Christopher Howell, Personal Development Speaker, Conceptual Illusionist, change management consultant, magician, motivational guru and creative thinking coach, TV Presenter, Announcer, Show Host, Christopher Howell defies categorization as he traverses borders of being a management and diversity consultant, magician, motivational speaker, and personal development coach. Originally from Michigan, he has been based in London, UK since 1994. Christopher is a member of the Magic Circle, the world’s most prestigious international society for the magical arts. He holds a BA (hons, double major) in Studio Arts and Theatre Arts. After his BA he pursued training as an opera singer both in Italy at the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna and privately in London.

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Christopher Howell defies categorization as he traverses borders of being a management and diversity consultant, magician, motivational speaker, and personal development coach.

Originally from Michigan, he has been based in London, UK since 1994. Christopher is a member of the Magic Circle, the world’s most prestigious international society for the magical arts. He holds a BA (hons, double major) in Studio Arts and Theatre Arts. After his BA he pursued training as an opera singer both in Italy at the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna and privately in London.

After thorough exploration of the lyrical theatre path, Howell's journey in performance art came full circle back to his lifelong passion since the age of seven: magic. However this time, his magic started taking a completely new form. Equipped with his diverse backpack of creative training in various fields, he launched his new mission with magic.

Howell’s work combines his twin passions for the art of magic and expressing ideas in creative, high-impact ways. His work combines his varied background with his exploration in the potential of proactive cognition and creative learning.

Areas of Expertise

In his innovative and unforgettable workshops and presentations, Christopher Howell prompts his audiences to examine how, by seeing and thinking in new ways, we, like magicians, can change reality.

The result is an intelligent, empowering and entertaining analysis that sends spectators away with a lasting impression, fresh eyes and new skills with which to engage in their professional and personal lives. Howell states, “my mission is to use magic not just as entertainment, but as the vehicle to teach, motivate, and stimulate new thought.”

Each project is molded to speak for the client’s individual concerns. With workshops, each attendee leaves with comprehensive lecture notes, which combine reminders of the workshop experience with concrete tools and methods that can be implemented to increase effectiveness and pro-activity.

Christopher Howell specialises in two ‘presentation formats’:
• TRAINING WORKSHOPS
• KEYNOTE & AFTER-DINNER PRESENTATIONS

After choosing the desired format, choose your theme:

CHANGE MANAGEMENT:
The Magic of Management (approx. 1.5 hours) - Topics include: communications issues, organizational dynamics, stakeholder identity, complex change scenarios, goals of change management, action at a distance, lateral thinking, inhibitive boundaries...

DIVERSITY TRAINING & DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT:
The Magic of Diversity (approx. 1.5 hours) - Topics include: definition of Diversity, multiple realities and divergent perspectives, stereotypes, communication forums, overcoming obstacles, non-linear change, the Individual's and the Organization's roles, obligations and goals...

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & EFFECTIVENESS:
The Magic is You (approx. 1.5 hours) - Topics include: understanding how personal development leads to organizational development, ways of learning, lateral thinking, problem solving, creative thinking, optimizing effectiveness, exploring 'failure', questioning assumptions, effective methods of thinking...

Following a personal consultation, each workshop is custom-shaped to suit the particular application at hand. The broad themes are listed below, from which specific connections are made to the client’s individual concerns.

Topics include:
• Change management objectives (CM) *
• Effective team organizational dynamics (CM)
• Diversity and multiple perspectives (CM)
• Change models (CM)
• Conquering fear (PD)*
• Questioning assumptions and stereotypes (CM & PD)
• Stimulating creative thinking (PD)
• Breaking the boundaries of limiting thought (PD)
• Problem solving techniques (PD)
• Maximizing personal effectiveness (PD)

*(CM) indicates this topic is usually explored in the Change Management presentations. *(PD) indicates Personal Development presentations.

With workshops, each attendee leaves with comprehensive lecture notes, which combine reminders of the workshop experience with concrete tools and methods that can be implemented to increase effectiveness and pro-activity.

Client Comments

WORKSHOP

Office of Public Management & City University’s Change Management Conference (‘Vibe City’)

90% of evaluations said Howell’s workshop was “very successful” in showing them that they can affect change in new ways.

“The presentation had both an immediate and a longer-term effect on the participants. They learned from both the medium and the messages. The idea of using magic to learn reinforced a message that learning is not confined to books and academic settings; that complex ideas can be expressed in simple metaphors or symbols… It solidified a transformation of attitudes to management of change; from passivity and negativity to positive pro-activity.”

John Eversley
Creator of the Vibe City Seminar

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (20th anniversary fundraising dinner)

“The presentation was innovative, interesting and thought-provoking. We received very positive feedback about it from our guests, remarking on the imaginative and unique interpretation Christopher gave. His work was excellent and helped make the evening most memorable. The event was a great success for DSWF, raising over £75,000 for our wildlife projects.”

Melanie Shepherd
Director of the David Shepherd Foundation


WORKSHOP
Ove Arup & Partners, Ltd. (Creativity Salon)

“What we experienced was far more than masterful illusion. Christopher’s session was extremely thought provoking in a very positive way. The surprise was that he engaged the issues at both deeply philosophical and temporal levels simultaneously… I was very impressed by the way he engaged the group. He did not ‘act’ in front of us; he pulled us into a world which we created together. I have no hesitation in recommending him to other organizations.”

Dr. C. Luebkeman
Director for the Department of Foresight and Innovation


WORKSHOP
Facial Surgery Research Foundation ‘School Arts Project’

(Personal development workshop created for teenagers to encourage them to explore issues of facial disfigurement)

Research of the workshop (one week and two months after the workshop) confirmed that the attendees had high retention of the core messages explored in the workshop. The organizer says the workshop was “very successful” in communicating their message in a way that made a lasting impression on the participants.

“(The students attending the workshop) most certainly enjoyed the presentation and ended up showing a lot of empathy for the disfigured... The magic enforced the message well and kept the students’ interest.”

Fran Ridout

Manager of the School Arts Project

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