Do Your Best Work

(and tell the world about it)

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Keynotes & Masterclasses.

In a VUCA, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous world, I help you from gun to tape. I will teach you to innovate, lead, strategise, and market so that you can do your best work, and let the world know.



How uncertainty fuels creativity and innovation.

in praise of shadows

Treasure is never found out in the open, treasure is found in the dark. Innovation, creativity, adventure, and life is found in the sacred mess of mystery, chaos, and uncertainty. The soul needs its secrets, and it is in these where true creativity originates. 



Leaderships lessons from myths, archetypes, and legends

Heroes, Monsters, and Kings.

There are at least 4 near universal stages in life and subsequently in our careers as leaders. There is the Child, the Hero, the King, and the Elder and each stage has a set of invitations, and also has a turning point, a literal crisis that each leader needs to face. 



Crafting a virtuous strategy in a VUCA world.

The art of discernment

"Move fast and break things" is a motto that is outdated and increasingly indefensible. More and more consumers are demanding that organisations are responsible, authentic, and in fact, virtuous.

How does one design a virtuous strategy in a VUCA, Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous, world?

Strategic Creative Direction

Creativity is what humans do, and in an increasingly competitive marketplace having the ability to tell your story in a compelling, relevant and creative way is all the edge you need.

More than just creating striking images, your creative approach needs to be integrated with your strategy as your primary differentiating tactic. Using the power of great StoryTelling we can tell the world about your work.

"Fresh, thought provoking, and captivating"


"A completely new angle on leadership, immediately applicable in our teams."


3rd person bio

Pierre is a master storyteller who firmly believes in the ludicracy of speaking to crowds to change the world. He has a habit of making the familiar strange and turning the world upside down.

He is currently the CEO of HumanWrites, saving the world one wee notebook at a time. He works with a contemplative community in the heart of Cape Town but finds truth everywhere. He works as a creative director, being originally from a design background. He has worked in fashion, on award winning campaigns, designed brands and worked as a trend analyst. He has a knack for integrating business strategy, concept development, and striking storytelling.

He was awarded the Desmond Tutu Gerrit Brand prize in 2017 for best publication by a debut author in an official language.

He has been featured on TEDx stages numerous times, and travels the world preaching about creativity, leadership, and strategy. He is an educator at DUKE CE University and his corporate clients include BMW, KFC, Adcock Ingram, Old Mutual, FNB, Nedbank and others.

He believes he is the love child of Gertrude Stein and Jason Bourne.

He lives in Cape Town with his wife, two kids, and his iPhone.

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Pierre du Plessis is most probably one of the best speakers I have encountered, anywhere in the world. I have been lucky enough to see the likes of Nir Eyal, Eric Qualman, the great Tony Dungy, even that guy Bill Clinton, but do I do anything different after listening to them? Nope.

Think different. Apple said it. Pierre makes you do it.
— Dewald Du Plooy - Marketing Director KFC
Pierre looks at the world with infinite curiosity and an open mind. As such, he has a knack of pinpointing a trend on the rise, but most importantly its roots and trajectory. Without these two elements you don’t have context, and Pierre has the ability to provide that all important context.
— Dion Chang, Founder Fluxtrends
Pierre’s talk dropped bombs in my head that have been exploding in my brain for weeks - love it!
— Rich MulHolland
I am jaded, I have been in the industry a very long time (20 years feels like a lifetime), I have seen a lot, heard a lot, had my intelligence challenged and my mind bent, and often been bored. There are not many speakers out there that make me stop (mid running around on an event) and listen. Pierre is one of those.

Pierre du Plessis has a “je_ne_sais_quoi” he is genuine, he is kind in nature and he is deep. What he talks about hits home and makes the neurons fire. He inspires me and makes me think.

He is the 1st person I recommend when a client requests a speaker. A consummate professional, and always interesting.
— Kelly McGillivray - The Squad Events