Mike calls on us to take “response ability” and react to any everyday life issue by going beyond our shame and fear to show courage in momentary choices. Mike is on a mission to change the way individuals, organizations, companies, and communities react when someone is being adversely impacted by inappropriate, abusive, or unhealthy behavior.
As a filmmaker and video producer for over 30 years, Mike produced a film in 2008 that would change the course of his career — and his life. RESPONSE ABILITY, the award-winning educational film on bystander intervention for 40 organizations and over 250 college campuses, immediately became a distinct and special project. This one struck a chord. This one caused a demand. This one sparked a movement.
The reasons why have showed up in each of the nearly 4,000 stories he has accumulated from his keynote audiences. Each story is heartbreaking. Each story is filled with the shame and regret from not intervening in a moment of need. Each story points to the pain we carry with us for the rest of our lives…pain that determines whether we will ever stick our neck out again and show courage. Pain that impacts our own confidence and self-esteem.
Now, as a filmmaker-turned-advocate, Mike delivers hope for a new world through this movement. He speaks frequently for organizations, campuses, companies and communities — delivering his powerful, yet challenging, keynote to audiences of all sizes. When not speaking, he is writing, training others, or creating the next big thing.
In 2015, Mike was designated a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) by the National Speakers Association. The CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform competence.
Having Mike return for the third year in a row should be a testament on how much we love him. Mike is extraordinary and you could not ask for a better experience with a speaker! Mike is a pleasure to work with before he arrives, he is gracious when you assist him in setting up, and he is an outstanding speaker with an amazing message. This was the third year in a row we invited Mike to speak as our new student orientation keynote speaker — and we plan on bringing him back as long as he is speaking!
Mike was a strong keynote for eight of our events around the country to more than 1700 of our members. From the nearly 700 evaluations, 92.2% ranked Mike’s keynote as ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’ Mike was able to deliver this message in a delicate yet powerful manner to our members.”
RESPONSE ABILITY is precisely what this country needs right now: a compassionate injection of pure unadulterated good. It seems with every change of the news channel, America sees another act of violence. If we want to counteract the hate, we need to start with ground zero…the everyday heroes that COULD be walking our streets if they were simply well-versed in the teachings of what courage really is. With a little grassroots support, this movement could very well be that righteous ammunition that helps us fight the hate.