Caspar Berry speaker

Caspar Berry

Risk-taking: Decision-making in business, poker and life

Motivational and keynote business speaker specialising in the subjects of risk, decision making, innovation and leadership

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Caspar Berry's 2022 biography

Caspar Berry’s background

Caspar Berry is a speaker on risk-taking and decision-making. A former professional poker player and co-founder of Twenty First Century Media, Caspar uses poker as a metaphor that looks at the issues of embracing risk and the fear of failure.

Caspar started his career as the lead in the first BBC 1 series of Byker Grove, alongside Ant and Dec. He went on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge and, after setting his sights on becoming a professional film writer, had his first screenplay produced. By the time he was 23 Caspar was writing for Miramax and Columbia Tri Star. Then at 25, he took the decision that would dramatically change his life: he moved to Las Vegas and became a professional poker player!

He played poker professionally for the following three years of his life during which time he made a good living pitting his wits against the game’s best known players. In 2002, he returned to the U.K., co-founded Twenty First Century Media and built it into the fastest growing audio visual media company in the North East of England. It was whilst still at the helm of Twenty First Century Media that he began his career as a speaker and a catalyst for new thinking within business.

Caspar returned to his television roots as the presenter and poker expert on 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 could also seen on Sky Sports and was the poker strategy writer for Flush magazine and the poker adviser on the latest James Bond movie, Casino Royale.

Caspar is a highly distinctive corporate speaker with a unique and challenging message that forces people to question many of the things they take for granted. Drawing on his diverse range of experiences in poker, business and life, he has created a range of workshops, seminars and speeches that deliver powerful and pertinent 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 make 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.

Caspar’s emphasis is always on provoking a change in the behaviours of the participants for the greater good of themselves and their teams. His overall aim is to break people’s patterns, to energise and motivate and to provide tools not rules for collective change – it is for organisations to apply his lessons in a way which is most useful to them. Audiences feel incredibly challenged but in a way that is never prescriptive.

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-focused way. Often, after a session, clients choose to play poker for fun and although this is optional it provides a perfect end to a day of learning, challenge and stimulation.

Workshops and Seminars

A central theme for Caspar is to give people a better understanding of how risk and uncertainty works using poker as metaphor, in order to empower them to take more risks in their professional and personal lives.

Aligned to this are Caspar’s insights about decision making, innovating and communicating which illustrate his belief that organisations get the most from their people when they are allowed to experiment, take risks and explore their world.

In tandem with this is a key message that stresses the advantage of understanding, harnessing and guiding the subconscious mind in a structured down-to-earth way for maximum results in all these areas.

Workshops on

  • Leadership, Decision Making and the Art of Taking Calculated Risks
  • Innovating and Communicating
  • Body Language

 

Caspar Berry's 2022 talks & topics

Risk-Taking and Decision-Making in Poker, Business and Life

The concept of this session is that participants will:

  1. Gain a clearer understanding of the science of decision making in a fun and entertaining environment.
  2. Get a unique insight into their own decision-making process with a view to being more in control of it in the future. In business, we make hundreds of decisions a day and we think long and hard about the subjects of those decisions but rarely do we stop and consider our decision-making processes. This course gives people that time.
  3. Enjoy the process of this learning and get the chance to put it into practice immediately by playing the great game of poker – in which we have to make a decision every 90 seconds. Poker is also fun and participative and is the perfect end to a day of learning and understanding.

Caspar Berry's 2022 speaking fees

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  • United Kingdom

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