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Australia’s Resilience Expert: High-Performance Leaders & Pressure Proof Teams

Resilience is a vehicle for high-performance which draws out the best in people when conditions are at their worst.

Michael Licenblat is a resilience expert who builds pressure-proof cultures and high-performance teams that bounce back fast from challenges, setbacks, and rejections. Michael's presentations
combine high energy with practical motivation to inspire people to ride the waves, adapt to change and achieve more in tough conditions and
competitive markets. Michael’s relatable style infuses personal stories, scientific research and real-life applications to create a keynote experience that motivates people, challenges their thinking and
inspires them to achieve their full potential.

Born into a family of entrepreneurial parents, Michael grew up working inside numerous family businesses and quickly learned that success often came to those who could ride the bumps, get up, and keep going. Over 25 years ago, Michael became one of the pioneers in building a successful natural therapy business through overcoming
market rejection, refusals, and knockback.

Drawing on his background in Psychology, Shiatsu therapy, and over 35 years of Martial Arts experience, Michael has helped countless
companies use the 'pressure proof' principles to bounce back from setbacks and challenges so they can out-achieve their competition.

Michael is an international speaker, leadership mentor, masterclass facilitator and the author of the book ‘Pressure Proof - how to thrive in a time of disruption, change, and pressure’. Michael's in-person and virtual presentations have been delivered across many industries and countries.

Talking Points

Becoming Pressure Proof - Thriving in times of disruption, change & challenge

In your current business climate, you will be under great stress to deliver more in less time with fewer resources. You will be confronted by continual changes, pressured by rising competition, and faced with higher expectations.

There will always be days of setbacks and failures; changes that you can’t control; workloads that never end, and problems that don’t seem to have solutions.

A major key to your success is being able to turn obstacles into opportunities and complaints into contributions. Being able to flow with change, adapt to pressure, and remain engaged and motivated is the currency of success.

This is greatly determined by how fast you can bounce back from the setbacks, challenges, and pressures that may otherwise slow you down, wear you out, or get in your way.
In this presentation, Michael will explain how to build your professional resilience so you can out-achieve your competition and thrive.

Participants will learn how to…
- Bounce back faster from setbacks and challenges
- Sustain your energy in a competitive environment - without burning yourself out
- Be adaptable and resourceful when dealing with change and multiple pressures
- Remain motivated under pressure with a resilient mental attitude

What Clients Say:
Michael is not only Australia’s leading thinker and author on resilience, he’s also a champion human being. His work makes a profound difference and he shows up with strength, humility, generosity and humour. Engage him if you get the chance.
- Thought Leaders Business School

High Perfomance Leaders - Build a pressure proof culture & resilient workforce

Team engagement and output capacity have been impacted by continual change, disruptive uncertainty and pressure overload.

Leaders are doing what they can to support their staff and, despite becoming exhausted and overloaded themselves, are still struggling to lift and sustain the team's output, engagement and retention.

The key to team engagement is for leaders to help their team turn strain and setbacks into energy and enthusiasm. The reality is, however, that leaders need to do more than manage processes and operations, and widen their understanding of human behaviour if they want to create a high performing team.

Leaders need to understand the psychology of engagement so they can draw out their team's motivation - without being their cheer squad.

Participants will learn how to…
- Integrate the foundations of building a pressure-proof culture
- Build lasting engagement, loyalty and trust within your team
- Draw out high-performance behaviours from their team
- Use the principles of intrinsic motivation to improve standards and workflow capacity

What Clients Say:
“WOW! He was engaging, entertaining and provided immense value to all of the delegates. I highly recommend Michael as a great speaker who was professional yet still down to earth. I'm struggling to think of an audience who wouldn't get value from hearing his message!”
DOTS Communication Facilitator

Maximise your Influence - Get buy in faster and resolve issue quickly without becoming drained

Creating high-performance teams, delivering excellent service and building client rapport is greatly determined by your ability to influence and communicate with emotionally charged people, without taking what they say personally or becoming worked up.

Strong communication skills form the foundation of team trust, honest feedback, true respect, client loyalty and lasting engagement.

Your ability to have clear and positive interactions with people lifts team cohesion, raises benchmarks and improves productivity.

Being able to confidently address and resolve issues reduces negative undercurrents, decreases turnover and lowers resistance.

In this presentation, Michael will explain how to build a cohesive and frictionless team without becoming drained.

Participants will learn how to…
- Be more influential with challenging, non-compliant or negative people
- Resolve issues quickly and effectively without becoming drained
- Stay cool and calm during an emotionally charged interaction
- Communicate well with different personalities by reading their ‘Pressure Patterns’

What Clients Say:
"We usually only have speakers from within the real estate industry speak at our events, however the choice to bring in Michael Licenblat, an external speaker, has proven to be an excellent choice. Michael quickly engaged our group and showed that he understood our industry”
The Jellis Craig Group

Generating Sales Resilience - Keep your drive alive in the face of setbacks, rejections and adversity

Every year companies spend tens of thousands of dollars on training their sales teams in areas like prospecting, questioning and closing more sales. While this type of training is clearly valuable, it fails to address a key factor impacting sales performance. That is, the ability of the salesperson to manage the rejections and pushbacks they face on a daily basis.

As a significant proportion of initial sales calls, follow-ups and meetings end in ‘No’, setbacks are a part of any sales process. Most salespeople, however, are never taught how to deal with the impact of hearing ‘no’, and as a result, their sales motivation and dollar productivity are diminished and the likelihood of future success is reduced.

Your ability to turn setbacks into springboards will determine if you are able to bounce back fast and move forward and achieve more or whether you sit in self-pity and stay stuck after a setback.
In this presentation, Michael provides practical techniques on how to bounce back from sales setbacks so that you can remain motivated and productive to hit sales targets faster.

Participants will learn how to…
- Recover quickly from rejections and challenges to achieve more
- Develop a resilient mindset to stay focused and dollar productive in tough markets
- Keep their ‘drive alive’ by not personalising rejections or pushbacks
- Use failure as a stepping stone to project you forward

What Clients Say:
Michael worked with our group prior to delivering his program to tailor the content to suit the varying needs of different departments within our business. Michael was able to draw from his personal experiences to teach our staff how to bounce back and remain pressure-proof in a practical and engaging way”
- Hodges Real Estate

Building Business Rainmakers - Turn reluctance into confidence and grow your client base in competitive markets

In times where competition is growing and clients are more discerning, businesses will have to work harder and smarter to secure their market share and business revenue. Whilst most industry professionals are technically orientated, having the confidence and motivation to initiate new business, follow up clients, mine your database for leads, and setting up client meetings can mean the difference between your success and failure.

Many people, however, avoid business development because they don't like it, it feels 'salesy' or because of the fear of rejection. This places a lot of strain on a handful of people in the business to find new clients, making business development a burden, reactive and inconsistent.

This is not a 'hype up' session, but a practical look at the principles that drive technically oriented people to get past their call apprehension and sales aversion to achieve their business development targets - even when they don't feel like it.

In this presentation, Michael Licenblat will demystify how to turn reluctance into confidence and make business development feel comfortable and frictionless.

Participants will learn how to…
- Overcome the reluctance and call aversion to initiate more leads and new contacts
- Focus your time and energy to reach your client revenue targets faster
- Get past the 4 motivational killers that slow down business development activity
- Become confident and comfortable to approach new (and existing) clients

What Clients Say:
“Following an exceptional keynote address on resilience at our national conference we rolled out Michaels Business Rainmakers workshop sessions across the country. If you aim to rejuvenate and refocus your sales force Michael has the tools that work!”
Managing Director, Liberty Financial

Accelerating Implementation - Using the psychology of stickability and motivation to get things done

There is so much time, resources and energy invested into making plans, creating strategies, formulating new initiatives and writing vision statements yet only a portion of all that hard work ever gets implemented.

Why is that?

People are mentally wired with an innate desire to achieve more and feel a sense of progress - so motivation should organically be a part of any project. The challenge is that overload, uncertainty, disorganisation and fear can turn all that enthusiasm into procrastination and inconsistency of activity.
By dissolving the barriers, resistances and obstacles to action, you will be able to tap into lasting motivation to stick with your goals until they are achieved. In this presentation, Michael will unpack the psychology of implementation and share how to get traction, make progress and stay on track to achieve your targets.

In this presentation, Michael Licenblat will demystify how to turn reluctance into confidence and make business development feel comfortable and frictionless.

Participants will learn how to…
- Turn your procrastination into progress and activity
- Get past your excuses and resistances and do the tough stuff
- Use the principle of momentum to take consistent action
- Stop over thinking yourself to death and being paralysed by analysis

What Clients Say:

“The way in which Michael presented enabled individuals from all different business units and organisational levels to relate the information back to their own roles, and translate it into personal goals and actions. It is tough to find a speaker who can engage participants and get them thinking beyond the workshop, but Michael was able to do this in such a way where each individual was able to take defined, key learnings from the day and apply them effectively.”
- South Haven Group Pty Ltd
Absolute pleasure to work with Michael Licenblat! I deal with a vast array of Speakers year in and year out and Michael truly is a stand out among speakers. Michael very quickly grasps objectives I am trying to achieve for my events and is very flexible in delivery and execution. A rare find for event organisers! CPA Australia

Michael provided a fantastic session. Michael’s enthusiasm and tone were perfect to close our conference program on a high note. I would heartily recommend Michael as a speaker, being a pleasure to work with and having great calm energy.

IBTM Events

Michael delivered a fantastic seminar for our clients, where he energised the audience with his simple to understand style and exceptional knowledge and skills. The audience were engaged right from the start, and left committed to improving themselves, overcoming reluctance and staying motivated.


Wow. What a presenter! Insightful, informative and engaging. Michael really connected with attendees by involving conference participants in the presentation through movement and asking for real life anecdotes. We highly recommend Michael as a presenter and would be delighted to see him on our speaker list again in the future.

Mackay Region Chamber of Commerce

Michael provided us with an outstanding and motivating presentation which our attendees consistently rated as one of the best presentations, and him as one of the best presenters, at the BCI Summit Australasia. Michael's ability to meet our needs at very short notice, and adapt to a change in presentation length shortly before the Summit made him a pleasure to work with.

Business Continuity Institute

We would like to express our thanks for your outstanding presentation. Not only was the delivery of the presentation inspiring, but it dealt with the topic of dealing with adversity on a very practical level that lends well to implementation in the workplace.

The Adecco Group

Michael delivered a high energy, motivating and engaging presentation to our business network. There were lots of “that’s me” , “I couldn’t agree more” and “I really needed to hear that!” moments.

Banyule City Council

I can't sing Michael’s praises high enough. The information shared was practical for both work and home and the presentations were engaging and thought provoking.

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