Risk Taking & Decision Keynote Speaker
Caspar Berry is a Cambridge Educated, former Professional Poker Player and thought-provoking business speaker on Risk Taking & Decision Making.
After starting his working life as an actor in BBC drama Byker Grove alongside Ant and Dec, Caspar studied economics at Cambridge before making the momentous decision to move to Las Vegas and become a professional poker player and went on to become the UK’s premier poker TV commentator and the poker advisor on Casino Royale.
After three years, however, he decided that his future lay away from the poker table and he returned to the UK and set up twenty first century media which he built to a team of 40 before selling to Bob Geldof’s Ten Alps plc.
Caspar uses the metaphor of poker as a vehicle to communicate universally resonant messages around the need for individuals and companies to take risk and seize opportunities that leave audiences informed, inspired and empowered to take better decisions to achieve their objectives and goals.
Caspar delivered his first paid speech to BP in the summer of 2004 since when he has delivered more than 2,000 speeches and training sessions in over 30 countries to nearly 500 clients including Google, Visa, IBM, Paypal, AUDI, Volvo, Shell, Esso, Microsoft, Sainsbury’s, Network Rail, Tesco, ASDA, PWC, Deloittes, E&Y, KPMG, Seimens, McDonalds, and Redbull.
Caspar main speeches are based around Decision Making but the subject covers a whole range of ancillary subject-areas such as risk, judgement, intuition and insight. These in turn apply to a huge range of business areas – and conference themes – such as change, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship uncertainty (VUCA), differentiation, courage, resilience, interpreting data, investing and motivation.
Depending on the subject covered, participants can experience a variety of the following lessons and benefits:
1) A new toolset to overcome the challenges posed by uncertainty in volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous circumstances. (VUCA)
2) A new mindset and a way of breaking out of old risk-averse habits and methodologies which respects risk-taking and the unknown as necessary evils which can be harnessed for their benefit.
3) A better understanding of the power – and limitations – of intuition and the impact of their emotions – good and bad – on the decision-making process.
4) Greater motivation and resilience to keep trying when the going gets tough.
5) A greater appreciation of what a decision is and how to take control of their subconscious decision-making process to maximize returns by any metric
6) The ability to cascade such a mindset down through an organisation so that employees feel more comfortable with uncertainty and risk-taking so that they can better embrace change, innovate and seize opportunity.
The aim of all sessions is to empower people to contribute to a culture that is more long-term in its thinking, more comfortable making decisions and taking calculated risks with the intention of being more profitable as a result.
“I thought the session was excellent.”
— Karl Trumper, Sales and Service Director, Barclays Plc
“Brilliant, intelligent messages delivered with passion and knowledge. The best talk from an outside keynote speaker I have ever seen.”
— Jonathan Walsh, Corporate Marketing and Communication Director, Nestle
“Every time I see Caspar in action I get more and more impressed. He talks with such conviction, experience, and humour that it’s a real pleasure to be in his company.”
— John Inverdale, Broadcaster, BBC
“Caspar is an inspirational keynote speaker but does it with content and delivery that captures the imagination and challenges the audience to really think in a different way.”
— Sian Doyle, Director of Retail, Orange“
A genuinely staggering session.”
— Graham Bowland, Managing Director, Surgical Innovations
“A really fun and relevant afternoon which looks at business in a very different way. Caspar, your session was fantastic and the highlight of the day. Well done. The PayPal team is still talking about it”.
— Geoff Iddison, CEO, PayPal