Michael’s path to speaking started out early in life. Being the youngest of six siblings he learned early “If you want to be heard then you have to speak up!” Never one to shy away from an opportunity for hands on learning, life offered many early lessons. Michael’s childhood was filled with many character building moments. The combination of sickly parents and older siblings thrust into running the family business gave Michael ample time alone to choose what was truly important to him.
Michael’s speaking career took a huge step forward the day he met Patrick Stracuzzi. At the time, the number one RE/MAX Realtor in state of Florida, Patrick had many people vying for his attention. Michael’s persistence and his “If you want to be heard you have to speak up!” attitude landed him both a meeting and a job working with the legendary agent.
Almost immediately Patrick introduced Michael to legendary speaker Floyd Wickman. An instant connection with the Hall of Fame Speaker was established and soon Michael was being personally trained by the industry legend. Floyd’s authentic and charismatic style resonated with Michael. Floyd says “When the student is ready the teacher appears.” never was this truer.
It was not long after Michael met Les Brown, one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers. Training personally with Les Brown was a dream come true and a calling born so long ago was finally realized.