Michael’s Keynote Topics

Do More Great Work

People are busy. They’re overcommitted, overconnected and overwhelmed. They’re working hard, sure  … but are they having the impact that they (and you) want them to have?

What if people were able to work less hard, but have more impact? What if they were able to do more of the work that matters? What if they were able to do more Great Work?

This useful, provocative and highly interactive session is based on Michael’s best selling powerful strategic productivity tool and Amazon.com best-seller, Do More Great Work. 

The session is based on a simple but powerful model: Good Work vs Great Work. During the talk, participants work with that model and create new insights and strategies about how they spend their time, what really matters and how they can bring more focus, courage and resilience into the work they do.

Participants will leave not only with new insights and new energy but also with a plan to do something different right away.

This keynote is particularly effective as the opening keynote of a conference, as it provides a framework for participants to extract greater value from the rest of the conference.

The 5 Counterintuitive Truths Around Coaching

In most organizations there’s a lot of busy-ness going on. People are working hard, people are getting things done.

The only problem is that often enough they’re not working on the right things in the right way. Somehow being busy became more important than being focused.

This is not your typical keynote; it’s a challenging, sometimes provocative and highly interactive session where participants will actually seek to answer five essential questions. Working with the goal of creating more Great Work – work that has more impact, work that has more meaning – participants will have a chance to stop and think, find new focus on what really matters, and gain new insight as to the best way forward.

Participants leave not only with new insight and new direction about their own work, but also with a simple and powerful tool they can use to manage and influence others in their organization.

Both of these keynote can range between 60 minutes to half a day.



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You really seemed to get who we were. I loved the whole interactive part of it, the level of energy you were able to create but still pull us back in. We kept hearing comments that we hit it out of the park with the opening keynote.There were people talking about Bad Work, Good Work and Great Work in the remainder of the conference. It shaped conversations and became the thread that tied everything together.Rebecca Harris, CSAE

I’ve been developing business conferences for The Conference Board of Canada for over 10 years now during which time I’ve likely seen and heard close to two thousand speakers. I have no hesitation in saying you are one of the best I’ve ever seen. Your average rating of 4.9 out of 5 across both events confirms this judgement.John Brewer, Conference Board of Canada

If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I’m doing, I’d pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren’t willing to admit we know yet.”
David Allen, Author of Getting Things Done

Michael shows us how careers can be transformed from mindless mediocrity to work wanderlust where everyday is a joyous adventure of discovering meaning in what you do. He rewrites the old mantra of “hard work is fun” to “great work is fun”!”
Joyce Russell, President and COO, Adecco General Staffing USA