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Christophe Barriere-Varju

Christophe Barriere-Varju


Adventure - Motivation - Keynote - Keynote Speakers - Management - Inspiration - Inspirational - After Dinner

Performance Management

Born in the South of France, Christophe grew up in the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Living an incredible childhood in Africa most read in books or watched in fictitious Hollywood movies, Christophe's stories are real and will keep you entertained - including what it was like to grow up with a chimpanzee!

At an early age, forging a competitive spirit became second nature to Christophe. Eight years of competitive Judo and thirty years of motocross racing are his life. With competition comes discipline, physical, mental and emotional training, self control, and knowing that failure is only learning in the never ending pursuit of self-perfection. Christophe became a National Motocross Champion as the age of 18, and has won the African Motocross des Nations five times in a row for the Ivory Coast.

At the age of 21 he packed two suitcases and moved from Africa to San Diego California to race motocross. There was only one slight problem, he did not speak English!

Six months later, that glitch became somewhat fixed, however the only way for him to stay in the United States was to study 'something'. Business courses seemed like a good idea for the future. After being turned down by several colleges for missing the 'deadline', a concept which at the time made no sense to him, Christophe's determination was too strong for one college to resist, and he was finally accepted.

Two years later, with a diploma in his hand, Christophe was left wondering, "what's next?". Christophe's course advisor suggested he undertake a four year Bachelor Degree, which he completed 6 months early. Christophe found himself asking "what's next?" again. His course advisor suggested he could apply for a two year long MBA. Eager to finish his MBA quickly, Christopher walked out of the University of San Diego with a MBA holding a triple major in Finance, Supply Chain, and New Venture Management - all in eighteen months.

Christophe immersed himself into executive board rooms, where his business took off. Christophe began working with his trusted University professor where in just a few weeks he developed a design of experiment model that solved what HP engineers were spending 6 months trying to resolve.

Christophe's dream of living in Australia came about from staring at a photo on his desk for seven years. Although his job was rewarding, coming to Australia required a business visa, which was difficult to attain coming from a relatively unknown boutique firm. With the recommendations from his old boss, he joined Coopers & Lybrand, and then moved onto PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Two years later, Christophe landed in Australia where he developed the supply chain of practice of Arthur Anderson.

Feeling this still wasn't enough, Christophe went on to start his own consulting practice, BvW Global. BvW has been in existence for 14 years, advising Australian Government agencies and large corporations in Complex Procurement, while also implementing performance management frameworks.

Most of us would be struggling to keep up, but Christophe still felt he was missing something and could take on more. He went back to his competitive roots to race in the Dakar Rally, the most difficult, most dangerous, 10,000kms motorsport race in the world. Christophe has competed in the Dakar Rally four times representing Australia.

In the last Dakar Rally race he competed in, Christophe decided to make a film to motivate and inspire others to reach their own dreams. Dream Racer was born. Dream Racer is an internationally acclaimed film, and has been nominated for awards seven times, winning four awards including Best Sports Documentary in Los Angeles and Best Human Values in Sport in Barcelona. Dream Racer is broadcast by Discovery World in Africa and East Europe, as well as Fox Sports in Asia. Dream Racer has an audience across 145 countries.

Presentation Topics

Your only competitor is yourself!

It is so easy to blame our 'failure' and inability to succeed in a task on other people, on external events, on the world! Most of us start equal, we have a head, two arms, a body, and two legs. We grow up and we learn.

What is it that we learn and who/what teaches us? Obviously we start learning from our parents, then school, then friends, colleagues, media, experiences so on and so forth. However, one has to be mindful of his/her own gaps. We get unconsciously programmed at a very young age, but can we really blame the following 70 or 80 years for our life on this? As easy it is to give up on ourselves, a easy it is to take the first step forward.

In this lecture, Christophe will talk about applying self-learning and recognising the missing parts in life's puzzle.
You never fail, you always win... or learn.

The fear of failure stops most of us from trying something new, or simply trying again, and again. Think about a gymnast for a moment, they will practice 8-10 hours per day for years to perform a few minutes at the Olympics.

During these thousands of hours, they try, they fail, they try again, they fail again, but that failure is positive because they learn something new each time. The more they learn, the more they are able to fill in the missing parts of the performance puzzle they want to establish. When you recognise a failure as a positive learning step in your mind, you will always win!

In this lecture, Christophe will speak about the need to fail to improve in the never ending pursuit of perfection.

The physical, mental, and emotional intelligence you need to succeed.

We can never be fit enough, but we can be fitter tomorrow than we can be today. We can let events happen and react to them or we can mentally prepare to various scenarios and stimulate our response mentally, thus keeping us better prepared. We can let our emotions dictate a response or we can use our emotion to dictate the response we want to feel.

Now, if we are aware and able to manage these three areas within ourselves and apply them to anything that we do in life, can we get a different outcome, or outcomes? I believe we can.

In this lecture, we will show participants how to recognise these three components in order to segment our conscious and unconscious response to achieve a positive outcome.

It's at the edge of who you are, that you learn who you can be.

This sentence not only describes the film Dream Racer, but also whether or not you have explored yourself as an individual. When one person stresses their own limitations, that one person knows truly how he/she will respond to unplanned, dramatic, or simply exploratory situations.

When experienced, how would you react at that particular moment? What impact and learning will these situations give you? Perhaps a new positive 'asset' that you can build upon.

In this lecture, Christophe will tell several stories of how he experienced the 'edge' and how these assets ended becoming the building stones to self-discovery.

Dreams, determination, resilience - how far can you go? The 7 Gear Approach.

It all starts with a dream, a bucket load of determination, and a truck load of resilience. There is however a range of gears that one person is willing to shift in. We call this, the 7 Gear Approach.

The 7 Gear Approach uses the analogy of shifting a gear stick in a car. That gear you are in will allow you to experience life at a certain speed based on your level of comfort, confidence and risk levels you are willing to take to carve your own path forward.

In this lecture, Christophe will talk about how a different approach to life philosophy can lead to different life experiences and outcomes.

Your world - their world.

There is a time when your world should not become their world, and their world should not become your world. That time is when their world is hindering  your way forward, your goals, your ambitions, and dreams. It is not always possible to convince people to be part of your journey, and sometimes their perceptions of your journey come with brakes you do not need.

Your world - their world is about recognising what pushes us forward and what holds us back. It's also the time when you need to disassociate.

In this lecture, Christophe will explain the meaning of the words "a challenge for those who go, a dream for those who stay".

Life and work, work and life... and the people within.

How good are you at juggling life? The statistics say that on average we spend 11 years working, 9 years watching TV, 26 years sleeping, and 5 months complaining! In the middle of all of this, we need to find time to live a life.

What if we became aware of the time wasted activities and replaced them with something valuable, something worth remembering, something better than watching The Biggest Loser?

In this lecture, Christophe will talk about living a day like it was the last day. Surely you wouldn't spend it watching TV, would you?


I was fortunate to hear Christophe speak at a recent conference and deliver two very different presentations both in style and content. One was a practical, workshop style session and the other was a keynote motivational speech. In both sessions the audiences were captured, myself included. He has a very natural way of connecting with the audience and connecting the audience participants with each other - giving you the feeling that you’re all in conversation together. Eloquent, entertaining, inspirational.
Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council

I first heard Christophe speak at a dinner and quite frankly - he was the highlight of the night. His story is truly inspiring and proves that with sheer determination and focus anything is possible. His down to earth nature and openness engages everyone, draws them in and leaves them uplifted. Talking with Christophe is like talking to a long time friend. He immediately creates rapport and you can't help but be inspired by this great achiever.
Motorcycle Presenter - "Behind the Wheel" Radio Show.

I have had the pleasure of listening to Christophe speak about his life and Dakar experiences in public forums on two occasions. His story is a compelling one and he tells it with passion and humour. When you see the adversity Christophe faced to achieve his dream you are inspired. Christophe takes the listener onto the journey with him. You feel his pain and his exhilaration. Hear Christophe tell his story and you will be motivated to get out and achieve your dreams.
Writer, journalist and publicist.

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