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Trend Forecaster & Business Strategist


Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, change strategist and bestselling author of ten books.

With clients including Google, Toyota and Mastercard, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate uncertainty and stay ahead of the curve.

Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from The Guardian to Forbes and CNN. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Mel Robbins and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004 and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations. Having been formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Talking Points

Mindstuck - Mastering the Art of Changing Minds

We’re told you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. But what if you could?

Although changing people’s minds has never been easy, it’s never been harder than it is today. Research indicates that while we spend 40% of our professional lives trying to sway the decisions and thinking of others, our persuasive efforts are only successful between 3% - 5% of the time.

Drawing on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and behavioural psychology, this high-impact and intensely practical keynote presentation explores:
- Why many of the conventional INFLUENCE TECHNIQUES we have been taught are not only ineffective, but often COUNTERPRODUCTIVE in modern times.
- Why using LOGIC and EVIDENCE to persuade others often backfires, causing people to DOUBLE DOWN rather than open up.
- Why people are NOT actually AFRAID OF CHANGE, and the surprising truth about what really drives RESISTANCE in individuals and teams.
- How to help others embrace NEW IDEAS and PERSPECTIVES while affirming their DIGNITY, AGENCY, and AUTONOMY.

Audience members will leave this keynote presentation with a toolkit of actionable insights for mastering the art of persuasion without resorting to coercion.

Preparing Now for What's Next: How to thrive in an age of uncertainty

It’s been rightly said that the pace of change has never been this fast, but it will never again be this slow. We are living in a transformative era and smart leaders know that now is the time for audacity, adaptability, and agility.

Enormous opportunities lie ahead for those who can identify the trends of tomorrow and gear up for them today.


In this fast-paced & compelling keynote presentation, audiences will discover:
- The key trends that will shape the coming decade with a specific focus on the impacts of GENERATIVE AI, DATA ANALYTICS and SPATIAL COMPUTING.
- The role GEN Z will play in redefining industry norms and consumer expectations.
- The common CULTURE and MINDSET TRAPS that will set any organization on a collision course with obsolescence - and how to avoid them.
- PROVEN and PRACTICAL STRATEGIES for staying one step ahead of change and REMAINING RELEVANT.

Audience members will leave this presentation with a clear action plan for navigating uncertainty and emerging stronger than ever.

Preparing Now for What’s Next is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half day program.

Mastering the Art of Momentum: The secret to achieving effortless and enduring growth

We all love being on a roll, in the zone and firing on all cylinders - that flow-state sensation where everything just seems to work.

But what happens when the groove becomes a rut, inspiration evaporates or your mojo disappears? Enduring success and growth for any business today is dependent on building and maintaining unstoppable momentum.

In this practical & inspiring keynote presentation, audiences discover:
- The ART and SCIENCE of momentum - where momentum comes from and why it makes all the difference when you’ve got it working for you
- A PRACTICAL and POWERFUL FORMULA for building momentum individually or in a team
- How to get into a FLOW STATE of PEAK PRODUCTIVITY on a daily basis
- The role that FOCUS and CONSISTENCY play in ensuring a GROOVE doesn’t become a RUT over time

Audience members will leave this presentation with a clear action plan for achieving effortless growth and maintaining it over the long haul.

MASTERING THE ART OF MOMENTUM is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.

Teaching for Tomorrow: How to future-proof our schools, students and educational system

Over a century ago, the great educationalist John Dewey warned, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” This insight is more relevant now than ever before.

As we brace for a perfect storm of technological and social change, the need for educational transformation has never been greater.

In this research-rich & compelling keynote presentation, audiences discover:
- The 5 MEGATRENDS that will dominate the coming decades
- 4 ‘CAPABILITY GAPS’ in today’s students that may leave them ill-equipped for what lies ahead
- The 4 KEY PARADIGM SHIFTS educators will need to make to remain relevant in turbulent times
- 5 PROVEN STRATEGIES for making innovation and agility part of the DNA in education

Audience members will leave this presentation with a clear action plan for engaging today’s students while equipping them for tomorrow.

TEACHING FOR TOMORROW is an ideal stand-alone conferencekeynote or an extended half or full day program.
Michael McQueen offers information that is relevant to everyone and anyone. His presentation at our client luncheon attracted enormous interest and was engaging, insightful and humorous. Feedback from audience members was fantastic and he has certainly raised the bar for next year. Australian Super

Michael McQueen offers a fascinating and entertaining insight into the modern generation of young people. His fact-filled presentation would be of great benefit to all parents, teachers and policy makers.

The Australian International School

Michael's presentation is both engaging and inspiring. His strategies for engaging our Gen Y people really hit the mark.


Michael picked up on the theme of the conference and gave an engaging and thought provoking talk with great energy. Most of the speakers welded many of the messages from Michael's talk into their own presentations and many delegates replied it was a great conference with Michael's opening talk really making it an outstanding success.

Feedworks Pty Ltd

Michael’s presentations are entertaining & relevant for all businesses.


Michael’s presentation scored one of the highest delegate ratings we’ve ever seen.

The Eventual Group

Michael’s presentation gives an insight into the extent of change likely in education.

Greystanes High School

Michael’s message is one that needs to be shared with all school educators.

Mendooran Central School

We loved Michael's insights into the changes in society and how that would affect what's coming in the real estate industry.

LJ Hooker Property Centre

Michael gave us so many thought-provoking insights. The team are still talking about it. Nailed it!


Michael was a pleasure to work with for our conference. Not only did he have a lot of interesting trends and opportunities to discuss within the broader business community, but he took the time to include research and news from within our industry to make the presentation as relevant as possible. Michael was warm and engaging, and really brought our audience into the conversation so that it felt like a real collaborative effort. Without a doubt the best keynote speaker we’ve hosted within our annual event.

Pub Leaders Summit

Absolutely fantastic! Michael is an inspiring, knowledgeable, entrepreneurial and visionary professional who has been a fantastic support to me and Chobani in the past two years. We have worked together on a number of projects and I can confidently say that he has been instrumental in helping our business address the opportunities and challenges ahead of us. His warm and nurturing nature is a unique characteristic that makes him not only an outstanding professional in his area of expertise but also an absolute pleasure to work with - he is supportive and always keeps the business and the people at the forefront. He is restless in his curiosity and possesses a genuine desire to help businesses grow. I cannot wait to see what our collaboration brings in the future!


A massive thank you for your virtual presentation at our client event. The feedback has been unbelievably positive and it was by far the best webinar I have ever attended.

Konica Minolta

Thanks for an amazing session, Michael. Presenting and workshopping in a virtual environment is not easy but you did a great job of making it an engaging experience.

Coles Australia

Michael has a unique ability to engage and captivate an audience in his virtual presentations.


Michael was the perfect person to deliver the opening keynote at our conference. What a wonderful human being he is - so easy to work with, flexible and accommodating. The audience hung on his every word and the feedback post conference has been so positive.

Institute of Quarrying Australia

I would thoroughly recommend Michael as a Keynote Speaker. As our Opening Keynote he successfully set the scene for the conference, engaged the audience and inspired them to rethink. Michael is the consummate professional.

Institute of Quarrying Australia

Michael was so easy to work with and very responsive in the lead up to our conference. So far he's the most popular speaker in our post-conference survey and I heard great things from people loving his content. I didn't sit in on the session but someone from my team said, "super engaging, interactive, and the 3 points he spoke on were extremely relatable to those in the room". I would definitely look at re-booking him in a few years time for sure and would easily recommend him to anyone else looking at a future focused business speaker.

The Association of Consulting and Engineering New Zealand

Michael was extremely engaging and the team found him very insightful!

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