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ProSpeke – Professional Business Speakers, Conference and Keynote Speakers, Motivational and after dinner event speakers bureau and agency
John Hotowka

John's BIOGRAPHY

John Hotowka* – Speaker Humorist Magician

*Pronounced ‘Hot~Ow~Ka’

John Hotowka, aka the ‘Laughter Dinner Speaker ®’ is one of the rare breed of speakers who can either deliver a powerful message or just entertain. He’s an after dinner, business and event speaker who has an engaging, energising and unique delivery of his ‘Mind… set to success’ and 'Doing More With Less' message. His presentations are hilariously funny, insightful and experiential which all add to the learning experience.

John is fast becoming known as the conference energiser, his favourite slot being after lunch or the opening slot to set the tone for an event. His presentations about mindset, change and teambuilding are insightful, motivational and very humorous.

Having worked in the corporate world since 1989 (the first 10 years as a corporate magician) he’s had to overcome many challenges of mindset and self motivation.

When he suffered a crisis in confidence in 2002 he realised somehow he had to dig himself out of the hole he created himself. A bigger problem than you might think as he always worked alone. Digging himself out of this hole lead to the birth of ‘Mind... set to success’. Realising mindset is the key to success in everything, leadership, working as a team, dealing with change… everything.

His parents were honest and proud hard working immigrants. His father was Polish, his mother Italian and you should taste his Ozór Wołowy Bolognese (on second thoughts, maybe not). After making many sacrifices (they were not druids, we’re talking about financial sacrifices) they managed to send him to grammar school. Next stop Bradford College to study dispensing optics. It was here he took up magic. Why? To meet girls! And guess what? It didn’t work! But little did he know how big a part magic would play in his life. It wasn’t long before the magic bug bit deep and when he left college to work as an optician, performing magic and in particular close up magic was always close to his heart.

For seven years he was an optician by day and magician by night performing close up magic to the diners in the restaurants of his home town Bradford. He was one of the first close up magicians to perform restaurant magic in Europe and even lectured to magical societies on the subject. Having been made redundant from optics three times in the space of seven years, he decided to pursue a career in magic and targeted the corporate market.

Since 1989 he’s travelled the world performing his magic at corporate events, product launches and exhibitions - selling his clients’ products and services. He’s never sold snow to the Eskimos but did sell almost everything else the most memorable being industrial heat exchangers, caravan chassis, greeting cards, commercial vehicle contract hire, lead aprons (don’t ask) and sewing thread.

Even though he was exhibiting at almost 20 shows per year at one point, he chose to evolve into a conference and business speaker. As for the close up magic (his first love), at dinners to give his clients extra value you’ll still catch him performing and having fun at the tables before he stands up to speak.

John has successfully flourished as a “mono-preneur”. (Mono-preneur - Noun: Someone who has one basic skill and uses it in many different and diverse ways). He’s survived business using his instinct, cunning, creativity, determination and common sense.

That’s not to say he hasn’t had his challenges. He uses these experiences and the lessons learnt in his presentations so his audiences can laugh, learn and do better.

He’s a man who loves his work and the variety it brings. He’s performed and presented in some unusual locations including, the top of the Berlin Telecom Tower, a container ship in the middle of the Atlantic for 12 people, travelling at speed on the Orient Express and is a member of THE MILE HIGH CARD TRICK CLUB (ie performing card tricks and ONLY card tricks on a Boeing 747 in mid flight).

Today he travels from Manchester to Milan, Derby to Dubai, Hull to Hamburg and from York to New York speaking after dinner and at conferences. He’s worked with the likes of Price Waterhouse Coopers, Hallmark Cards, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals and Lex Autolease, to name but a few.

He’s also a popular speaker in education helping young people develop entrepreneurial and life skills.

His success as a speaker is due to three things, his ability to simplify a complex message, his approach appeals to all learning styles and his hilarious sense of humour is so clean… he makes detergent look dirty.

Hi philosophy is simple, he makes the audience laugh, if they’re laughing they’re engaged, if they’re engaged they’re listening, if they’re listening they’re focussed on the message and if they’re focussed on the message the message gets through and they take action.

Throughout his career he’s learn a lot from the companies he’s worked with, had many celebrations and faced many challenges thriving in business while keeping himself motivated through the highs and lows of this joyride which is called “life”.


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Our speakers are professionals; experts in their chose field and able to deliver presentations on a wide range of topics across a broad range of industries and subjects. My Topics and Titles are...

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'Mind... set to success' and 'Doing More With Less'
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The Laughter Dinner Speaker
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'Mind... Set to success' and 'Doing More With Less'
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John has some fun
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Sawing someone in half... the creative way
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