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John Hotowka

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Achievement Thinking & Resilience Speaker

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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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    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

     

07.10.2018

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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