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Jacques de Villiers
Johannesburg, South Africa
Thinking, writing and speaking to change the world!
Interests: marketing, spirituality, roald dahl, metaphysics, anne rice, motivation, carl jung, chess, stephen king, sales training, anne rand, persuasion and influence
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Knight Moves - A chess player's guide to succeeding in life - Jacques de Villiers The Pawn The Pawn is your worker ... your perseverance and persistence. Although the Pawn is, on the face of it, the weakest piece on... Continue reading
Knight Moves - A chess player's guide to succeeding in life - Jacques de Villiers The Castle The Castle moves horizontally and vertically on the board. The Castle is your foundation, your protector. It is the repository where your hopes,... Continue reading
Knight Moves - A chess player's guide to succeeding in life - Jacques de Villiers The Bishop The Bishop represents your character. Your moral code of conduct. Having an "I can make a difference" attitude really does make a difference.... Continue reading
Knight Moves - A chess player's guide to succeeding in life - Jacques de Villiers The Knight The Knight is your self esteem and self image. Show me someone whose life is out of whack and I'll show you someone... Continue reading
Knight Moves - A chess player's guide to succeeding in life - Jacques de Villiers The Queen The Queen is your self confidence. Your action hero. Action leads to confidence. She's the most powerful piece on the chessboard. She can... Continue reading
Knight Moves - A chess player's guide to succeeding in life The King The King is an important figure in chess and in your life. He's your strategist, tactician, visualiser, dreamer and the goals setter. By now it should be... Continue reading
Knight moves is a motivational article written by Jacques de Villiers. As a keen chess player it occurred to me that chess is a outstanding metaphor for the way we conduct our lives. Chess is a game of strategy. It... Continue reading
This blog aims to chronicle the life and times of Dr. Bruckner de Villiers, brother to Raoul, husband to Davida, Elize and Tina, father to Bruckner, Jacques and Paul and grandfather to Natasha, Mathew, Rebecca, Natalia and Patricia. His life was full of twists, turns and drama (mostly of his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2011 at Bruckner de Villiers
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Mark Berger, professional member of the PSASA is currently presenting at the United Professional Sales Association of South Africa. He just spoke about excellent brands and has punted fellow member, Claire Newton who he says has branded herself brilliantly. I've got to concur. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Experts Who Speak
Check out the following video to find out why the discovery process is so important. Too many of us assume what it is that the client needs - to both our detriments. via jacquesdevilliers.typepad.com Continue reading
Check out the following video to find out why the discovery process is so important. Too many of us assume what it is that the client needs - to both our detriments. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Motivation For A Change
Here's an interesting take on the Web that I found this in David Meerman Scott's book, The New Rules of Marketing and PR. It may help you target and tailor your Internet Marketing message a little differently. Corporate sites are... Continue reading
This is a chronicle of conference centres I've spoken at or trained in. Willow Park Conference Centre, Kempton Park [client: DHL date: 14 August 2010 type: Ubuntu Challenge] Khaya i Bubesi, Parys [client: O'Keeffe & Swartz date: 13 August 2010... Continue reading
I park at Mandela Square regularly and have found another rip off happening right under our noses. The Parking. Yes, I know you think the prices they charge are a rip-off (and they are). But, that's not what's raising my ire. It's that the parking company is blatantly stealing R1... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2010 at Cry The Beloved Country
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Presenting Technical Issues to Non-Technical Audiences: Mastering the 4R’s By Barry C. Collin Imagine presenting to an audience of 500+ key individuals a topic of which they have no background, no information, and no understanding. Also imagine that if your speech is successful, millions of people would live. But if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at Experts Who Speak
Maybe I'm being alarmist, but based on the way the world is searching, the term "motivational speaker" is being used less and less. I picked this trend up from an interesting tool: Google Insights for Search. With Google Insights you can see what the world is searching for. You can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2010 at Experts Who Speak
Have we reverted to a jungle-life where only the fit will survive? Callie Roos covers the laws of survival. Two colleagues and I went to the United States where we visited a number of thriving communities and businesses. There was one crucial question that we asked: Why is it that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2010 at Experts Who Speak
The Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) is the highest earned designation of professional achievement, recognising a commitment of ongoing education, proven speaking experience and ethical behaviour in the National Speakers Association. Three South Africans from the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa have received this prestigious designation: Stef du Plessis, CSP,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Experts Who Speak
Granted, affront advertising does not work for everyone like it worked for the British outfitter French Connection UK. Using its almost-offensive acronym, FCUK saw its sales increase by 40% and its share price more than double after its billboard campaign. Most of my clients are B2B, so this kind of... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2010 at Experts Who Speak
Road safety is often seen as another topic ridden to death, but 10 times more people get killed on the roads than in industry and people’s attitude plays a major role. via jacquesdevilliers.typepad.com Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2010 at Motivation For A Change
So here’s the plan. Firstly the new environment must be assessed, and the strategy redesigned. The team should be skilled up, and the sales process redesign inline with redefined customer segments. The next step is to find measurement metrics (sales... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2010 at Motivation For A Change
Who are you listening to? Most of us have been conditioned to rely on external authorities to tell us what is true and what is not true. These authorities were originally parents, then society and culture, and perhaps also religion.... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2010 at Motivation For A Change
For as long as humankind has walked the earth we have been trying to fathom the reason for our existence. We even gave this endeavour a name: The Existential Dilemma of Humankind. via jacquesdevilliers.typepad.com Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2010 at Motivation For A Change
Read the review of my book, Discover Your Magic by Jacques De Villiers - http://www.jacquesdevilliers.com/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=46644 TypePad Conversations » Answer this question! via jacquesdevilliers.typepad.com Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 4, 2010 at Motivation For A Change
For as long as humankind has walked the earth we have been trying to fathom the reason for our existence. We even gave this endeavour a name: The Existential Dilemma of Humankind. At first, we decided that we exist to explore and discover... both places and things. This kept us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Experts Who Speak