Born into a family of entrepreneurial parents, Michael grew up working inside the numerous family businesses – from clothing stores, to supermarkets, and pizza restaurant. Whilst other 10 year olds went to the football on Saturday, Michael grew up on the Queen Victoria market, helping his Dad unpack the truck, serve customers, and balance the till, and quickly learnt that success often came to those who could ride the bumps, get up, and keep going.
Michael went on to run his own businesses in natural health care. He got started by going door to door and handing out flyers, which resulted in building one of the few successful full time Shiatsu health care practices in Victoria.
Over the past 10 years, Michael has dedicated himself to teaching the principles of resilience to people in business and sales. Drawing on his background in Psychology, Shiatsu therapy, and over 25 years of Martial Arts experience, Michael has helped countless companies become 'pressure proof' and learn how to bounce back from the setbacks and challenges so they can out perform their competition.
In Michael’s high energy, interactive and very practical presentations, he demystifies what people need to do to become resilient to pressure in today’s business world, and keep a clear head when dealing with difficult, demanding and stressful situations – without burning yourself out.
In Michael's programs, attendees will learn:
* The 7 common pitfalls that stops professionals from being effective and productive
* How to get over setbacks and rejections quickly and turn them into opportunities
* How to stay proactive even when you are feeling flat and defeated.
* Become emotionally immune to draining clients, customers and colleagues
* How to increase their working stamina when working for hours without a break
* How to maintain confidence, optimism and enthusiasm when faced with setbacks or challenges
Michael is the author of the book ‘Pressure Proof – how to thrive in times of disruption, change and pressure’, his articles are regularly published in several journals, and has delivered presentations to organizations such as Toyota, REIV, Smartline Mortgage Group, MLC Insurance, St George, Coles Myer Ltd., Pitcher Partners, SEEK, Caterpillar, Maurice Blackburn, Maunsell, SalesForce, and Victorian Parliament.
"Michael is one of the top speakers in Australia. His presentations are high energy, high impact and enjoyable. As an event organiser I found Michael easy to deal with, organised, professional and considerate. I have no fear when putting him on to speak as I know the audience will be motivated, informed and entertained in the most professional way. Michael makes any event organiser look good!". Michael's Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity Kim McGuinness, CEO - Network Central
Michael - Thank you so so much for making yourself available to work with the ACEA. The feedback from our members has been so great we are trying to set up a full day program with you! The professionalism of the course and content was phenomenal. Much of the course content can be used in our daily interaction with clients giving us more confidence in dealing with difficult situations. I look forward to working with you again." Chris Black, Executive Officer, ASSOCIATION OF CONSULTING ENGINEERS VICTORIA DIVISION
"I can't recall a program where I have been approached by so many participants, telling me how much difference it has made to their lives. Short, sharp and practical. The follow up e-course was also very helpful." Gillian Rosenkotter, Senior Human Resources Officer, City of Yarra
"Thank you once again for an outstanding presentation to 100 of our Association members. Our members work in various positions in State Government schools, requiring leadership, teamwork and empathetic skills. Your contribution to their needs was overwelming and heartily accepted by all in attendance. We look forward to our members' online feedback, but their verbal feedback on friday makes us very comfortable in the knowledge that they left your sessions uplifted, challenged and encouraged. The ongoing assistance you have offered, via hardcopy, dvd and regular emails has assured us all of support and advice to hand, enabling us to lead fulfilling work and personal lives. Very many thanks on behalf of all who attended. Your presentation has proven to be an invaluable investment for SASSAOA." Anne Stewart, President SA State Schools Administrative Officers Assoc.
"Words cannot express my gratitude for the anti stress strategies you provided us in the workshop I attended last Friday. I have been under constant stress from various sources for many years and suffer from lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, sinus, unable to switch off from work and I am a lifelong chronic migraine sufferer. Pain experienced daily ranged from moderate to severe. After doing your exercises several times every day since Friday I have now had 4 days with little to no pain. It's helped me switch off from work, sleep better and, coupled with your other strategies, on Monday I calmly and assertively resolved the issues with my 'difficult' staff member. I have spent the last 25 yrs trying different practitioners (naturopath, Chinese massage, chiropractor (10yrs), physiotherapist (5yrs) etc) and nothing worked. Your exercises and strategies worked. Now I call them ' 7 seconds to heaven'. The exercises have already been implemented into the workplace by other attendees at your workshop." Margaret, Team leader, Mental Health NGO, NSW