Speak Like a Leader Course

You’re on stage and people are breathless.

They’re leaning in and hanging on your every word. Your initial fear has turned to excitement and you’re fully present in the moment. The air crackles with electricity as the audience embraces your ideas. And now, as you say “thank you,” the audience leaps to their feet as one. The applause is deafening. You did it. You did the work and you have become the person you want to be. People are already lining up to talk to you. Congratulations!

The bar has gone up dramatically on public speaking. Over the last decade people have gotten used to TED talks and other great speeches. These days you are quite actually competing for people’s attention with the greatest speakers in the world. 

Over more than a decade I have developed my own take on the TED-like talk format. Success demands a very special blend of characteristics. Being succinct, vulnerable, personal, authentic, and ultra-clear are all necessary ingredients and they work no matter where you’re speaking. If you combine that with well-chosen, well-crafted, and well-delivered stories that flesh out your talk and illuminate your vision you’ll be not only one of the best speakers anywhere you go, you’ll be dramatically boosting your leadership, as well. I have found, for myself and my clients, that creating your communications in line with the TED-format is one of the most amazing and productive journeys a leader can take. 

Is This Course For You?

Available both as a self-paced, 12 unit course that takes approximately 4 hours to complete, or as an 8 person cohort-based 10 week course wherein you go on the journey of choosing, crafting, and delivering your TED-like talk with weekly guidance, accountability, and office hours. Both versions include excellent support material which guides you through the program. In these short, pithy videos, you will be introduced to principles that are immediately actionable, inherently memorable, and are easily applied to your unique style of speaking. You will discover and apply your superhero origin story, and other meaningful leadership stories to dramatically increase your influence, leadership, and fulfillment in life. 

You’ll also be invited to regular Ask Me Anything calls as Bonus (happening at least 2x monthly, times and dates TBD and which will take into account global time zones) where you can be supported, and you will be able to connect with other committed leaders in our community (launching on or before January 2022). 

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The Speak Like a Leader Experience 10 Week, Cohort-Based-Course

This is the Speak Like a Leader Self-Paced course combined with personalized instruction and support. Over the course of 10 weeks, with a cohort of 7 other leaders, you will go on one of the most important and useful leadership journeys possible as you conceive, create and deliver your TED-like talk. Since our cohort is a maximum of 8 people the experience is intimate and personal. There are weekly course sessions and regular, optional, office hours so you can get the support and personal assistance you need to craft the talk of your life.

Featured Clients and In the Media

Don’t Take My Word For it

Listen to Jack Canfield Creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Success Principles and one of the featured teachers in The Secret.

Trevor Kemp

John Bates understands communication on a very deep level. He knows how much importance it plays in being someone who has credibility and respect in the way that you want to convey your ideas.

Trevor Kemp
COO, Bitome

Ashley Edwards

John, I can’t thank you enough for working with us here at NASA. You were so engaging and gave my team great tools and inspiration to take our communications to the next level. We look forward to continuing our relationship.

Ashley Edwards
NASA Headquarters

Tom Luby

…and afterwards, my wife and daughter said, ‘You should meet with him every week, because you’re obviously learning great things.

Tom Luby
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Labs Texas

Austin Knight

John taught a 3 day executive speaking course at my company that was extremely beneficial! He is extremely knowledgeable in how to connect with audiences and he has a relaxed approach that can be tailored to any group’s need. Although it was executive speaking, the class was also part sociology and part physiology. Amazing stuff! John is great and I’ve already given multiple presentations and talks using his tips!

Austin Knight
Air Liquide USA

Daria Sivovol

I’ve never seen so many Estonian people get that enthusiastic, and that engaged and passionate about public speaking.

Daria Sivovol
American Chamber of Commerce, Estonia

Melinda Richter

He not only brings out the best in you when you talk, but he looks inside your soul when he does it. And he helps you see things you don’t want to see, you can’t see, but it’s things you need to see to make you the best that you can be. Watch more

Melinda Richter
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Labs

Peter Di Laura

Working with John Bates on… how to best communicate and convey some key ideas about the work that we’re doing, to a much more broad audience, in a way that makes our story translatable and exciting to people who may not understand the specifics of the science we are working on.

Peter Di Laura
Second Genome

John Konsin

Nah, I really don’t need a speaking coach”, I was thinking as Johnson & Johnson introduced me to John Bates. The coaching was part of JNJ’s support to prepare my pitch for one of their QuickFire Challenges. I wasn’t being arrogant. It’s just that after making hundreds of presentations and many speeches over my 37-year career in Life Sciences, I thought I didn’t need a coach. I was self-taught and spent time reading about effective speaking and even took a course on “How to present like Steve Jobs.” I had been pitching my company, Prapela, for about 6 months and had recently won the “Best Overall Presentation” award at a big event in Boston. Surely my time would be better spent on something else. Still, my conscience and my respect for JNJ told me to take the course along with the other participants in the Challenge. I completed each online training session and then participated in a few video conference calls with the class and John.”

Wow, John and his course was a game changer for me and Prapela. John’s course is way beyond the basics of slide content, posture and delivery. You learn the importance and the skills of connecting with your audience. For me, I discovered how my traditional emphasis on facts and putting everything in chronological order got in the way of being authentic. And I also met a terrific, positive person – John is simply a great coach and his course is flat out fun. “Yeah, I really did need a speaking coach”, I was thinking as I held the Winner’s trophy for JNJ’s Next-Gen Baby Box Challenge. Thanks to John and Johnson & Johnson, Prapela is raising funding and on a pace to introduce the Prapela SVS next-gen baby box in 2018.”

John Konsin
Prapela Prapela INSEAD Concord, Massachusett

Stephanie Venn Watson

That knowledge from John has completely changed how I present today…and we got great feedback after the talk. So, it’s working!
Stephanie Venn Watson
Epitracker

Jack Canfield

….you have really tapped into the neuroscience and the neurobiology of who we are and how we communicate and how people persuade people and so forth and I was very impressed. I’m sitting here thinking, ‘I need to take that guy’s workshop, and have you as a consultant.’ So, I’d take time to work with him, to check out his work. He’s quite an amazing guy and he can help you be more amazing too.

Jack Canfield
Chicken Soup for the Soul series, The Success Principles

Justin Wright

I saw John Bates give a presentation in Boston on authentic leadership in 2017. His focus was on public speaking. The talk was one of the best I have seen on the subject. John’s recommendations were clear, useful and easy to remember. What impressed me was not just the content he shared but the way he delivered it. John embodied his advice. The entire talk mirrored his recommendations making it both easier for us in the audience to figure out how to implement and also proving the usefulness of his suggestions. If you do any public speaking you will benefit from seeing John in action. I’m still putting the core ideas from his presentation to work in my public speaking almost a year later.

Justin Wright
Habitus Incorporated

Dolph Lundgren

“It was a tremendous pleasure to work with John Bates on my TED Talk. I went back in time to my upbringing in Sweden and the troubled relationship I had with my father. The segment we did ‘On Healing and Forgiveness’ was a very special experience for me. With John’s help I also seem to have touched others. The Youtube version, where I show a more vulnerable side of myself than in my films has had over a million views and counting. The other week an LAPD officer came up to me, shook my hand and said: “I like your movies, but I loved your TED Talk more.” There was a soft glint in his eye that revealed an upbringing not very different than my own. I learned so much from John and anytime I face a challenging speaking situation I certainly know whom to call.”

Dolph Lundgren

Online Programs, Coaching and Speaking

Speak Like a Leader Online Courses

To Fully Express Your Voice to Make a Real Difference in the World This program is for leaders, influencers, difference makers, speakers, executives and anyone who understands that the difference they can make starts with the quality of their communication.

Live Like a Leader Experience

Live Like a Leader Experience

Large Group, Small Group, and 1:1 Leadership Communications Coaching

This LIVE, interactive, cohort-based course is for speakers, executives, influencers, leaders, and anyone who understands that the difference they can make starts with the quality of their communication. In this 10 week course, you will conceive, create and deliver a TED-like talk that will serve you in leadership, sales, marketing, and life.

Powerful Virtual Leader

Keynote Speaking

This is a customized Leadership training and development program. For more information reach out to us via this website.

Craft your story. Empower your voice.

John Bates’ mission is to bring out what is awesome inside of you, so you can have the impact you want to have in the world.

We support entrepreneurs, executives, non-profits, government organizations, and any leaders who want to make a difference in the world with science-based leadership communication skills that support emotional intelligence and team building, leadership presence, strategic messaging, storytelling, pitch coaching, large group, small group, and one on one coaching.

We have a global presence and have clients in places like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, India, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, and the International Space Station.

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