About Me

Thinking, writing and speaking to change the world.

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    Words Written (Circa. 2000)
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    Speaking/Training Interventions
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    Business Books Read (Circa. 1998)
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    Trip to Iran
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    Kilometres Run (Circa. 2000)

Me in a Nutshell

  Jacques de Villiers - Inspirational speakerI've been a professional speaker, trainer and facilitator since 1998. In this time I've presented more than 700 times to audiences both locally and internationally. I spend most of my time researching and writing  about this human experience you and I are on. I'm most influenced by the work of Carlos Castaneda and this comes through in many of my motivational keynotes. When I'm not speaking or writing, you'll find me at a dam catching bass, playing chess with some old mates and spending time with my family. Say Hi, Email me

My Skills

  1. Keynoting and Facilitating 80%
  2. Training 60%
  3. Consulting 40%
  4. Writing 90%
Prior to starting my speaking career I was in public relations. It was under the mentorship of the late Milner Erlank that I really learned the craft of writing. My speaking career has been influenced by my time as a Dale Carnegie instructor, Toastmasters, the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) and fellow speakers, Stef du Plessis, Billy Selekane, Callie Roos and the late Bertie du Plessis.

  • "You idiots! These are not them! You've captured their stunt doubles."- Spaceballs
  • "The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing - and then marry him." - Cher
  • "Stop trying to be awesome. Be in awe that you get to go through this human experience."- Jacques de Villiers
  • "Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."- Robert Frost
  • "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them."- Henry David Thoreau