John Dabrowski

Former England Basketball Player, Author and Expert on Mental Resilience

Often most of the finest motivational speakers in the world will have stories to tell, the challenges they overcame, or the adventures that changed their lives. John Dabrowski’s story is quite inspiring, starting when he was at school, often he was criticised and chosen last to be on the basketball team; however, he continued and persisted, training until he was worthy of playing for England in the Commonwealth Games.

Most motivational speakers are motivational, solely because they refused to accept things on the outcome others decided for them; did people think that John would ever play professional basketball? No, but he did. However, John had a secret up his sleeve – mental conditioning.

Playing basketball from the age of 12, he ultimately ended up playing across Europe living his dream – and even setting a few records along the way. He to this day credits his success to his mental focus; hence, he is a Peak Performance coach with a strong emphasis on mental resilience.

Sadly, his career was brought to a crashing halt following an unfortunate back injury, which left him with no path back into the sport and he was forced to take up a position managing the Sunderland Basketball Club, and later the Manchester Giants. During his time working at a managerial level, he discovered a hidden talent for sales and marketing.

With this revelation, John left basketball and went on to enter the sales world, working for Metro Radio Station as the regional sales executive, flying through the ranks and upwards to regional sales manager hitting every target possible. Over the next two decades, he worked for several advertising agencies honing his sales and marketing techniques.

If you are still wondering why John calls himself a mind coach? He recently qualified as a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner.
John now operates Mental Resilience and Sales courses around the country, with the aim of inspiring people to train their mental focus.

Mental focus is actually one of the biggest components to peak performance, and it is no surprise that John offers coaching to some of the UK’s biggest directors. With a thriving speaking career including talks for the Rotary Club Convention, BBC Radio and has even been interviewed on TV. He speaks at various events inspiring people with his stories and techniques.

He has developed his speaking skills over the past few years speaking worldwide in locations such as Dubai, Finland, Malta, San Diego, Washington DC, and Switzerland as well as the UK with NatWest Bank and Rolls Royce.

To book John Dabrowski as the motivational speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, John is known to cover the following topics:

  • Peak Performance
  • Mind Coaching
  • Drive & Determination
  • UK Basketball
  • Mental Resilience

“I just wanted to say thank you for such a thought provoking, entertaining and inspiring evening that was enjoyed by everyone at the meeting. I personally found your talk very helpful and timely – and I’ll be re-evaluating my goals and focus over the next few days. Professionally, mental toughness techniques haven’t been a big part of my coaching tool kit. I can now see it’s something I’d like to add to my repertoire.  So a big thank you from me and thank you on behalf of the Sheffield Coaching Exchange.” – Andrew Leigh – Sheffield Coaching Exchange

“John was hired as the keynote speaker at the East Yorkshire Business Expo 2012 – and what a great choice he turned out to be. “John is a genius, with an intuitive understanding of humour and human nature, backed up by many years of advanced training and experience in NLP and motivation gained through his sporting and business experience and achievements. He’s a master of the platform, and a great motivator and leader. He’s funny, friendly, inspirational and totally engaging.” I would not hesitate in recommending John’s work or John as an individual. I feel blessed to know him and will certainly be working with him again.”  – Nic Gough, MD and Event Organiser, East Yorkshire Expo

“John delivered one of the most inspirational and exhilarating team talks I have heard in my 30 years of management. His humour, experience and mind provoking anecdotal stories completely engage the whole team of 70. We aim to use John’s positivity and turn into real bottom line outcomes… …we hope to work with John as we continue our own organisational change.”- Chris Payne CEO Independent Training Services Ltd

“I had the pleasure to watch John in the final of speaker factor at the Professional Speaking Association convention 2012 –in fact I was one of the judges! John delivered a great speech, with plenty of enthusiasm, accuracy and entertainment. John has his own unique style which came over extremely well and it was a pleasure to watch him on stage. I have no doubt John has the potential to be a PSA star of the future and wish him every success!” – Peter Roper FPSA, Past President 2010 of the PSA

“If you’re looking for a humble yet powerful speaker who knows his subject well, we can highly recommend John Dabrowski. He spoke at our Nottingham Property Investors meeting and kept the crowd enraptured with a mix of ball control (he’s an ex professional basketball player), audience participation, powerful tips on succeeding when things get tough and some brilliant videos to emphasize his teachings.” – Spike & Lynda Reddington Hosts of Nottingham PIN 

“You can guarantee good value from John Dabrowski which is why The Business Network EM is happy to employ John. His recent presentation scored over 90% satisfaction with our audience of Business People. The enthusiasm of his presentation and his clarity of message make him an up and coming speaker in the East Midlands. Members see his content being relevant to both business decision makers and business owners.” – Peter Motley Founder – The Business Network (East Midlands)