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Resilience expert, double amputee.

People who ‘Stand Tall’ don’t ask Why Me? They ask What’s next?

Adversity is a part of life, it’s not a question of if you will face challenges, only a question of when.

The real question is, how will you respond when significant challenges comes along?

Mike Rolls was faced with life-changing trauma at the age of 18 when he contracted the deadly Meningococcal disease. Mike suffered catastrophic injuries and faced an incredibly difficult journey ahead. A journey he slowly learned to embrace, grow from, and eventually use to help and inspire others to step up to life’s inevitable challenges.

Mike Rolls teaches people how to STAND TALL in the face of adversity. He brings a fresh voice to the field of resilience, arming people with a proven system of thinking and acting that allows them to quickly overcome even the most challenging of personal and professional obstacles.

Considered one of the most dynamic and relevant speakers in Australia, Mike gives organisations the strategies and confidence they need to face the challenges of business with a new sense of optimism and understanding.

Current work

With a background in the Health Industry, Mike is a qualified Counsellor and a highly-skilled communicator. He offers a range of solutions from one-on-one consulting to the full leadership and team development programs. Whether dealing with personal trauma or managing a difficult change process, Mike has a full range of tailored solutions available.

Previous Experience

Author: Mike’s book, Ditch the Dead Weight talks about how to let go of the stuff that is holding you back from fulfilling your potential. Practical, humorous and inspiring, Mike shares his incredible story and offers a refreshing alternative to dealing with the challenges life throws at us.

Talking Points

Amputate Dead Weight

Mike’s personal account of facing death and the drive needed to overcome impossible odds. Clients will learn how to access superior control with steadfast decision making techniques.


Mike’s own change methodology. Clients will learn the 5 key stages to evolution and growth and safest ways to navigate these stages.

Challenge Toxic Beliefs

Identifying troublesome belief patterns and where they originate. This session delivers key strategies to changing internal dialogue and overcoming blockages.

Enter a Different Zone

This session highlights the importance seeking out discomfort. Placing ourselves in a situation of unease or anxiety will improve our ability to handle and thrive in the event of a crisis.

Talkin Tough Sessions with Ben Pettingill

Mike Rolls and Ben Pettingill offer individual team talks, large conference presentations and interactive group workshops. All of which are tailored to meet the client's needs and made relevant to specific industries.

‘Talkin Tough’ sessions are designed to redefine what it means to be tough, smash mental health stigma and connect with audiences in a practical and relatable way.
In these sessions, Mike & Ben instill a more effective version of what it means to be tough as they share that tough is talking!

What your team will learn:
Our time, energy and focus can often be spent on circumstances out of our control which can have a negative impact on our mental health. Learn practical steps to increase self-awareness and conscious shift toward a more positive and productive ways of thinking and behaving.
How to instill trust, empathy and connection within your organisation to increase psychological safety and directly support the overall mental health and wellbeing of your people.
Breaking the tendency to tackle challenges alone by learning how to approach, start and support critical conversations about the tough stuff. Adopting this new version of toughness builds the confidence and capability within your people to speak up, seek help and support others.
Mike has an ability to captivate his audience with his unique story of guts, sheer determination and courage. It’s a testament to his strength of character. Founder of Limbs 4 Life Australia

Mike presented to our distribution team on the back of a full day. He really engaged the team and took them out of their everyday lives to hear about his incredible story, but more importantly, learn from it. Mike was extremely engaging and funny but really made us all reflect on what matters, how to handle change and take on new challenges. I would definitely recommend mike to any business, company or group to take people out of the day to day role and reflect on life and what you can achieve if you put your mind and body into it.

Vanguard Investments Australia

CPM recently asked Mike to present to our team of national client service professionals. Mike’s presentation really hit the mark with each and every member of the team learning to practice resilience, be curious and accept the challenges life sometimes serves up

CPM Australia

“The students and staff at MCC where completely engaged in Mike's presentation. His ability to bring humour about the experiences he has been through, but also teach the students (and staff) some valuable lessons. I would 100% recommend Mike to other schools/organisations.”

Mernda P12 Secondary College

Our students were engaged with Mike’s presentation and were constantly focused as he relayed his story. The honest and open anecdotes of his life experiences contained clear messages of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. Our students took away with them amazing life lessons from an amazing, courageous person.

Emmaus College, Melbourne

Mike captured our attention straight away with his empathy, humour and impactful delivery. His clear message shone through, and we loved having him speak at our staff day. We can't recommend Mike highly enough!

Royal Society for the Blind SA

Mike's professionalism coupled with a great sense of humour, made him a wonderful addition to our event. He perfectly tailored an engaging presentation to our young audience that was so well received. We will most certainly have him back in future.

Billanook College
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