I recently organised and hosted an event called the BNI Big Breakfast where I asked John to be our feature speaker. The theme for the event was ‘Creating Connection Through Storytelling’. It was a business breakfast and the audience frequently spoke in front of one another to help grow their businesses. I asked John to help them craft a good weekly story, something that could be engaging and memorable, something they could take away with them and do it in John's style!
John nailed the brief!
He was engaging with the team and the audience on the day, having the audience hanging on his every word from beginning to end. He kept their attention, included the audience in his presentation and got them connected with each other. The feeling in the room was electric.
The following week, I attended 4 meetings where I heard over 20 audience members either mention John’s presentation specifically or use his tips and tricks that he imparted. The subtly of John’s advice elevated the quality of those presenters that used it and even encouraged one of the Presidents to do an entire 10-minute presentation on what she learnt from John. Amazing!
John was great at captivating the audience and having them hanging on his every word. His passion for his topic was unmatched and, clearly, it landed with the audience.
I would highly recommend John to anyone looking for a speaker on the topic of storytelling, but he’s also got a few amazing stories himself: HIV/AIDS, depression, radio and all that goes with them. Any business or professional function would benefit from hearing John present. I feel that we could book him again and get something totally different – of equal or higher value.
Thank you, John, you really made the morning what it was – a success for the members of our organisation.
Miranda Knapton, BNI Christchurch, August 2023
A RECENT SPEAKING EVENT
CREATING CONNECTION THROUGH STORYTELLING
Comments from the audience, post the event:
"John's was good. “And /But /So". I also had a 1to1 with him back at work later. Very educational for BNI 60 sec"
"I liked John's acronyms and tips that could be related to our 60 seconds"
"John showed us how to simplify telling a story. Great tips. Thank you"
"John was very impressive. Less detail can be more and the structure of your story should follow ABS"
"John was great. Telling us to tell stories. Helps people remember".
"John’s ‘and, but & so’ story telling was memorable"
"And, but, so I'm going to try to use that in 60 seconds more regularly".
"John's brilliant simple framework to tell a story in 60 seconds"
"I was speaking really fast. As English is my second language, it's important for my vendors and buyers to understand me and now I have clarity in my speaking".
Partner at Axis Construction Law
"It was a big task to create my podcast and I'm glad I had the knowledge and creative genius of John to guide me and give me the insight of a radio broadcaster".
Owner at Payroll Consult
"I was outside my comfort zone but John’s guidance & encouragement made it a very easy process. I was delighted with the result and loved all the feedback".
Salesperson at Barfoot & Thompson
“As English is my second language, I was worried that my clients wouldn't be able to understand me, which as a real estate agent, I could be losing money. But after attending John's training, I now have more confidence and clarity when I speak".
Marketing Strategist at Potent Marketing
Strategist at Potent Marketing
"Mate, just doing the video training and its hard to
comprehend - that after years of trying and failing to do this, you've
made it easy for me"
Owner at Nikki Hart Nutrition
“He knows how to make me look good”
Bookkeeper at Cloudkept Solutions
Corlika Du Plessis
“I don't know how to thank you. You are an incredible human being to push me to 'put myself out there' and just look at me now. I'm flying. Thank you so, so much".
Owner at Eight PM
“John is a creative fellow who understands how to make you feel at ease in front of the camera and while we only worked together for a short time, I got great value".
Asset Finance at Crediflex
“I got 2-3 leads after the first couple of videos. Isn't that what it's about?"
Broker at Kakipo Business Sales
"John really understands LinkedIn and how to get high views of your video"