A 9/11 survivor who has transformed his life, Mike Jaffe serves as The Human WakeUp Call™ by using his own brush with tragedy as a message of self-discovery and empowerment.
Mike Jaffe was working at a Fortune 500 company, adding a four-hour daily commute from Connecticut to New York City to long days in the office. Leaving the house early in the morning and returning late at night meant that he barely ever saw his one-year-old daughter awake, apart from weekends. He felt like his professional commitments controlled his life, leaving him deflated and lacking fulfillment. One fateful Monday afternoon, he realized that he had to make a change… however small it may be. He decided to spend an extra twenty minutes at home the next morning, having breakfast with his family and enjoying his wife and daughter’s company. That Tuesday morning, he was late to catch his normal train to his office in the World Trade Center. That Tuesday morning was the morning of September 11, 2001, and by vowing to make one small change towards a more fulfilled life, Mike avoided the terrible fate that ended many of his colleagues’ lives.
As a result of that wakeup call, Jaffe radically changed directions in his career, leaving a secure corporate job in Manhattan to reinvent himself as an entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Mike Jaffe Company, whose programs helps individuals and organizations WakeUp their potential and take inspired and courageous action to create new possibilities for growth and success, without losing another precious day.
As a Speaker, Mike touches the hearts and minds of a wide variety of audiences, rallying participants into empowered action with life-changing results. He utilizes the power of humor, insightful stories and practical tools to spur each of us to redefine the possibilities in both our personal and professional lives.
Mike has appeared as a featured expert on CNN, Fox News, New England Cable News and has been published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, MSN, CNBC, US News & World Report, Crain’s NY Business, Entrepreneur Magazine Radio and other national and regional media outlets. Mike’s new book has been featured in numerous media including the WNBC-NY Great Gifts segment.
Mike’s speaking, coaching and consulting programs have impacted business results for major global players such as Yahoo!, Disney Interactive, GE Capital, Glaxo Smith-Kline, Pernod Ricard, NCR, Acxiom, Discovery Networks and other companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to small businesses.
An energetic and passionate professional, Mike holds numerous coaching credentials including Board Certified Coach (BCC), Certified Coach (CC), and Certified Life Purpose Coach (CLPC). Mike received his MBA in Management and Marketing from New York University and his BBA in Management and Finance from SUNY Albany.
Mike is ready to provide you or your organization with a powerful, life-changing, success-oriented wakeup call of your own.
- Wake Up and Live Powerfully: Turn Your Intentions Into Action
Designed to challenge unspoken assumptions and limitations, Mike’s keynote provides participants with a roadmap for making real, lasting change in their lives and businesses. In 45-75 minutes, Mike shares his experience as a 9/11 survivor, the amazing realizations that he had as a result of that day, and how it lead him to a happier life.
He highlights the distinctions of having a vision, knowing your “Why”, taking consistent action, and the importance of falling down! He demonstrates how nothing extraordinary has ever happened by staying comfortable.
He skillfully asks the audience to consider, “What would happen if we traded Comfort for Courage? Obstacles for Opportunity? Circumstances for Possibility?”
Using the power of humor, insightful stories, and practical tools, Mike touches the hearts and minds of a wide variety of audiences, rallying participants into empowered action with life-changing results. Audience members experience an astonishing shift in perspective accompanied by a sense of urgency that will sustain their ongoing actions. The results are powerful, as each person discovers a very powerful truth: anyone can create a new future starting today.
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