“That was the best, most honest talk I have had the privilege to listen to. Advice taken!”

- Grethe Vermark, MD, Media 24

Conn helps humans and brands become harder to kill.

Considered one of South Africa’s top creative thinkers, Conn Bertish is a multiple internationally awarded creative director, trainer of resilience, cancer survival and big wave surfing - who resigned from his high-powered job after beating brain cancer to launch Cancer Dojo – a mobile app and brand that uses creativity to empower patients to build their own resiliency, tap into the science of psychoneuroimmunology and become harder to kill. Conn speaks and runs workshops on the intersection of creativity, health, technology and resilience for a world under stress.

The Harder To Kill Group.

His ‘Harder To Kill’ ideology and approach to seemingly impossible challenges has enabled him to beat brain cancer; tackle massive waves as a Red Bull big wave surfer and resign from his job to launch a one-man startup social enterprise, in a recession. His range of ‘Happy People Are Harder To Kill’ talks explore the intersection of Creativity, Technology and Resilience for a world under stress. Conn is open to discuss talks, workshops, creative incubators or creative purpose strategy for brands needing direction during these exciting and challenging times.

CONN BERTISH GAMIFIED HIS CANCER, SURVIVED AND BUILT AN APP FOR OTHERS

- Media 24

After beating a rare form of brain cancer by infusing his treatments with purposeful creative gamification, Conn was urged to share his thinking with some of the world’s top oncologists at the largest Oncology conference ever held in Africa in 2015. His opening talk raised a standing ovation and confirmed his purpose to build simple tools to help others utilise this positive creative approach. Cancer Dojo is a multiple awarded social enterprise that makes people happier, healthier and harder to kill.

"I've seen Conn on two occasions, in Barcelona and in Bucharest. Both times he had the most empowering and electrical speech of the evening. It is not just just his fantastic personal story that makes him so memorable, it is also the delivery: creative, emphatic, and with a spoon of self-irony that spices the very hard topic he is speaking and leaves the audience wanting for more."

- Valentin Suciu, Creative Partner, Jazz.com Romania

“Conn Bertish was absolutely inspiring today! Here's to people who follow their purpose. Salute!”

- Pepe Marais, Chief Creative Officer, Joe Public United

Conn's 5 Webinars to build Creative Resilience

5 Webinars of Creative Resilience.

WEBINAR

Conn’s '5 webinars of Creative Resilience' utilize his creatively-infused journey and recovery from a rare form of adult brain cancer that ultimately changed his life-focus as well as his understanding of Resiliency and it’s link to productivity, happiness and health. Conn’s 5 virtual talks challenge, entertain and empower the audience to better understand the potential of their Purpose, Resilience and Creativity - with respect to new learnings around the Science of Psychoneuroimmunology and the human immune function. Each webinar provides simple creative techniques and science-based methodology to help delegates better deal with any kind of life, business or global challenge thrown at them. Each Webinar focusses training relevant to the 5 top trending global corporate needs during this tricky time Each webinar has been designed as a wild, upbeat, interactive ride that both inspires and empowers the audience to rethink their behaviour and live happier, healthier, more creatively – and to ultimately become, harder to kill. Conn can generation bespoke versions or amalgamations of this training content depending on a specific client or team needs.

5 Urgent Subjects and Outtakes:

    Talk 1. HAPPY PEOPLE ARE HARDER TO KILL
  • Simple creative strategies for overcoming Adversity and Challenges.
  • How to harness and use creativity to build resilience, embrace change and live a more extraordinary life.
    Talk 2. PURPOSEFUL TEAMS ARE REDICULOUSLY HARD TO KILL
  • Harnessing Collaboration as a harder to kill strategy.
  • How to empower teams with simple purposeful creative strategies that inspire sharing, interaction and co-creation.
    Talk 3. HOW CREATIVITY MAKES YOU HARDER TO KILL
  • Building creativity for mental health and productivity.
  • How to generate your own creative strategy for life, work and health.
    Talk 4. HOW LEADERS CAN MAKE TEAMS HARDER TO KILL
  • Creative Leadership during Crisis.
  • Leading with creativity, empathy and insight into your audience.
    Talk 5. HOW PURPOSE BUILDS INNOVATION
  • Innovation And Purpose.
  • Finding your purpose is a life’s work. Learn how to make it fun, extraordinary and part of living a more resilient, creative and happy life.
BOOK CONN TODAY AND MAKE YOUR TEAMS HARDER TO KILL.

Live, Heal and Thrive in a Digitally Enabled Age Under Pressure.

TALKS

Conn speaks and trains on the subjects (and intersection) of Creativity, Technology, Purpose and Resilience. His Harder To Kill modules consist of a range of 40 – 75 minute talks 2 – 3 hour Masterclasses 4 – 8 hr workshops 2 Day workshops Each iteration of training provides fresh purposeful ways for an interactive audience to learn how to better overcome challenging obstacles during stressful chaotic times. The talks, workshops and masterclasses are built to inspire, engage and empower the audience with simple user-friendly tools and techniques shown to build a more Resilient and Positive Mindset. Both the Harder to Kill qualities of Resiliency and Positivity are shown to enable humans and brands to become happier, healthier, more productive –  and ultimately, Harder to Kill.

The Harder To Kill Group.

His ‘Harder To Kill’ ideology and approach to seemingly impossible challenges has enabled him to beat brain cancer; tackle massive waves as a Red Bull big wave surfer and resign from his job to launch a one-man startup social enterprise, in a recession. His range of ‘Happy People Are Harder To Kill’ talks explore the intersection of Creativity, Technology and Resilience for a world under stress. Conn is open to discuss talks, workshops, creative incubators or creative purpose strategy for brands needing direction during these exciting and challenging times.

YOUR JOB IS TO TRY AND REMAIN IN A NATURAL CREATIVE FLOW FOR AS LONG AND AS REGULARLY AS POSSIBLE

- Conn Bertish

Gallery of Talks and Workshops

Gallery of Videos

Harder To Kill Keynote Quotes

“Conn’s personal, emotional, engaging and overall positive talk leaves people energised to rethink how they deal with their own life and career. He definitely shows that happy people are harder to kill.”

- Kris Hoed (Director of The European Art Directors Club)

"Conn was outstanding at our event. Funny, brutally honest, direct and massively inspiring. One of the few times that we achieved a standing ovation at Heavy Chef."

Fred Roed (CEO of Heavy Chef Media)

"We all need inspirational stories in our moments of doubt and despair. Conn’s example in the face of a potentially debilitating cancer provides a message for all of us.  In this, Conn puts all his experience at your service.”

- Professor Tim Noakes (Director of the South African Medical Research Council)

"When Conn enters the room he is alight – his energy and passion are completely infectious, his anecdotes heartfelt and humorous. Whatever he’s onto, I want some of that! Passion personified.”

- Kirby Johnson (Project Manager at TNS Global"

“CONN BERTISH GAMIFIED HIS CANCER, SURVIVED AND BUILT AN APP FOR OTHERS”

- Media 24

Happy People Are Harder to Kill Dojo

A Workshop of Creative Resilience for Challenging Times

  • Each 30 days of video series training
  • 4 videos a week
  • 4 tasks a week
  • 1x Zoom video conference a week
  • 5 Whats App group content posts
  • 1 on 1 call overs
  • And more..
  • Whoop!

Cancer Dojo Introduction

The Cancer
Dojo Mobile App

Available on Android and iOS

After beating a rare form of brain cancer by infusing his treatments with purposeful creative gamification, Conn was urged to share his thinking with some of the world’s top oncologists at the largest Oncology conference ever held in Africa in 2015. His opening talk raised a standing ovation and confirmed his purpose to build simple tools to help others utilise this positive creative approach. Cancer Dojo is a multiple awarded social enterprise that makes people happier, healthier and harder to kill.

Calendar

Resilience Talk for the ONE CLUB / ONE SHOW AWARDS

17th April 2020

Happiness as Strategy for Growth and Workshop for Henley SA

April 2020

The Happiness Dojo Talk for FCB Global HR

May 2020

Extreme Resilience for Global Leaders in Law Stellenbosch

July 2020

Happy People are Harder to Kill Keynote Talk in October

Italy, 2020

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