My Current Career Focus: Speaking

As you may know, I stepped aside from my role as the CEO of Thomas Nelson in April. Though I still remain the company’s Chairman, I am now pursuing speaking and writing full-time.

Michael Hyatt Speaking in Front of a Large Audience

So far, it has been like starting a new business. I am busier than ever before. I am traveling weekly, speaking for corporations, colleges, conferences, non-profits, and churches. I am having a blast!

I have also made quite a few changes to my blog, including the launch of my brand new Speaking page. I figured that if this was going to be my primary career focus, it needed an overhaul.

What is different?

  • A new welcome video
  • A re-written bio, specifically for event planners
  • A short demo video and several video clips of me speaking
  • Thirteen of my most requested speaking topics, along with a brief description of each
  • A new set of speaking endorsements
  • A brand new speaking calendar that has some really nice features

I designed the page specifically for event sponsors. My hope is that this new page makes it easier for them to get the information they need about me, so that they can make the best decision possible.

If you are interested in having me speak at your event, I have a few dates still left for this fall. Just go to my Speaking page where you’ll find the necessary contact information.

We are also beginning to book 2012. I will only make 50 speeches next year. With my new book, Platform: What It Is, Why You Need It, How to Build It (Thomas Nelson) coming out in April of 2012, I expect my calendar to fill quickly. If you are interested, please contact us quickly, so you can get the date you want.

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  • W. Mark Thompson

    Congratulations on the new (at least announced) plans, and your new book. Can’t wait to get it! 

    • Michael Hyatt

      I plan to make a formal announcement on the book as soon as the cover is done.

      • W. Mark Thompson

        Can’t wait. (Hurry up book cover!)

  • Cheryl

    Congratulations on your new book and life plans.  Can’t wait to read your new book.  

  • Joe Abraham

    Michael, glad to know about your new career focus on speaking and writing. I found your Speaking page as compelling and informative. May God’s hand of favor rest on you and help you impact many lives!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Joe. I appreciate that.

  • Chris Cornwell

    Looking forward to the book. Hopefully I will get a chance to hear you speak live!

  • John Bergquist

    As always, I am watching and learning.  

  • Chad Jackson

    Michael, I picked up on your blog 6 months ago and I look for new stuff every day from you.  I am actually doing the Life Plan with one of my co-workers right now so I am excited about that.  Can’t wait to read your new book.  Keep influencing many with New Media. 

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Chad. Will do.

  • Gareth

    Random question, but… how do you decide what to wear to an event where you’re speaking?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I ask the event planner in my pre-conference call.

    • Cynthia Herron

      That’s a great question!

  • Marcia (123 blog)

    After just a quick scan, I love how you’ve incorporated the spiritual with the corporate. Great idea. 

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. That was challenging to find just the right balance.

      • Joe Abraham

        It’s worth incorporating. That’s Kingdom influence.

  • Cyberquill

    I have a book coming out in 2012 as well. I wrote it primarily for women and short men: 

    Platforms: What They Are, Why You Need Them, Where To Buy Them

    • Michael Hyatt


    • Robert Ewoldt

      Ha ha!

  • Philip Rothschild

    Thrilled for you Mike.  But even more thrilled for the thousands of people who will have an opportunity to hear your thoughtful and engaging talks. I  heard you first hand at The Building Champions Experience and left with practical strategies that were life changing.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Philip. Thanks for that vote of confidence!

  • ThatGuyKC

    That is awesome. Congrats on the new career direction and pray your travels are safe and uneventful. 

    Hopefully I can catch you the next time you’re in the Seattle area… Wait, you’re gonna be in Cle Elum speaking at Suncadia?! I went to college in the next town. Awesome.

    • ThatGuyKC

      Well the event is out of my budget and it’s sold out. :(
      Maybe next time. :)

  • Cynthia Herron

    Michael, I didn’t see the Ozarks on your speaking engagements page. :(
    Oh, and can you at least share this…Are you venturing into the fiction writing realm? I imagine you have a few thousand stories to tell…  :) 

    • Michael Hyatt

      You can change the Ozarks problem. Just book me!

      I’m afraid I am not venturing into fiction. Sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Watching you make the transition over the past several months has been instructive in and of itself.  It’s helped me greatly as I’ve also transitioned in my career.  Thank you for your willingness to share the details.

  • Nester4ever

    Congrats! and may God bless you in this new chapter (pardon the pun) of your career and life. And thank you for blessing me as I read your posts.

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    I feel that writing and speaking are two sides of a coin. If writing is too hard, then speaking can be hard. Looking forward to your book next year. I hope you are enjoying your every moment of your post CEO life.  

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Uma. I am!

  • iGranny

    Michael you make my life exciting *just because you show me that I can*.  I hope to hear you speak someday.  Your blog has always inspired me.  

  • John Richardson

    Awesome speaking page, Michael. It is well organized and optimized for your target audience. Using the Vimeo service gives it a more professional look and feel. So many professional speakers I know have poor quality speaker pages. They usually have little more than contact information. This page is one of the best I have seen. It rivals or exceeds even some of the high end speaker bureau sites.

    I hope to be able to put a page like this together in the future, albeit on a much smaller scale. It’s nice to see you are only speaking 50 times in the coming year. I guess that works out to once a week, with a two week vacation. Hopefully a few of those weeks are out here in Southern California, so I’ll get a chance to hear you again.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. That means a lot coming from you! I am really hoping to improve the videos as we get more recording opportunities.
      With regard to number of speaking engagements, I am really hoping that I can batch them, so I have the months of December and July completely free. Gail and I are planning on doing a sabbatical every July for the whole month.
      Thanks again.

  • Ron Dawson

    This is an exciting time Michael. I wish you the best. It will be interesting to see how the blog evolves as you begin this new phase of your life’s journey.

  • Austin Lee

    Hey! Congrats! Have you changed your policy on having Thomas Nelson publish your books now that you aren’t CEO? I seem to remember that you wrote about that a while back!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yes, we did. We now publish our employees, but we have put some boundaries around it.

  • Brandon Robbins

    Wow, Mike! I am excited for you. I wish you the best in all of your plans &  look forward to the release of your book.  Although it has not been a possibility yet, I hope to hear you speak sometime.  Thanks for the work you do. You have blessed, encouraged, informed & helped countless people. I anticipate hearing more good things down the road! 

  • Joe Lalonde

    New book from you? Awesome! Can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    So excited to see what the future holds for your speaking career and plans.

  • Robert Ewoldt

    I’m really looking forward to the new book!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Michael, 
    I’m excited to hopefully get to one of your speaking gigs this year. I was excited that I had read you would be at Global Leadership Summit but unfortunately you spoke on Wednesday and I only saw the sessions on Thursday and Friday that were shown at the Denver Site. Is there any way to get a hold of that talk that you did? Just thought I’d ask. Thanks for being a great resource. 

    • Michael Hyatt

      I think they may have recorded my session, but I am not sure. I have my agent checking now. Thanks.

  • Aaron Jacobs

    The new website looks great, Michael! No doubt your speaking career is just beginning.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Aaron!

  • Dwayne Morris

    I appreciate the value your information has added to my life! This addition takes it to a whole ‘nutha level!!! Just had enough time to click around for a few minutes. Looking forward to spending mor time later! Keep pushing the envelope!!!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Dwayne!

  • VirtualAgents

    I really like your post as it points not to the technology as the challenge in becoming more ‘social’ but that the culture of an organisation, the way it conducts itself and how it selects and develops its people as where the real challenge lies. You’re an inspiration.  Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    How exciting! Congratulations, I must admit I am a bit jealous. It’s my ambition to speak and share with others the principles and experiences God has granted me. Any tips to get started?

    I love your blog and point people here almost daily. Thanks for providing quality content and a heart for what is good and pure.

    David Mount

  • Jim Hardy

    I am glad that you get to follow your passion. I can’t wait for your book.


  • Alan Webber

    Michael, I would be curious now that you are focused on speaking, how has this changed your ideal week?

    Thank you!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Well, it’s made it much more infrequent! Seriously, I am traveling almost weekly now, so I am hoping to settle into a new rhythm. Right now, I am still working to figure it out.

  • BinsuRobinson

    hey Michael,

    not to sound patronizing … but you are a worthy successor to John Maxwell.

    I was initially not convinced , but staying with your blog and writings for the last few months kinda clinched it for me :) you are worth emulating :)

    Godspeed in your new career shift.

    BR Mathew

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words. I think the world of John.

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