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Ian Thomas has been a professional speaker for 14 years. He has travelled internationally, and spoken in more than 25 countries. After completing a Bachelors degree in Business, he followed his calling and worked as a wildlife guide in Southern Africa, specializing in tracking lions.
Ian attained the highest tracking and guiding qualification possible, that of "Scout", awarded to him by "The Field Guides Association of South Africa'. The award recognizes excellence in guiding in big game areas, weapon handling, and tracking. He was the first person to achieve this distinction.
During his time as a guide, Ian discovered that he had a talent for teaching and story telling, which led to a career in public speaking. One of his core beliefs is that people have a lot to learn from nature. Sound business sense is linked to a knowledgeable insight into how nature thrives. His presentations assault the senses, stunning photographs, thunderous roars, humour and an ability to tell and act out the story; all of which drive the messages home.
Areas of Expertise
Audiences leave enthralled and repeat the stories to friends and colleagues, which further entrenches the message and results in immense take home business value.
Ian has been a guest on radio and television, discussing subjects such as teamwork, goals and how to minimize risk.
Ian is recognized internationally as one of the world's top motivators and keynote speakers with clients in Europe, Asia, USA and Africa. Keynote talks include:
The Power of the Pride – Teamwork
Ian Thomas presents a riveting and informative account of how lions, the only cats that hunt in teams, can be compared with how businesses operate as teams. Lions form teams in order to hunt the vast herds of antelope that evolved onto Africa's savannahs. The strategy of using teams to ambush these herds was extremely successful.
Individual lions and lionesses benefited from this association and the prides became extremely powerful. The presentation is based around this point - that the success of the team is because of the individual and the success of the individual is because of the team.
The Spoor of Success – Strategy
Ian Thomas, while working as a Game Ranger, discovered that his guests' predominant request was to see lions. In order to satisfy his customers, he set out on a strategy to find lions on a daily basis.
The strategy conceived was both fun and a financial success. The reason for its success was that its whole thrust - that of competitive advantage - was seen from the customers' point of view.
Adapting to Change
The only real security that exists in an era of dynamic and rapid change, is the ability to read the change and devise a plan to thrive within it.
Change can present itself either as a threat or an opportunity. Ian Thomas illustrates how lions successfully avoid the dramatic and dangerous threats that occur during their lives, while creating opportunities to thrive on.
He believes that within these stories there are lessons that both businesses and individuals can learn about thriving in an era of dynamic change.
'You managed to combine the timing of a professional comedian with the skills of a professional mime artist. You obviously had a complete mastery of your subject matter, but what came over above all, was your passion for your subject combined with a desire to use that knowledge and passion to communicate to your audience. It was funny, riveting and inspirational all at the same time'
Clive Panto of Clive Panto Productions UK
"We were all hugely pleased with the success of last week's event. The feedback here is that it was by far the best conference we've ever had. Ian Thomas went down a storm so a great recommendation."
Alessia Melli, UnumProvident
"My sincere thanks and congratulations to you on an absolutely superb performance at our conference. I can quite honestly say it was one of the most impressive opening presentations that we have ever had at our annual conference. The conference is being hailed by all as a huge success and without doubt a very large part of the credit must go to you."
Alan P. Gavaghan, Chairman - BIIBA House, London
"I would like to thank you for the team building exercises you provided our group. The service you provided and your professional approach is greatly appreciated. Your programme made a great impression on my colleagues and I received excellent feedback. We achieved all our objectives and I look forward to continuing our relationship."
Pierre Tredoux - Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group