John Vlismas

- Business Presentation
- Keynote Presentation
- Panel Discussion
- Creative
R 20 000.00 > R 35 000.00

No longer just performing to public and corporate crowds, Vlismas has entered the realm of producer/director and business speaker.

His insightful presentations on the ability of performers to size up a crowd and move them using a heightened sense of empathy, “The Shared World” has earned rave reviews from the increasing number of companies that have hired him to present during their leadership and strategy sessions.

He was invited to speak at a Nedbank Biz Seminar on the topic of entrepreneurship in the creative industry, and was the only local speaker at the prestigious DSTV Creative Seminar at the 2014 Loeries.

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This talk is based on 2 decades of successfully performing comedy to hundreds of thousands of people in 12 countries. How does a human being walk on stage in another culture and connect with a group of strangers?

Learn some of the principles John uses to apply empathy and quickly connect to people without getting to know them. He calls this state of empathy, The Shared World. This talk is about how to apply six principles that will assist you to quickly and authentically position yourself or your team in an optimal state to “read the room.”

This talk is unique as John uses comedy throughout to demonstrate the six principles of quickly and clearly establishing a Shared World collaboration environment.

Based on five months of research John did for his best-selling show of the same name, this talk is a no-holds barred and frank look at racism in the world today.

It’s history, root causes and how to approach the subject without igniting a full-blown conflict in your work, school or home environment. Not for the faint of heart, this show puts the topic of racism on the table, right under the audience’s nose, and demands engagement. While this is going on, he uses his satirist’s hat to amuse and terrify while he teaches.

If you are sincere about beginning dialogue and addressing racism with insight and balance in your environment, this talk is essential viewing.

If you have seen “The Shared World”, or are about to embark on a collaborative project, “Six Red Flags” is an excellent guide of potential hazards in the collaboration process.

“Too many people think that collaboration is a function of diplomacy and correctness. I don’t agree, the process of collaboration should be rigorous, robust and useful,” says Vlismas.

Identifying six potential traps, this talk is powerful way to commence on a conference or seminar that aims to kick start a project, especially one that requires a group working together closely and comprehensively.

Having been immersed in MBA studies recently, John has been hugely influenced by the concept of “synthesis” - the combination of components or elements to form a connected whole.

Having been asked for many decades how he comes up with his material, John has put together a fantastic series of insights or “Purple Flags” that dive into a world where all of us are living experiments that collect and mine data. We are all scientists now, and the algorithm is king.

Let him strip back the entertainment layer and expose the filters and biases that he believes lead him from everyday observations to award-winning comedy. It’s not as funny as you may think and may just ignite something in you when it comes to how you construct your own conclusions and apply judgement.


The function was a great success.  John was absolutely perfect – his presentation was on point and talked to the theme extremely well. - Evelyn De Wee, Imperial