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JOHN BATES & THE ESS BLOG

Is Storytelling Fluffy? Maybe… But It’s Fundamental To Your Success!

By John Bates | October 24, 2018 | 1 Comment
audience listening to stories

Years ago I read a really good book called Tell To Win by Peter Guber who is a very successful businessman. In this book he looks back over his long career and thinks about where he failed and where he succeeded. After really thinking about it, his final conclusion was somewhat shocking to me. He…

What You Could Learn From Dolph Lundgren of the Expendables and Rocky IV and His TEDx Talk

By John Bates | July 26, 2018 | 2 Comments

In this photo Dolph Lundgren feels the catharsis, relief and emotion that comes along with the vulnerability and authenticity of his powerful talk. Photo Courtesy of Liz H Kelly, Founder, Goody PR I had the honor of working with Dolph Lundgren on his talk for TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica and in the process he taught me some very valuable…

The Magic of a Woman’s Touch

By John Bates | June 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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I had always heard from married people that 1+1, in that context, equals a lot more than just 2. And, I never really understood it until I met Sharon. Something was just different about her and how I felt about her and after we had been dating for a while I realized that I didn’t…

“Here” is Always on Local Time

By John Bates | May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’m not a paragon of fashion, I know that. But, one thing I do love to do when I’m traveling, especially in places where I’m clearly from far away, is to find some local garb, wear it with pride, learn how to say “thank you” in the local language, and then say it often. Maybe…

This is Probably the Most Powerful Leadership Tool of All.

By John Bates | May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

And, it sure is a powerful, useful and amazing tool to have as a speaker. I call it your Super Hero Origin Story. Don’t get hung up on Super Hero, it’s really about your Origin story! Watch this video, it’s only 3 min. long. Then come back here and I’ll share a little more about…

I Just Want to Make a Difference

By John Bates | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
John Bates at IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India

This is a story which I find myself sharing with entrepreneurs I meet, all over the world, because it was such an important lesson for me. I share it when I’m in places like India, Finland, Estonia, the US, anywhere. I share it in Ubers, at co-working spaces, or at JLABS… Anywhere entrepreneurs can be…

I Crashed and Burned Onstage During a TED Talk. What I Learned Proved More Valuable Than Success

By John Bates | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
John Bates speaking at TED

There are some great speaking lessons to be learned from the TED conference. I learned them the hard way! Read more at Inc.com https://www.inc.com/john-bates/how-failing-on-the-ted-stage-changed-my-life.html

The ESS “Put Them at Ease” Challenge

By John Bates | August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
John and Flash at the TED conference

  Here’s a potentially life changing challenge for you. It’s a great practice for public speaking, effective leadership, being a better parent, friend, lover, husband, wife, employee, employer AND it makes parties a whole lot more fun. If you accept the challenge please come share your story about how it goes here: facebook.com/executivespeakingsuccess We want…

We Actually Do Want to Hear About You!

By John Bates | August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
John Bates suggests you tell your story.

That’s right, we actually DO want to hear about you, if your intention and execution are right… And, it’s an important leadership skill to develop. I have seen this over and over. At NASA, Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Labs, Boston Scientific and more. People say, “I don’t want to talk about myself. It’s not about…

Look For Surprise!

By John Bates | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
UFO photo unexpected

Your Challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to: Look for Surprise! The Human Brain CRAVES surprise and if you know how to use that to your advantage you will be a far better leader, storyteller and speaker! Check this short video out and then please come to our Facebook page and let us…