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Presentation Skills Coach
TEDx Speaker & Public Speaking Coach

John is a sought-after speaker, delivering powerful keynotes and helping organizations and individuals become more effective communicators.

John Zimmer is from Canada and now lives in Switzerland. He is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on public speaking, presentation skills and persuasion. With degrees in International Relations and Law, John has 30+ years of public speaking and presentation experience in a variety of forums.

John has worked for a major Canadian law firm, the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO). He is now a full-time speaker, giving keynotes, emceeing events, and helping companies, organizations and individuals communicate more effectively.

John’s clients include multinational corporations, international organizations, startups and individuals. He also teaches public speaking in the Executive MBA programs at the University of Geneva, University of Lausanne and IESE in Barcelona.

He is a 9-time European champion of Toastmasters public speaking contests and a TEDx Speaker, and is regularly invited to speak at corporate and other events around the world. John's extensive global experiences and foreign language skills enable him to connect with audiences of any culture. He has spoken to thousands of people in 25 countries on five continents.

John is the co-creator of Rhetoric – The Public Speaking Game TM , the world’s first public speaking board game that is being played in businesses, schools and homes around the world. It is available as a physical game and as an app.

Since May 2009, John has been writing his blog about public speaking, Manner of Speaking. It is recognized as one of the leading blogs in the field of public speaking, presentation skills and communication. With his improvisational theatre group, the Renegade Saints, John also helps companies discover how “improv” can be used to improve collaboration, communication and creativity for any corporate team.


Stories of People
Inspired by John


Intellectual property lawyer

Last week, John completed a three-day public speaking training session for my team and I at the World Intellectual Property Organization. We learned how to craft compelling content, how to connect with audiences and how to make messages stick. We did practical exercises – both off the cuff and prepared – which John filmed and critiqued. He shared technical tips for effective and memorable powerpoint slides, as well as a trove of readings and other resources to follow up on. John was captivating and outstanding throughout. I highly recommend him.


High Performance

International Author

While working with John on designing and delivering our public training course, I have found that John has the unique ability to provide a combination of excellent value, fascinating insights and masterful delivery on stage. He provides top-notch content on the art of public speaking, while at the same time make it look natural and easy. The mark of a true professional. Highly recommended for any environment where you are looking for a role-model of public speaking mastery, who can captivate an audience for every single minute .



Transformation Strategist. Bestselling author "Inspire Your People"

John is a great public speaker and communication trainer full of passion and dedication to excellence. His presentation and public speaking training skills are top notch and can benefit every aspiring leader, presenter or public speaker to take his skills to the next level. He is very knowledgeable, inspiring, motivating, and above all very compassionate. I highly recommend John to any organization or individual who is looking for excellent communication training and coaching.


Helping Businesses HIt Their Sales Targets. 200+ Coached at Amazon, Google, Apple

I first met John at a Public Speaking Conference in Basel, Switzerland; I was a competitor and he was the contest chair. I had been aware of John for a while from his public speaking videos on YouTube. Since meeting John, I have emailed him informally several times asking for advice on Public Speaking, Rhetoric, and Blogging.
Not only am I amazed at John's passion for good public speaking, his expertise, his knowledge and willingness to help others but, I am particularly impressed by his professionalism and integrity. Not only is he clear, concise, and to the point but, he he has a strong positive attitude towards his work and a willingness to share his knowledge of rhetoric to as many people as possible to the best of his ability.
Although my work with him has been quite informal, I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is interested in improving their public speaking skills and I look forward to any future interactions - personal or business - that I do have with John :-)

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