This year we feel more than lucky to have John Bates, long time TEDster and professional speaker coach helping our speakers to spread their ideas in the most powerful way.

Perhaps because one of his first loves was public speaking, John K Bates has been a fan of TED since the 90’s. In 2009 he attended the first TEDActive in Palm Springs and has been a full-on TEDster ever since.

His mission, like TED’s, is to help great ideas spread. “There are people with mediocre ideas who kick the pants off people with great ideas who can’t communicate them,” he says. “That’s just not OK with me. I think the world needs people with great ideas to have the communication skills to match, because we need those ideas more than ever.”