Wendy Gu

I’m a Principal Research Scientist and Medical Liaison at Boston Scientific, so clear and effective communication is crucial for both of my roles. I’ve had the privilege of working with John through 1:1 and group coaching opportunities. I had previously taken many presentation skills courses, so I was initially skeptical about how beneficial working with John would be, but it turned out to be life changing. Not only has he helped me improve my communication and presentation skills, to my surprise and delight, he has also helped me change my mindset, which is the most powerful asset we have. Our mindset shapes everything we perceive and everything we do. After working with John, I have a much more confident and empathetic mindset, which has helped me both professionally and personally. If you’re considering working with John, my recommendation is to go for it. The only regret you’ll have is not doing it sooner.

Sharon Arnold

After hearing John speak at the Central Coast Business Symposium I talked about his message for over a year. Bringing him to spend a full day training Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics staff and managers was a dream come true. Little did I know John would go beyond my already high expectations! His training style is dynamic, captivating, engaging, and yet in his humility and uncanny understanding of people, he reaches beneath the surface to touch the emotions of each participant. It was amazing to watch a group of people begin the day prepared to passively listen to the dynamic force that is John Bates, move into the liberating realm of being actively engaged in communicating–really communicating–with each other. Tears flowed as we listened to the closing story of the day, given by a young professional who after years of working with another speaker training group FOUND her voice and moved the room full of colleagues to tears and applause. She connected with every person in the room through the powerful telling of her story. This is what John helps people to do: Find their voice. Tell their story. Tell any story. Truly connect.

James Malinchak

I have known John Bates for a number of years and have been a big fan of his! I have put on over 1,000+ of my own events over the past 20 years and have seen a lot of experts, coaches and speakers. John is one of the most genuine, heart-centered speakers and coaches you could ever work with.

If you’re ready to take your life and business to higher levels and sustain continuous growth and improvement, then you must work with John! Not only does he share high-value content, but he has the unique ability to connect on a level that instantly changes peoples lives!

And, the best thing is that John comes from the heart and truly cares about making a positive difference in the lives of others! Do yourself a favor and work with John today! You’ll be so grateful you did!

Jan Mattsson

Thank you for sharing your way of seeing and talking perspective of life. I have had plenty of opportunities to shine in different situations by telling the process that took me where I’am and how the heroes of my life (Other people) helped me to achieve my goals and how did my mess educate me the person who I’m today. You have also helped me to see different perspective of storytelling and I also enjoy more of other peoples success.

Imari Tuakli

John is a powerhouse. Within seconds, this man can look you in your eye, see into your story, and effectively coach you into sharing it. I noticed this in him the first time we met and it’s why I invited him to come speak on The Guild, an interactive online coaching group for entrepreneurs and creatives. We had each of the students pitch themselves and John gave them precise and quality feedback that was so good the students were sending me messages of gratitude for bringing him on days after the call was wrapped. John doesn’t teach “soft skills”, John teaches human skills and everyone is a better human after working with him. If you know you could level up your presence, communication, or self-awareness – John is your guy. Without a doubt.

Ben Ahrens

I really lucked out when I got John as my speaker coach for my TEDx talk. Apart from having truly mastered the craft of story telling and public speaking, John shows up 100% and deliver’s one thousand percent effort, insight and attention during each coaching session. The value he adds to helping you hone and deliver your talk is priceless. He really is “the drill sergeant for greatness.”

Liza Pavlakos

John Bates is the real deal when it comes to speaker training. When you work with him, you realise he is invested in you and cares about your speaker journey. His online course is fantastic. He is an awesome human being with a heart of GOLD. I recommend him highly.

Todd DeSantis

Love the “power tools” training John gave at Second Genome when we were preparing for external presentations. I hear his voice whenever I’m preparing a talk.

Chris Trammell

I have grown like a high-performance vehicle on dragster fuel, John has grown like a Rocket blasting off for spirals of our galaxy. He is that good, and highly in demand. If you are looking for a TED capable coach or executive consultant, look no further and call John John K. Bates

Simon Meadows

John was an outstanding guest on my Business Success & Coffee podcast recently at  and shared some great tips and lessons for my listeners. He shared some exceptional stories and inspiring lessons. John explained things in an understandable way that I am sure many of the business owners listening will value and easily be able to take action upon.

Thanks for being my guest and for sharing your knowledge and insights with me and my listeners.