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Mike Hourigan

Mike Hourigan

Keynote Speaker: Leadership Consultant, Author & Change Management Expert

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Mike Hourigan Biography

Mike Hourigan is a refreshingly unique keynote speaker and author who empowers the country’s top companies and professional associations to navigate constant change with real-world wisdom. A veteran leadership consultant and productivity expert, Hourigan is consistently sought after and hired by some of the most recognizable companies in the U.S., including McDonald’s, Harley-Davidson, Disney, GE, Marriott, ExxonMobil and Kaiser Permanente.

Hourigan’s management and consulting experience fuels his development of completely kinetic approaches to change management, negotiation for sales and non-sales teams, team building in a multigenerational workplace, and safety training. With a style that engages listeners in a way that’s meaningful to them and their company culture, Hourigan rarely gives his audiences a moment between laughs.

A former member of the management teams of Cargill Inc. and Olympus Corporation, Hourigan has offered over 1,300 audiences-and-counting the benefit of lessons learned during his corporate career. A seasoned author and co-author, his books include “Riding the Waves Without Getting Wet: A Journey to Leadership” and “Motivational Selling.”

As one of the top keynote speakers in the United States, Hourigan’s comprehensive business knowledge stands ready to address the key issues that affect companies most. From the growing need for soft skills training and interpersonal communications, to the subtle nuances of conducting business in a global economy, Mike Hourigan continues to lead the industry in customized, dynamic presentations that direct executives and entire companies toward real, lasting change.

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Mike Hourigan Speaking Topics

Ride the Waves Without Getting Wet: Getting Through Change Faster with Less Disaster

Success is a moving target, so change is inevitable. Organizations and their employees must adapt and change to survive and thrive. It is possible. Mike Hourigan brings his real-world expertise to the topic of Change Management to help you and your organization find ways to weather a changing workplace and even flourish!

After Mike’s presentation, you will be better able to recognize, predict and plan for change. Managers will have the tools they need to motivate teams, and stay motivated themselves, rather than dread new initiatives.

Here are only a few of the many takeaways you can expect:

  • Uncover the Five Truths about change

  • Gain insight into what people fear most about change

  • Learn how to keep your best people during change

  • Find out how to become “change resilient” personally and professionally

  • Reduce change-generated conflict between coworkers and teams

  • Discover where to find support during change – it might surprise you!

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!

Recruiting, Interviewing and Keeping Great People Today

Everyone has done it and most people don’t like to admit it: made a bad hiring decision. The consequences of a bad hiring decision can range from hysterical to legal. When it comes to recruiting and interviewing, most people are a little skittish. When it comes to employee retention, most people are a little baffled. Mike Hourigan’s colorful and astute perspectives will help you decide whom to hire, how and where to find them, how to screen them, and how to keep them once you’ve got them. Participants will understand the importance of asking the right interview questions and how to develop these questions; learn how to improve the quality of interview candidates through more innovative recruiting and learn motivational techniques to allow them to keep good employees.

Teamwork Is More Than Just Hats & T-Shirts: How to Inspire Commitment, Teamwork, and Cooperation

Simply giving out team hats and shirts does not make a team gel – but having the right management and communication skills do. All too often people think throwing a bunch of people together and calling them a team will get better results. Usually what happens is the dedicated, hard workers end up doing more work and the slackers get to do less. Mike Hourigan’s program will look at the real issues of developing a winning team. Issues addressed include: what to do with people who do not want to be team players; finding individual strengths and maximizing them for best results; understanding why it seems impossible to get along with certain people and how to communicate with them; how to deal with the “know it all, back stabbers”; and dealing with another time waster – meetings. You will learn problem-solving methods to optimize team effectiveness and get the tools you need to achieve superior results with your teams.

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.

Mike Hourigan Videos

Mike Hourigan Sales and Negotiation Speaker
Why Soft Skills Matter: Millennials & Employee Buy-In
How to Manage a Multi-Generational Workforce

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What topics does Mike Hourigan speak about?

Mike Hourigan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Sales, Change, Business Leadership, Negotiation, Business, Personal Growth, Communication, Leadership and Human Resources.

Where does Mike Hourigan travel from?

Mike Hourigan generally travels from Huntersville, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Mike Hourigan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Sales, Change and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Mike Hourigan for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Mike Hourigan generally travels from Huntersville, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jones Loflin, Jason Young and Haydn Shaw. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mike Hourigan for an upcoming event.

Mike Hourigan Speaking Topics

  • Ride the Waves Without Getting Wet: Getting Through Change Faster with Less Disaster

    Success is a moving target, so change is inevitable. Organizations and their employees must adapt and change to survive and thrive. It is possible. Mike Hourigan brings his real-world expertise to the topic of Change Management to help you and your organization find ways to weather a changing workplace and even flourish!

    After Mike’s presentation, you will be better able to recognize, predict and plan for change. Managers will have the tools they need to motivate teams, and stay motivated themselves, rather than dread new initiatives.

    Here are only a few of the many takeaways you can expect:

    • Uncover the Five Truths about change

    • Gain insight into what people fear most about change

    • Learn how to keep your best people during change

    • Find out how to become “change resilient” personally and professionally

    • Reduce change-generated conflict between coworkers and teams

    • Discover where to find support during change – it might surprise you!

  • 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!

  • Recruiting, Interviewing and Keeping Great People Today

    Everyone has done it and most people don’t like to admit it: made a bad hiring decision. The consequences of a bad hiring decision can range from hysterical to legal. When it comes to recruiting and interviewing, most people are a little skittish. When it comes to employee retention, most people are a little baffled. Mike Hourigan’s colorful and astute perspectives will help you decide whom to hire, how and where to find them, how to screen them, and how to keep them once you’ve got them. Participants will understand the importance of asking the right interview questions and how to develop these questions; learn how to improve the quality of interview candidates through more innovative recruiting and learn motivational techniques to allow them to keep good employees.

  • Teamwork Is More Than Just Hats & T-Shirts: How to Inspire Commitment, Teamwork, and Cooperation

    Simply giving out team hats and shirts does not make a team gel – but having the right management and communication skills do. All too often people think throwing a bunch of people together and calling them a team will get better results. Usually what happens is the dedicated, hard workers end up doing more work and the slackers get to do less. Mike Hourigan’s program will look at the real issues of developing a winning team. Issues addressed include: what to do with people who do not want to be team players; finding individual strengths and maximizing them for best results; understanding why it seems impossible to get along with certain people and how to communicate with them; how to deal with the “know it all, back stabbers”; and dealing with another time waster – meetings. You will learn problem-solving methods to optimize team effectiveness and get the tools you need to achieve superior results with your teams.

  • 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.

Mike Hourigan Videos

Mike Hourigan Sales and Negotiation Speaker
Why Soft Skills Matter: Millennials & Employee Buy-In
How to Manage a Multi-Generational Workforce
Mike Hourigan: Safety Leadership Speaker on Change and Stress Management

Mike Hourigan Reviews

  • Talend, Inc. - May 30 2023

  • Your keynote address started the conference on a positive note. We all appreciated the way you customized the program to benefit the 1,400 healthcare materials managers. Your sense of humor added a special touch. We have heard nothing but great comments on what an excellent job our keynote speaker did. We sure picked a winner!
    AHRMM - Oct 24 2022

  • I could not be happier as to how everything turned out. I really appreciate Mike for contacting some of our folks ahead of time to get a sense of our business in preparation to speak to our entire team. Speaking to 40 individuals from 35 different countries and having everyone engaged is no easy task. The reviews from everyone afterwards were that Mike was on his game and really touched on so much of what we do in our role as managers.
    Martin Bencher, USA LLC - Oct 24 2022

  • The Women in Agribusiness Summit attendees rated Mike Hourigan as one of the top speakers at our Fall conference. Mike's Negotiation Skills presentation contributed real-world business advice that the members could put into practice, and the audience enjoyed his down-to-earth, ego-free, humorous delivery. Working with Mike on the speaking engagement details was easy, and our post-event survey shows that the Women in Agribusiness want him to return in the future
    Agribusiness - Oct 24 2022

  • In just one morning, speaker Mike Hourigan packs as much punch as you’d get in a week-long seminar with other national speakers. Mike was engaging, disarming, instructive, stimulating, realistic, convincing, and humorous. The Chamber Business Summit was a big success because of Mike’s content and delivery.
    Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center - Oct 24 2022

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