Inspirational Speaker & Expert in Performance
John Amaechi is a former British NBA Basketball player, psychologist, consultant and speaker on High Performance.
John played college basketball at Vanderbilt and Penn State, and professional basketball in the National Basketball Association. He has also played in France, Italy, Greece, and the United Kingdom. Since retiring from basketball, John has worked as a psychologist and consultant.
In 2007 became the first former NBA player to come out publicly and considered one of the world’s most high-profile gay athletes. His memoir “Man in the Middle” was a New York Times bestseller. John appears regularly as a pundit for CNN, MSNBC, CBC, and the BBC. He has also appeared on shows like BBC Breakfast, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Oprah and many more.
John is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the British Psychological Society (BPS), the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology and the BPS Psychological Testing Centre.
He is a Senior Fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning, and Research with the well-known academic Dr. Richard Majors.
Having formed his own Performance Company, John Amaechi is a regular speaker at Conferences and events across the world. Topics have included the impact of depression, interpersonal skills, leadership, team cohesion, emotional literacy and diversity and inclusion on individual and team performance.
His speaking topics include –
• The Everyday Jedi
• Authentic Leadership: Learning to Lead from your Core
• Business Ethics: Being a Full-Time Person of Principle
• A World of Competition: Using Sports to Teach Business
• More Chance of Being Hit by a Meteor: What to do When Your Dreams Defy Probability
• Organisational Harmony
• Consequential Conversations
• Sport for Development
• Achieving the Impossible Dream
• Inspiring Intrinsic Motivation: Creating and Sustaining the ‘Self-Starter’ Drive
John is a truly inspirational speaker, but he also has a very special quality that provokes much deeper reflection. He created questions in my mind that have remained there and challenged me almost every day since.
— Christine Mansfield -Penny Ferguson Limited
John Amaechi is literally stunning. He will make you think about who you are, what you do and believe! Don’t expect to be entertained, expect to get real. More thought-provoking than any speaker we have worked with to date!
— Gordon Mackenzie – Marketing & Sales Director, Performance First Ltd
The broad issue of diversity in the workplace is not often brought to the attention of public policy professionals in the European technology sector. They spend their days trying to persuade European politicians and legislators to take decisions that make Europe a more vibrant market for their companies’ products and services, to fuel business growth. This group of highly-qualified, highly-charged senior executives didn’t quite know what hit them when John Amaechi challenged them to stop and think about their own role in changing behaviour, in enabling a richer, more socially, racially, sexually diverse population to contribute to the success of a company.
— Mark MacGann -Chief Executive Officer, Head of Public Affairs, EMEA Weber Shandwick