Motivational business speaker John Anderson, founder of Contiki.
After studying for an accounting degree, John Anderson set off to the UK from New Zealand at 22 years old on his big Overseas Experience. He planned to stay for about 12 months and returned home some 20 years later with his wife and four children and an international business – Contiki Holidays.
After a few months in London John’s desire to see Europe was overwhelming but he didn’t have the money so with just £25 he found a way to not only see Europe but start his own business. When John Anderson eventually sold the company it was (and remains) one of the world’s major tour operators. Now firmly established as an international brand name” Contiki “ is a household name in NZ, Australia and Canada with millions of passengers already travelled with Contiki.
Subsequently, as Rotary Member, John conceived the idea of a major fundraising opportunity. This became “The Ellerslie Flower Show” and it is now established as the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
John travelled to London and met the “Chelsea Flower Show” organization which assisted him with the development of the NZ show – John Anderson was the CEO of the event for the first year.
John Anderson now speaks to the corporate world about his incredible story – how he developed a simple idea into one of the world’s major tour operators, his determination to succeed, the belief in himself, his successes and failures.
His story is full of extremely funny and heart warming anecdotes which have a marked effect on the emotions of his audience and can be tailored to meet individual requirements for any occasion.
Blew everyone away….He’s great….Nice guy…Everyone had tears in their eyes…Gave it everything…his presentation was spot on the objective…seemed to understand the brief perfectly”
“Heart felt, emotional, touched people, connected with the audience, received standing ovation. People swarmed him afterwards. Genuine. Passionate, loved him.”
Tourism New Zealand
“Extremely well received by the audience, did his research and fine-tuned his address which had tremendous relevance, delivered powerful messages to a diverse mix of professionals and academics, he has a great sense of humour, outstanding!”
CPA Australia Launch
“Excellent. Quite simply John Anderson was outstanding! As our closing keynote address, his Contiki journey absolutely nailed our conference theme which was ‘High Voltage Business Building’. To remain so passionate about the business he founded some 40 years ago is a credit to him and was wonderful to share.”
Choice Aggregation Services
“Excellent, amazing, very personable and sincere. Was almost the star of the whole conference.”
NZ Motor Trade Association
“The feedback we have received about your presentation, your delivery, your enthusiasm, your passion has been phenomenal! The impact you made on our people was immediate and long lasting. So many commented you were the most memorable speaker they have heard in years.”
Century 21 Australia
“John Anderson far exceeded our expectations, very inspiring, emotional, humorous – just one fabulous story!”
First National Real Estate Australia