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
This 45-90 minute presentation is designed for financial advisors and/or their managers.
Since 1787, our nation has survived 23 recessions, 3 depressions, a civil war, and 2 world wars. Since 2009, many have succeeded in a recessionary environment. 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
This 30-90 minute program is designed for clients of financial advisors.
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
Michael has good economic news. Since 1787, our nation has survived 23 recessions, 3 depressions, a civil war, and 2 world wars. History and logic conclude that those who swiftly adapt will survive our present economic calamity. 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.
The People Business: Customer service, teamwork and leadership
Regardless of your profession, Michael says “we are all in the people business.” He gives applicable ideas and comical examples about enhancing customer relations. Prospecting is important, but not as important as strengthening the bond with the most likely source of new business – existing customers. Our ability to meet customer expectations increases through collaboration with peers. These partnerships occur when we bridle our ego, acknowledge others’ skills, and celebrate their successes. Solution-oriented people seek the company of others who are wiser and more accomplished. Solution-oriented people know when to adhere to advice and when to lead by conviction. They know leadership is more than standing up and screaming “charge!” It is shown by the quiet way we demonstrate our empathy and values. It’s refining our ability to listen and persuade, critique and praise, and laugh at our foibles. It’s continuing to improve our people skills, taking responsibility in challenging times, and committing to causes greater than ourselves. This program is emotionally powerful, intellectually penetrating, and spiced with the spontaneous good humor that is Michael’s trademark.
Everything’s Coming Up Neurosis: Stress management, conflict resolution, family harmony
Michael says, “Stress is being stuck in a morning traffic jam after you’ve had three cups of coffee and a bran muffin.” Today’s mandate to accomplish more in less time leaves many striving to cope. Michael suggests ways to manage fear, depression, pessimism, and anger. Truly, we become what we think about. Stress also results from relationships: the cranky boss, irritable coworker, and moody teen can rob us of joy. We pay emotional costs for snapping back, being too critical, withholding forgiveness, and obsessing on others’ shortcomings. Our first focus should be on what others do that is right. This is especially true at home. A loving home rejuvenates the soul and enables us to deal more effectively with job pressures. Michael says, “All families have some degree of dysfunction because people are like porcupines. The closer we get to one another, the more likely we are to stick each other.” He gives specific strategies to reduce the number and the intensity of conflicts. Michael says it’s impossible for his 26-year marriage to end in divorce, because if his wife leaves him … he’s going with her! In a nation that nearly consumes its weight in antacid pills, this presentation showcases the greatest stress reducer – laughter.
A Humorous Look at Personal, Professional, and Family Success
This 4 hour program is a combination of the previous three speeches. It can be expanded from four to eight hours. The material is identical... Michael just talks slower.
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
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- Bennett R. Judson | National Roofing Contractors Association