It has been said that people born blind grow and mature with an intellect absolutely void of the pre-conceptions or judgments of those with sight. Their minds become formidable think tanks.platforms from which they develop razor sharp insights into life's every day problem's and challenges.
Hein Wagner is such a man - a man who lists more personal achievements than many!
- Marathon running (1988/1991)
- Western Province colours for athletics (1989 1990)
- Has climbed the 10 highest mountains in the Western Cape
- Has completed the Cape to Rio Yacht Race 1993
- A player for the South African blind cricket team that won the World Cup in India during the inaugural Blind Cricket World Cup final in 1998.
- Performed his autobiographical show called Bat Magic at all the National arts festivals with huge success.
- Completed his APM (Advanced Professional Management) through the Open University of London .
- Has broken the World Blind Land Speed Record in September 2005 and set the new record at 269.2km/h
Through his powerful motivational talks, Hein is rapidly becoming a sought after speaker of note! His topics include:
Power Hour (Against the Odds):
This one-hour presentation takes the audience on a humorous and moving journey of Hein's view on the world he lives in. He shares some of his light and dark moments as well as his personal recipe to achieve extra ordinary results.
A blind man with Vision:
This 30-minute presentation is guaranteed to open the eyes of those that are simply too lazy to see. Hein believes that it is better to be blind and have vision, than to be able to see and have none.
Listen, Think & Grow - "LTG":
This team building session kicks off with a 30 minute powerful, humorous and emotional inspirational talk and is followed by an interactive appreciation, listening, thinking and sharing session. Using the above-mentioned principles, Hein, with the help of his audience, manages to move into a dimension that is based on confidentiality, positive thinking and trust. These elements encourage the audience to share on a deeper personal level and further raises the level of trust, respect and understanding within the group/team. This team building session guarantees to break down known and unknown inter-personal barriers in the group/team and leave them connected, respected, appreciated and "team mated".
As the creator of this interactive team building session, Hein can change the content to accommodate your organizations' key objectives, core values or any long and short-term goals should that be required.
The ABC of Selling:
As international sales manager for Mark Shuttleworth's company, Thawte Consulting, and in Hein's prior sales roles, he gained significant experience in the area of sales, and the power to sustain the energy (as a sales person) in order to over achieve. During the last 4 years as ISM for Thawte Consulting, Hein's division has continuously exceeded all sales goals.
Bat Magic - The lighter Side of Living in Darkness!:
Bat Magic is a moving, gripping and inspirational autobiography of a blind man with Vision. This 90 minute stage production will take your audience on a rollercoaster ride of fun and inspiration, - laughter and motivation. It promises to be an eye opener to those that can, but are too lazy to see!!!
Hein launched his show Bat Magic on the Grahamstown National Arts Festival during July 2003 and from there it when on to the KKNK and Aardklop festivals with great success.
Bertus Colyn a blind musician and longstanding friend of Hein take care of the Guitar work and backing vocals for the music that is included in the show. Some of the songs are original works from Hein and Bertus.
The show is available in English as well as Afrikaans and some of the reviews include:
The Q:"A gripping and inspirational autobiography of a passionate and zestful blind man"
ETV: "one of the more intriguing productions on the fringe this year"
SA FM: "Hein is someone that really embodies the true spirit of the Grahamstown Festival with is show Bat Magic"
Disability sensitization training:
Having worked for a number of large corporate organizations in South Africa as a disabled person over the last 15 years, Hein understands the barriers to entry when it comes to the placement of PWD's (persons with disabilities). This one-hour program will equip your employees with the necessary tools to knock down the barriers to entry, as well as assisting them in identifying potential positions that can be filled by PWD's!
Hein donates 10 % of all his booking fees to the South African National Council for the Blind