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Success Against All Odds


Michael Crossland has been a fighter since birth, defying the odds of surviving not only a rare form of life-threatening cancer, but being the sole survivor of a horrific cancer drug trial. His battle continues to this very day, having spent nearly ¼ of his life in hospital. Michael is a true fighter, and despite only being told what he could not do, he continually shows the world absolutely everything he can accomplish.

A businessman and elite sportsman, Michael is at the forefront of today’s new generation of inspirational speakers and is one the most in demand and highly respected speakers in Australia. After releasing his first ‘tell all’ autobiography in 2016, he is now a number 1 bestselling author across 6 different countries.

Raw, real and truly life changing, Michael’s story will undoubtedly bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart, as he teaches the keys to success, the importance of embracing change and the mindset needed to achieve your goals. Once you hear him speak, you will have a renewed perspective on life (and you’ll discover that you have little to complain about ever again).

Despite spending nearly a quarter of his life in hospital, he has forged a highly successful career in the corporate world, represented Australia in his chosen sport and featured regularly across all forms of media. He also runs a school and orphanage in Haiti and has been presented with the Australia Day Ambassador role for 7 consecutive years.

In the last five years, Mike has presented to over 600,000 people from all walks of life around the world. He has spoken to corporates from all backgrounds, Juvenile Detention Centres in Texas, September 11 victims, elite athletes across the globe and, through his numerous charities, including the Make a Wish Foundation, has given hope and strength to many people facing life threatening illnesses.

The award-winning documentary on his life, by ABC’s Australian Story, has been viewed by over 4 million people, and in 2016 he released his first tell-all autobiography, which is now a best seller across 6 different countries. In June 2017 he featured on MTVs funny show ridiculousness in the USA with over 3 million viewers and was one of the queens baton bearers for the 2018 commonwealth games! If that’s not enough a recent video of him speaking in LA has been viewed by more than 51 million people.

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Power of Perspective

Duration: 75 minutes

Michael will share his remarkably inspiring story of overcoming extreme adversity to achieve incredible outcomes in his personal and professional life.

His story will undoubtedly bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart, but above all will teach you the importance of embracing change, how to master the gift of giving, the importance of perspective, resilience and courage, defining success and the mindset needed to achieve your dreams.

A presentation not to be missed.

Workshop: Leadership, Accountability and Mindfulness

Duration: 90 minutes

Michael will share many tools and techniques to silence the mind, take back control of our thoughts, set positive and structured daily routines along with helping to delve deep into the way our body and brain connect with our language. This session will also have a section to assist in how we react Vs respond to staff, customers, patients & team members with tips and practical tools to implement daily to maintain control, build a powerful and inclusive culture as well as accountability around learnings to ensure follow through sticks. If you wish, we can also include a component of high energy, fun and laughter with team building activities that assist with embracing change, winning as a team, the importance of communication as well as accountability to implement learnings along with a short mindfulness reset session.

This session is focused around wellbeing, mindset, mental health and sharing practical tools to implement on a daily basis to assist with burnout, anger, anxiety, frustration and resilience.

Key takeaways will be:
- The importance and structure around a powerful morning and evening routine
- The 3 steps to help with emotional burnout/frustration/anxiety and to help top the tank back up regularly
- The importance of language and the impact this can have on our state of mind and wellbeing from a subconscious point of view
- How to bring yourself back to being present with some simple activities allowing “your head to be where your body is at”
- The 3 Ps for peace of mind (patience, persistence and perspective)
- proactive steps on how to assist in identifying what your body is lacking from a chemical point of view and how to rebalance.
Michael Crossland was truly one out of the box. His story was at times heart wrenching, but the overarching message of refusing to let adversity define you struck a chord with our audience that I don't believe we have hit before or will manage to again. Never have I seen 500 people leap to their feet so quickly in a unified standing ovation. As a professional speaker, Michael's attention to detail, ability to speak to brief and skill with an audience's focus was second to none. From a booking point of view, he was friendly, approachable and entirely focused on what we were trying to achieve at our event. I cannot recommend him enough. Franchise Council Australia

Words escape me to truly express my thanks for the amazing journey Michael took us all on as the keynote speaker at the HR Teams event in Sydney and the roller coast ride of emotions he evoked in us all. I feel incredibly humbled and honoured to have met Michael and want him to know how much he touched everyone in the room today (myself included) with his warmth, passion, incredible spirit and courage in the face of such adversity. The room was charged full of raw energy and emotion when Michael finished and many members commented to me afterwards how incredibly inspirational he was and how powerful his messages, learnings and insights were. My congratulations. I feel very privileged to have met Michael and wish him well on his continued inspirational journey.

International HR Director Forum, CEO Forum Group

Thank you for joining us in Melbourne to share your incredible story with the team at Buxton. Your achievements in the face of adversity in both business and sport are truly remarkable. Hearing about your tenacity and persistence in the face of so many hurdles was inspirational and highly motivating for those of us who work in a competitive sales environment and have our wins and disappointments, albeit no comparison with yours. Perhaps your experience in sales and sales management helped but we felt you connected particularly well with our people from the outset and the feedback since has been nothing short of exceptional. We are all better for the experience.

Buxton Real Estate Group Pty Ltd

On behalf of the 7-Eleven Operations Team, I wanted to sincerely thank you for joining our group on Tuesday afternoon, and getting into the spirit of our themed event that evening. Your passion, determination and enthusiasm for everything you do is infectious, and your message to our team was inspiring, thought provoking, and motivating. I'm sure many in our team took something from it about how to live life in a meaningful way, the power of positive thinking, and the importance of lending a hand to those less fortunate than ourselves. I've no doubt the short time you spent with the team will have a long lasting impact.

7-Eleven Stores Pty. Ltd

Michael, your presentation was excellent and if I could find a better adjective I would use it. It was our privilege to have you be our opening keynote speaker at our final conference. Our members attend 2-3 conferences every year, and as an Association of 20 years we have had more than our share of speakers over this time. To get feedback from those attending saying that you were the best speaker that we have ever had, or many have heard, is high praise from this group. We have an age demographic of 30-65 with the majority of them being male at the higher end of this range and to have them still talking about your keynote at dinner that night was fantastic and a tribute to the man you are.

Australian Fire Mangers Association Inc.

One of the single most inspirational speakers we’ve ever had the pleasure of bringing into our organization. Michael’s story is truly inspiring and humbling. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him and hear his story of overcoming adversity, and living a life of service to others. The standing ovation from our audience lasted so long, we barely had time for Q&A. At the end of Michael’s session, over 300 attendees lined up to personally thank Michael for inspiring them. Michael greeted each of them with a hug. Truly outstanding!

Mariner Wealth Advisors
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