Years of corporate experience have allowed Mike to develop a completely fresh approach to safety, team building, sales management and customer service training. With a style that engages listeners in a way that’s meaningful to them and their company culture, Mike rarely gives his audiences a moment between laughs.
A former member of the management teams of Cargill Inc. and Olympus Corporation, Mike has offered over 1,300 audiences the benefit of his real-world corporate experience. A seasoned author, his books include Riding the Waves without Getting Wet: A Journey to Leadership.
As one of the top keynote speakers in the United States, Mike has developed a comprehensive roster of speeches that address the key issues that affect companies most. From the growing need for Millennial soft skills training and interpersonal communications to the subtle nuances of conducting business in a global economy, Mike Hourigan continues to the lead the industry in dynamic presentations that direct executives and entire companies toward real, lasting change.
Audiences say his honest humor and exuberance for life find a way of impacting everyone and leaving them with a willingness to confront the important issues – and laugh at the less important ones.
- Negotiation Skills Training
The art of negotiation isn’t just for salespeople. Most people aren’t born knowing how to strike a mutually beneficial deal. If you want your employees to become rock stars at what they do, whether they are selling, buying or negotiating with other departments to break down silo walls, Negotiation skills are the key. Negotiation expert Mike Hourigan will show you how to approach any negotiation from a position of strength with the right knowledge and skills to deliver outstanding results. Some of his negotiation clients include Harley-Davidson, PwC, AON, PPG and even the IRS.
- Negotiation, Leadership, Change, and Communication Programs
• Let’s Not Split the Difference: How to Get What You Want Through Negotiation
• The Art and Science of Leadership
• How to Manage Change in Today’s Workplace
• Communication: It’s not Part of It – It’s All of It
• Active Listening for Optimum Results: A Listening Skills Training Program
- Communication Skills Programs
Communication: It’s Not Part of It – It’s All of It. How often have you said: “Why did that employee go ballistic?” Or “Why do I have to work with a jerk?” Whether you like it or not, you have to find a way to communicate with people. Mike Hourigan’s high energy, fast-paced session brings understanding to some of the most difficult communications problems like handling the back stabber, the gossip, or the difficult boss. Mike’s satirical and real world look at interpersonal communications weaves you through this mine field and provides easy to use solutions. In many cases, poor communication skills waste a lot of time. You will learn how to get off the phone quicker, how to get out of meetings faster, and how to get the “ploppers” out of your office in record time. Have you ever made someone mad but didn’t mean to? You will learn how to prevent this. You will even learn how to say “no” to people without hurting their feelings. If you hire people, work with people, or know any people, this is the program for you!
- Leadership Management Programs
Leadership Dexterity: The Art and Science of Leadership. Is Leadership an Art or is it a Science? Business school professors will say it is a science, seasoned leaders will argue it is an art. No matter which side of the argument you are on – most people will concede it is a little of both. Mike Hourigan’s program looks at some the issues in between: what gets people promoted and what employees want. Mike Hourigan discusses some of the gray areas of management such as how to motivate people without spending money, the difference between coaching and managing, and how to praise someone to get repeated behavior and not feel like a wimp. He will also address how to stop people from plopping at your desk, how to understand the 3d’s of employee perception, and how to get people to do the job because they want to do it. You will leave with management tools you can implement immediately.
- Change Management and Stress Programs
Riding the Waves Without Getting Wet: How to Manage Change in Today’s Workplace. Bad economy. Poor morale. Sweeping changes. How can you keep your head above water while the stormy seas of absurdity churn around you? This program shares strategies for managing change in organizations swirling in the turbulent waters of change. One thing is certain, people are looking to their leaders for direction and leaders are trying to find it before it changes again. Mike Hourigan, the workplace commentator, will show you what to do about change management and how to do it. Whether you are at the crest or in the trough, he will show you how to become change resilient and stay dry. This lively program makes leading change almost as fun as a day at the beach. You will learn how to avoid going under the waves of change and spend more time riding the productive and even fun waves. When you leave the program, you will be able to recognize, predict, and plan for change. You will also be able to teach your mangers how to motivate through change rather than dread it.
- Workplace Safety Programs
Keeping safe at work isn’t just about ensuring employees are operating machinery correctly and wearing the right gear. It’s about creating a culture of safety. Complying with workplace safety regulations and making sure that teams are communicating properly helps workers and management stay safe in situations that require hard hats. But in forming an organizational culture that puts safety first, what actions are leaders taking to reduce stress? How are managers evaluating how safe workplaces are, and what is being done to ensure that employees also feel safe? A noted safety keynote speaker, Mike Hourigan has created safety programs for Harley-Davidson, the US Army, General Electric, and other prestigious clients who have sought out his expertise in productivity management and creating safe environments. If you need to communicate new safety regulations to your employees, Mike doesn’t make it a boring recitation of rules: the audience will be engaged and learning new ways to make the workplace safer for everyone.
• Are You Communicating Safely?
• Hiring for Safety
• Hard Hats Can’t Protect Workers From Stress: How to Make Your Workplace Safer By Reducing It
- Multi-Generational Workforce
Intergenerational teams are a fact of life. Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation in American history. As the older end of the cohort is beginning to dominate the workforce, the younger end is just starting their career journey. With Boomers and Gen Xers still holding the fort in senior management positions, this has led to a lot of strained workplaces. Not having a proper strategy for handling generational differences can lead to miscommunication and even conflict. If you’re looking for an engaging and funny intergenerational keynote speaker, Mike Hourigan can deliver memorable and actionable lessons that will leave the audience clamoring for more. Mike has closely studied how different generations work, communicate, value their work, and interact with one another to see what keeps workplaces humming and what disrupts that harmony. Learning how to work with generational differences is an invaluable investment in your business. Mike can lead the way, getting Boomers, Xers, Gen Y, Gen Z, and beyond to become in sync.
• Successful Teamwork: How to Manage a Multi Generational Workforce
• Millennials, Management & Me: How to Develop a Millennial Management Mindset
• Sales and Marketing to the Four Generations: Predictive Buying Habits