ROBBINS | Mike Robbins
Author, Speaker, Coach Empowering People to be Authentic and Appreciative
Mike Robbins is an expert in teamwork, communication, and the power of appreciation and authenticity. He delivers keynote addresses, leads customized seminars, and works one-on-one in a way that empowers people and organizations to work together effectively and be more successful. Mike has inspired tens of thousands of people to reach new levels of awareness and success, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, he teaches people to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.
Mike is the author of two bestselling books, Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. He is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.
Mike has worked with some of America’s top organizations and institutions such as Google, AT&T, Apple, UC Berkeley, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, New York Life Insurance, Stanford University, Chevron, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, and many others. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.
Mike has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, the Washington Post, and many others. He is a regular contributor to Oprah.com, the Huffington Post, and CNN.com. Mike is also the host of his own radio show, “Let’s Get Real,” on Energy Talk Radio.
Prior to his speaking, writing, and coaching career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a standout pitcher and he helped lead his team to the Pac-10 Conference Championship and an appearance in the College World Series. He was named to the All-Conference team, nominated as an academic All-American, and voted “Most Inspirational” by his fellow teammates. Mike was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals before arm injuries ended his playing career at the age of 24.
After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-up companies. He had a great deal of success in a very short time in the dot-com world. When the dot-com “bubble” burst in 2000 and Mike was laid off, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – helping and inspiring individuals and groups – and opened the door for Mike to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.
In addition to earning his college degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development, and received training from the nationally acclaimed Coaches Training Institute.
Mike was born and raised in Oakland, California. He was raised primarily by his single mom and attended inner-city schools growing up. His background and upbringing provided many challenges, as well as many wonderful lessons that he is grateful for. Mike is a former board member for two non-profit organizations – Challenge Day (a powerful youth organization that focuses on peace, healing, and personal development for teens) and The Peace Alliance (an organization focused on creating a culture of peace here in America and around the world, as well as a grassroots political campaign to create a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace).
Mike is passionate about appreciation, gratitude, authentic communication, family, forgiveness, metaphysics, relationships, spirituality, and personal growth, among many other things. He has always had a desire and a talent for positively affecting other people. Whether as class president in high school, a community volunteer, a speaker, a ballplayer, a teacher, or just talking to strangers on the street, Mike Robbins’ intention is to make a difference with people wherever he goes.
Mike lives in San Rafael, CA (San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two young daughters, Samantha and Annarose.
SPEECH TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS
The Power of Appreciation – How to Inspire Yourself and Others to Greater Success!
Appreciation is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked aspects of successfully motivating and empowering people and teams. When individuals and organizations put more attention on what IS working, instead of focusing on “problems,” they thrive. Through this program, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how appreciation impacts productivity, morale, and success.
The Keys to Creating a Championship Team – The Essential Qualities of Groups and Organizations that Truly Win!
A “championship team” is a group of people who can effectively handle adversity; communicate clearly in an empowering way; unify towards the achievement of common goals; and appreciate and support one another successfully. In this program, he teaches the fundamental aspects of creating successful teams that truly win—whether in the sports arena or in corporate offices!
The Power of Authenticity – How to Create Trust, Cohesion, and Team Unity by Being Real
Authenticity is fundamental to trust, communication, and success. Now more than ever, individuals, teams, and organizations must utilize the power of authenticity in order to build trust, resolve conflicts, and create cohesion. Although it can be counter-intuitive and even scary, being real, honest, and vulnerable is a key element to individual and group success and fulfillment.