Training in Leadership Communication "Neuro-hacking"

John trains teams and individuals in neurobiology based Principles of Effective Leadership and Communication

Truly moving and effective pitching, internal & external communications, modern day media training and more.

BOOTCAMP - The Foundation

All training and coaching begins with the Speak Like a Leader Boot Camp.

It is the prerequisite for any further training with John. (An online version is available, for convenience, if preferred or desired as a supplement to the live training.)

All training is done in a very safe, supportive and respectful environment. John is very happy to do key person interviews so that he can better understand the audience, the need and the desired outcomes.

What is it about

This is a 4 hour to 3 day training in Leadership Communication neuro-hacking; the human evolutionary biology and neurophysiology of effective human communication with an emphasis on leadership, connection, inspiration and results.

By diving deep on the biology of emotional intelligence, presence, connection, authenticity, and great leadership it generates powerful new contexts, mindsets, understandings and insights among your leaders which will dramatically elevate their public speaking, pitching, fundraising, and overall communication ability, and at the same time it gives deep realizations that translate into better overall people management, life and leadership abilities.

John’s training and coaching goes much deeper and is more broadly applicable and effective than people realize until they experience it. You can see this clearly in what people say about his trainings. The only real risk is in not giving it a try.

Public Bootcamps and Trainings

John’s rare public appearances are listed at our Facebook Events Page.

If you’re a co-working space, non-profit organization, TEDx organizer, or other venue or group that is interested in making the Speak Like a Leader Boot Camp available publicly in your community we would love to hear from you.

Online Speak Like a Leader Bootcamp

We have a highly acclaimed online version of the Speak Like a Leader Boot Camp which is available here: Speak Like A Leader

We also offer the Speak Like a Leader Boot Camp as a portion of our individual executive coaching. Having raised hundred of millions in venture capital himself, John also offers excellent and effective pitch coaching and presentation training.


Fun, Engaging, and Actionable Group Training

NASA, Johnson & Johnson, Airliquide and others say John’s group Leadership Communication speaker training is probably the best leadership and communications training they have ever received.

John is one of the most prolific and successful TED Talk Format trainers in the world and he will bring out the very best in you.

John’s expertise in Human Evolutionary Biology & Human Neurophysiology supports and catalyzes your speaking abilities:

You will...

  • Uplevel your leadership and effectiveness.
  • Make the very most of every word you speak, and know why it is working.
  • Increase your ability to influence and get what you want with a new level of ease.
  • Stand out from the crowd and be remembered.
  • Leave your fear and anxiety around public speaking behind for the rest of your life.


For over 20 years John has coached clients to speak in public.

After coaching hundreds of TED and TEDx speakers John created this “TED-worthy” mini-course and the full online speaker training: Speak Like A Leader Bootcamp. John currently trains C-level executives at NASA, IBM, Accenture and more in his unique “communications neuro-hacking” public speaking and leadership principles; allowing them to demonstrate leadership and calm while motivating their employees through great storytelling, leadership presence, emotional intelligence and an understanding of the science underlying great communication.


  • Learning at your own pace.
  • Valuable, actionable principles you can easily put into use right away!
  • Short video lessons you can pause, review and reference at any time.
  • Quick micro-learning courses on specific topics available.
  • Training for yourself, your team and colleagues.
  • The Speak Like a Leader Boot Camp includes a valuable PDFs like the Action Guide which will keep you on track with clear, actionable steps to excellence.

Do you want accessible, online Leadership Communication and speaker training that is more dynamic and engaging? Would you like to empower your leaders to find their most authentic voice, and to truly inspire the groups of people they lead? Are you looking for an online solution that employees can take at their own pace? Consider John’s online learning or a hybrid of both in-person training and follow-up with the online training course.

We have Tin-Can and SCORM-compliant versions of the course.


Every quarter John Bates sets aside time to do pro-bono or highly reduced rate work with TEDx events all over the world.

John has worked with over 35+ and counting different TEDx events and has trained thousands of people in being TED-Worthy. Here is a very short, very useful set of tips about speaking at a TEDx event, including John’s highly useful article about how he utterly failed his first time on the stage at TED, so you can avoid doing the same.

What others are saying

Daria Sivovol talks about the new things she learned from John Bates

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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
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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
CEO & Co-Founder