When he was 18, Michael dropped his speech class in college and swore he would never take the stage again after a humiliating presentation. Today, Michael is a Game-Changing speaker and Best-Selling author who has impacted thousands of people with his message of resilience.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States just before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and is the grandson of a ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and Dachau camp survivor. Michael's master storytelling ability leaves audiences exhilarated and equipped to act on their inspiration. His success principles empower audiences to smash fears, limitations, and passive, excuse-oriented mindsets. Michael takes his audiences on a journey through his story of humble beginnings, living on hand-me-downs and Food Stamps, to becoming a business owner, an author, and a motivational speaker. He reveals how the personal choices we make, the attitudes we carry, and the principles we choose to live by, affect our mental health and performance, and determine the success of our lives and organizations.
Before becoming a best-selling author and motivational speaker, Michael worked as an IT Professional and suffered from crippling depression. Desperate to revive his long-lost enthusiasm for life and opportunity in the land of the free, Michael committed to a series of positive life changes when he discovered a tattered personal development book in the small corner of the local library. He had a shift in perspective that changed his outlook on life and once again opened his mind to endless possibility. From there he committed to unearthing his buried dreams and helping others do the same.
Michael is the best-selling author of The Mount of Olives: 11 Declarations to an Extraordinary Life and soon-to-be best sellers, The Traveler's Secret: Ancient Proverbs for Better Living, The Servant With One Talent: Five Success Principles from the Greatest Parable Ever Told, and The Cabin at the End of the Train: A story about pursuing dreams.
As an author and motivational speaker, Michael's message of radical possibility has been read and shared all over the world.
Michael's Keynote Topics:
1. ) STAY ALIVE ALL YOUR LIFE:
“Extraordinary Habits for increasing performance and wellbeing”
The world is changing faster than we ever imagined, leaders and teams have to dig deep within themselves to break through and find opportunity in uncertain times. Michael understands what it means to face adversity. Michael's life changing message has opened up audiences everywhere to cultures of service, gratitude and endless potential.
2.) TALENTS: "5 success principles for thinking and Achieving beyond your boundaries”
Whether you need a shift in perspective or upgrade your thinking, Michael will help you get from “ambition” to “accomplishment.”
Michael's message of radical possibility combined with his ‘5 success principles for thinking and Achieving beyond your boundaries’ leaves audiences not only inspired but also equipped with tools to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Using stories, anecdotes, and his real-life experience with growing up on hand-me-downs and Food stamps, Michael reveals timeless principles that will equip you and your team to take action, start right where you are, and invest in your talents and opportunities despite the obstacles. His perspective on achieving impossible goals demystifies daunting tasks by turning ‘dreams’ into ‘tasks’ and creates inspiration through action and accountability.
Michael reminds us that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams and leave our lasting impact on the world.
3.) "PRESENTATION SKILLS FOR SALES TEAMS & LEADERS"
In college, Michael dropped his speech class and swore he would never take the stage again after a humiliating presentation. But destiny had other plans and soon he was drawn to the stage once more, this time not out of duty for a school credit, but for a desire to impact and inspire people. Michael has spent thousands of dollars and countless hours training to overcome his fears and become an impactful presenter which he heavily relies on in all aspects of his business, from sales, to marketing, to speaking from stage.
He trained face-to-face with Bo Eason, a former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway performer, and an international presence/story coach to develop his message and now uses this message to train, inspire, and motivate audiences to achieve their greatest potential.
He understands the magnetic power of storytelling and importance of voice tonality, body language, and presence when it comes time to capture attention and move people to action, whether that is from the stage or at a customer’s door.