experienced storyteller and author


A True Passion and His Own Stories

Many speakers today have read books on different subjects and just reiterate those words in a different manner. What they lack is a true passion for what they talk about because they lack their own stories. John Chilson is the opposite. He is filled with real life stories and brings them out in a quality fashion at the right time to make key points easily understandable to his audience.  Definitely worth having him speak at your events.
John Jordan
Colorado Expansion Board
Best Buddies International
Denver, CO

A Professional That Cares

John is a professional that cares enough to go the extra yard. He embraces life with a spirit guided purpose to spread goodwill to all.John's books and stories reach his audience by focusing on humor, humbleness and love.  
A light hearted speaker and storyteller with a common sense style. John leaves a twinkle in the eyes of his listeners.A great addition to any event.
Terri Smith
Universal Services Specialist
Workforce Solutions
Ft. Worth, TX  

Draws Out The Best

With a heart as big as the endless bag of presents accompanying his Santa persona, John has a unique way of telling stories that hit the mark. He consistently draws out the best from both crowds and individuals.You'll be sure to find yourself smiling after any encounter and can trust that his teaching points will be applicable to workplace solutions as well.
Diane Rickard
Director International Media Relations
Mercy Ships International

Unique Ability

I've known John for close to 15 years, and I have the utmost regard for his marketing knowledge, creativity and integrity.  
Just read "North Pole Marketing". John continues to display a unique ability to drill down to basics and remind us of those things we marketers sometimes overlook --
Chris Lynde
President and Chief Data Officer
Broomfield, CO 


John's knowledge of marketing and getting your needs met without sounding bossy or cranky is amazing. North Pole Marketing defines what you need and starts off with all you want to do is give your client the best experience ever. Brilliant!
I think it is brilliant that you have taken your Santa side and amalgamated it with your business side. Your warm fuzzy side and logical side are allowed to co-exist.
Amanda O'Leary
World Clown Association
Caring Clown Director

Complex Becomes Simple

John’s natural talents as a story teller are evident as he is able to express sometimes complex issues in simple terms that any can grasp.
Mary Ann Louis
Retired Educator 

John's Stories


These programs are suitable for management, marketing and customer service staff of start–ups, small businesses, corporations, non–profits, clubs and churches

  • 12 Forgotten Basics of Business — improve your bottom line by going back to the basics — suitable for teens and adults, 35 to 60 minutes
  • Lessons from North Pole Marketing — suitable for teens and adults, 35 to 60 minutes
  • 10,000 Scoops of Ice Cream and a Worm in Each One — How to encourage your customers to spread the word and come back often — suitable for teens and adults,
    25 to 45 minutes
  • How to Unlock Your Next Job or Career — the 5 keys needed to go beyond a resume and a list of references — suitable for teens and adults, 45 to 60 minutes

Faith Building

These programs are suitable for worship services, small groups and retreats

  • Stories from Running With God — how I learned to grab God’s hand and RUN!— suitable for teens and adults,
    25 to 60 minutes
  • Failure, the Unexpected Road to Success — how my attempted suicide quickly led to my greatest successes in life— suitable for teens and adults, 25 to 45 minutes
  • The Christian Clause — based on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians — suitable for teens and adults, 20 to 30 minutes
  • Growing With God — a 5–step plan for spiritual growth and development for congregation and groups
  • Who Is This Guy Called Jesus? — An 8 week course, 1 hour each, exploring the personality of Jesus. The course includes the video “Matthew” of which the script is 100% from the NIV Bible. Course is suitable for adults and children ages 13 and up.
  • They Did What? — An 8 week course, 1 hour each, exploring the book of Acts and the people who played an important part in the new, young movement to follow Jesus. The course includes the video “Acts” of which the script is 100% from the NIV Bible. Course is suitable for adults and children ages 13 and up.

Christian History of Santa Claus

This program is suitable for worship services, small groups, retreats, home visits, parties and other Christmas gatherings

  • How a Small Orphan Boy Named Nicholas Became Known All Over the World as Santa Claus — the true story of Bishop Nicholas of Myra, suitable for children and adults, 25 to 45 minutes

John's Real-Life Experience

John Chilson has real-life hands-on experience.

  • Over 40 years experience working in the US., Great Britain, France, Germany and Holland
  • Worked with over 200 companies to help them improve their marketing, fulfillment, customer service and computer systems
  • Keynote speaker and instructor at over 50 one and two–day seminars on marketing and fulfillment in cities across the United States
  • Former member of Colorado Expansion Board and Colorado Speaker Bureau for Best Buddies International
  • Professional speaker for 20–years
  • Professional Santa Claus since 1999
  • Author of 4 business books:
    North Pole Marketing — Available on Amazon.com
    North Pole Santa Claus Guide,  Helping you become a GREAT Santa — Available on Amazon.com
    Circulation for Fun and Profit
         For magazine publishers, copies were sold in many countries around the world
        and translated into Swedish, now out of print
    A Beginner’s Guide to Circulation Management
         For magazine publishers, now out of print
  • Author of 2 Christian books
    Running With God — Available on Amazon.com
    On The First Christmas Day
    — Available on Amazon.com

John's Books

North Pole Santa Claus Guide

North Pole Santa Claus Guide by John M. Chilson

Helping you to become a GREAT Santa Claus.

This is the official text book for North Pole Santa School. Published May, 2017. Available here with discount or on Amazon.com

Review:  4-Stars
John is very knowledgeable and presents the information in an easy to understand  method.

North Pole Marketing

North Pole Marketing (The Book) by John M. Chilson

This is the book that started North Pole Marketing. I contains 52 of Santa's secrets for successful marketing, fulfillment and customer service.
Available on Amazon.com

Review:  5-Stars
John Chilson has captured a vast number of marketing truths, giving us a simple way to grasp each one through the Santa Claus tradition. Instead of coals in our stockings, we find nuggets of gold. Best of all, we are not left to wade through a mountain of words to find the treasure. It's all right there on the surface, ready to review again and again to keep us refreshed and alert.

Running With God

Running With God by John M. Chilson

My journey to find God's love, forgiveness and faithfulness. Over 30 chapters, some heavy, some light, some short, some longer, but all will give you something to think about. Chapters should be read randomly, one-at-a-time so that you can let them percolate in your mind.
Available on Amazon.com

Review: 5-Stars

If you're new to Christianity, checking it out for the first time, or looking to renew your faith, this is a great book. It's a collection of down-to-earth glimpses into the spiritual life of one man and how God has molded him. It's an easy and fun read, but does ask probing questions. If you want to get closer to God, I'm sure you'll find something here that will encourage you, challenge you, and help you along the way. 

On The First Christmas Day

On The First Christmas Day by John M. Chilson

A singable poem and pictures to tell children the true story of the first Christmas and the birth of the baby Jesus and why we place a star or angel on our Christmas tree. 

Available on Amazon.com