“Michael's time with our group of YMCA professionals was inspiring to us all. As we work to help improve the lives of those in our community, his message of the power of being kind will now be spread throughout Northern New England. I can't tell you how many people came up to me throughout the rest of our conference to talk to me about changes they plan on making in their lives as a result of Michael's message. It was such a great way to kick off our conference!”

—  Joseph W. Manzoli, Jr. - CEO, YMCA of Greater Nashua

“I recently had the pleasure of hearing you speak at Hay House’s “I Can Do It” Conference in Toronto. What a Joy. We laughed and we cried..the stories were so moving. Very inspirational!! It was an honor to meet and speak with you Michael. Your book "am I being Kind" has also given me tools to work with in my life and I have passed it on to family.”

—  Michelle, Toronto, Canada

“Fantastic presentation at the Maine Health Care Association Conference! It was very encouraging and motivating. I can't wait to get your book! —  Heather - Rockland, Maine

“Thank you so much for your inspirational and uplifting messages of hope and love. It reaches beyond cultural norms, racial issues and international borders. A simple message with profound and long lasting effects.”

—  Teresa,  Switzerland

"We were introduced to Michael today in Austin. The group I was with, who have studied this type of material for so long now, were all shocked we hadn’t heard from Michael before. Blown away impressed!!! Thanks for being dedicated to do what you do and look forward to continued teachings from you!"

—  Jessica

"Soooooo awesome!!!! Thank you for starting out our year so positively and full of energy! Everything you told us yesterday has been going through my mind since then! I am retelling the stories and writing down ideas and cannot wait to begin teaching my students."

— Carey

"Thank you for the moving and motivating start to the school year for Saco School Department staff today. Your message of kindness and love is so important and will make such a difference in the lives of the children we are privileged to work with." — Joan

“You rocked my world today Michael at Hay House’s at I Can Do It! in Austin, Texas!! Thanks and LOVE!!!!” XOXOXOXOXX!!

—  Suzy

“I wanted to thank you again for such an incredible experience - hearing your journey yesterday. What a gift YOU are to this planet THANK YOU!”

—  Danielle

In this one of a kind program, learn how an honorable life begins the moment you confront one of your greatest fears: the truth. During this interactive "Truthshop," attendees are inspired to live and speak their truth while encouraging others to do the same. Through honest conversations and empathy building exercises, discover how vulnerability and authenticity can enhance all areas of your life. By recognizing that everyone has a story, judgmental habits will be replaced by qualities such as acceptance, trust, empathy, and even forgiveness. If you've ever felt misunderstood or would like to see others in a more compassionate light, this is the program for you.

To survive and thrive in today's world, the ability to accept adversity with an open heart and mind is imperative. For the reality is, it's not a matter of if challenges arise, but rather, when. And by taking a proactive approach, building emotional muscles each day, we greatly increase our odds of bouncing back from any hardship with dignity and strength.

This keynote is an opportunity to develop fierce resiliency and the courage required for turning challenges into wisdom and meaning. By viewing difficulties from the perspective of a Heart Warrior, you will learn the essential skills for healing, helping others, and winning the relentless battle between your head and your heart.

“We truly enjoyed having Michael come and speak to us! His talk has improved our company so much. We have enjoyed being a kinder business!”

— Assistance Plus, Inc.

— Find renewed strength by living and speaking your truth.

— Create authentic personal and professional relationships.

— Free yourself from a painful past.

— Understand difficult people.

— Live a life of integrity, compassion, and courage.

"I can say with all honesty that you were by far the best speaker I've listened to in my career. Your positive energy and outlook is contagious." — Jared B.

"Michael, Of the 100 speakers at the Hay House World Summit this year, you moved me. Thank you. Continue to be exactly who you are. It works.”  — Paul T.

“Defining success has been something I've struggled with in my life, but now I think I've finally got it. What's the truest, rawest form of success? KINDNESS. Thank you Michael!” —  Lance P.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Words cannot express what I'm feeling after your presentation to our staff. You did an AMAZING job, Michael! I'm so so so so thankful! The feedback I have received has been wonderful!" — Julie S.

"I cannot get over how your presentation has made me feel. I have always considered myself a positive person and work really hard to spread it to everyone around me. But somehow you have motivated me to work even harder and make more goals." — Alyssa D.

— Recognize adversity as an opportunity for growth and grace.

— Reclaim your power by taking full responsibility for your life.

— Cultivate a compassionate attitude toward yourself and others.

— Utilize lessons learned from a personal crisis to support others.

— Retrain your mind to worry less and live from your heart's perspective.

— Become an example of optimism, courage, kindness, and strength.

     I think most would agree—for humanity to survive; kindness is needed now more than ever. Sadly, not everyone is adhering to this belief as we are experiencing dark times. Each day, our traditional and social media reveals an ugly side of humankind and the callous behavior, taking place across the globe. Politicians teach our children it’s okay to act like bullies. Episodes of domestic violence continue to rise. Stories of racism, religious wars, and school shootings have become all too common.

     Equally as concerning is the apathetic behavior within our interactions. We are entering dangerous territory as natural traits such as empathy, compassion, patience, and gratitude have been replaced with the illusion that relationships can be developed and sustained through an electronic box gripped in our hand. In just a few short years, we’ve become a culture, which spends most of our time staring at glossy, app-filled screens. The result is millions of eyeballs looking down, ignoring the cries of others and not seeing a world that is in desperate need of our compassion and attention.

     Renowned Indian yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda once said; “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.” The Survival of the Kindest philosophy echoes this statement, claiming all seven and a half billion people on this planet are the light—radiant beings disguised in human form, here to create a better world in our own way. Simply stated, regardless of age, gender, race or religion, each of us possesses the power to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary acts of love and kindness.

The benefits of choosing this path are remarkable, as it leads to...

— Positive relationships

— Authentic happiness

— Vibrant health and reduced stress

— Less drama and conflict

— A more peaceful home and work environment

— A profound sense of meaning in your life

— Gaining the trust, respect, and admiration of those around you

— Greater confidence and feelings of self-worth

— Making a positive difference in the lives of others

     Of course, living in stressful times, there will be days when practicing kindness is not easy. The journey of the heart takes courage, vulnerability, patience, and resilience. Most of all, it takes a bit of craziness. Because the truth is, if we are to change the world, a conventional approach is not the answer. Or as Apple Computer reminded us during their innovative, 1997 TV Ad . . .

     "Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

     It has always been the so-called “crazy ones” who inspire change. Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others made unimaginable sacrifices in their efforts to eradicate darkness from our planet. And although their works are legendary, each made it known that the ability to cultivate love and light is not just available to a fortunate few—it is within everyone. And if these great souls were here today, I believe their message to you, and I would be this:

You are love.

You are light.

You are an extraordinary human being.

And you have the power to change the world.

So let’s get crazy.