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

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: 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…

Powerfully Connect Others to Your Passion!

By John Bates | July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo of John Bates Speaking

Human beings are deeply interested in other human beings. Knowing that, and taking it into account can give you a very powerful, if non-intuitive, way to connect deeply with others. Watch this video, give it a try, and then please let us know how it goes at The course I mention is here:

Children’s Stories for CEOs

By John Bates | July 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Treat your employees like children? Well, in a sense, YES! Listen to this short video for an idea that could dramatically improve your leadership communication ability and which could make public speaking a lot more fun for your audience and even for you! And, once you try this, come to the ExecutiveSpeakingSuccess page on Facebook…

Speak to Them Like They are Great!

By John Bates | July 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Speak to them like they are great, management, leadership resources

Are you up for a worthwhile challenge this week? It will put a fun flavor into your interactions and it might even change your life, if you let it! I’d love to hear how it goes, and if you want some feedback (I mean feedFORWARD – Thank you, Marshall Goldsmith!) I’ll give it to you. Share…

Cool! I’ve Been Nominated for the Rule Breaker Awards 2016!

By John Bates | June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Rule Breaker Awards for Entrepreneurs 2016

“Entrepreneurs don’t play by the rules. Why should you be judged by them?” – from the Rule Breakers Award Website. In my work with events like TEDxHoboken, TEDxVeniceBeach, TEDxVilnius, IDEAS LA, and many, many more, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet other Entrepreneurs from all over the world. My friend Indrė, an entrepreneur in…