Hester is a speaker and story strategist, communication craftsperson, cross-cultural connector, and change activist. She has a unique streetkid corporate savvy which allows her to share her bold yet refreshing coaching approach with clients all over the world.
She has collected over 50 000 hours of lecturing, training, coaching, consulting, mediation and more recently key note speaking on the subject of cross cultural collaboration. “Being Nice Isn’t Enough – A How To Cut Through The Niceties And Get Real Collaboration” is her second book waiting to be published. Her first book is The Flying Rhino’s Guide to Intercultural Communication was commissioned in 2015.
Born South African, she has lived and worked in South East Asia, the EU, and CEE. Her current address is in India. By the age of ten she had logged more than 10 000 unaccompanied flying miles and as a young person spoke on a local radio shows telling about her solo travels to far away destinations. She remains an inspiring and uplifting storyteller with the most recent highlight being a keynote on her book at the United Nations in Vienna, 21st September 2016.
Her black on white qualifications: Neuro-Science and Neuro-Leadership; Systemic Coaching; Conflict Mediator; Social and Life Counsellor; Business English Trainer (CELTA/LCCI London Chamber of Commerce ARELS-CERT TEB); Dipl. in Marketing Management; Dipl. in Management And Sales Training.
As per a questionnaire that went around on fb not too long ago:
♥ Tattoo? No ♥ Piercings? Yes 3 – in earlobes ♥ Married/Divorced? Experience in both ♥ Children? Yes a beautiful son! ♥ Operations? Yes ♥ Prison? Not telling ♥ Weapons? Don’t possess any. Fired a rifle on my grandaddy’s farm and now have a very unique thumb print on my left hand. ♥ Left/walked out of a job? Yes ♥ Fired staff? Yes ♥ Been Fired? Not telling ♥ Awards/Distinctions? Not telling – I might put you off contacting me ♥ Have you seen the moon from the Equator? Almost, Kuala Lumpur is very close to it and I lived and worked in Malaysia for almost 6 years! Awesome! ♥ Flown in a helicopter? Yes, with 2 cocker spaniels and my son! ♥ Converted? Many times – foolishly – keep converting back to myself, here to stay now! ♥ Cried over somebody? Oh yes! Often! ♥ Been in love? Oh yes, with the ones I cried over! ♥ Skipped school? Sure! You? ♥ Been in an ambulance? Yes, after a diving accident ♥ Been to the Amazon? – no but Bornean jungles and climbed up the highest mountain in SEA – Mt Kinabalu. ♥ Been in a TV show? Not yet ♥ Been on a radio show? Yes, as a kid. ♥ Won something? unfortunately not the lottery ♥ Caught snowflakes with your tongue? Yes ♥ Animals? let’s not go there – will take up the whole page – love rhinos! ♥ Ridden a motorbike? Yes ♥ Ridden a horse? Prefer motorbikes ♥ Do you donate blood? Yes because I am O-neg and once had to wait 24 hours for blood. ♥ Do you love what you do? What kind of a question is that?
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