Professional Speaker, Actor, Author

Michael J. Lyons

Professional Actor, Speaker

“I’ve known Mike Lyons for many years as the quintessential serial professional whose career in the meetings industry spanned the full spectrum from buyer to supplier. A few years ago I heard Mike emcee and sing at an industry event and, besides encountering another layer of incredible talent, came away thinking here was a man “in his element”. Mike’s talent is providing leadership within the meetings industry. His gift is live communication, public speaking, working as an MC, facilitating, moderating and … singing - he has even cut a CD of Frank Sinatra favorites.

In Mike’s talk, he told his story under the title 'Daydream it, Believe it, Achieve it'. Mixing episodes from his own extraordinarily interesting life with anecdotes about Ray Kroc (he only started McDonald’s in his late 50s), J.K. Rowling and others in the public eye, Mike tells a compelling tale of courage and determination, of not letting go of your dreams, of relentless pursuit. What makes it all so convincing and believable for us is that he’s from our industry and he has successfully re-invented himself and carved out a new career at age 60+.”

P. Gilligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua


"I have been in the Sales and Marketing industry for over 25 years and I have attended well over 100 Motivational speaker presentations. Michael's Presentation on the "Brand of You" is definitely in my top five! He was very engaging and the content was very relevant and informative. I highly recommend Michael as a speaker."

K. DiTullio - Director Of Sales, Tetherow 


"I really connected with what he was saying and found him to be a passionate speaker and great teacher. Thank you for sharing such incredible tips and lessons!"

S. Bonner - CEO & President, Bright Ideas Events


“World Congress invited Mike to moderate a Senior Pharmaceutical Meetings session at the Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit. Mike used his industry expertise and personable nature to successfully moderate the group’s 3-hour discussion.  I look forward to working with Mike again and highly recommend him as a speaker or moderator.”

C. Richman - Senior Vice President, World Congress


"I had the pleasure of listening to Michael Lyons' keynote on personal brands at a recent Smart Meetings conference in Seattle. His dynamic, informative and engaging presentation left me wanting to learn more and inspired me to continue to strive for excellence. I highly recommend Michael as a speaker and facilitator and look forward to having him speak at a future event at our property."    

L. Wettig - DOSM, Pronghorn Resort


“As the President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PCMA, I had the opportunity to invite Mike to be the speaker at our chapter meeting. The program “Daydream It, Believe it, Achieve it” was a presentation that focused on issues in today's work-life balance struggle. It was a strong, very well organized program that dealt with a relevant topic that many of us struggle with. Due to his presentation style and ability, Mike was able to capture the audience’s attention and keep them fully engaged throughout the program. Because of this firsthand experience I am happy to recommend him to any organization as a great speaker option."  

B. Morrissey - The Inn at Penn


Your presentation was an excellent, and entertaining way to be inspired to manage your brand.

R. Wright, Folk Sport Associates


“Michael was a terrific communicator and effectively engaged the audience with humor, interaction, and contemplative messaging throughout his presentation. He would be an excellent choice as a motivational speaker for any function.”

C. Johnson - Family Research Council


“Recently, an organization that I am a part of, Meeting Professionals International, hired Michael to be our Keynote Speaker at the organization's Annual Education Institute. Our experience with Michael was fantastic. His message achieved the goals that we challenged him with. His creativity, personable touch and experiences mirrored exactly what we were looking for... it motivated/inspired our audience, tied in perfectly with the themes of the event, and made attendees look forward to what was in store for us the rest of the day. I highly, without any reservations, recommend Michael as a motivational speaker for meetings and special events."  

J. Renninger -  IMS Technology Services


"It was a privilege to experience your presentation of “The Brand of YOU.”  The knowledge you shared was easy to grasp and I was inspired to apply it immediately.  As a young professional in the industry I am eager to learn and advance. I know the new tools I learned from you will play a role in my growth. Thank you!."

A. Hildahl - Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.


“I learned great lessons from his real life examples and advice. I immediately put into practice his wisdom and the principles he taught… they have made me a better leader and event planner. Thank you, Mike, for having such a powerful and unforgettable impact on me and my career."

D. Griggs, MBA - Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups


“The presentation was spectacular."

L. Ben - Visit Bucks County


"While attending an educational conference, I happened to select Michael’s ‘The Brand of YOU’ session to attend and I am thrilled that I did.  His message is applicable to any and all professionals. He demonstrated many tools you can use to grow in your career and as a person that I have already begun to apply. Michael was a terrific and inspiring educator and I hope that I will have the opportunity to learn from him again in the future!"

R. Brennan, CFA Institute


“Mike Lyons gave a fabulous lecture recently to our Film, Television & Theatre students on the “Brand of You”. We received very positive feedback from the students as Mike’s dynamic presentation really resonated with them about the importance of polishing and enhancing their personal brand as they prepare to join the workforce. He provided inspirational tips about perseverance and focus, sprinkled with practical advice and his own personal reflections. The content was very relevant and informative, and Mike’s delivery was engaging and captured the students’ attention throughout the talk. I highly recommend Mike as a speaker for university students.” 

T. Mandell, Professor – University of Notre Dame – Department of Film, Television & Theatre


“Thanks for the energetic and eye-opening session you delivered at the HSMAI event.” 

M. Usino, MLA - Temple University


“Thank you for such a great presentation…we have had awesome feedback…with your fantastic BRAND you helped us continue to offer quality programming for our members.” 

K. Zeller - President,  HSMAI Philadelphia Chapter


“Throughout the years, I have met a wide variety of representatives from all positions…owners of companies to sales and marketing executives, to sales representatives etc. and I have to say, Mike has impressed me as one of the most professional and knowledgeable business professionals that have ever crossed my path."

J. Cohn - Publisher, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine


“Mike is a seasoned professional and an excellent communicator with visionary ideas. He can inspire, motivate and is great at finding solutions to complex issues. Creative and playful, Mike always lights up the room. I cannot recommend him more strongly." 

A. Gladstone - Show Me Arizona


“Mike's diverse background and charismatic style contributes to his excellent public speaking opportunities. I have seen him as a Keynote Speaker, and he motivates and captivates his audience."

A. Madden, CMP - President, Philadelphia Chapter – Meeting Professionals International


"I gained so much knowledge from the “Brand of You” presentation.  I was skeptical at first but soon realized the importance of how my actions – not words – impact my total persona both personally and professionally."

D. Glover - National Council on Aging


Mike Lyons is cream of the crop! As the lead speaker for our faculty and staff kick-off, Mike had the room engaged and captivated from start to finish. From inspirational tidbits to practical advice to personal reflections, the staff could not get enough. A 30-year veteran called it the "best start to the school year we have ever had!" The staff couldn't thank me enough for having Mike there. People still talk about Mike's message and we have even used one of his tidbits as the lead line for our marketing campaign. Trust me, you want Mike in front of your team!” 

T. Fertal - President, Cardinal O’Hara High School


Mike is a consummate professional in everything he undertakes. As a speaker and emcee, he has a natural presence and charisma combined with a voice that is made for the stage.  Whether he's running a Destination Management Company business or managing a trade show division, Mike brings an incredible dedication, work ethic, engaging mindset and sense of humor to every task. The man's talents are truly wide-ranging and I can recommend him without reservation."

G. Snider - CEO, Meetings Escrow

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