Michael speaks all over New Zealand and will consider international requests. He has spoken to some of New Zealand's largest companies, see below.
Michael speaks on the following topics. These can be customised to suit workplaces, health professionals or community organisations, either at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level.
- Understanding and preventing suicide
- The importance of sleep
- Understanding and preventing mental illness
- Deescalation - working with angry and aggressive people
All his talks are evidence based, based on the latest scientific information in these fields.
He gives talks to a range of businesses and community organisations. Michael also offers all his in-person seminars as webinars or virtual learning.
If you would like him to speak to your group please contact us.
"Michael's presentation ‘Understanding Suicide and it's Causes’ was flawlessly delivered and with very engaging content. Given it is such a sensitive subject, it’s a credit to Michael that people came away feeling informed and inspired. I have received much feedback from attendees saying this was one of their favourite presentations of the day."
- Melanie Mayell, Death Matters Conference Convener
"Department of Corrections staff highly valued Michael's entertaining and thought-provoking session focusing on stress, sleep and overcoming a fear of failure. His content was fresh and tailored to our unique environment. The research provided new found knowledge and unexpected discoveries leaving staff feeling informed and invigorated."
- Elaine Colhoun, Principal Case Manager/Advisor Rehabilitation & Learning
"I must credit Michael for the way in which he manages to explain what is some very complex mental health/illnesses and situations in a way which leaves you feeling educated and enlightened with a clear and tangible understanding of what to expect and how best to approach it."
- Ange McNulty, Mercy Hospital
"Michael presented a 17 week series for NZISM on the many facets of mental health in the workplace. The materials presented were professional and extremely well researched. Michael presented research findings that were up to date and relevant to our members and the topic. Not only did he present excellent information, he supported this with real life examples from his work and the relationships in his life. Feedback from our members was that Michael was relatable, vulnerable and extraordinarily knowledgeable throughout the series. Several members have already shared stories about how they have applied the knowledge they have learnt in their roles. The particular topics that have been referenced include suicide prevention, finding help and understanding autism."
- Carlie Cossill, NZISM Webinar Coordinator
"It was so well received from everyone. Michael spoke in a way that captured everyone in the large audience. He spoke with passion and confidence. Although the topic was very serious and Michael never downplayed this, he presented in a way that allowed a few laughs and also lots of discussions. There were a lot of ‘ah ha’ moments from the audience as they understood what was being said and could relate to it. For a speaker to relate to so many people with different ideas and views, who normally learn in different ways, I believe is a talent and skill shown by Michael."
- Michelle Carter, Health Safety and Wellbeing Business Partner, Environment Southland
Below is a list of companies and organisations that Michael has spoken to: