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Guestspeaker- Bruce Walsh
Bruce Walsh
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Cape Town South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Inspiration,motivation,Personal story
Profile:
" Winners or losers in life, it's your choice! Guest speaker Bruce uses his experience of surviving a bomb blast, that lost him both his legs, to vividly illustrate this point" "I was severely injured in the Planet Hollywood Restaurant bomb blast in 1998. My prognosis was bad. It was expected that I would not live and when it became apparent that I was going to live, the prognosis was that my quality of life would be poor to say the least. At one stage the decision was taken to switch off the life support machines. This did not happen and I rallied. Today, 14 years after the bomb and with the loss of both my legs I live a full and rewarding life. I drive a normal car; jog 5 kms, run on my treadmill and work sometimes more then a full day."

After being severely injured in the Planet Hollywood bomb blast in 1998, keynote speaker Bruce Walsh resigned from his position at Standard Bank in June 1999 and is currently self employed, running his own HR Consultancy out of Cape Town. Besides offering the full HR spectrum and presenting many Leadership Development Workshops for clients, he also shares his experience in the form of “inspirational” talks to companies, schools and other interest groups.

Bruce recently published a book entitled 'Victor over Victim, the Bruce Walsh story', the first edition of which is sold out. Currently working on the second edition, this edition will include a section on “living with and managing his disability” as well as a section where the competencies used in overcoming the bomb blast will be linked to leadership competencies. In this way the point will be vividly illustrated that one does not become a leader when put in charge of others, but rather leadership begins when the individual “takes charge” of their own life and manages it according to a vision.

Bruce's interests include jogging, walking, gardening, in general, keeping fit and healthy, and most importantly working.
" Winners or losers in life, it's your choice! Guest speaker Bruce uses his experience of surviving a bomb blast, that lost him both his legs, to vividly illustrate this point" "I was severely injured in the Planet Hollywood Restaurant bomb blast in 1998. My prognosis was bad. It was expected that I would not live and when it became apparent that I was going to live, the prognosis was that my quality of life would be poor to say the least. At one stage the decision was ta
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Bruce Walsh

"Winners or Losers in life; it’s your choice”
 
I was severely injured in the Planet Hollywood Restaurant bomb blast in 1998. My prognosis was bad. It was expected that I would not live and when it became apparent that I was going to live, the prognosis was that my quality of life would be poor to say the least. At one stage the decision was taken to switch off the life support machines. This did not happen and I rallied. Today, 18 years after the bomb and with the loss of both my legs I live a full and rewarding life. I drive a normal car; jog 5 kms, run on my treadmill and work sometimes more then a full day.
 
I use my experience to illustrate the point that as we journey through life the choices and decisions we make ultimately define who and what we become. We become the sum of our life choices. Some of us choose to live our lives as “victims”, blaming external to ourselves for our lack of progress or advancement in life, and we spend too much time bemoaning our misfortunes and bad luck. This type of person chooses to live life as a “loser”. Typically this type of person is not a team player and is a difficult person to have as a subordinate because they always have an excuse for their poor or non existent performance. These sorts of people are often described as having an “attitude problem”
 
Others of us choose to live life as “survivors”. This type of person “takes charge” of their life, no matter the circumstances. They are self empowering, energized people who journey through life as “winners”. It is therefore, not surprising that it is out of this category that leaders emerge. This type of person possesses all the typical leadership competencies. They live their lives according to a goal focus; they have perseverance to ensure that they achieve that which they set out to achieve. They have a healthy self esteem, believing in their own abilities even when others express reservations and they understand the importance of the team in achieving their objectives. In other words people in this category possess a sound IQ (cognitive ability) and a well developed EQ (emotional intelligence)
 
My story, told from the heart, vividly illustrates all of the above. As I tell my story, I request the audience to reflect on their own journey, and to decide whether they are inherently a winner or a loser, a leader or a follower.
  
My presentation can be edited to accommodate any thing from 20 minutes to an hour. I use a DVD, which shows footage of the bomb blast and an interview with me shortly thereafter to set the scene.  
PRESENTATIONS by Bruce Walsh

"Winners or Losers in life; it’s your choice”
 
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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Lapel microphone.
Bruce can show a short video clip / DVD that shows footage of the bomb and an interview with him shortly thereafter. It is nice to have but not essential to his talks.
 
Should the client opt for this then the additional technical required for same is as follow:
Lap top linked to a proxima.
Screen.
Sound.

INFO FOR INTRODUCING BRUCE WALSH
 
NB: Bruce requests that clients please not mention that he lost both his legs etc. when they introduce him, as it takes away from his story when he shares that part in his talk.
 
Bruce Walsh lived and was schooled in Durban and now resides in the Cape.
After being severely injured in the Planet Hollywood bomb blast in 1998 Bruce resigned from his position at Standard Bank in June 1999 and is currently self-employed, running his own HR Consultancy out of Cape Town.  Besides offering the full HR Spectum and presenting many Leadership Development Workshops he also shares his experience in the form of “inspirational” talks.   
 
Bruce holds the following qualifications:
 
Teachers Diploma (Edgewood College, Durban)
Degree in Psychology (Wits)
Post Graduate Diploma HR Management (Wits Business School)
Head of HR Retail Banking (Standard Bank) – resigned in 1999
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Lapel microphone.
Bruce can show a short video clip / DVD that shows footage of the bomb and
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