John K. Bates

President & Founder,
Tujunga, CA, United States

About John K.


John K. Bates loves TEDActive, TEDx & TED. He is the Owner of, 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 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 John evangelizes for &, which Sylvia Earle advises, and loves being involved with cutting edge projects.


German, Spanish

TED Conferences

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.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

John K. Bates
Posted almost 3 years ago
Brené Brown: Listening to shame
What an amazing follow up to an amazing first talk. I was there when Brene gave this at TED and watching it now made me cry even harder than the first time. Thank you Brene, for the inspiration. I needed that. Feeling like the Man in the Arena about now.
John K. Bates
Posted over 3 years ago
Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory -- and horror
I think it's really important to listen to people who know what the ocean was like 30 years ago. Our baselines are constantly shifting and most people just don't hear enough about the oceans. These photos are absolutely stunning and beautiful. I wish everyone on earth would watch this talk. People need to know about the ocean and its creatures so they can care about the ocean and its creatures.
John K. Bates
Posted over 3 years ago
Mike deGruy: Hooked by an octopus
I too am so saddened by the loss of Mike and Andrew Wight. Thank you, Mike, for doing what you love and for making the difference you continue to make for the ocean and the planet and all of us. Your passion is clear and very infectious. Thank you, Mike. I also figure that RIP means Research in Paradise when it comes to you.
John K. Bates
Posted over 4 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
I believe that with the caveat of overlooked taken into account I'd have to nominate Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David Hawkins. Just get over anything he says that might tempt you to discount the message. However he got there it certainly resonates and it definitely shifted my paradigm.