPS                                                               
-    SABC                                                              
-    Proudly Bidvest
-    Mercedes-Benz
-    MTN
-    FNB
-    Nedbank
-    Standard Bank
-    KFC
-    Pick n Pay
-    Southern Sun
-    Anglo Gold Ashanti
-    Gold Fields





Stef’s Awards and Accreditations:

-    Million Dollar Speakers Round Table
-    Speaker Hall of Fame
-    Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
-    Speakers Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award
-    Founder and First President, PSASA

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