Speaker, Author & Human Potential Expert
Award-winning speaker and best-selling author, Nikki Bush, helps individuals and teams to win at life and work. Her passion for connection and relationships, and how to maintain them in a fast-changing world, is at the core of everything she does as a human potential thought leader.
Nikki is admired and respected in the business, education and parenting circles for her work in raising human potential through leadership, engagement, resilience, connection and teamwork. She helps to create mission-ready individuals and organisations for everyday and future disruption.
Nikki is the co-author of three bestselling books: Future-proof Your Child (Penguin, 2008) co-authored with Dr Graeme Codrington, Easy Answers to Awkward Questions (Metz Press, 2009) co-authored with Ilze Alberts and Tech-Savvy Parenting (Bookstorm, 2014) co-authored with Arthur Goldstuck. She recently published two ebooks: Talent Re:Defined with Raymond de Villiers, and Parenting Matters 2.0. Her next book, the 10th anniversary revised and updated edition of Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s (Penguin Random House), will be published in August 2019.
She is a prolific speaker and has presented in South Africa, in neighbouring African countries, Hong Kong and the United States. Nikki is as comfortable presenting at high end conferences as she is in under-resourced squatter camps, and she has high impact with practical application wherever she goes.
She has a large digital footprint and an impressive mainstream media presence. Due to her trusted, independent and informed opinion and her ability to pack a soundbite, she has racked up over 2 000 media appearances in just over 10 years. She is the resident family and parenting expert on SABC TV3’s Expresso and Radio 702 where she has had weekly slots for many years.
Nikki is a guest lecturer at Wits Business School, GIBS & Henley. She is a professional member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) of which she is a founding member.
Certified Speaking Professional
In 2016 Nikki received her CSP™ (Certified Speaking Professional) designation from the National Speakers Association in the US. It is the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers who speak for a living. Nikki is one of just over 600 speakers in the world to hold this designation. In South Africa she was the 10th speaker to acquire her CSP and was one of only four women to achieve it at the time.
Speakers Hall of Fame Award
In 2019 she was inducted into the PSASA’s Speakers Hall of Fame for excellence in her craft and being an industry icon and an example to others. She is the very first woman to receive this award in the 11 years since its inception, breaking the glass ceiling. #womenonfire #doingitforthegirls #glassceiling
Nikki was married to Simon for 26 years before his untimely passing at the end of 2017. She has two sons aged 19 and 23 and they live in Johannesburg. Her children are the light of her life and the inspiration for much of her work. Family is an extremely high value for Nikki who believes that strong societies are built on the foundation of strong family life just as good matric results rest on good foundations that are laid in the pre-school years; and strong businesses are not just about processes but about the people behind them.
- mum of a grade 6 boy at Somerset College, Western Cape
My son was in your digital safety talk this morning and he is a very intuitive and in touch child who makes quick an accurate assessments of people. He came home and told me all about the talk and the thing he remembered most was what you had to say about reputation. He also said that you are a very good person inside and out and that I was not to miss your talk to the parents this evening, and he was right. What a valuable and informative presentation. Thank you!
- Deputy Principal, Woodbridge Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa
Dear Nikki, Thank you for sharing your expertise at our school’s Empowered Parenting Seminar. Your talk about Parenting on the Run was engaging, interactive and so relevant for today’s parents who are faced with so many difficult challenges. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in crafting a presentation that related so well with the parents of our school. We also appreciate your approachability and professionalism. We have received only great reviews and feedback from the parents and teachers about the Parenting on the Run talk. The parents left the seminar feeling energised and empowered to apply all the practical ideas they received about connecting authentically with their children. Thank you again for ending our parent seminar on such a high note. We hope to work with you in the future!
- College Head, HeronBridge College, Johannesburg
As our children become increasingly technically proficient and preoccupied, it is vital for adults, parents and teachers to be aware of the world they frequent! Tech-savvy Parenting is a comprehensive, practical and insightful guide to understanding the possibilities and perils of this world, how to make it safe for our children, and how to embrace the opportunities it presents.
- Clinical Psychologist
As respected authorities in their respective fields of parenting and technology I am thrilled that Nikki and Arthur have collaborated in offering their profound knowledge, experience and expertise. The need for assistance in navigating the minefield of our high-tech world with our children is paramount. The timing couldn’t be better. Tech-Savvy Parenting is an essential read that combines parenting and technology in a most unique and accessible way that will inform, guide and help you gain a balanced perspective. Nikki and Arthur tap into the essence of being a connected family member, both online and offline.
- CEO of Cerebra
“In a time when most publications relating to technology focus on the huge commercial successes of Facebook, Twitter and others, Nikki’s book asks and answers the important questions around the impact of technology and associated trends on our children. This is a critical view and an indispensable tool for the modern parent."
- Principal, Montrose Primary School, Johannesburg
“Never before has it been so important for those dealing with children, whether as a parent or an educator, to stay abreast with what children have at their fingertips. Nikki and Arthur’s new book ‘Tech-Savvy Parenting’ is a must-read! It is obvious that the authors understand the needs of youngsters today and acknowledge that their world is very different to the one their parents grew up in. Having said that, this book expresses the importance of the role of the parent and the family in a child’s digital life.”
- managing editor, Longevity magazine
"As Managing Editor of Longevity Magazine, and a mother of two preteens, this is a book that I will be referring to time and again. In today's digital age, our children are exposed to more mediums of communication than we ever were. Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck provide readers with practical information that is valuable to both parent and child, as we navigate this ever-changing landscape together. Technology, understood and used correctly and safely, can be of great benefit, and can reaffirm the connection between our children and ourselves – both on- and offline."
- clinical psychologist specialising in the psychology of appreciation
"Having just returned from presenting workshops to young adults in Manhattan I feel that this book should be compulsory reading for every parent-even more so for parents of children from privileged backgrounds."
- outgoing headmaster of King David High School, Linksfield and author of Notes From A Headmaster’s Desk: The Challenges of Education, Parenting and Teenagers
"In our world of such re-aligned and re-negotiated relationships - often mediated by technology - there has never been more potential or more threat for children to learn and connect, or to find themselves hurt and excluded. Unless parents empower themselves, they could find themselves helpless bystanders. That’s what this book provides: clear, sensible and informed empowerment."
- counsellor, educator and author of Parenting with Panache
“It is refreshing to read a book by a parenting author supporting parents to encourage them to take advantage of the benefits of modern technology. Nikki gives sensible advice on avoiding the dangers that exist when used irresponsibly. She believes, like me, that trust is good but control is better!”