About John K.
John K. Bates loves TEDActive, TEDx & TED. He is the Owner of ExecutiveSpeakingSuccess.com, an Executive Communications Company and he has coached many TEDx speakers. John has been on stage, in front of the camera and speaking to the press professionally since 1994. In 2005, John began funneling his experience into coaching high level executives in public speaking. John cultivated the presentation power of CEOs like Jim McCarthy of Goldstar and his TED talk, Melinda Richter of Prescience International and Karl Mehta of Playspan/Visa. As a speech coach, John works with global executives like Song Sang-Hyun, President of the International Criminal Court and Marika Hedin, Director of the Swedish National Maritime Museums. Earlier, John was the co-founder and Chief Evangelist at BIGWORDS.com where he ran the marketing/PR team and was invited to speak all over the world. He was also part owner and was the first employee at Goldstar.com. John evangelizes for EntropiaUniverse.com & theBlu.com, which Sylvia Earle advises, and loves being involved with cutting edge projects.
TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011, TEDActive 2010, TEDActive 2009
Areas of Expertise
Executive Communications, Public Speaking and Speech Coaching, Internet, Business Development, online/computer games, Marketing and Communications, Entrepreneurship and Startup Management, Open Source ERP/Enterprise Level e-commerce
An idea worth spreading
Taking on light pollution for real so we can see the Milky Way again and ponder our true place in the Cosmos.
I'm passionate about
Wine, being alive, the Internet, live performance, music, surfing, Nature, being, what's possible, meditation, my dog Flash, travel, writing, people, being awed, games, virtual worlds, communication
Talk to me about
Anything, Anything, Anything, Anything!
People don't know I'm good at
Playing the guitar and singing like a rock star.
My TED story
The one year I was set to attend as a volunteer I ended up having to speak at a conference in Europe for the company I had co-founded and my brother went instead. He had a great time. I also worked with the Live 2.0 presentation that will happen at Ted U this year and I am very excited about that unveiling! IF you read this far, ask me about the time I "collaborated" with Ben Zander! In September of 2013 I hosted the last of three segments at TEDxVeniceBeach. In October of 2013, I co-hosted TEDxPCC in Pasadena with fellow TEDster Ian Murphy. In 2014 I spoke at both TEDxVilnius in Lithuania and TEDxTaiz, in Yemen.