John P. Coutis is an exceptional person. Born with a severe disability that rendered his legs useless, John defied medical opinion by refusing to die. Today John speaks all around the world to tens of thousands, very enthusiastic and eagre people, whom he leaves breathless.
John was a guest speaker at the 1997 World Masters of Business Seminar where he shared the day with some of the world’s foremost international speakers, like American’s such as, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Lee Iacocca, Stephen Covey, Brian Tracey & Australia’s N*1 Radio Broadcaster Alan Jones. John was the only speaker to receive a standing ovation from the 12,000 strong audience in attendance. Other international speakers John has shared the stage with are Amanda Gore (Author) and Dr. Mark Victor Hansen (Author of the series of books titled Chicken Soup For The Soul).
John has spoken to over 950,000 people throughout corporate & community Australia and 750,000 people overseas. Including past tours of Hawaii, Mauritius, South Africa, New Zealand, UK, Singapore and numerous tours of China where audiences are in excess of 15,000 – 25,000 people & are lining up for many seminares to hear the Coutis family speak.
John was invited into the Sydney 2000 Olympic Team Village to support the Australian Team, and in 2001 the Australian Wallabies called on John to boost their attitudes for the final match of the series against the British Irish Lions, winning the deciding Test to secure the series for the first time in history between these two teams. Rod McQueen, John Eales & George Gregan publically acknowledged John for getting the Wallabies over the line. Saying ‘John showed us that by believing in yourself, anything is possible’.
John Coutis plays a significant role in Australian schools and youth leadership programs. John has spoken in access of 700 schools throughout Australia – on; Anti-Bullying, Life Topics, Treating People The Way You Wish To Be Treated, Goal Setting, Over Coming Challenges & Getting The Best Out of Life. There are many Youth Forums been held around Australia these days & John is the most sort after speaker to join these forums. Forums such as; ‘Young Leaders Day’, ‘Step To The Future’, ‘Step Up Foundation’, Kids In The Community’, etc… These forums are dedicated to assisting Australia’s youth in helping them to reach their full potential.
As a family, the Coutis’ profile is climbing rapidly, both in the community & in business. In October 2004 John, Leanne & Clayton, accompanied by Leanne’s mother Dorothy & along with friends like; Allan Border, Stephen Waugh, Ian Healy, Ben Darwin, John Lazarou & many others put together a charity walk from Ipswich to the Gold Coast (124.1kms). They raised almost $40,000 for three charities that are very close to their hearts; Hydrocephalus, Amputee (Limb Kids) & Fibromyalgia. These challenges affect the Coutis family directly, with Clayton having Hydrocephalus, John being an Amputee & Leanne’s mum Dorothy suffering from Fibrmyalgia. The walk was simply title HAF. One of the families proudest moments was been not only nominated but taking out the National Family of the Year Award for 2005.On the speaking circuit, though John is the main speaker, Leanne & Clayton appear on stage with John in China.