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Dr. Mike Armour has been keynoting conferences, fund-raisers, and charity functions for more than 30 years. His energetic, dynamic style, punctuated with humor and thought-provoking perspectives, will captivate your audience from start to finish.
A veteran professional speaker, Mike has spoken from coast-to-coast and in a half-dozen foreign countries. He gladly accepts assignments to design speeches for specific audiences or occasions. He is particularly effective on subjects related to leadership, vision-casting, and building trust-centered organizations. He also excels at patriotic themes, drawing on his formal training in history and his 35-year naval career.
As a highly effective motivational speaker, Mike's presentations on self-improvement are always enthusiastically received. Several of his inspirational theme speeches are described below. (Click on the topic title for a description.) More extensive information is available at Mike's keynote speaker website.
For today's leader, managing change is a way of life. Forces of change are relentless, no matter what the size of your organization. Success, if not survival, depends on timely, effective change. Companies must be like Jack in the celebrated nursery rhyme — quick and nimble. Quick to deliver. Rapid in response. Nimble enough to take change in stride. This speech outlines the direct correlation between depth of trust and the speed at which leaders can effect change. You will also learn the keys to building a change-ready, high-trust culture within your team or organization.
In the wake of Enron, when leadership credibility has been seriously wounded, people long for leaders who inspire genuine trust. Never before has the trusted leader been more powerful. Drawing on the primary themes of Mike's forthcoming book Leadership and the Power of Trust, this speech introduces the proven principles of Trust-Centered Leadership® that foster trust in the leader, as well as trust in and within the organization.
When leaders achieve their most striking results, five critical qualities always prevail. And the five can be remembered with the simple acronym FIRST: Focus, Inspiration, Resilience, Sustained Drive, and Team Trust.
From childhood we inherit self-limiting beliefs about ourselves, beliefs in the form of rules that cap our potential. But where did those rules come from? Almost invariably from what other people said or did. How, then, do we rid our life of disabling beliefs and make new, healthy rules for ourselves?
When effectiveness crumbles, the problem usually lies in one of three areas. Either we've lost a singular focus on our PURPOSE. Or we're no longer relentless in our quest for EXCELLENCE. Or we've not maintained properly aligned PRIORITIES. Purpose-Excellence-Priorities: the PEP formula. Work the formula, find the problem, and you won't need a pep talk.
We often base our self-worth on how well we control things. So when things go wrong, our self-worth takes a battering. But someone else can sabotage almost everything we undertake. Ultimately there are only three things in life that we can control. Why not make them the basis of your self-worth?
Every person you meet today is asking you one of three vital questions. The answers to these three questions will shape their sense of self-worth. How are you answering these critical questions for the people who are most important for you?
We're usually pretty clear about what we don't want. We can picture it plainly. But when it comes to what we genuinely desire, our picture may be somewhat vague and fuzzy. Unfortunately, given the choice between a fuzzy picture and a clear one, the unconscious mind tends to steer toward the clearer image. Which is why we often end up with the very thing we set out to avoid!! So how do we make sure that we don't get what we don't want?
We often insist on telling ourselves lies. Lies about what we can't do. Lies about what we can't change. And once we accept the lies as truth, we clamp a lid on our potential. If we're going to insist on lying to ourselves, why not tell ourselves some "good" lies? Lies that strip all limits from how high we can rise, how far we can go? Now, there's a lie worth believing!!