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, South Carolina
Game-changing Leadership Thrive in the face of Competition Resilience in the face of Change

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Leadership Competition Resilience Change Teamwork Growth and Results Vision, Innovation and Opportunity

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Lorne Sulcas is a Top International Motivational Speaker who helps teams and organizations sustain competitive advantage. 

  • Thrive in the face of Competition
  • Resilience in the face of Change
  • Uncommon Synergy, Collaboration and Exceptional Teamwork
  • Game-changing Leadership
  • Vision, Innovation and Opportunity
  • Overcome Massive Challenges
  • Sustain Exceptional Growth and Result

BECAUSE MEDIOCRE ISN’T ENOUGH

“It’s a jungle out there.” In a Wild World, merely surviving is not enough. To THRIVE in a world of change and competition requires exceptional resilience, teamwork, leadership and MOTIVATION

International Motivational Speaker Lorne Sulcas is definitely not your average keynote speaker. The Big Cat Guy’s presentations are like nothing you’ve ever seen before –or will ever see again.

Since 1996, Conference Keynote Speaker Lorne Sulcas has been ‘WOW’ing top teams and organizations around the world with his unique Thriving in a Wild World™ keynote presentations.  After many years as a sought-after Leadership Trainer and Management Consultant, Lorne Sulcas went from the corporate jungle to the real jungle. Today, The Big Cat Guy travels the world sharing potent life and organizational lessons from Africa’s three big cats, the lion, the leopard, and the cheetah, that have been thriving for millennia in the face of change and competition.

He’s unorthodox; definitely not your average conference keynote speaker. Lorne’s clients include organizational giants on five continents, from Hershey’s to Bank One to Rolls Royce.  He has spoken on the world’s biggest stages.  He appears on CNN.  His captivating stories and award-winning photos will pierce your audiences’ hearts.  His inspiration will stay with them forever.   His message moves people to act. He’s an extraordinary expert; renowned professional; a ‘cat’-alyst; trusted Motivational and Conference Keynote Speaker to CEO’s and Event Planners.  Around the planet.

My Background

Bachelors degree in Architecture & Post-Graduate degree in the Behavioural Sciences

It was after graduating with a Bachelors degree in Architecture at the University of Cape Town, while I was completing my Post-Graduate degree in the Behavioural Sciences, that I became immersed in guiding and teaching.

Lifeskills Facilitator & Corporate and Sales Trainer

I spent the following two years based in Cape Town as a Lifeskills Facilitator for the UCT Lifeskills Education Project and as a corporate and sales trainer for M.A.S.T. (Management and Skills Training). This was tremendously rewarding and often outreach work, especially in the context of the political and economic turmoil South Africa was in at the time.

Game Ranger, Photographic Safaris, Head Ranger, General Manager

In 1990, my passion for wildlife and the outdoors triumphed. I left the city and I went to live and work in the great African bushveld. I underwent intense and thorough training and succeeded in qualifying as a game ranger. I spent the next seven truly life-changing years as a ranger and guiding photographic safaris mainly in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, whilst progressing through various leadership and management positions on the Reserve, including Head Ranger and eventually General Manager (Selati Lodge, Sabi Sabi).

Behavioral Ecology Research Project

I developed a special interest in the behavioral ecology of Africa’s three Big Cat species –lion, leopard and cheetah- and started a research project to study those species’ populations of the area, which I worked on for those years and which still continues today.

International Wildlife Photography Awards

It was also here where my love for wildlife photography started. Over the years now I’ve been fortunate to have won multiple international awards, fellowships and honors for my Big Cat and other wildlife photography, and to have had my photographic work published in numerous books, magazines, articles around the world.

Big Cat Photographic Safari

I also grabbed opportunities that came my way to work, photograph wildlife, guide and lead safaris in National Parks and reserves in other sub-Saharan African countries: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. (And even to this day, typically once a year I take a break from my speaking business to lead a Big Cat photographic safari to East Africa, focused around The Great Migration.)

Bushveld Lessons™ Keynotes and Seminars

In 1996, I moved from the bush to the US (with my American wife, Heidi  ) to begin to share my message I’d developed of the incredible organizational and life lessons we can learn from how wildlife have survived millennia of constant change and brutal competition. The North American market was hugely receptive to my very ‘different’ message, and for the next seven years I traveled from my base in Denver, CO, sharing my Bushveld Lessons™ keynotes and seminars with top teams and organisations, speaking primarily in the US and Canada.

Facilitator for Franklin-Covey Program & Feel Moved Enterprises Company

The African bush has a way of getting deep into one’s soul, and so in 2003 Heidi and I (and our firstborn child) moved back to my native South Africa in order to be close to the African bushveld again. Whilst establishing myself –essentially from scratch- as a speaker in the South African market, I worked for two years for Franklin-Covey (SA) as a contract Facilitator of their Seven Habits of Highly Effective People® program, and also founded my Feel Moved Enterprises company, under which I developed, marketed and distributed for seven years internationally a very successful range of humorous greeting cards using my own photographs of African wildlife.

Speaking business & Clients

I have been able to very successfully develop my speaking business whilst based in South Africa, and thanks to the Wright Brothers and technology, the world has become a very small place  My clients have included organizational giants on five continents, from NASA to Sony to Gartner.  I have spoken on the world’s biggest stages.  For my expertise –or perhaps my sins  – I appear on CNN. Over the years I’ve become known as The Big Cat Guy, and today I speak around the world on the potent life and high performance lessons specifically from these amazing super-predators that have been thriving for millennia in the face of change and competition. I genuinely love sharing my stories, photography, humor, and insights in a unique and powerful message to help and impact people’s lives.

 

Testimonials

Your presentation was brilliant, Lorne. In my job, I hear a lot of motivational speakers and much of it is a rehash of other presentations or literature. This was different…… Pure, base animal behaviours captured through tireless detailed observation and then expertly translated into our world of human beings in the workplace. An intellectual triumph.”

MARK SUDDABY

GROCERY DIRECTOR, TESCO STORES, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

 

“Lorne, I want to personally thank you … The crucial lessons you shared in your presentations added real value to our IPM conferences, Excellence Mindset and out of the box thinking… You made each session so relevant to our world. Your delivery is professional, entertaining and inspiring – every time… absolutely outstanding. Whenever I talk to IPM delegates, the ‘lessons that Big Cat guy spoke on’ is one thing they all one thing they all really remember and still refer to.”

DALE CROSSMAN

ED.D, IPM PROGRAMS, NASA, FLORIDA, U.S.A.

 

“…There was such significant energy around Lorne’s seminar. It was amazing. He customized it exactly to our needs. And he made us laugh too. I really appreciated his excellent responses in the Q&A at the end that really added to the learning … hugely inspiring and valuable.”,

DONA MARIA VAGES

CHANGE MANAGEMENT, LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES, MURRAY HILL, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.

 

“Thank you Lorne, you did such a fantastic job in your talk yesterday of integrating the corporate world environment, with that of nature and those majestic cats. Your discussion around adapting, enduring, creating opportunities and teamwork in a tough environment was beautifully demonstrated and you really held our attention with your amazing stories. Your presentation and photography were superb – and it was so refreshing to have such a vibrant visual and well delivered presentation. You really told a story that was highly enjoyable with a lasting message.”

WENDY DIAS

MARKET DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCT MANAGER, SYNCHRON MARKINGS, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“When you have attended as many motivational presentations as I have through 44 years of corporate life and small business enterprise ownership you tend to be a little blasé about presentations of this nature. Your “big cat” analogy of life at the top of the food chain brought a new perspective to coping with challenges in the real estate jungle. Your understanding of the Lion, Cheetah and Leopard behaviour provides key lessons for businesses to succeed. I loved your presentation. Your story telling, humour and delivery were outstanding. Your passion for wildlife, photography and public speaking were evident and together all these elements provided an unforgettable experience.”

TONY WEBB

MANAGING DIRECTOR, FINE & COUNTRY, FISH HOEK, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

I was blown away by Lorne when I saw him speak. He has humour, real stories, his stunning wildlife photography and a superb message in his presentation. His expert knowledge and how he shares this is amazing… I am thankful to him for the chance I had to hear him talk. Lorne is unique and I really feel he would please any audience. His was and still is one of the most talked about presentations we’ve seen.”

MATTHEW NEWNHAM

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ASTRAIA TECHNOLOGY, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“I recently recommended Lorne as a speaker to a key client of mine for their annual sales conference and received the following response after he delivered: “Lorne just blew them away.” As a speaker who weaves key business lessons into his stories of the wild Lorne Sulcas is right up there with the best. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lorne as a speaker at your conference. Just don’t be surprised if he steals the show.”

PAUL DU TOIT

CSP GLOBAL, CONGRUENCE TRAINING (PTY) LTD, SANDTON, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

” …I was struck by your powerful message that can benefit all of us in today’s world of chaos and change. Goose-bumps stuff! We immediately implemented your lessons around teamwork and change and are already noticing a huge difference. Thank you, Lorne. You were remarkable.”

CAROL HALLING

ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS MANAGER, AT&T, U.S.A.

 

“Thank you so much Lorne for your exceptional presentation and facilitated session to our Executive Management Team. The team was blown away and could not stop talking about it and referring to your points throughout the remainder of our strategic planning session and beyond!! We have no hesitation in recommending ‘Thriving In A Wild World’. Thank you again, very much!”

MICHAEL YOUNG

VICE PRESIDENT, BANK ONE, ARIZONA, U.S.A.

 

“Lorne, I found your Thriving in a Wild World talk today for Woolworths compelling. I got into the presentation straight away and the message was loud and clear for me. Actually, I was really sorry when the presentation came to an end – could have listened to you all day. We will definitely be recommending you as a motivational speaker to our clients.”

CORAL LOUW

PIE MANAGEMENT, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“The standing ovation said it all. You have something rich and powerful in your Bushveld Lessons. Thank you for your incredible Thriving in a Wild World presentation which you expertly fit right in line with our conference. I know your unforgettable lessons will really help us for our important year ahead. The animal parables you used were a powerful reminder of key success and business principles and your amazing stories and photos were so apt. Your paralleling the animals in the African Bush to the corporate jungle is a provocative and exciting approach… absolutely unique and fascinating.”

ISISARA BEY

SENIOR DIRECTOR, SONY MUSIC CORPORATE AFFAIRS, NEW YORK, U.S.A.

 

“I heard Lorne speak and was so impressed that I invited him to do his keynote presentation at the National Convention of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa. We were thoroughly impressed with the combination of his story telling, wonderful photography, teaching about wild life and then the application of this story to our business lives. He presents simple but powerful lessons in the most entertaining manner. Highly recommended.”

CHARLOTTE KEMP

2015 NATIONAL CONVENTION CONVENOR, P.S.A.S.A., CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Dear Lorne, a sincere thanks for your invaluable key note address to UWP Consulting at our regional conference. You exceeded all expectations. Apart from the fact that the presentation was enthralling, accompanied by world class photographs, the Survival of the Fittest theme rings very true in our present day working environment which requires everything you talked about -unusual focus, great vision and superb teamwork- in order to obtain and maintain the edge required for success in our industry. I can recommend this presentation to any organization who seeks inspiration in striving to be the best in whatever they do.”

ADRIAN SKEA

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, UWP CONSULTING (PTY) LTD, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Lorne, I really want to take this opportunity to thank you for your brilliant keynote on Lessons from Africa’s Big Cats at our Q1 awards meeting. It was exactly what we needed. And it wasn’t just an outstanding speech. At a challenging time for our business, the powerful lessons you shared about leadership, dealing with change, and being an exceptional team, really hit home with our people. Everyone keeps talking about being like the leopard, cheetah and lions. Your talk has made a huge impact on our culture and organisation. I would firmly recommend your key note speech to any team that is facing challenges and requires inspiration for dealing with change and its impact on leadership in these trying times.”

MURRAY PRICE

MANAGING DIRECTOR, EQSTRA FLEET MANAGEMENT, JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“What a truly inspiring experience it was to have been part of Lorne’s Team Excellence program this year. Our full staff team of sixty people enjoyed a programme of discovery, fellowship and critical thought, at the end of which we left feeling inspired, motivated and, above all, like a high powered team ready for any challenge. Lorne’s easy manner allowed the session to proceed at our pace and ensured that all our needs were met. His insight and understanding of the nature of our “people” business is remarkable and he was able to get one and all to look inward and forward with a clear understanding of others in our team. A truly life changing experience that I am prepared to recommend most highly to those teams lucky enough to have Lorne as a speaker and facilitator. You certainly won’t regret your investment. It has already more than paid off for us.”

GRANT WILLIAMS

HEADMASTER, FISH HOEK PRIMARY SCHOOL, FISH HOEK, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Lorne, your presentation on survival in business with reference to the big cats of Africa, was extremely inspiring and interesting. We often forget in our work and personal environment the importance of those lessons: vision, change and especially in our situation, teamwork. The visual that you create of what it takes to overcome challenges is very powerful… the uniqueness of your message cannot be underestimated. Many people who attended told their associates and colleagues about the session and how valuable it was and I have heard several people say how disappointed they were not to have attended.”

SHARON BRINK

MPN CO-ORDINATOR, ENSAFRICA, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“You really engaged with the audience with your stories and lessons this morning, Lorne. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your experiences through your words, your knowledge and your stunning photos. Thank you again for a most inspiring talk and message that will stay with me for a long time!”

KIM ASHTON

CLIENT LIASON EXECUTIVE, BISSET BOEHMKE ATTORNEYS, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“I talk a lot; people actually joke with me about how much I talk! But when I heard you speak, for once I felt compelled to listen rather than talk. You are the best speaker I’ve heard. I loved your presentation. It was stunning, I learned so much. I told my husband: ‘Get Lorne to speak to your company.’ ”

JANETTE ROSENBAUM-SMITH

OFFICE MANAGER, GREAT NORTHERN DRYWALL COMPANY, FORT COLLINS, U.S.A.

 

“Lorne, there were over 500 attendees in the audience at our annual Sales Meeting … Your keynote was a real treat … it tied in perfectly with what we were trying to accomplish. The parallels you drew between the concrete and the real jungle were exactly appropriate. Your presentation opened our eyes and was a fantastic motivational tool that has given us clear direction going forward. Thank you for making our meeting special.”

RICHARD ELDH

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, THE GARTNER GROUP, U.S.A.

 

“Lorne, I wanted to thank you so much for your Bushveld Lessons session on team effectiveness. It was everything I thought it would be and more. Your stories were incredible in terms of what you’ve been able to observe and how you apply it to professional concepts in a relevant and colorful way. The analogies were exciting and very meaningful, and I loved your sense of humor and the great rappore you had with the people there. I’m sorry for the people who were not able to attend because they missed out on a really engaging and innovative learning opportunity. Lorne, you are a breath of fresh air. I really hope that there will be some opportunities in the future to work together in any way that presents itself. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.”

MARCIA KENT

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, MINES & ASSOCIATES, DENVER, U.S.A.

 

“Dear Lorne, thank you for a most informative and thought provoking keynote address on Thriving in a Wild World. We were most impressed by your expert knowledge of the animal behaviourand the way that you made it relevant to the business world. In very simple yet fascinating terms you refocused our minds on often forgotten business principles, giving us a new sense of direction in these often difficult economic times. This “back to basics” philosophy is just what every business needs from time to time to adapt.”

THEO POTGIETER

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR, TACOMA FOODS (PTY) LTD, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Again I have to compliment you on the wonderful presentation you gave at our conference this year– thoroughly enjoyable and extremely useful in assisting me in motivating my team. Not a day has passed since the conference that I haven’t referred in some way to the behaviours you shared with us in the wild, in reminding my team how to stay – Hungry – Focused and work as a Real Team. Thank you Lorne! You definitely have a lasting impact on your audience. Dallas, who you met in the front row, his feedback about your session was: ‘I just have one word: WOW!’ ”

BELINDA-LEE BELLAGARDA

NATIONAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, CAPE COOKIES, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Thank you for the opportunity to listen and learn from Lorne’s exciting and astonishing life experiences. His presentation really resonated with me. I loved that he could adapt his talk to meet our current business’ needs and give us the shake up we needed. I’d really recommend his presentation. He is such an inspiring individual.”

MARCELLE MAGGOT

HR MANAGER, ASSOCIATED MEDIA, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Riveting talk! I could listen to you for hours. Powerful and inspiring. You bring the lessons from the big cats into our world smoothly, easily and with great impact. Without a doubt your talk was one of the highlights for me of the whole Convention. Thank you Lorne.”

CLAIRE NEWTON

PSYCHOLOGIST, SPEAKER, COACH, CLAIRE NEWTON, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Lorne, your talk was an incredible success. When I was chatting to some of the delegates that afternoon they were all saying how inspirational your speech was. I have never heard them talking like that about a guest speaker. One of the ladies who I know quite well said that after your talk she was motivated again and her goal starting that day was to lose weight. So you clearly made an impact. Thanks so much.”

CARRIE FORDER

CONFERENCE AND EVENT PLANNER, CLF SOLUTIONS, JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Wonderful motivation and came at a great time for our company. The photos were a wonderful attention getter and the tie-ins to the real world business environment and to our own situation were totally applicable. It made our problems and strategies so much clearer. Thank you!”

MOLLY FANDRICH

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, E&K, LOVELAND, COLORADO, U.S.A

 

“I was totally spellbound. Can’t wait to get you to talk to my brokers.”

MARY-JANE LEFEVRE

GRANITE FINANCE, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“I had the utmost pleasure of seeing Lorne deliver his “Thriving in a Wild World” keynote and his ability to draw real life comparisons between survival in the bush and thriving in the business world was truly first class. I was able to immediately apply insights from his talk and I can honestly say it has yielded brilliant results!”

FEMI ADEBANJI

BUSINESS SPEAKER, FEMI BUSINESS SPEAKER, NIGERIA

 

“Thank you so much Lorne for your exceptional presentation and facilitated session to our Executive Management Team. The team was blown away and could not stop talking about it and referring to your points throughout the remainder of our strategic planning session and beyond!! We have no hesitation in recommending ‘Thriving In A Wild World’. Thank you again, very much!”

ASHLEIGH DAY

RGA REINSURANCE COMPANY, HOUT BAY, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Lorne, thanks so much for your Thriving in a Wild World presentation at our management team annual conference. Being leaders in the voice and public speaking skills training industry, I can really say that your delivery was excellent and your message thoughtful, powerful and engaging. Your humour, stories and visuals were great and you related so well your knowledge and the great take-away lessons you shared, to our business. Everyone felt inspired and impacted by your wisdom.”

MONIQUE RISSEN-HARRISBERG

CEO, THE VOICE CLINIC, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

“Hi Lorne, I thoroughly enjoyed your keynote presentation this morning. I love cats and I loved your photography – WOW!   Your presentation really resonates with my beliefs about strategies to enable a successful, efficient team, which is so essential to what we do. My friend Anni, who attended with me, was really inspired and chatted excitedly all the way home about everything you talked about that she’s now going to do in her own business.”

SANDY WALSH

LYONESS, SANDTON, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

Had the pleasure to attend one of Lorne’s talksat our organization and It was a great session not only because I love wildlife but how Lorne relates work to what is happening in the wildlife. Understanding how strategic animals are, especially the Big Cats, is key if you are in business wanting to make a living. Lorne’s experience and understanding of these cats are mind-blowing. I would recommend that you use his services if you need some employee motivation.”

GLEN BVUMA

Communications Specialist, 3M, JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA

 

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