Actor, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, hospitality industry executive…Mike Lyons has led a very interesting and diverse life. Mike has more than four decades of experience, primarily in the hospitality industry, with his areas of expertise including management, marketing communications, new business development, and strategic planning. While keeping his day job in the hospitality industry, he joined SAG and began to book commercials, TV roles, and other jobs on a regular basis. His most recent acting includes portraying the Speaker of the “House on House of Cards”, a father on “What Would You Do”, and a bartender on “Gotham”. Mike has the ability to capture the audience’s attention and keep them fully engaged with his humor, creativity, and contemplative messaging throughout his programs. As a professional speaker, Mike has given talks to numerous groups over the past few years on a variety of subjects. He has served as a keynote speaker, panel member, moderator, session leader, and emcee. As a motivational speaker, he speaks on how to take one step at a time to achieve goals and pursue your passion. Mike will customize his talks (and create new ones) based on the client’s needs and will work closely with the event organizer to ensure the session’s objectives are met.
The Brand of YOU!
Each of us is unique and, like it or not, represent a brand – the “Brand of YOU.” How you present yourself,
how you behave and how you are perceived by your professional peers determines your personal brand
and the level of success in your career (and life). After all, if you don’t brand yourself, other people will.
And, chances are they won’t brand you in the way you want to be branded.
If you are not conscious of your personal brand and don’t work on it, you may fall short of your career
aspirations. This session reviews the disciplines of business branding and applies them to the process of
creating, developing, managing and protecting your own personal brand.
- Learn to identify your points of differentiation and how to capitalize on them.
- Learn how to delineate the dos and don’ts of self-promotion.
- Learn how to link your personal story to your professional experience to create your own value proposition.
Set Yourself Free…Daydream It, Believe It, Achieve It
The past few years have been a true test for everyone as we transitioned from the “Great Recession” to a
semblance of normalcy. But in the wake of that difficult period, some people saw their jobs eliminated or
downsized, while others were given more responsibility with the same (or decreased) compensation.
With that experience as a backdrop, it’s a good time to step back, re-evaluate our careers and life path, and
consider a potential change in direction and attitude.
In this entertaining, interactive and informative session, Michael guides the audience through a discussion
asking them to reflect honestly on their life/career goals and assess where they stand as they contemplate
their future. Drawing from content contained in his book of the same name, participants will walk away
with tangible and manageable tips that will help them to stay focused on their life/career goals.
- Learn how to assess your progress towards meeting your life/career goals.
- Learn the tactics of how to stay on track daily.
- Learn how to overcome your internal censor’s negative messages which might hold you back.
Lights, Camera, Action
Everything and everyone is now on video, though most people don’t like (or are uncomfortable) speaking on
camera. In today’s business world, odds are you will be interviewed or be asked to create a video for your
web site or some other project. In this session, professional speaker and actor Michael Lyons will walk you through the steps that will ease the process and teach you the special techniques on how to get yourself
Participants will learn useful tips for themselve, or to help prepare colleagues who must do on-camera interviews or videos.
- Learn how to relax and be more comfortable in front of a camera.
- Learn how to avoid the “ums,” “ahs” and “you knows” when speaking on camera.
- Learn how to come across as more confident, articulate and knowledgeable.
Participants will also learn how to prepare their CEOs, session presenters, and others for on-camera appearances, press conferences, live sessions and Webinars.