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Michael Nir

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Passionate lean agile leadership expert and author of several books on influence, consumer experience and teams

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Keynote speaker Michael Nir is a sought-after international speaker and leadership expert. Michael is known for his innovation, creativity and passion for speaking. He is a best-selling author and has written nine books on the topic of influence, consumer experience, teams and Agile project management.

With an educational background in engineering, Project Management, the Gestalt principles and emotional intelligence means speaker Michael Nir has a broad understanding of important skills when it comes to leadership and management. Michael is able to connect the dots between human behavior, business systems and work environment, which make his keynotes very relevant and accessible.

Speaker Michael Nir uses his personal experiences and funny anecdotes to underline the message in his engaging keynotes. Discover what valuable lessons Michael learned when he had to lead groups of adolescents on excursions through the desert, or when he had to face down a 250 lb Grizzly Bear. Michael Nir understands people, organizations and cultures, and his inspiring and educational keynotes will make you do the same.

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    How to beat Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google at their own game

    • In order to stay current, organizations invest big money every year developing new products and features. But how many of those expensive features make an impact on the bottom line?
    • Today, the key to fighting digital disruption, reducing waste and increasing sales is understanding the consumer experience, and building valuable solutions that serve them.
    • In this impactful talk, the audience will take away specific strategies that will help them understand what their potential customers really want, and how to streamline end to end delivery, thereby increasing sales, and saving time and money.

    Keynote by Speaker Michael Nir

    The Agile PMO – Practical Value Driven Change Leadership in Projects and Portfolios

    • Approximately 50 percent of Project Management Offices (PMO) are terminated in 2 years. Yet, the same mistakes are repeated in the implementations!
    • We use generic, project control processes to stifle project and product delivery; focusing on cost time and scope, rather than leading our projects to deliver value.
    • In this presentation the audience will learn an alternative model for a value driven PMO as an integrator, enabler, differentiator, and change agent in business, development and the organization.

    Keynote by Speaker Michael Nir

    Persuading the Bear: How to Influence Without Authority

    • When an employee is asked to take the lead on a project without the personal authority that comes from being part of the senior executive team, it can feel like they are trying to persuade a Grizzly Bear!
    • Being able to effectively build enthusiasm, delegate tasks and deal with conflicting agendas – often with little or no reward for themselves – requires the skills to influence rather than the power of command.
    • In this practical and insightful presentation, the audience will learn best practices for leading and influencing without authority, giving them the skills they need to effectively persuade others, lead diverse teams, and get projects done on time.

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    The Secrets of Silent Influence: Using Body Language to Persuade Others

    • Every sale, meeting and business interaction involves exerting influence. A person can deliver great points but if they are unable to read the body language of their colleagues, they are missing vital cues as to whether the listener will follow through or not.
    • As a result, indecision rises, sales are lost and the listener feels unheard which causes friction. Understanding how to read people and respond effectively helps create quicker buy-in, builds confidence in solutions, and reduces lost time in meetings.
    • In this interactive presentation, the audience will learn how to significantly increase their powers of persuasion by using silent influencing techniques that will help them negotiate and collaborate more effectively, helping organizations save both time and money.


    Workshop by Speaker Michael Nir

    Persuading the Bear: How to Influence Without Authority – Workshop

    There is no right way, nor is there only one way to influence others. Your job requires you to influence just about all of the time. It may take the form of gaining support, inspiring others, persuading other people to become your champions, engaging someone’s imagination, creating relationships. Whatever form it takes, being an excellent influencer makes your job easier.

    1.  Learn best practices for leading and influencing without authority;
    2.  Identify the skills you need to effectively and ethically influence others;
    3.  Explore the persuading and influencing scale;
    4.  Practice energy/style/behaviors of influencing – push, pull and reduce;
    5.  Learn the power levers of influencing;
    6.  Experiment with the formula to saying NO!



Interview with Michael Nir

How did begin your speaking career?
25 years ago; I finished high school, and was working as a substitute teacher in an elementary school. It was a very cold winter and many teachers had the flu; so I was working a lot… Mostly I was looking after the children on free time; however once I was asked to step in a math lesson with first graders. They were restless; they heckled me, made a lot of noise and were being rowdy. Instead of engaging in open conflict, I started writing equations on the board, and that made them settle down; however I wrote too many and then they burst out crying…Talk about a tough audience!

What sparked your interest for emotional intelligence?
Combining soft and hard skills is essential for success; without understanding the emotional behavioral aspects of human interaction, it is very difficult to succeed in business. I help managers overcome their deficit in the emotional sphere, in order to become better leaders.

Which one of your books are you most proud of?
Silent influencing, my second book, which I completed in 2013, is both personal and business oriented. It provides best practices to better understand ourselves, and the interactions we have with others. It summarizes years of experimentations and theoretical Gestalt concepts put into practice.

Who or what inspires you most?
I am inspired by people who see through narratives and provide holistic views of human behavior. The work of Nobel Prize laureate professor Daniel Kahneman who authored: Thinking Fast and Slow, and Harvard Professor Daniel Gilbert (who has one of the most viewed Ted talks – about the science of happiness) have inspired me and my work in leadership, lean agile and body language.

How much does humor factor into your keynotes and other speaking engagements?
A lot; people learn better when they are laughing; my keynotes and speaking engagements are interactive, I believe my role is to offer the environment for people to interact and engage; this in turn increases the opportunities for humor.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?
Good question, many reasons. I have spoken at many events for a multitude of clients; reach out to A-Speakers to figure out how I could make your next event igniting, creative, thought provoking and fun.

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