One of the Best Motivational Speakers in America
Michael Broome quips, “I was a poor student because I suffered from ADD-HD (Attention Deficit Disorder in High Definition). Eventually, I learned to turn my daydreams into worthwhile dreams.” Broome earned a BA from Appalachian State University. Through independent study, he designed his major in leadership and public speaking and was twice elected student government president. Upon graduation, he started several entrepreneurial endeavors (one was selling cookware door-to-door) and began addressing any crowd composed of two or more. Since 1979, he has addressed over 3,000 audiences throughout the world.
Popular Motivational Speaker
Broome chose the speaking profession because of his passion to inspire people to maximize their potential, be servant/leaders, achieve a life balance …and he loves the applause. His commitment to training is demonstrated by the Broyhill Leadership Conferences of which he is founder and president. Over 29,000 participants from throughout North America have attended these weeklong conferences where they are taught the principles of achievement. For many, it is truly a life-changing experience.
He has addressed events as diverse as The Million Dollar Round Table, a Congressional Dinner and an Annual Goat-Dipping. His vast speaking experience enables him to appeal to virtually any type of audience. Broome says his presentations are like baths—the effect may not last forever but everybody needs one.
Sales and Management Expert
Forty percent of Broome’s audiences are from the ranks of management; forty percent are sales professionals; and the remainder runs the gamut from prison felons to the Girl Scouts. Having shared the podium with noted speakers and celebrities, he has only been upstaged by an orangutan. His talks are punctuated with clapping, laughter and an occasional “Amen.” When asked if humor is necessary in a speech, Broome replied, “It is for me if I want to be paid.”
Practice What You Preach
Through the years Broome has been guided by the words of a mentor who advised, “If your philosophy of success doesn’t work in your life, don’t export it.” Most audiences sense whether the speaker walks the talk. Broome only advocates principles that he believes and practices. Even his staff will testify that he genuinely practices what he preaches … most of the time.
Though he advocates optimism, Broome does not believe everything is always “GREAT!” Life can be difficult. He acknowledges problems, challenges his audiences and offers realistic strategies. In addition to contemporary examples, Broome develops many of his strategies from historical references. His library bulges with volumes of biographies about people who made a difference. He teaches that if we fail to learn from the past, we will repeat its mistakes in our vocation and life.
A critic once told Broome he quoted too many dead people who aren’t relevant to what’s new. So Broome quoted another dead person: “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” (Harry Truman). In his book, Be a Liver of Life, Not a Gallbladder, he sums up his philosophy, “The ultimate success is when our life overflows with things that money cannot buy.”
He and his wife, Karen, have three children—Merica, Olivia, and Caleb. They are active in their faith and have created a summer camp for teens from residential homes and foster care. Their home is nestled in the middle of their 1,500-acre farm. Broome says farming is the most satisfying way he knows to lose money. As an avid conservationist, he protects the flora and fauna and creates habitats for the species Karen says is most similar to her husband—the wild turkey.
There’s No People Like Wealth Management People
The fact is, we should always be prepared for adversity; it is the price we pay for the incredible benefits of a free market. Only a foolish boxer steps into the ring thinking he won’t have to take any hits. This program praises the tenacity of FAs who take blows, pick themselves up, and return to the market to make things happen. Such FAs are intrinsic to our nation’s resilience. When we believe in our products, selling is not something we do to our clients but for our clients. Regardless of the economy’s state, there will always be a need for FAs and investment products. The only question is: who will provide these services? And the answer is: those who are the greatest servants and who increase their competence through continuing education.
There’s More to Life Than Money...Especially When You’ve Already Got It
In these vulnerable times, Michael’s messages are particularly reassuring. American economic history shouts through the ages that frugal and wise investors are able to glean opportunities. This program teaches that the good life awaits those who practice delayed gratification, seek investment knowledge, and partner with competent financial advisors. Additionally, it demonstrates how achieving a balanced life pays dividends. The personal and economic costs of failing in our relationships can be even greater than bear markets. In a hectic age when we are pulled in so many directions, Michael shows the keys to focusing our talents for the benefit of others and ourselves. Affirmative thinking, humor, stress management, and family life are delivered in a hilarious, yet informative style.
Tough Times Call for Tough People: Adversity, Discipline, Goals
With inspiring examples and humorous anecdotes he explains that we should always prepare for tough times; it’s the price we pay for the incredible benefits of a free market. Michael acknowledges problems and offers realistic strategies. He challenges audiences by asserting, “Attitude is not everything. Attitude and competence is everything.” All boxers expect to take some hits. Michael praises the tenacity of people who take blows, pick themselves up, and make things happen. They search adversity for lessons and embrace the hard truths they find. We can’t conquer what we don’t confront. Truthful assessments can transform our greatest weakness into our greatest strength. Even in weak economies, products and services are still needed. The question is: who will provide them? The answer: the greatest servants who increase their competence and are motivated by compelling visions. Visions create the discipline to set specific goals, practice delayed gratification, and do promptly what you’d rather not. If you have to swallow a worm, don’t look at it too long. Michael’s most responsive audiences are those facing difficulties. If it’s been a while since your people gave a standing ovation, try this presentation.
Be a People Power Person
Michael talks about the basics in dealing with employees, customers, and family. He teaches principles of teamwork and the art of working and living with others. Managing, serving, leading, critiquing, praising, persuading, and listening are the areas of emphasis. Regardless of your profession, Michael declares that we are all in the "people business." This program is emotionally powerful, intellectually penetrating, and spiced with the spontaneous good humor that is Michael’s trademark.
You Can Become the Person You Dream To Be!
Michael will help your group reach their dreams, but we don't mean by putting them to sleep! This vivacious presentation encourages the listeners to make the most of their lives by clarifying objectives, overcoming adversity, developing self-confidence and living optimistically. In this competitive decade, Michael's performance principles will give your people an edge. The message will captivate your audience as they listen, laugh, and learn about the principles of achievement.
A Humorous Look at Personal and Professional Success
Achieving balance in life is the ultimate barometer of success. In this hectic age, Michael teaches his audience to focus their talents and have faith not only in our system, but in their ability to make the system work for them. Motivation, people management, family life, self-esteem and goal-setting strategies are delivered in a humorous, yet informative style. This seminar, like all of Michael’s messages, is perfect for meetings where spouses are in attendance.
All Michael Broome Books
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Any meeting planner who books Michael Broome can sit back and bask in the accolades that are sure to come his or her way for finding what I consider to be America’s best closer."
- David K. Storey | Wisconsin Retail Hardware Association
"You were absolutely TREMENDOUS! I thought I had heard every motivational speaker in the USA. I think you are the best I have heard in years and years and years."
- Mary Kay Ash | Mary Kay Cosmetics
"It was a pleasure working with you both in advance and onsite. I appreciate your efforts to collect information so that your presentation could be geared specifically to our group."
- Bennett R. Judson | National Roofing Contractors Association