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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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