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Caspar Berry started his career as the lead in the first series of Byker Grove on BBC1 alongside Ant and Dec.
He went on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge and – after setting his sights on being a professional film writer – had his first screenplay produced by Film Four while still in his third year of university.
By the time he was 23 he was writing for Miramax and Columbia Tri Star. Then at 25 he took the decision to end this career path; he moved to Las Vegas; and became a professional poker player!
Caspar played poker professionally for most of the next 3 years of his life during which time he made a good living pitting his wits against the game’s best known players.
After all of this, he went on to set up and run twenty first century media: building it into the fastest growing audio visual media company in the north east of England, before leaving to concentrate on his career as a speaker and trainer in London.
Most recently, Caspar has also gone back to his television roots as the presenter and poker expert of a number of TV shows; most notably, Poker Night Live, voted Britain’s best poker show, and Sky Poker, the country’s premier nightly poker show. He can now be seen on Sky Sports and he is also poker strategy writer for Flush magazine.
His latest film credit was as the poker adviser on the latest James Bond movie, Casino Royale.
Areas of Expertise
In the past four years Caspar has built a reputation as a highly distinctive speaker within the corporate world with a unique and challenging message that forces people to question many of the things they took for granted. Drawing on his range of diverse experiences in poker, business and life, Caspar has created a range of workshops, seminars and speeches that deliver powerful and important messages about the way we think, particularly when it comes to risk-taking, communicating, decision-making and innovating.
Working with companies such as BP, Nestle, Nationwide, AXA, Barclays, Cisco, Citigroup, The Metropolitan Police and The Shaw Trust, Caspar is taking a fresh look at the way organisations take decisions and communicate in order to gain a competitive edge. The key message is that understanding how to take calculated risks is critical in the creation of dynamic leaders and managers who will innovate and change the world around them.
The metaphor of poker is a fun and original one which gets people involved and engaged but crucially, it provides just a starting point from which to explore these themes in a business-focussed way.
The emphasis is always on provoking a change in the behaviours of the participants for the greater good of themselves and their teams. Audiences feel incredibly challenged but in a way that is never prescriptive or preachy. It is for organisations to apply the lessons in a way which is useful for them.
The overall aim of the sessions is to break people’s patterns; to energise and motivate a team and to provide tools not rules for collective change. Often, after a session, clients choose to play poker for fun and though this is optional it often provides a perfect end to a day of learning and stimulation.
“Brilliant, intelligent messages delivered with passion and knowledge. The best talk from an outside speaker I have ever seen”.
Corporate Marketing and Communications Director, Nestlé UK
Thought provoking – in terms of what has prevented me from developing my potential – a “light bulb” experience!
Business Manager, Nottingham Community Housing Association
“I thought the session was excellent”
Sales and Service Director, Barclays plc
“Caspar uses his experience to present a unique and captivating presentation/workshop all around learning to fail in order to succeed. I came away feeling energised and entertained. I would recommend this to others because it really gets you to think about your own mind-set in a very different way.”
Head of Training, Berwin,Leighton Paisner
“Caspar is individual, charismatic, energetic – doesn’t need to try at being bright – he just is! He has a real presence, he makes you want to learn and listen. The day itself had great pace.”
Head of Finance and Banking, Hudson
“Caspar has excellent and well thought through material. He is able to take principles from Poker and provide relevant insight and application for business. It certainly challenged the group to think differently. Caspar is a highly energetic, engaging and charismatic speaker. He stays on brief and time and is very flexible adapting to the needs of the group”
Marketing Capability Director, Brand Learning Partners
“Takes the wraps off risk taking and decision making offering a completely new angle for me. Very helpful.”
Chief Inspector, Surrey Police