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Speaker Bio

John M. Collins is a professional coach specializing in authoritative occupations requiring high levels of expertise to earn the trust of the public or other consequential stakeholders.

John started his private practice in 2013 after retiring his award-winning, 20-year career in forensic science, having served as the Director of Forensic Science for the State of Michigan.  His career highlights include his part in the forensic investigation of the bombing of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, as well as his 2013 participation in a historic meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and other experts to discuss solutions to gun crime following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

John has a master’s degree in Organizational Management and is formally certified as a senior HR professional by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  He was trained at the College of Executive Coaching and is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach.  John is the author of four books, including his most recent book, The New Superior: A Better Way to be the One in Charge, which is available in print and audio.

The recorded sample is a small portion of presentation given at the annual symposium of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors in Austin, Texas (2023).

The full definitive presentation is the property of ASCLD and is not available for public viewing. (Courtesy ASCLD,

Leadership Topics

  • The New Superior (Book)
  • New Manager Onboarding
  • Public Trust and Confidence
  • Show Up Strong (Assertiveness)
  • Crafting An Authoritative Presence
  • The Dangers of Hierarchy
  • Conflict Management Strategies
  • Coping with Difficult People
  • Building and Applying your Expertise
  • Crisis Communication and Response
  • Culture is a Verb
  • Putting Intentions over Circumstances
  • Personal Organization and Time Management

Public Safety Topics

  • Stories and Lessons from the Forensic Laboratory
  • Effective Policing in the 21st Century
  • Mass Shootings and “Statement” Violence
  • Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Living Among Predators – On Sociopathy
  • The 1996 Olympic Bombing
  • 30 Years After the O.J. Simpson Trial
  • Erroneous Convictions and Exonerations
  • HR Management in Public Safety Organizations
  • Crime Lab Report (Book)
  • The Craziest Cases I Ever Worked
  • The Cost of Crime (for Business and Communities)

“Excellent speaker….highly recommend!”

2022 American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Symposium Attendee

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