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Interview with Michael Veltri

Michael Veltri is an expert when it comes to helping businesses embrace change and overcome challenges. As an experienced business leader and a background in business consultancy, Michael knows his way around the business world. Read his interview and learn more about him, his biggest inspirations and his keynotes.

Who or what inspires you most?

My Aikido martial arts master, Professor Iwao Yamaguchi, is my main source of inspiration. In Japanese culture, you “get along by going along”. In other words, you are expected to conform to societal and business “norms” — the nail that stands up gets pounded down. Well, Professor Yamaguchi has lived a very unconventional, very non-traditional, and very successful life in Japan. He is the nail that stands up and refuses to be pounded down.

And I live my life the same way. By the time I was 40, I had become “successfully miserable” having launched and grown several successful businesses. And burned out along the way. I followed in Professor Yamaguchi’s footsteps by selling my businesses to peruse what I am truly passionate and excited about: Teaching other successful professionals how to make better decisions in their business and personal to escape their “success trap”.


What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

When speaking, I take the audience on a journey from “Why?” to “How?”. That is, when I come on stage, the audience is either consciously or unconsciously asking themselves, “Why Michael Veltri?  What is he going to tell me that I don’t already know?”. And at the end of my keynote during the “Action Step” I’ve viscerally answered that question and given the audience relevant and retainable tools to make better decisions in their business and personal life. In other words, I gain the personal satisfaction of having impacted thousands of lives by teaching audience members how to make better decisions, how to face — and not avoid — tough decisions in their lives, and how to achieve a level of success with balance, not burnout.


Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

My favorite experience is when audience members approach me after my keynote speech and tell me that I “get them”. That I understand the problems and challenges they face in daily life and that I have helped them face those daily challenges with renewed energy, vigor, and practical solutions steps. When audience members share with me that they have successfully applied my ideas and key learnings in their business or personal life. One instant in particular stands out: Three months after I delivered a keynote on how to get into relevant action on moving forward a tough decision audience members have been putting off making, I was contacted by a SVP of multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company. Turns out, he used my keynote takeaways to help him make important decisions he had been putting off making on moving his 89-year-old mother into assisted living.  


What is the one thing you should never do when your business is going through change or difficulties?

Do not try to go at it alone or alienate yourself. I don’t know ANY business that doesn’t go through change or difficulties on a weekly basis! Thus, it is very important — especially at the higher levels of management — to surround yourself with a very strong team. I call this “The Fab 5”.  Tony Robbins’ mentor, Jim Rohn, was fond of saying, “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” Who is your team of five that will help you make good decisions when your business is going through change? Are there some people that need to be replaced?  Get creative: Add a historical figure to your team such as Albert Einstein, Buddha, or JFK. Or add Bill Gates, Elon Musk, or Warren Buffet to your team. Ask yourself, “What would ‘so-and—so’ do in this case?  

The important thing is you have to have people on your team that you can be vulnerable and transparent with. Maybe this is a “Mastermind Group” where you can tell others that you don’t know what to do and come up with creative solutions as a team. And more importantly, when you are about to make a bad decision because of some change or difficulty happening in your business, do you have someone on your “Fab 5” that will tell you, “No!  Don’t do that.”  If you’re surrounded by “yes men or women”, you’re in trouble…


What types of results do clients experience after your programs & keynotes?

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered that busy professionals make 35,000 semi-conscious to conscious decisions per day! So generally speaking, I teach audiences my Five Decision Making Traps & How to Conquer Them (when you can’t avoid them). The specific results are this: I get audiences unstuck and into relevant action on a decision they have been putting off making for a couple days, a couple weeks, or a couple months. I equip the audience for “decision making battle” so the 35,000 daily decisions busy professionals are faced with are made with clarity and confidence to propel their careers, companies, and communities forward with velocity.


How are your keynote presentations unique?

I combine three unique elements into all of my keynote presentations: Customization + Inspiration + EDUCATION. I never give the same speech twice — each talk is customized to meet the unique needs and goals of the organization that hired me. Before, during, and after my talk I inspire and motivate my audience with high-energy, highly impactful, and highly relevant keynote material. And most important, I educate my audience equipping them with cutting-edge decision-making tools and techniques that they can immediately apply to leap their career, company, and community forward at an exponential level. 

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