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John Hotowka

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Corporate magician and developer of Achievement Thinking inspiring towards improved collaboration and productivity

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Our speaker John Hotowka is an expert on resilience, productivity and corporate success. He will give you and your people insights and simple, practical tools to build resilience and manage change leading to increased productivity… in good times and hard.  

Speaker John Hotowka started his presenting career in 1989 as a corporate magician. He experienced highs and lows and quickly discovered that some people seem to handle lows better than others. This got him into researching resilient people and high achievers, and he was able to develop his method to Achievement Thinking.

Achievement Thinking is a suite of mindset tools born from the lessons learnt since 1989, experiencing the roller coaster ride of running a one-person business and having overcome obstacles, doubt and failure. John has since inspired and taught his Achievement Thinking methodology to numerous corporate and smaller business clients including Nestle, Unilever, Prudential, Marsh and Virgin Holidays.

At conferences and events John is often asked to speak either after lunch (often when an audience needs re-energising) or to open the event (to set the tone for the event). Why? Because his use of magic and high-energy talks create laughter and keep the audience engaged and interested.

As a speaker John Hotowka is engaging and his techniques and tools become memorable for the audience and inspires action. In addition, he inspires and motivates his audience so they’ll work more collaboratively, readily share information and improve productivity for a long time after the event.

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    Keynote by speaker John Hotowka

    Essential Mindset Tools To Build Resilience and Manage Change

    • Being mindful of thoughts and behaviours that are unhelpful to us and how to overcome them and take action
    • The importance of asking for help and how to overcome the reluctance to do so
    • How to stay focused on achieving goals to get results
    • How to be solution-focused and not problem-focused
    • Collaboration – How to share information, insight and knowledge for mutual benefit and to achieve goals

    Keynote by speaker John Hotowka

    Essential Mindset Tools To Increase Sales

    • Being mindful of limiting beliefs and how to overcome them and take action
    • The importance of asking for help and how to overcome the reluctance to do so
    • How to stay focused on achieving targets and goals
    • Developing and using solution focused thinking
    • Teamwork – How to create a supportive team around you for motivation and mutual benefit


Achievement Thinking – 5.5 insights Inspired By My Granddad’s Rocking Chair To Help You Achieve More

My granddad once told me you can tell you’re becoming older when:
– You turn out the lights for economic rather than romantic reasons.
– Your back goes out more than you do.
– You sink your teeth in a steak and… they stay there.

He also told me, you can tell when you’re really really getting on when you sit in a rocking chair and can’t get it going. I’m delighted to report I’m not at that stage yet and I hope I never get there either, but there are times when we just can’t get ourselves going. Or at least it’s a big effort to do so.

Recently I’ve been going through a few challenges and it would have been so easy to give in and not carry on. Don’t panic, I’m not giving in just yet, nor am I looking or sympathy. I’ve learnt that challenges are an opportunity to learn and grow.

I wouldn’t wish ill on anyone and going through hardship is not nice and can be very painful, but I’ve learnt that we always get through it somehow. Besides, if we didn’t have any bad times how could we appreciate the good times?

So here are 5.5 things, when you’re feeling down, to help you get going.

1) Be solution-focused not problem-focused. What’s been done has been done; now focus on your options and the best way to solve the issue or get done whatever needs to be done.
2) Don’t be afraid of making mistakes; wisdom comes from making mistakes and will help us to avoid making mistakes in the future.
3) Do your best to eliminate unsupportive people from your life. You know the ones, they keep telling you you’re an idiot or that you’re not good enough. Boy, have I had a few of these lately. If you can’t get rid of them (e.g. they may be spouse), when they say something you don’t like, ask them how helpful they think they’re being or how helpful they think the statement they’re making is. Then ask them what the most helpful thing is they could do or say to help you.
4) Seek out helpful supportive people. One way of doing that is by being helpful and supportive to others yourself.
5) Remind yourself of past successes and be grateful for what you have in your life that you like, love and that’s going well. Usually, when we’re upset about something, it’s about one aspect, not every aspect of our lives. Granted, that one thing can affect everything else, but stay focused.
5.5) Remind yourself you’re just doing the best you can with what you have. You are responsible for your life and you might not be able to control what happens to you but you can control what you do and how you feel about it.

And when you do reach that certain age in life, may you continue to have a gleam in your eye. Unlike my granddad where that gleam was actually the sun hitting his bifocals..

A Simple Space Will Help You To Achieve More

A few weeks ago I saw some graffiti on a wall; it was one word, ‘impossible’.

I have no idea why the word stuck in my head, but after a while I realised that there was another way of looking at it. By adding two things, an apostrophe and a space, it takes on a completely different meaning.

‘Impossible’ + one space + one apostrophe = I’m Possible

It’s the same when adding a space to the following phrase: I Am Nowhere + one space = I Am Now Here

Just one tiny space can turn something that’s a negative into a positive.

You might think this is nonsense. Possibly so but it made me think of where we put the spaces in our very busy everyday lives. The spaces we need to help us reflect and look at tasks in a different way so we can do them more efficiently and effectively. The spaces that help us to relax just for a moment when we need it.

How often have you said or heard someone else say, “just give me a little space?”. The best way to relax in a couple of minutes is to find somewhere private, stop and do a breathing exercise. The main element to my Achievement Thinking methodology is to slow down and find those spaces of calm (they only need last a minute or two) so that we can reflect and do a breathing exercise enabling us to clear our minds, refocus and do our work faster.

So here are a few ideas where and when to find those spaces during a busy day rushing from task to task:

– When brushing your teeth if you can

– Between tasks while waiting for the kettle to boil when making a hot drink

– At the end of the working day as you get in your car and just before you drive off.

– The one I use the most often is this one – every time you go to the loo (if in public, then I suggest the men use a cubicle), do what you need to do and spend an extra minute or two in there before washing your hands

It’s about finding those times during the day when we can make that space, enabling us to look at tasks and challenges differently and knowing ‘I’m Now Here and I’m Possible’.


Interview with John Hotowka

How did you begin your speaking career?

After being made redundant 3 times in the space of 7 years in my short-lived career as an optician I decided to follow my passion and become a professional magician. In 12 years I built up my career where I was working for nearly half of the blue chip companies in the UK. I was flying around Europe entertaining their top clients and executive boards and using my magic to promote their products, services and corporate messages to large audiences (700+) at their events.

In 2002 I had a crisis in confidence and my business went down hill. I studied high achievers, NLP, Neuroscience and spirituality to find out how successful people think to achieve their goals, be resilient and manage change. I distilled my findings for personal use only. Because of my background as a magician I was asked by an old client to speak at a conference about mind-set. My insight and techniques resonated with so many people I was recommended and referred to speak at other events. Achievement Thinking was born.

How are your keynote presentations unique?

Firstly I use humour and magic to punctuate the points I make, if people are enjoying themselves they’ll listen, remember what’s been said and take action.

More importantly, in my view, is that I tailor my keynotes. The basic techniques and stories I use are more or less the same for every audience. Whenever I illustrate a technique or share an insight, it’s ok for me to convey how I use it but I’ll then give an example of a situation the audience can use it in. I can only do that thanks to the extensive briefing process, I have to extract that information from the client.

Who or what inspires you most?

The success stories I hear from people in my audiences who have used the insights and tools I teach. It’s not only rewarding for me and reminds me what I’m doing works but also inspires me to give more.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

It’s great when clients get phenomenal results using your insights and techniques. I remember speaking for an organisation who’d organised a conference for their sales people. It was obvious the audience were not interested in being there. The speakers didn’t seem to connect with them either. I wasn’t looking forward to going on stage at all.

Not only was my session very well received, I was told well after the event that I had helped them hit their annual sales target three months early. It’s great to know your insights and tools are transferable and effective.

Describe yourself in 3 words – why these three words?

Inspirational, insightful, entertaining.

I have no idea why these three words, all I know is that these are the words used most often when I’m given feedback from my audiences.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

My clients typically hire me because their people are going through a lot of change and they want them to be more resilient, self-motivated and work more closely with each other.

Often I’m also hired not only because of the content but also as an energiser after lunch (when audiences typically are a little low on energy and need to be re-energised). Another good slot for me is the opening speaker of a conference. Because I talk about asking for help and collaboration delegates network more effectively with each other.

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