John’s WHY is to bring out what is awesome inside every high-consciousness leader, so they can have the impact they want to have on the world.

For a long time, I suffered from something that didn’t seem like it was a problem. I suffered from the fact that I was always the best speaker at the conference. And, in the few cases that I wasn’t the very best, I was a top two or three.

Why is that a problem? Because once I attended TED for the first time, in 2009, I realized how very low the bar I had been clearing with ease really was!

Over the last decade TED, and other extraordinary conferences, have dramatically raised the bar on what is acceptable, what audiences expect, and even what they will tolerate. As a result, being TED-Worthy is no longer just for TED; it is expected everywhere.

As a leader, as a change-maker, as someone who is out to influence on a high level, your talks and stage presence, your ability to command an audience and land your message must be world-class, or your impact will be vastly diminished.

Over the last decade, I have trained many of the best speakers in the world in my version of the TED-Format. As a result, people like Dolph Lundgren, Mike Michalowicz, Dave Carroll, and many other world-class speakers, leaders, and business people have benefitted from their willingness to be coachable, truly take themselves on, and be generous enough to create next-level speeches that move people deeply.

I’ve also worked with 35+ TEDx events across the globe and trained C-level executives for corporate events that demanded TED-Worthy talks.

You have something amazing to share. I’d love to support you in that. No one who is a great speaker has gotten there alone. And, the best speakers have coaches they work with on every new speech they give. Your message deserves to be heard, so give it the best you can provide.

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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

Simon Meadows

John was an outstanding guest on my Business Success & Coffee podcast recently 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.

I would strongly encourage everyone to connect with John on LinkedIn and other platforms and check out the other items of value that he offers.

Simon Meadows
Sterling Business Coaching

Belinda Clarke

Having met John a number of years ago and been at two of his boot-camps, I have reconnected with him via a new course around Virtual Leadership (of course – if anyone was going to pioneer thinking around this it would be John Bates, right?!). Hearing his new thinking for the current times made me realise how much of what he taught us and inspired us to do has become internalised – almost subconsciously – to my way of working, communicating, and interacting in a team. John struck a massive chord with me back then and continues to do so today – thank you John for making me the mindful communicator and business leader that I hope I am now!

Belinda Clarke
Agri-TechE

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

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

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

Cory Combs

John was a great help in honing my messaging, and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve the effectiveness of their communication. His logical and straightforward approach especially lends itself to folks in the technology and science fields who aren’t always well served by other approaches out there.

Cory Combs
Ampaire Co-Founder

Gautham Pasupuleti

I had the pleasure of attending the session conducted by CISCO Challenge for our video pitch presentation to prepare for the finals. John is one of the best person who can inspire you to bring the best out of your presentations and really motivate you to bring the best. I have gone through all his work as part of the CISCO Global Problem Solver Challenge previous team’s with comments on how to improve and why the videos were best. He has a very attention to details and sense of excellence in bringing the best out of you and I highly recommend anyone to get in touch with him if you are looking for coach on public speaking, consulting for your business, presentations and so on. He is the best. It was his inspiration, strong motivation that helped us make our own best video pitch for finals and helped us to win the finals of CISCO Global Problem Solver Challenge 2021 for the Pandemic Response Prize $ 50,000 USD. I recommend and endorse John Bates for the great work and wisdom he provides to help us win and succeed. Thank you John.

Gautham Pasupuleti
Biodesign Innovation Labs

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

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

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

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

Rita Bojalian

Working with John has been life-changing. He had a very significant, transformational impact on my speaking and communication, and it took very little time. He is exceptionally insightful and a very positive and uplifting teacher. I highly recommend John to anyone who wants to improve their speaking presence, communication abilities and personal insights.

Rita Bojalian
Canon Medical Systems 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

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

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

Dr. Sabrina Starling

John’s teaching is life-changing! Not only have I had the privilege of training and being mentored by John to improve my leadership presence and speaking skills, I’ve brought him into our Breakthroughs Retreats at Tap the Potential to offer VIP-level training to our clients. That being said, some of my favorite experiences with John are observing as he peels back the layers to help others show up authentically to convey powerful messages. Even years after training with John, our clients reference take aways from their work with him. John continues to stay involved in our community and shares his gifts. He is truly committed to his purpose to bring out the best in others so that it may live in the world.

Dr. Sabrina Starling
Profit by Design

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

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