International Speaker & Trainer | Leadership, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Willem Gous International Speaker

Leadership | Innovation | Entrepreneurship

Speaker, trainer, facilitator and team building

“An excellent speaker, flawless in his delivery with a lot of take home value. If you need a crucial message delivered with clarity and passion, a speaker who can both motivate, inspire and leave your audience thinking long after the event is over, Willem is the person you should consider.”

Farzanah Cassim
Corporate and Investment Banking

Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator

“Thank you for speaking at the 10th Annual Joburg Secretaries Day Conference which took place on 6 – 7 September 2017.

I was really impressed that you met with a few of the delegates before the conference and that you sat in for the entire 2 day conference, so that you could customise your presentation and make it as relevant as possible, to our audience. You went the extra mile for us and helped add value to our clients, which I really appreciate.

We were hoping that as the final speaker, your presentation would end the conference off with a bang, which it absolutely did. You brought so much energy to the last session, the music was great and your message was powerful. From the delegate feedback we received, you were rated one of the top speakers over the 2 days. I would not hesitate to recommend you as a conference speaker and would definitely consider using you as a speaker again at our own events. Thank you for your positive attitude and professionalism, which made working with you a pleasure.”

Catarina Allison

Director, KumaloGreen

Keynotes and Presentations

InsideRisk High-Stakes Leadership - Half day/Full day workshop

InsideRisk High-Stakes Leadership in Action triggers an in-depth reflection on the essence of leadership and trust-building.

The experience begins by immersing you in the case of J.P. Mottu, a Swiss executive in charge of saving his employee, kidnapped by Colombian rebels in 1988. During the case, you are called upon to make extremely challenging decisions, discuss them in small groups, and compare your choices to those made in the true story.

After assessing how you tend to react under pressure, you go through a debrief and a masterclass on key leadership behaviours, during which you bridge your assessments and learnings to your day-to-day reality. This process leads you to identify your leadership strengths, weaknesses and bias and incites you to take action.

The approach used for the 28-Day Follow-through combines e-learning, reference materials, online tool kits, opt-in challenges and motivational items shipped to you to inspire implementing your learnings over time and building new practices.

Outcomes

  • Master the fundamental behaviours of leading in high-stakes conditions
  • Improve your capacity to exercise critical thinking
  • Create authentic trust around yourself and with the people in your organization
  • Put your learnings directly into action

Keynote | Innovation - You, Me, Innovate - Innovation Acceleration Success

Most businesses fail at innovation, losing a large amount of money, time and market opportunities. They fail because they are trying to innovate the company. A company is an empty shell, a container of people. 

The people inside this system is what drives innovation, and most innovation initiatives forget these people. 

This talk focuses on creating innovation success within your business by leveraging the resources you already have and helping them co-create, resulting in innovation acceleration while making innovation part of the DNA of your business. 

If you are interested in innovation, want to break down silos of communication and learn how to leverage diversity, then this talk is for you. 

Outcomes

  • Understand how people drive innovation
  • Break down silos of communication
  • Leverage the diversity within your people
  • Make DNA part of the DNA of your business.

Keynote | Entrepreneurship - What about the entrepreneur? - How to create businesses that create jobs and grow the economy.

What the books, speakers and courses do not tell you is that entrepreneurship can only deliver on the needs of the customer, not the needs of the entrepreneur. Look at the life and working conditions of a typical entrepreneur, and you see, I speak the truth.

When the entrepreneur does not have their needs met, they fail to build successful businesses that create jobs, grow the economy and uplift communities.

This talk shows how the current entrepreneurial approach failed the entrepreneur, and how a more human-centric approach can lead to a sustainable approach to entrepreneurship that will lead to the sustainable development of entrepreneurs so they can grow economies, create jobs and uplift communities around the world. 

Outcomes

  • Understand how to develop entrepreneurs sustainably
  • How entrepreneurship can accelerate upliftment, job creation and economic growth.
  • Awaken people to entrepreneurship and how to do it with the least risk and most success.

“Willem’s fast paced webinar on starting a business making use of what one has now was both insightful and inspiring. If you are given the opportunity, I would recommend taking the time to participate in the webinar, whether you are starting out in business, looking to take a different direction in life or wish to expand or improve your existing trade. Willem’s concepts are skilfully explained and therefore I found them easy to grasp and apply to my own situation immediately. Taking a step back and reflecting on ourselves, our assets and our potential is of great benefit both in business and in life. Willem can make you do all that in an hour!”

Gerard Samson-Dekker MPharm

LLM, United Kingdom

“I learned the power of essential leadership behaviors to build real trust and gain leverage in the most difficult situations.”

Martin J.

Team Building and Motivation

Helping people overcome their limiting beliefs

Using various tools, I help people overcome limiting beliefs, beliefs that hold them back from achieving all they can in life and in work. Unlock the potential within yourself and your employees today.

Firewalking

Corporate Firewalking is a powerful metaphor for overcoming limiting beliefs and fears that hold people back to take action. To take action in their lives and at work. We can do this with teams from as small as 5 to as big as 5,000. This will create employee engagement and motivate your team.

Glass walking

Glass walking is a powerful method, as is firewalking, but it is more suited for indoor events and shorter available time for the intervention. Perfect for boardrooms where you have to motivate and align your team. Smaller groups are preferred.

Mini team build

We understand the financial and time pressures businesses face during full-day or multi-day team building events. That is why we have the mini team build option. A 2 to 4 hour event you can have any time during the day, late afternoon or even the evenings to get your staff motivated, inspired and aligned. We work with you to make sure the work we do is aligned with your corporate objectives.

If your company is planning a team build and you are concerned about time and loss of productivity, then this option is for you.

Keynotes and Presentations

Arrow breaking

You take an archery arrow as a symbol of those limiting beliefs and break it with your throat by putting the sharp end in the soft part of your throat and push into the arrow until it snaps. A powerful event in any individual’s life. I can still remember the change it brought in my 13-year-old daughter’s life.

Rebar bending

Can you bend a re-enforced steel bar with your throat? Yes, you can, and you do it in teams of two! A perfect metaphor for breaking through limiting beliefs in groups of two. Get your team to breakthrough together.

“Thank you for speaking at the 10th Annual Joburg Secretaries Day Conference which took place on 6 – 7 September 2017.

I was really impressed that you met with a few of the delegates before the conference and that you sat in for the entire 2 day conference, so that you could customise your presentation and make it as relevant as possible, to our audience. You went the extra mile for us and helped add value to our clients, which I really appreciate.

We were hoping that as the final speaker, your presentation would end the conference off with a bang, which it absolutely did. You brought so much energy to the last session, the music was great and your message was powerful. From the delegate feedback we received, you were rated one of the top speakers over the 2 days. I would not hesitate to recommend you as a conference speaker and would definitely consider using you as a speaker again at our own events. Thank you for your positive attitude and professionalism, which made working with you a pleasure.”

Catarina Allison

Director, KumaloGreen

Your input in my life at the webinar was God sent. I shall never forget you and I thank you for the slap in the face as I say “I have nothing to start with” ………..I know I do but my concept was thinking I needed the money first to start a business! I now know I have ME, my resources and my ability to get connected with other people and invite them to come do business with me with their “two” ingredients. Well done – You have raised another one from the pit of despair.!!

Sonia Sobers

Canada

“Your approach is very logical and well structured. It’s a practical, hands on system of good questions. In my case it strengthened me in the action I’m already taking but in that it gave me confidence and motivated me to keep going. The little exercises demonstrate the power of the lessons you explained. It was definitely worth the time! Something I can rarely say after a webinar.”

Pauline Jongmans MSc

The Netherlands

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