Pierre du Plessis

  • Travels From: Cape Town, SA
  • Fees: R35,001 - R50,000

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“People who are lonely at work are likelier to be emotionally and intellectually less engaged.

These same people are also more likely to call in sick, they are not as motivated as other employees, and they do not perform as well either.” – Pierre du Plessis (2022)


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. 

This message deconstructs our addiction to facts and draws all the way from Japanese aesthetics to Oscar Wilde to speak on the necessity of uncertainty, the gift of chaos, and the source of true innovation.

This keynote and Masterclass gives leaders a new lens for thinking about where innovation originates. They will walk away with practical randomization practices they can build into their lives and their businesses.


This keynote from the book is a call to train naked, to have skin in the game and start training to become a better human that builds amazing things.

It speaks of identity, purpose, and ethics, and along with a selection of life-changing practices, it inspires you and your team to take charge, get skin the game and train.

Don’t let the next battle catch you unfit; start training now.

  • Heroes, Villians, and Instagram Ads.
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  • Monsters, Heroes and Kings

Pierre du Plessis cares deeply about human development, people becoming better people so that they can create and build things that truly matter. Pierre is schooled in ancient practices and texts, and understands how to leverage ancient wisdom in order to solve modern business challenges. He is the founder of Palaestra, a community of practice. […]

Pierre du Plessis cares deeply about human development, people becoming better people so that they can create and build things that truly matter.

Pierre is schooled in ancient practices and texts, and understands how to leverage ancient wisdom in order to solve modern business challenges.

He is the founder of Palaestra, a community of practice. He leads a contemplative community with a strong focus on meditation, retreats, and inner work in Cape Town. He is an award winning author, having received the Desmond Tutu, Gerrit Brand prize for literature.

Pierre du Plessis speaks to audiences around the world on how to use age old truths to solve today’s problems. He has been featured regularly on TEDx stages, and his speaking clients include BMW, KFC, Adcock Ingram, Alan Gray, LASIK, and many others.

He believes he is the love child of Getrude Stein and Jason Bourne and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife, two kids and his iPhone.

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These talks and how to session pull from the vast well of ancient texts, wisdom and practices from Pierre du Plessis. When something has been circulating around for hundreds or even thousands of years it has built-in authority. Books have outlasted empires and is stronger, and more resilient than the strongest fortress.

I mix these with modern innovation, using them as a lever to solve modern challenges like constant, exponential change, human development and behavior, and even innovation.

What do the ancients have to say to the 21st century?

Quite a bit.

How To Sessions

Humankind has long since known the benefits of designing a regula for daily life (a rhythm of practices) that supports our development.

These Pierre du Plessis sessions, in-person or online, are designed to teach you and your team basic practices to deal with stress and anxiety, develop focus and concentration, guide decision making and strategy, and just to become all round happier, healthier humans.

Over the centuries humanity has developed ways to facilitate change and growth in life, from birth to adolescence, to adulthood and even to sagehood.

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