My Speaking Page

I understand the challenge of finding just the right speaker. In my prior role as the CEO of Thomas Nelson, I was responsible for hundreds of events, from small corporate training sessions to large, arena-size, multi-day conferences.

I quickly realized that success of an event came down to the quality of the speakers. If they hit it out of the park, we had a great event. If they didn’t, well … we had a not-so-great event.

Like you, I found myself spending hours researching speakers, to make sure we had just the right fit. My hope is that this page will make it easy for you to get the information you need to make the best decision possible.

Thanks for stopping by. Thanks also for considering me. I am honored.

An Overview of this Page

This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect. You can click on the links below to take you directly to the relevant sections.

If you want to check my availability for your event, or if you have some questions before proceeding further, please click here:

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What You Can Expect

Here’s what you can expect from me and my team:

  1. Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. A personal phone consultation with a member of my team prior to your event, so we can better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.
  3. An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
  4. A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.
  5. A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include the slides I used in the presentation, along with links to books, articles, and other resources I believe will be helpful.
  6. A quick follow-up communication after the event with someone on my team, to make sure I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)

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A Little Bit About Me

I have been speaking publicly for more than 25 years and have keynoted more than 100 events. I have also appeared on more than 100 television shows, including several on ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN. I have also been on more than 1,000 syndicated and local radio shows.

I have spent most of my career in the book publishing industry, most recently as the Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest book publisher in the United States and the largest provider of inspirational live events in the world.

I now devote my time to writing, consulting, and speaking. In terms of my platform:

  • My blog is the top leadership blog in the world, with more than 400,000 visitors a month. More than 75,000 people subscribe to my daily updates.
  • My podcast gets more than 300,000 downloads a month.
  • I also have more than 200,000 followers on Twitter and 30,000 “fans” on Facebook.

Recently, Forbes magazine named me one of the Top 50 Social Media Influencers of 2013.

I have written seven books. My newest one, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, 2012), is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller.

I have been happily married to my wife, Gail, for thirty-four years. We have five daughters, four grandsons, and three granddaughters. We live outside of Nashville, Tennessee. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and golfing.

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My Video Clips

I speak for corporations, conferences, and non-profits. Here is my speaking demo reel.

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My Most Requested Topics

I speak on topics related to leadership, life balance, productivity, and social media. I will customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs. My goal is to facilitate the outcome you want to create.

My most requested topics include the following. Keep in mind that I can present these as a keynote or a workshop. Also, I have a half-day, and in some cases, full-day seminar version. Please click on the “More” link at the end of each topic description for more detail.

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
Platform: In today’s hyper-noisy world, it is hard to get anyone’s attention. You need a platform to be seen and heard. Thankfully, it’s never been easier. In this presentation, I share how to use social media to build your brand, decrease your marketing costs, and increase your impact. More »
Life Plan: Designing the Life You’ve Always Wanted
Life Plan: Few people have a plan for their life. Most are passive spectators, watching their life unfold, one day at a time. In this presentation, I explain how to go from reactive to proactive and develop a plan for accomplishing those priorities that matter most. More »
Shift: Leading in Turbulnent Times
Shift: We live in a day of unprecedented change. Sometimes it seems nothing is nailed down. In this presentation, I share how effective leaders must shift themselves and their organizations in order to survive. For those who do, the opportunities and rewards are great. More »
How to Shave 10 Hours Off Your Work Week
More Margin: Almost everyone I know complains about how much they are working. In this presentation, I explain how to maximize your productivity, make room for those activities that matter most, and reclaim your life. It is easier than you think! More »
Authentic Leadership: The Five Characteristics of Effective Leaders
Authentic Leadership: Too often, leadership gets reduced to mere influence. While this is important, real leadership—leadership that creates personal and organizational leverage—is much more. In this presentation, I share the five characteristics of effective leaders. More »
The Leader’s Heart: Unleashing the Most Important Leadership Tool You Have
The Leader’s Heart: Many leaders think the key to effectiveness is experience. Others believe it is their education or training. Still others rely on their charisma. While these are valuable, they are not the most important. The most significant leadership tool you have is your heart. More »

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What Others Are Saying

Here is what a few other event sponsors said after I spoke for them. These are just quick excerpts. The full text is in the column on the right-hand side of this page.

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My Upcoming Engagements

Please note: These dates are subject to change without notice. Please check the event web site before you make plans to attend.

  Date Event / Event Details City / More Info
+ 01/23/2015
08:30 a.m.
Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Memphis, TN
  Keynote:Authentic Leadership: The 5 Characteristics of Effective LeadersPublic Event
Venue:Memphis Botanic Gardens
Memphis, TN

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My Previous Engagements

I have spoken at hundreds of events. You can find a list of the most recent ones here

The Next Step

Thanks again for considering me for your event. You can take the next step by checking my availability. Just click on the orange button below. Someone on my team will get back with you right away.

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Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are snarky, offensive, or off-topic. If in doubt, read My Comments Policy.

  • Shahbaz Mirza

    Hi Michael, you are an incredible speaker. Could you recommend any books, video tutorials, or any content which can increase speaking skills.

    I know of the SCORRE conference but I live in Scotland, hence I can’t make it over to Orlando as I am only 21 and have restricted funds.

    Any help would be appreciated, love your work, and happily share it around to all my friends in the UK.


    • Michael Hyatt

      We will soon have SCORRE online as a video training course. I will be sure to announce it on my blog. In the meantime, I recommend anything by Nancy Duarte. Her books are fabulous!

    • Dr. Brian J. Dixon


      SCORRE online training is now available. Here is the link:

  • Andrew Mason

    Very nice page! I really appreciate getting to see others’ feedback and as well as the samples of your speaking. This really removes any “unknown risk” in bringing you out for an event. Great speaking resume!

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  • Sami Cone

    FYI – this is a GREAT example of any of us in the public eye should be offering on our websites for people who care and want to get to know us better. Thank you, Michael.

  • Kyle Musser

    Michael is an amazing speaker!

    I’ve had the chance to see him speak at the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast in Atlanta this last May ( He did an incredible job as co-host keeping the audience captivated, entertained and informed throughout the event.

    Also had a chance recently to see him speak at the the Platform Conference ( I am amazed at how open, personable and giving he is even with such a large following of people. What was even more incredible, was the fact that during the whole event he was sitting in the back of the room learning from all the other speakers. Lead by example, that to me is the trademark of a great leader.

    Include the work that him and his team are doing over at Platform University ( Along with the videos above, and it’s clear what an incredible communicator and story teller that he is.

    I’ve seen some great speakers give some incredible speeches (many in person and virtual), and I would give Michael the honor of being one of my top recommendations if you are looking for someone to come serve and share a special message at your next event.

    Keep up the great work Michael!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Kyle. I appreciate your kind words!

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  • Vanessa Castellanos

    Hello Michael, are you planning to conduct sometime a speech from any of the topics mentioned above in Latin America?

    From Caracas, Venezuela

    • Michael Hyatt

      I don’t have any plans right now.

  • David Sample

    Mr. Hyatt, As someone who knows deeply the power of words to edify or destroy, i share the following poem titled “Words” an excerpt from “Listen To The Whisper” Balboa Press Nov. 2013

    We think it, we say it, we become it and it becomes our legacy
    The person who spoke the words
    “Sticks and stones may break my bones
    but words will never hurt me”
    Knew not of what they spoke
    While bones may heal, the ill-placed comment inflicts a wound
    Living in the mind of the receiver it remains an open sore
    Repeated by the receiver it becomes a sword
    Lived by the receiver is how they become known
    To come full circle to the legacy they leave
    All by the power of a single spoken word

  • Len Wilson

    Michael, just wanted to say thanks for some great ideas on this page, which I have used in making my own speaking promo page: