"My Why is to bring out what is awesome inside every person so it can live in the world and make a real difference." - John Bates
As a leading expert in Leadership Communication John's large and small group trainings as well as 1:1 executive whispering are world famous and executives from organizations like Johnson & Johnson Innovation Labs, NASA, Accenture, IBM, AirLiquide, Boston Scientific and more recommend him to their colleagues as the best communications and leadership trainer working today.
John's training is based in human evolutionary biology and human neurophysiology so you learn not only what works in communication with human being, but WHY it works. That gives you principles which allow you to achieve ever increasing success along with the ability to play and create in the areas of communication and leadership, more successfully. Along with Astronauts and top executives, John has trained TED and hundreds of TEDx speakers all over the world. He also works with C level executives at top organizations to make their communications "TED-Worthy" and his personal coaching clients call him an "executive whisperer."
In 1997 John co-founded BIGWORDS.com which quickly became a dot com darling. After raising over $80M in venture funding and winning numerous accolades, BIGWORDS.com failed in the dot com crash. This experience literally, and quite actually, almost killed John. He now talks about how he recovered from a life threatening illness brought on by stress and lack of sleep and shares his experience of failure, and what it taught him, with audiences the world over.
John is the creator of a powerful online course: speaking.executivespeakingsuccess.com which receives high praise from global executives and TEDx speakers, alike.
In his previous positions John was an early stage employee and/or co-founder at influential Internet companies like Virtual Vegas, BigWords.com, MindArk and Goldstar.com. Whatever his official title he would always be given the role of Chief Evangelist.
John is deeply passionate about people and loves making a difference for those who make a difference.