Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
John’s mesmerizing portrayal of a homeless man highlights bullying, prejudice, respect, character, self-esteem, and drug/alcohol issues. Introduced as “Ray,” John, disguised as a homeless man, shares what it’s like when people judge him based solely on his appearance. “Ray” explains that he is more than what he appears. Slowly, John comes out of character, removing his hat and coat, to reveal his true identity, making the point that one cannot judge a person by appearances because everyone has a story. After processing his paradigm-shifting revelation, John engages the audience with stories from playing his homeless character, mixing in his own life lessons. John’s personal story is one of perseverance and courage to overcome bullying, depression, and low self-esteem.
John puts flesh on the well-known Latin idiom, Carpie Diem -“Seize the Day!” He encourages people to explore their interests, discover their passions, and to purposefully develop their talents in order to live a full and meaningful life. Educators, social service providers, executives and managers are moved to reflect upon their life goals, to break patterns of self-doubt and excuses, and to get busy with living life with purpose. Students are challenged to get beyond their comfort zones to seize academic opportunities, and to pursue their interests in athletics, the arts, clubs, and leadership opportunities.
Love and Relationships
Mixed with audience participation, John challenges the status quo of “hooking up” and to see sexuality as part of our larger identity. With humor combined with heart gripping stories, John encourages students to see there are a myriad of ways to express our love which don’t presume intercourse. He explores issues of infatuation versus real love, self-respect, healthy boundaries, and respect of diverse sexual orientation. This presentation is appropriate for 8th grade through college age students and parents.
John has worked with health care managers, church staffs, educators, engineers, realtors, student councils, and service clubs to develop more effective communication.
John is trained in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and brings 25+ years of team building activities and experiences.