John Watkis

GPS Trainer

John Watkis joins Global Public Speaking with a solid background in speechwriting and stage performance.  

John Watkis is an international speaker, speechwriter, and public speaking coach who helps leaders find their rhythm when they get up to speak.

He has been in the speaking and coaching business for over 20 years. In addition to delivering keynote speeches and workshops in six countries and on three continents, he has written speeches for corporations, government officials, non-profits, professional speakers, and hall of fame athletes.

He brings the perfect mix of inspiration, entertainment, and education to his presentations, and he delivers interactive experiences that move audiences to take positive actions after his sessions.

A partial list of his clients includes: BMW Canada, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Human Resources Professional Association, RBC, TD Bank, Canadian Federal Government, Moneris Solutions, and Hills Pet Nutrition.

John is the author of the forthcoming How to Make Your Speech Sound Like Music to Their Ears and Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You – How to Avoid Mistakes That Cost You Customers and Credibility. He wrote and appeared in the Fred Pryor/Careertrack video, “Management Skills for New Managers & Supervisors,” and his articles have appeared in Profit Magazine, The Toronto Star, and Ragan Communications. He’s also been interviewed on BBC and appeared on the CBC network.

John studied Adult Education at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Personal Trainer. He has advanced designations in Behavior Change, Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement, and Weight Loss.

He is an Academy member of the National Speakers Association Central Florida chapter and serves as the videographer and video editor. He has a passion for inspiring youth and has volunteered his time speaking to students in local schools and youth in prison.

John is a professional entertainer who was the first Canadian-born actor to play “Mufasa” in the Disney musical, “The Lion King.” He is also passionate about fitness and dance. He has run his own fitness studio and is a champion salsa dancer and instructor.

What do clients have to say about John?

John is perhaps the most engaging, humorous and relevant speaker I have had the pleasure of working with. I was so intrigued with his presentation on the topic of “How to Make Your Speech Sound Like Music to Their Ears!” that I brought John to London to present to the local chapter of my speakers’ association. He did not disappoint!

– Mia Doucet, Founder, Speed to ROI, LLC

John Watkis is truly gifted as a speechwriter and speaker. What a combination! I have seen John hold an audience in the palm of his hand and elicit laughter with seemingly no effort (he only makes it look easy). Best of all, he leaves the group with key messages they’ll always remember.

– Donna Papacosta, Principal at Trafalgar Communications

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