Caspar Berry started his career as the lead in one of BBC1’s flagship television programs of the 1990s before going on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge.
At university, Caspar was a prolific theatre director where he worked with a wealth of talent in The Footlights and after setting his sights on becoming a professional film writer he had his first screenplay produced by Film Four whilst still in his final year. 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 most of the next 3 years of his life during which time he made a good living pitting his wits against the game’s best known players.
What he saw in the mechanics of poker was a relevance to business that was not fully understood or realised by most. So now he brings cutting edge scientific research together with powerful metaphors and his own personal experiences as a professional poker player to create motivational speeches and training sessions that are informative, original, funny and moving.
In 2002, Caspar returned to the U.K. co-founding Twenty First Century Media and building it into the fastest growing audio visual media company in the North East of England before selling it in 2008 to Bob Geldof’s media giant, Ten Alps.
It was while still at the helm of twenty first century media that he began his career as a speaker and catalyst for new thinking within business about risk-taking and decision-making using his experience as a poker player to explain how we all make decisions in our personal and professional lives.
Throughout this time, he continued to be a presence on the poker scene in the UK as the host of over 400 television shows on SKY television, strategy writer for Flush magazine and one of the two poker advisors on the James Bond Movie, Casino Royale.
In 2005 he become a trainer for a great company called The Mind Gym who schooled him in the fundamental skills of delivery and facilitation before going it alone to become one of the best known business speakers in the UK.
He has now been a professional motivational and keynote speaker for the last 6 years during which time he has delivered over 1,200 speeches for over 300 great companies in Europe, America and Asia.
His key messages around the need to embrace uncertainty and take calculated risk in order to get the edge and achieve success are timeless and non-sector specific making them perfect for any training day or conference where new ideas are being discussed or debated. He is a catalyst for change and his famously upbeat, energetic style is always inspirational.
"Brilliant, intelligent messages delivered with passion and knopwledge. the best talk from an outside speaker I have ever seen."
"A really fun and relevant afternoon whcih looks at business in a very different way. Caspar, your session was the highlight of the day. Well done. The PayPal team is still talking about it."
"Risk is a really important issue for the Home Office and it was refreshing and I think very effective to have a discussion of how we increase our appetite for, and effectiveness in managing risk with such good humour. Your mixture of personal anecdotes, real life examples created an excellent learning opportunity. The feedback we received has been uniformly excellent. Learning can be fun! "
"Caspar's presentation was engaging and entertaining and there was a noticeable ‘buzz’ in the room. He was excellent in getting across some really serious business messages with just the right amount of humour. The feedback from members and guests was that he was one of the best speakers they'd ever heard. "
"I found the course to be innovative and thought provoking. Caspar turned what can often be a dry subject into an energetic enjoyable development session. When considering risk now this course provides me with an excellent reference point."
"For the poker novice an evening with Caspar Berry is a bit like a roller coaster ride, plenty of ups and downs and a real hoot throughout. We have done plenty of corporate evenings over the years and I can say without hesitation that a poker night with Caspar is right up there amongst the very best."