"Michael is a TRULY INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER"
Graeme McEwan — Chief Communications Officer, Standard Life
Michael McGrath is a speaker with a difference. His meticulous research and preparation skills are met with an innate ability to interpret client briefs by 'listening' and 'questioning', enabling him to weave key messages into any presentation. Whether motivational, inspirational or educational, Michael’s greatest power is his emotional and intellectual force in connecting with audiences. Delivering powerful learnings that uplift both human and corporate consciousness, Michael provokes, stimulates and inspires change.
Addressing themes of leadership, resilience and change to influence and motivate staff, Michael has delivered over 14 keynote speaking engagements for different NHS organisations
Whilst Michael’s talks are individually crafted around different client objectives, insights through his own life experiences are often used to reinforce key business messages. Popular topics include...
Ever the optimist, Michael’s natural leadership style and the principles he strives for have in part been shaped by his hero, Sir Ernest Shackleton but also by his Jesuit education that today has profoundly influenced his understanding of:
- Values-based leadership
- Taking personal responsibility
- Helping others
A daily occurrence for Michael; in his view, it builds personal resilience and character. Every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, our confidence and our ability to face head-on, process and conquer future challenges
Learn how Michael’s single-mindedness, personal drive and obsessive focus on outcomes were critical success factors. From the role his support team played, the extensive research, sponsorship and contingency planning carried out to the sourcing of specialist advisers to help with his mental and physical training, Michael shares the tools that helped him address the multitude of risks that such expeditions attract.
At the heart of failure or success, in the face of adversity (difficult circumstances), is something called resilience, an attribute that Michael possesses in bucket loads. How is it that some people can develop their own personal ‘resilience’ strategies and as a result, respond better to for example the pressures that work increasingly throws at us?
Through compelling examples, Michael shares how through circumstance, change was forced upon him and how today, he extols the virtues and benefits in establishing ‘Change Champions’ to help support and drive organisational change programmes.
Whilst most productive teams share common goals, even a common vision, Michael’s perspectives on teamwork reinforce the view that whilst the ends may sometimes differ, the means by which one gets there are the same. A colourful account of teamwork with the occasional Noel Coward reference around ‘mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’ give a unique insight into how the impossible was made possible.
Find out what it’s taken for Michael to build a multi-award winning niche family charity with national reach.
- From Michael’s observations of ‘entrepreneurialism’, why is it that some charity leaders are increasingly fatigued by the term and unsure how to embrace it
- Learn why combining a passion for one’s cause with an eye for where a charity could get the best return is vital
- In Michael’s view, charities must play to their strengths in leveraging their assets whilst also recognising their weaknesses
In today’s world of immediacy driven in part by technology, nurturing that entrepreneurial spirit is something that Michael strongly advocates.
Cross-sector corporate speaking experience
Executive & Personal Assistants Association Banking/Finance Sector PA Conference,
ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND
"Michael’s speech was absolutely inspirational. Today’s conference was an audience of executive assistants , personal assistants and it couldn’t have been more relevant to people who strive constantly to achieve results. He’s a truly inspirational speaker and has a relevant message for pretty much anybody. I know many people were moved – myself included – during the presentation."
EA to CEO of Enclude
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE,
JUDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL
"The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Michael worked very well with me to move from broad topics to specifics relevant to the EMBA's (from Judge Business School, Oxford Said and the London Business School) spanning the public and private sector, from the NHS to JP Morgan. Michael asked specific insightful questions, allowing him to create an excellent flow and bespoke presentation."
Dr Rav Seeruthun
EXECUTIVE MBA CONTACT, JUDGE BUSINESS SCHOOL TRUSTEE, CAMBRIDGE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (CDI) COUNTRY MEDICAL LEAD (PRODUCT STRATEGY), ROCHE
“Michael is a truly inspirational speaker whose personal story and courage encourages all leaders to reflect on their own approach, think about the way they engage with those around them and focus on what’s possible in life.”
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
"Michael McGrath was the guest speaker at all four of our All Staff Conferences in summer 2014. The lessons and experiences he shared on leadership, change and overcoming adversity were truly inspirational and thought provoking. Not only did he receive standing ovations at the events, but we continue to receive excellent feedback, 3 months on, as staff have put into practice and learned from the principles he outlined. I would certainly recommend him."
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SHAW TRUST
By exploring the opportunities presented by diversity and inclusion and specifically disability, pupil’s horizons are broadened and moral, social and cultural beliefs are positively influenced. From Enlightenment Lectures, Awards, Assembly Talks or Prize Giving events, Michael is a powerful asset at delivering insight and inspiration for students.
UNIQUE LEARNING PERSPECTIVES BASED ON REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES THAT INSPIRE, REINVIGORATE AND MOTIVATE
EDUCATIONAL PLATFORMS THAT ENABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ACQUIRE UNDERSTANDING AND INSIGHTS TO HELP WITH THEIR OWN LIFE SKILLS
POWERFUL, FUN ENRICHMENT SESSIONS THAT DIRECTLY SUPPORT THE CASE FOR STATUTORY PSHE EDUCATION
Inspiring and engaging students and staff
Queen’s School, Bushey
"Michael came to speak to our sixth form (Year 12) about Muscular Dystrophy as part of their enrichment curriculum. Quite simply it was the most powerful presentation that any of them had ever seen. It also moved a number of the teachers almost to tears. Michael’s approach is hard hitting, but at the same time clear and informative, appealing to both the head and the heart.”
Princess Helena College, Preston
"Michael's ebullient take on life is certainly contagious and clearly inspired some of our students to pursue interest in his charity, and charity work in general, yet further. I was personally very impressed by his achievement of reaching his goals and then sharing his deeper understanding of life with young people; some of whom, through a limited time to experience life, may have a narrower view of their future prospects.”
Head of Sixth Form
FREMAN COLLEGE, HERTS
"In the summer term of last year, Michael outlined the work of The Muscle Help Foundation at an assembly to Sixth Form students. On the back of this, his charity was selected to be our nominated charity for the year. Inspired by two further talks to Yr12 & Yr13 pupils by Michael, students enthusiastically planned a number of #powerof657 fundraising strategies to help young people across the country with muscular dystrophy. Over £2000 was raised.”