Is it time to elevate your presentation skills? Do you want to educate, inspire, and engage your audience? Michael highlights some techniques for delivering strong, effective presentations that you will enjoy and be energized by! Michael also provides best practices for incorporating storytelling into meetings.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou
- Learning to identify and accept your speaking style
- The importance of presentation preparation and rehearsal
- Understanding the importance of body language and eye contact
- Learning the art of storytelling
- Understanding the difference between solo and ensemble presentations
- How to use PowerPoint effectively and not as a distraction
Michael has taken a bit of an unorthodox path to get to this point. Yet, storytelling has always been the backbone of whatever Michael chooses to do. After graduating from Boston University in 1991, Michael moved to Los Angeles with the dream of being a rock star. While entertaining crowds all over the US, Michael took a job as a story editor and script analyst with Hollywood notables such as Quincy Jones, Jerry Bruckheimer, Arnold Kopelson, and Propaganda Films.
Michael then moved on to get his Masters in Counseling Psychology to help others tell their stories. Michael taught Life skills at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, again focusing on helping students find their personal stories and focus on what it meant to be a young adult. In 1997, Michael was the cofounder of Imagistic, a digital agency, and was CEO for 14 years. It was during this tenure that Michael cut his teeth on digital marketing and worked with clients such as the following:
- The Southern Poverty Law Center
- Sir Speedy
- The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
- Capitol Records
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Estee Lauder
- Bank of America
Michael decided it was time to go out on his own in 2011 and refocus his career on storytelling. This included becoming a seasoned TEDx talker, a presentation specialist, and a focus on content marketing.