Stef du Plessis

Steff du Plessis

It’s not by chance that Stef du Plessis is consistently rated as one of the top motivational and business speakers, conference after conference. Nor is it a coincidence that his corporate clients swear by his in-house programmes to help them to improve their performance, year in and year out. Rather, it is because Stef is the whole package: content that is relevant, practical and proven, brought to you by a world-class presenter.
SOLID CONTENT. With a Masters degree in leadership, Stef is academically well grounded. Many of his programmes were developed under the auspices of the University of Johannesburg, and given his considerable experience as an executive-level leader and entrepreneur over many years, 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 UGRs® process, that provides the tools and systems necessary to facilitate workplace transformation. Plus, having implemented a large number of programmes across a very broad spectrum of organisations over many years, his stuff is real-world-tried-and-tested, so you don’t need to experiment.


PEOPLE MOBILISER.  Participant feedback is unanimous: he radiates authenticity. This connects him with people at all levels, across all divides. Now add that he is also a gifted communicator.
Result: Stef is able to motivate and inspire people to the point where they want to do more, and be more. Then he shows them how. Finally, he 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.
SHOW STOPPER.  Stef is consistently rated as one of the standout speakers at premier 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. This is perhaps the most envied speaker-platform in the world. Now consider the fact that Stef has spoken there twice.

CULTURE ARCHITECT.  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 or longer. He has conducted literally hundreds of workshops for employees at all levels, and he has frequently lead 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 who is able to facilitate groups of almost any size, to ensure large-scale employee engagement, buy-in and implementation.

INDUSTRY ICON.  It comes as no surprise then that Stef 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.

FOOL PROOF.  Stef 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 a good fit. Which is why he is able to offer a bulletproof guarantee: he will meet your expectations, or the fee is on him. Period.




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



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 ground-breaking 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



When it comes to strategic facilitation, business leaders turn to Stef to help them craft, and then implement their strategic plan throughout the organisation. 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), enhabling him to help his clients improve employee engagement and build better labour 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

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