Caspar Berry, 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!
Caspar 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, Caspar returned to the U.K. He 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 catalyst for new thinking within business.
Most recently, Caspar has 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 can also be seen on Sky Sports and is the poker strategy writer for Flush magazine.
His most recent film credit was as 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, Caspar 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 take 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-focussed 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.
The importance of embracing failure as you go through life
Failures bring about successes and the earlier in life you realize this the more successful you will become
Don't just stick with what you know - embrace change in order to discover new and better ways of doing things and more importantly, what you are truly able to achieve
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.
Caspar uses his experience to present a unique and captivating presentation/workshop all around learning to fail in order to succeed. I came away feeling energised and entertained. I would recommend this to others because it really gets you to think about your own mind-set in a very different way.”
Patrick McCann, Head of Training, Berwin,Leighton Paisner
“Caspar is individual, charismatic, energetic – doesn’t need to try at being bright – he just is! He has a real presence, he makes you want to learn and listen. The day itself had great pace.”
Guy Hayward, Managing Director, Hudson
“Caspar has excellent and well thought through material. He is able to take principles from Poker and provide relevant insight and application for business. It certainly challenged the group to think differently. Caspar is a highly energetic, engaging and charismatic speaker. He stays on brief and time and is very flexible adapting to the needs of the group."
Helen Pyman, Marketing Capability Director, Brand Learning Partners
“Takes the wraps off risk taking and decision making offering a completely new angle for me. Very helpful.”
Mark Clarke, Chief Inspector, Surrey Police
"Our audience of company directors and decision makers are used to hearing some of the best speakers on the circuit but the comments after Caspar Berry's talk were of universal praise. "Polished, fascinating and relevant" was the feedback with many members telling me that Caspar was, "most definitely the best speaker this year". Events Committee, IOD Herts Breakfast