Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Mike Robbins

February 14, 2014
Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins

Expertise:   Motivation, Teamwork, Success, Personal Development, Inspiration, Coaching

Speaking Style:  Inspiring. Authentic. Heartfelt.

Travels From:   San Francisco, California

Nancy Says:  “Mike is one of those rare individuals who exudes genuineness on every level. He’s a devoted family man, and equally devoted to the people he serves. I’m also honored that he’s a contributing writer to my book, ‘Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul’. He’s a gift to the speaking industry, and to anyone privileged to hear him speak.”

Infusing Life and Business with Authenticity and Appreciation 

Mike Robbins was drafted by the New York Yankees straight out of high school, but chose instead to play baseball at Stanford University. Afterwards, drafted by the Kansas City Royals, he pitched for three seasons before arm injuries ended his playing career. Everything happens for a reason, right? With Mike, it’s because he was destined to do even greater things: empowering people, teams and organizations to realize the essence of who they are, and appreciate life in ways we often forget.

As an expert in teamwork and emotional intelligence, Mike believes in focusing on the “good stuff” rather than on what isn’t working. He’s a champion for embracing one’s true self – a key element to success. Mike’s programs lift his audiences, inspiring them to live more fulfilled lives through the powers of appreciation and authenticity.

Learn more about Mike Robbins...

Mike Robbins is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, which have been translated into fourteen different languages. 

As an expert in teamwork, emotional intelligence, and the powers of appreciation and authenticity, Mike delivers keynote addresses and customized seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively and be more successful. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

His clients include some of the top organizations and institutions in the world, such as: Google, Wells Fargo, Adobe, Charles Schwab, Twitter, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, New York Life, Stanford University, Chevron, eBay, Kaiser, UC Berkeley, Genentech, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, the Washington Post, and many others. He is a regular contributor to and the Huffington Post.  Mike was also the host of his own radio show in 2009 and 2010, “Let’s Get Real,” on Energy Talk Radio.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. Mike was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com “bubble” burst in 2000 and Mike was laid off, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – empowering and inspiring people – and opened the door for Mike to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development, and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

Mike is a former board member for two non-profit organizations – Challenge Day (a powerful youth organization that focuses on peace, healing, and personal development for teens) and The Peace Alliance (an organization focused on creating a culture of peace here in America and around the world, as well as a grassroots political campaign to create a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace).

In addition to his three books, Mike is also a contributing author to: Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.

Mike lives in Novato, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Samantha and Rosie.


Presentation Topics

Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreication 


Inspire success, engagement and perspective by being appreciative…

Appreciation is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked, aspects of successfully motivating and empowering people and teams.  According to the latest research in the fields of positive psychology and strengths-based leadership, when individuals and teams put more attention on what is working, instead of focusing on problems and perceived weaknesses, they thrive.

Through this program, which is based on key principles of his book, Focus on the Good Stuff, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how appreciation impacts productivity, morale, and success.

This program:
  • Explains the important distinction between recognition and appreciation
  • Enhances teamwork and connection
  • Encourages a positive team culture that focus on the good stuff – not gossip, complaints, or negativity
  • Helps people effectively deal with adversity and stay positive in the midst of change and challenges
  • Provides tools and techniques for authentic empowerment

Be Yourself, Everyone is Already Taken: The Power of Authenticity

Create trust, confidence and team unity by being real…

Authenticity is fundamental to relationships, communication, and success – for individuals, teams,

and organizations.  Now more than ever, people, leaders, and groups must utilize the power of authenticity in order to build trust, resolve conflicts, and create cohesion.  Although it can be counter-intuitive, some fascinating research in the field of emotional intelligence is proving that being real, honest, and even vulnerable are key elements to individual and group success and engagement. 

Through this program, which is based on the core principles of his book, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how authenticity impacts relationships, trust, and productivity.

This program:
  • Improves communication, connection, and trust in a positive way
  • Enhances emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Challenges people, leaders, and teams to look at, deal with, and talk about the “elephants in the room”
  • Helps people effectively deal with conflicts and engage in difficult conversations successfully
  • Provides techniques for moving past fear and taking successful risks

Nothing Changes Until You Do 

Enhance confidence, resilience, and self perception…

Wherever you go in life, there you are.  The most important and often challenging relationship in our lives is with ourselves.  Dealing with ourselves in a healthy, compassionate, and empowering way is essential creating genuine success and fulfillment in life, work, and relationships of all kinds.  We can’t change others, we can only change ourselves.  And, the healthier our relationship is with ourselves, the more effective we can be with others, and in everything we do.  The one constant in the midst of all of the change, stress, and uncertainty we face in life is us. 

Through this program, which is based on the core principles of his new book, Nothing Changes Until You Do, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how to enhance your relationship with yourself in a healthy and productive way.

This program teaches people to:
  • Trust and believe in themselves
  • Enhance their emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Deal effectively with change and uncertainty
  • Take care of themselves and lower their stress level
  • Enhance self compassion, self acceptance, and self confidence

The Keys to Creating a Championship Team 

Enhance loyalty, attitude and success by doing what winning teams do…

A “championship team” is a group of people who can effectively handle adversity and conflict, trust one another, communicate clearly and authentically, and appreciate each other in a positive way. In this program, which is based on key principles from both of Mike Robbins’ books, as well as his background as a college and professional baseball player, he teaches people, leaders, and groups the fundamental aspects of creating successful teams that truly win.

This program:
  • Teaches people how to build more authentic relationships with the teammates
  • Unifies and inspires teams around their common goals and purpose
  • Shows how appreciation positively impacts both morale and productivity
  • Encourages people to be authentic in a way that builds trust
  • Teaches people communication techniques that empower others

Additional Programs 

Other Programs Available for a Breakout Session or Seminar:

Building Authentic Relationships

Being a True Champion

Communicating with Impact

Leading with Authenticity



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