Public Speaking

Public speaking has always played an important part of John’s life. Whether it’s delivering motivational talks to groups of businessmen, about the importance of preparation, or offering advice to school children in packed assembly rooms - it’s something he enjoys doing and finds rewarding.

Recently, he has concentrated on talking to youngsters about the dangers of taking unnecessary risks. Whether it’s to do with alcohol, drugs or simply speeding in a car, all our youngsters will one day face temptation. John tells them what happened to him and hopes it makes them realise that taking unnecessary risks can sometimes have dire consequences.

Over the last few years he has visited over 200 schools and spoken to over 60,000 pupils, including over 700 boys in one sitting at Loughborough Grammar School. He receives some fantastic letters from pupils and many testimonials from some of our top independent schools. He has also visited and given talks at some of our toughest young offender institutions in the country.

His talks normally last about an hour, which includes time for questions afterwards. If you, your school or business would like to ask for further details please contact John.


Thank you for coming to Eton and for speaking so eloquently. Your message was perfectly pitched and was received fantastically well by the students and staff. It was invaluable to have your concrete life experiences presented to our pupils in such a riveting way. I do hope you will return next year to help us develop and enrich our boys with your profoundly important life-lessons.

Lawrence Court - Head of Speaker Programme – Eton College

John Hoskison is one of those rare breed of speakers who tells a hugely powerful personal story with no sentimentality but which hits the audience hard. Well delivered, well timed, and with some humorous moments, it’s the story of a life-changing experience which could so easily happen to most people. Having listened to some hundreds of speakers over more than two decades, I highly recommend John Hoskison who spoke over four sessions to parents, staff, and the whole school.

John Thornley - Sixth Form Speaker Co-ordinator – Eastbourne College

Quite simply it was excellent. Hugely memorable and thought provoking, he really gripped the attention of the girls. "The best one yet" was the opinion of quite a few - including some staff. He really made you think how very quickly your whole life can be transformed just through one careless action, and I suspect hugely opened their eyes about prison conditions. He spoke very bravely, openly and eloquently and there were many salutory lessons for us all. Brilliant - just what they need.

Mrs K Piggott – Head of Lower Sixth – Headington Girls School

John Hoskison talked a lot about coping strategies when you are in a difficult environment and how to achieve the most from your life when everything seems to be against you. It was not just a lecture on ‘do not drink and drive,’ it was a motivational speech on how to deal with life when you make mistakes. Everyone really enjoyed this talk…It gave us a lot to think about and most felt that we could look back on it in the future when things go wrong for us and use it to help us get through difficult times.

Year 13 Pupil – Rugby School

To see more testimonials from organisers, teachers and students please see the testimonials page.