John Shackleton


John Shackleton

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In his youth John Shackleton failed to succeed as a sportsman always missing out by fractions of a second and never quite reaching International standard but this failure led him to become involved in Professional Coaching and eventually to study Sports Psychology.

His personal failure and subsequent enlightenment has shaped his business life, his sporting life and his speaking career and has helped him achieve great success in all three areas. He has coached numerous world class sports men and women including the British Triathlon Team and is currently working with two New Zealanders who have qualified to compete in the Bejing Olympics but he achieved his own sporting success late in life.

It was low self esteem that held him back and stopped him becoming an International swimmer in his teens. A huge inferiority complex consistently denied him the triumph he deserved but studying sports psychology helped him to overcome this.

At the age of 50 John swam life time personal best times and achieved three top 10 places at the World Masters Swimming Championships in Italy 2004. He still competes today and believes that much of his success in life comes the lessons he has learnt his sport.

He applied the techniques and ideas gleaned Sports Psychology to his business life, building a number of very successful businesses including the UK's largest training company of it's kind. He became a business coach to many CEO's and senior executives within his blue chip clients and was in very high demand as a keynote speaker all over Europe and the US. In his presentations he draws on his own business and sporting successes and failures, talking to sales people, managers and business owners about applying the sports psychology techniques he's used himself to improve their performance and achieve greater results.

Over the last 20 years John has spoken to most of the world's major Pharmaceutical and Insurance companies, many of Europe's top Banks and Finance Houses and the majority of the top Real Estate companies throughout Australasia. His recent clients include: Air New Zealand, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Honda, Renault, Westpac Bank, ANZ Bank, National Bank, Tower Insurance, AMP, AXA, Canon, Sharp, Sony, Kodak, Avon, Burger King, Subway etc.

He speaks in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia to a wide variety of audiences of mainly Sales people, Managers and Business owners but last year alone he also spoke to Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians, Accountants, Lawyers, Builders, Farmers, Teachers and School Children.

As a keynote speaker and workshop leader John won the 2004 Inspirational Speaker of the Year, the 2005 Business Person of the Year and the prestigious 2007 Speaker of the Year award as voted for by NSANZ (the National Speakers Association of New Zealand).

In 2007 he achieved his CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) NSA Australia. This designation is awarded to only the top 5% of professional speakers World wide and only 4 have ever been awarded to New Zealand presenters.

His unique background and experience has made him a powerful motivational speaker with a story borne out of life experience not trite text book theory. His humorous but hard hitting style will have his audiences laughing and crying but more importantly they will find themselves making big changes to their thinking processes and taking greater levels of personal responsibility then ever before in their life.

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