A Hero of Mine Has Just Died

By John Bates | January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

I just got the news that Tomas Dobrovolskis of Vilnius, Lithuania has died. A very bright light in the world has just been extinguished. He performed at TEDxVilnius last year and was going to do a workshop at TEDxKids in Vilnius coming up. He was someone I connected with immediately. His impish smile and his many…

Are You Using the Real Power of Story?

By John Bates | December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here is a link to a great article: 6 Storytelling Tips to Tell Your Business Story Like a TED Pro in Business2Community.com about an event we did with @JanssenLabs in Boston recently. A big thank you to @ChappyMargot for listening so intently and writing such a good article. Also, thank you to @CraigProSpeaker for the 5 Cs of Storytelling and…

Scientist, Communicator, Vogon Bass Player!

By John Bates | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Doing good science is important, as is communicating science well! Stephen, you’re the Associate Head of Biological Chemistry Department at the John Innes Centre and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of East Anglia. That means you speak to a lot of people over the course of a year. And, you’re talking about complex science, which…

Take This Year’s Annual Meeting Speech From Awful to Awesome.

By John Bates | December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Or, Quit Being so Adaptable! I have a very important piece of coaching for any executive who ever speaks at the yearly company event. Stop being so adaptable. That’s right, STOP IT! Adaptability is one of the things that makes we humans one of the most abundant species on the planet. It has also helped us…

What the Human Brain Craves

By John Bates | May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here is a story from my travels around the world on a year long surf trip. It won First Prize in a surf wipe-out story contest and it’s a totally true story. It also illustrates a point that you will do well to consider in your own story telling! SurfPulse/Surfco Wipeout Contest Results The Winner of the SurfPulse/Surfco…

Innovation and Entrepreneurs at the Antrepreneur Center in Irvine!

By John Bates | May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m an honorary ANTrepreneur! I had the honor and privilege of joining Ryan Foland, David Ochi and their awesome students at the Blackstone Launchpad at UCIrvine! It’s an amazing place. It is also one of only three California locations which are the final expansion of a campus entrepreneurship program called Blackstone LaunchPad which is already underway in Michigan,…

The REAL Reason I Love Attending TEDActive

By John Bates | April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yes, the speeches are amazing. Yes, the locations are beautiful. Yes, the accommodations are posh. AND, what is the REAL reason I go well out of my way to attend TEDActive every year? It’s the people. As the final person in the video says: “I’m part of a tribe that will continuously inspire me for…

Who Wants to Make a Difference?

By John Bates | March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

At TEDxVilnius I got a last minute opportunity to share something I call the compliment experiment. If you’re someone who wants to make a difference in the world, and I bet you are, then you might enjoy this short talk. I’ll let it speak for itself. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/88798731[/vimeo]

New LA Bootcamp Date just announced!

By John Bates | March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve been asking me when the next bootcamp is happening and I’m very excited to say that I just finalized working with the New Visions Foundation (Thank you Kevin!) and we’re putting on a Speaker Bootcamp this March 26th, 2014 from 12:30 – 5pm in Santa Monica and the parking is ample and free. It’s…

TEDxVilnius – I Wish You Could Have Joined Us

By John Bates | March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

I wish you could have been with us on Feruary 22nd, 2014. Flash and I just returned from Vilnius, Lithuania. It was an amazing time. Working with the vast majority of the speakers for a couple of months ahead of time. Then working with all of them at the run through the day before. And…