Simon Taufel | Masterclass | Motivational Speaker - FocusU

Simon Taufel

“One of the key qualities an Umpire must possess is humility.”
– Simon Taufel, MCC Cowdrey Spirit Of Cricket Lecture


Know your Facilitator!

Simon Taufel, is an Australian cricket umpire who is a former member of the ICC Elite Umpires panel. He won a record five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards between 2004 and 2008, and is generally considered to be one of the best umpires in the world. He officiated in 74 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals between 1999 and 2012.

Despite initially having no intention of becoming an umpire, he agreed to go along with a friend to an umpiring course. After he passed the subsequent exam, he began umpiring grade cricket. He quickly progressed through the ranks and made his first-class debut in 1995, aged just 24. He then went on to umpire his first Test match at the age of 29. Taufel is the youngest person to have received the ICC’s Bronze Bails Award for umpiring 100 ODIs. He has officiated in three ICC Cricket World Cups, including being the first and only Australian to officiate a Final (in 2011).

After leaving active international umpiring, he became the first ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager. During these four years in the role, he created and implemented cricket umpiring’s first competency-based accreditation program. In 2013, he was the 13th person and third Australian behind Richie Benaud and Adam Gilchrist, to deliver the MCC’s Cowdrey Spirit of Cricket lecture at Lords.

He survived the Lahore terrorist attack in 2009. He was on the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus, when it was attacked. He is a father of three wonderful children, husband to Helen and continues to serve the game and local community by being Chairperson of the Highlands Cricket Association, Patron to the Bowral Cricket Club and Vice President of the local PCYC.

Today, Simon is a much sought-after corporate trainer and has conducted programs on leadership, conflict management, resilience, goal setting, continuous improvement and personal development.

Spotlight Areas:

Here are a few engaging topics that Simon talks about on a regular basis in his engagements.

• Goal Setting for Progress
• Prepare Like a Pro
• Bouncebackability (Resilience)
• What does being a professional really look like?
• Strategies for Successful Conflict Outcomes
• Traits of a Top Team
• Leadership and a Culture of Excellence through integrity

A few key parameters:

1 Session

No of Sessions

75 – 90 Minutes

Time Limit

Keynote & Webinar

Formats Available in

25 – 100 (Depending on format)

Group sizes

Debrief can be customised


Is this Masterclass right for my team?
Few metaphors connect as well with people as sports. Especially in an Indian context, the game of cricket is almost considered a religion. Hence the sessions run by Simon are hugely popular with participants because of the way he connects lessons from the sport with contextual topics relevant to corporates.

Contact Us today – we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!

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