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michael hoffman's testimonials
here's what clients are saying about michael:
"Michael lifts the energy in a room the minute he walks in! He has that elusive charisma we all seek in an outstanding speaker. He engages the audience instantly. His drill-down content is relevant and practical. You can go back to the job and apply his teachings the very next day. Mike's presentation style is beyond fabulous. He peppers his presentations with humor and he's always such fun. His speaking style is just electric! He uses humor and passion to nudge people towards new learning and new points of view. The icing on the cake is just how phenomenal it is to work with Michael leading up to an engagement. He customizes each presentation, he is accommodating, and he is flexible. A great listener, Michael can turn on a dime if the planned content and agenda isn't resonating. He reads his audience brilliantly. One in a million!"
- Owner, Brickenden Speakers Bureau Inc [Hired Michael SO many times for our thrilled clients!]
BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES
"This man is truly remarkable. We have worked with many speakers/trainers/consultants and Michael [Hoffman] is by far the most accommodating and enthusiastic collaborator out there! Need Sales Training? Just watch your team fly after working with Michael. Need a Motivational Speaker? Your audience will be hugging each other with excitement! (we're not kidding) Need Leadership Coaching? Michael can give leaders the wake up call they just might need. Overall, participants in Michael's sessions walk away not just pumped, but with tools and tips to go forth and succeed! I know this was written like ad copy, but I seriously would work with Michael on any project, any time. He delivers."
- Vice President, Foresight Corporate Communications
"You all will never know how much I enjoyed today’s event. Even the [intro] video Michael started with made me smile and feel encouraged. Michael Hoffman made me look at myself in an entirely different way. Today was so enlightening and powerful that I will look at everyday, going forward, with new eyes. He made me want to “do better!” Everything he told us can be used in our everyday life and I will now “keep my eyebrows up.” Sometimes I get consumed in my everyday life and forget that I am not the only one with problems, with struggles, and with pain. Today was great for me, and you all will never know how grateful I am for it. Today is the first day of me doing better."
- Call Center Staff Member | [High-end] Financial Institution
"Michael spoke at our Mid-Year Motivator Sales Meeting. He created energy and motivation from the moment he stood on the stage. Michael has a magnetic personality where you could listen to him for hours. His message is balanced with humor and real life examples while making a clear point. One can go back to their everyday routine and easily apply the concepts he introduces to enhance performance and improve team engagement."
- Leadership Team, First Midwest Bank
“Michael never fails to disappoint and he did a terrific job, not only linking to last year’s learning, but made great impact with his own material to a jaded audience. We love him dearly and always hope to do more work together.”
- Foresight Communication
“I always found my biggest challenge with presentations is wondering if the learning's 'stuck'. I just wanted to let you know that what you have shared over the last few years has most definitely 'stuck' with me and with my team. I have one Financial Planner who includes 'Mastering Her Tornado' as a goal in our 1:1 meetings. This year was equally beneficial - I'm back in the office, already had my first team meeting, and am raring to go with the insights I gained from my colleagues and from working with you. So, I guess really, this was a long-winded way of saying thank you for the impact you're helping me, the 'overhead', have with my guys.”
- Investment Sales Manager, BMO | Bank of Montreal
“Anything that has Michael Hoffman in, I absolutely love... because I love his energy and that's the kind of energy I want my staff to be feeling all the time.”
- BMO | Bank of Montreal
“Your presentation has set the benchmark for all of our future Staff Days.”
- Mann Frankfort Stein & Lipp
“I can assure you he [Michael Hoffman] was fantastic. Incredibly high energy, funny, relevant, quick to adapt to our changing agenda and needs and overall the perfect individual to kick off the first day of our sales meeting. Please thank Michael for another great job!!!”
- Thrivent Financial
"Great session! I found that the concepts Michael shared were closely aligned with components of our coaching strategies module. Great, practical ideas that will be relatively easy to implement!”
Lending Protection Manager, Credit Union
“Eyebrows up – making sure that I am aware of how I am saying things, and not just what I am saying. Asking employees to come with a solution, not just a problem. Great lessons taught by Michael Hoffman.”
- Numerica Credit Union
"A great reminder of the importance of positive feedback, and surrounding ourselves with great employees that are empowered.”
- Casebine Community Credit Union
"Working to create a culture in the workplace where the involvement and feedback from staff and management flows more freely, where we all feel appreciated AND are involved in moving us to become more competent and effective.”
- Credit Union of Texas
"The impact of using Paralanguage when coaching and giving feedback.”
- Chris Simchuk, Global CU
"Your actions will lead to a reaction. If you use the right tools (be sincere, listen and be involved), you can obtain the objectives.”
- Palmetto Trust Florida Credit Union
“I have worked with AFLAC now for almost 6 years, and actually, my mother has for 26 years. As a child growing up with AFLAC - going to every state meeting that she went to as well, you can imagine how many speakers I have heard. I just wanted you to know, I thought you were absolutely the BEST speaker we have ever had at a meeting! Your message was simple, true and just awesome! You are obviously doing what you do for a reason! Thank you again for your speech and for all that you do in your purpose driven life!”
- AFLAC Independent Agent
“I just wanted to send you a short note to tell you how much we enjoyed your 'speech' at the Kick-Off meeting this past weekend! It was great to have a chance to meet you & take away MANY great motivational ideas for making an IMPACT! Our Regional Meeting was yesterday and we went around the room to get feedback from our kick-off meeting and YOU were mentioned MANY times (paralanguage, eyebrows, family reunion, Master of the Tornado, etc...etc). Thank you again for your message and reminder of many things we probably already knew... but get caught up in life (tornado) and we don't act on them. Have a great year -- You have already made an IMPACT!”
- AFLAC Independent Agent
“We received nothing but great comments regarding your participation in the program including 'Off the Charts, Inspiring and Refreshing', 'Energizing', 'Fires me up', 'Great Speaker' and 'Provided some great motivational phrases to share'. It was great to see this group fired up and motivated.”
- Spring Exchange Chairman, Insurance Consumer Affairs Exchange
IT / TELECOMMUNICATIONS / TECHNOLOGY
“[TK] is an employee of mine who secured Michael Hoffman for two recent Qwest events. Let me start by saying WOW!! I can't say enough about Michael. To start with, his energy is amazing. He had to energize a group of sales people that had been sitting in meetings all day, which is not an easy task. He got the points across that we had asked him to emphasize with humor and insight. What was amazing to me was how much he picked up from our first meeting in Denver and added that knowledge to the Salt Lake City event. I have received so many comments from our sales team about how much they enjoyed Michael. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who is looking to energize and motivate a group a sales people.”
- Marketing Manager | Mid Markets, Qwest / CenturyLink
"Michael [Hoffman]was incredible, as always! We’re sending out a survey tomorrow to get feedback from the team. I've already received a significant amount of verbal feedback - First and foremost, they thought Michael was awesome. Nothing but extremely positive comments. The team was very impressed at the extent to which he incorporated the knowledge of our business into his presentation. His message couldn't have aligned better with our messaging for the entire day. My favorite comment so far came from a couple very experienced managers. They said that in speaking with their teams, each of their (entire) teams said it was the first sales “kick-off” event they’d seen in 15 years that was overwhelmingly worth the time out of the field. It doesn't get much better than that."
- Vice President, Business Services, Comcast
“Presenters like you, with real world experience and enthusiasm, add a level of credibility which our employees truly appreciate. We are experiencing - first hand - positive exchange of ideas on how to leverage customer satisfaction amongst our 500+ people.”
- Center Director, IBM Dallas Customer Service Center
“Exactly what we had hoped for – high energy, interactive and most of all, informative! Kudos are still pouring in from the attendees. Your commitment to learn about our industry, customers, and objectives had a huge impact on the success of the event.”
- The Event Management Team, Electronic Data Systems
“Kudos here to Michael - What an education. Very knowledgeable on the subject and a presentation that knocked our socks off. Can’t wait to hear it again.”
- Market Area President, ALLTEL IBM
"...absolutely the best, most caring, coaching, and energetic instructor I've ever had... Every salesperson in the company needs to hear this presentation."
- Allied Wireless Communications Corporation
"I continue to hear nothing but positive comments about your presentation. As you heard me mention, I was somewhat skeptical of inviting the same speaker back for two years in a row. However, after listening to you, I now understand the impact you had on the organization on your previous visit and I want to thank you for returning."
- Center Director, Atlanta Customer Service Center, IBM
ENERGY / UTILITY / CHEMICAL
“Yesterday at the end of the day, you gave me a compliment for some of my ideas and my participation and I replied with some dribble comment. But, when I got home and thought about the suggestions and lessons learned from you throughout the day, and the practical nature of the counsel given, I had to let you know that it was very good. I know I will start to use things to expand myself at both work and at home. Thank you very much. If I had a dream I would do what you do for a living.”
- Regional Director of Sales, Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc.
"Michael [Hoffman] spoke at the The Chemical Customer Service Management Group (CCSMG) and was extremely well received! This was the first time we ever had the same speaker open and close, and it was, without question a home run! Having him at the events and emceeing raffles, etc., was just icing on the cake."
- Senior Manager, Customer Service, General Chemical Performance Products
"This guy is amazing. Thank you Michael Hoffman. Ensemble loves Michael! Can we keep him for Ensemble's [Conference] every year? I can not think of a better person to pump us all up, or a better man that is so personalize and so welcoming"
- Ensemble Travel Group, 2015
"Michael was the “hit” of our conference. His energy filled that 35,000 square foot ballroom! Everyone was talking about his presentation in the halls. Our two internal trainers were his biggest fans. He had an agent in his S.O.U.L training that had given up on selling and she said she was going to give it a try again based on Michael’s principles. She was re-energized to try again! There is no doubt that Michael is a brilliant keynote speaker and trainer and there aren't many that can take on both of those roles. He did it brilliantly."
- Conference Manager, Ensemble Travel Group, 2014
"He [Michael Hoffman] cured my hangover!"
- Board Member, Travel Ensemble Group, 2014
“He is the most engaging, riveting speaker I have ever had the privilege of seeing. Thank you for the experience.”
- Training and Events Coordinator, Eye Recommend – Optometrists of Canada Conference
“Attitudes that Ignite' had a wonderful impact on the firm. People have been abuzz about your program. Partners, as well as Consultants, have sought me out to tell me how much they enjoyed your presentation.”
- Senior Human Resources Manager, Ernst & Young LLP
“Mike is one of the best presenters/coaches/teachers I’ve seen. He is passionate, has integrity and is the kind of leader people want to follow. He could bring about positive change on a more global scale if he wanted.”
- Development Dimensions International
“This is the red-headed chick that nearly choked to death in your presentation today. I wanted to let you know how much your session with us in the morning meant to me. I've really been struggling with my job here this past couple of weeks. As it was brought up at our meeting, the negativity (of two people in particular) has really gotten to me. They have stated (to other people) they are trying to get me fired. Why, I have no earthly idea. I was so upset last Friday, I was going to turn in my resignation this week and spend time looking for another job. However, you reminded me of some things today... the most important of which is I can only control myself. I can't control them or what they think of/about me. I need to remember to pick my battles, and, most of all: it's not the problem that's the problem; it's how I handle the problem that's the problem. I'm taking a class in conflict management, in another area of my life, and much of what you said dovetailed with what we've been talking about in that setting, too, so it was a VERY exciting and reinforcing morning for me. (In fact, I kinda felt like the Universe was hitting me over the head with some of the concepts!) PLUS your sense of humor was extremely entertaining - ranking right up there with Steve Martin!”
- Customer Service Coordinator, Rockwell Collins, Inc
EMPLOYMENT / HR
"Michael Hoffman is a rarity in the world of public speaking. This year we hired Michael to present during our PrideStaff Annual Conference (PAC). What Michael delivered, we could have been more impressed with. Michael has deep knowledge, natural humor and a charismatic personality and teaching style that our crowd at PrideStaff can attest to. Rather than simply relaying the information, Michael's magnetic, high-energy personality piqued interest and cultivated curiosity. Michael spent time with several of our offices prior to speaking at PAC to gain a better understand of our organization, who we are and what we do. He is extremely invested and passionate about igniting the performance in others and his strategies have proven instrumental in training our team to "master any hurricane". I recommend Michael Hoffman to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, entertaining, not to mention, hilarious presenter."
- COO, PrideStaff
MEDIA / MARKETING
“Michael, I am still amazed at your presentation at the Replacement Contractor Executive Conference. You were so good the first time I saw you five years ago, and now you're at a whole other level. I laughed so hard I was crying. Thanks for pulling the conference together so brilliantly, because brilliantly (not in the British sense!) is the way to describe how you do things.”
- Replacement Magazine
“Your creative facilitation style makes your programs the ones that will be remembered long after you leave the training room.”
- Miami Herald
“I could go on and on about my impression, but I think others who attended better summed it up. 'We need to do more with him'. 'He was entertaining and very practical'. 'The material he covered was perfect for us.' 'When are you bringing him back'? Thank you for delivering beyond our expectations.”
- Retail Sales Manager, Northwest Herald
“The two sessions you did for us on 'Igniting Performance' were an absolute hit. The managers and sales reps are still talking about it. Your gift using humor to convery your message as well as convey the new skill that your are teaching us unparalleled. The managers are already incorporating what they have learned into the way they communicate with their teams.”
- Advertising/Circulation Training & Development Manager, San Jose Mercury News
“Your creative facilitation style makes your programs the ones that will be remembered long after you leave the training room. Your sessions gave people measurable steps to take to help them be successful.”
- Advertising Training Manager, The Miami Herald
“Your class was inspirational as well as informational. Class participants benefited by your individual coaching and felt that you really listened to them and their issues and were able to offer helpful suggestions.”
- Vice-President, Advertising and Marketing, The State [South Carolina’s news source]
"Michael Hoffman is incredible! I enjoyed his energy, excitement, and love of the process. Very inspirational –THE BEST!"
- Learning Director, Knight Ridder, Inc [The McClatchy Company}
EVENT / MEETING PLANNING
"Michael Hoffman is a dynamic trainer and speaker. He works well with his audiences and has them very involved in his presentations. If you want to hit a home run with your event or training, Michael is the person you want to hire. His professionalism makes him a match for any group, large or small and he will have his audience participating and enjoying themselves and probably rolling in the isles. Laughter is the best medicine, and even though Michael speaks on real topics, what better way to learn than through laughter. I would highly recommend Michael for any of your events and needs."
- Owner, Underwood Speakers Bureau
"Rich [Gibbons]: Once again, I'm indebted to you. Michael Hoffman was a home-run for ASBA!! Nice message and one of the funniest guys I've ever heard."
- American Sports Builders Association (Booked through Speak Inc)
"Hi Michael, It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to listen to your speech and attend each of your classes at the ASBA conference last Sunday. I could not have been more motivated after leaving your second class Sunday and each member of my office received more text messages on a Sunday than they probably ever have. We enjoyed the presentation so much that we were hoping to give our team an idea of how they could find their “lifesavers” or become the master of their own tornado as a team. Again, I cannot speak more highly of your performance as a keynote speaker and teacher this weekend at the conference. I hope I get the opportunity to listen to your presentation again in the future and wish you the best of holiday seasons. Have a wonderful week!"
- VP of Accounting, American Athletic Track & Turf, ASBA 2017 Conference
“This was the best way to end our national conference! Thank you so much.”
- National President, International Customer Service Association
“Evaluations indicate that you are far and away the best speaker we have ever had!”
- Foundation/Member Services Manager, Illinois Press Association
“We have held many seminars over the past years and I can honestly say that you are one of the best presenters we have ever had. Prior to the seminar date you asked me what I was looking for in this session. I replied that I would like to have a balance of humor, motivation and 'hard information' that our attendees could carry with them to make them more successful in their day-to-day businesses. That is exactly what you gave us.”
- Vice President of Member Services, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce
group. He was a little bit of a departure from our usual keynoters and it was definitely the right move this year. With no good news for counties in Pennsylvania, they needed to feel good about themselves. He really gave our folks a fun, uplifting message that they talked about for the rest of the conference. He is also just a nice guy. We really enjoyed him.”
- CCAP Meeting Planner/AAP Deputy Director, County Commissioners, Association of Pennsylvania
"Michael was on fire last Thursday! He had them laughing, engaging, hugging (even the guy in overalls) and left them with a motivating message. It was a huge success."
- Human Resources Programs Manager, Oklahoma Department of Transportation
“I want to thank Mr. Hoffman for your assistance during our 2nd annual Director’s Honorary Awards Program. I received several compliments from the audience on his presentation. He was inspiring and funny. He kept the audience entertained as well as provide them with the motivation to do their job more effectively. We hope to use his services again in the future.”
- Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service
"Michael did a marvelous job here at Region 8. He was fabulous. The participants REALLY enjoyed his keynote presentation, I heard LOTS of positive comments and have had several calls since then to ask for his contact information so I gave it to them. =) I overheard one lady say “ Sounds like he has been working in our kitchen for many years”! Thanks for all you did to make it a success. We really appreciate you guys and will remember it for years to come."
- Child Nutrition Specialist, Region 8 Education Service Center
“Oh Michael...you are thanking ME? Wow! You were terrific! Not over the top... so well prepared, and just captured the audience. These people (Lindon said) were so excited! When they got to "Break Open" (dismissal from the Mass) they were so amazed at what that prayer could REALLY mean to them - how powerful it truly is. They were raving about your presentation! You are always welcome at RCIA... ANYTIME! You want to speak on any topic?! We would be so excited to have you with us! You engaged all the folks and they loved it. THANK YOU, Michael, THANK YOU!! I told them you would "Rock their world" and YOU DIDI!! Yeah! Wonderful!! :) We love RCIA and teaching our faith and we certainly can see that you carrying that same feeling (and more...you have all that JOY!!)! Perfect!”
- St. Catherine of Siena / Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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