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About Michael Margolis

Michael Margolis advises companies, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs on how to get others to believe in their story.

Whether you’re trying to grow revenue, change positioning, create engagement, or shift how people think – you need the right foundation of a story in place.

Michael’s unique strategies directly impact the branding, innovation, and culture change goals of his clients. With a background in anthropology, he helps socialize new ideas and initiatives into mainstream acceptance. Michael teaches at the business school level, as an executive education instructor for the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada, and their Masters in Brand Communications program.

Michael is also the lead instructor for High-Stakes Storytelling, a 6 month executive-education program to launch in Winter/Spring of 2010. This program is for senior leaders with a high-stakes story hanging in the balance. This hands-on certificate program offers an action-learning curriculum designed for immediate results. 10-15 participants will learn how to: (1) reframe a big strategy story, (2) create the necessary buy-in, and (3) operationalize that story into business results. You can email us if you’d like to learn more information about this program.

Michael consults, speaks, writes, and teaches around the world. For more information visit www.getstoried.com.

Short Bio

As a business storyteller, Michael Margolis has consulted to dozens of leading institutions and world-changing initiatives. With a background in entrepreneurship and cultural anthropology, Michael has been featured in Fast Company, Brandweek, and Storytelling Magazine. As the President of Get Storied, Michael delivers keynotes, workshops, and learning programs around the globe. He teaches Brand Storytelling at the business school level and is the author of the book Believe Me: Why Your Brand, Vision, and Leadership Need a Bigger Story.

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More about Michael

A life-long entrepreneur, Michael’s work and writings have been featured in Fast Company, Brandweek, Storytelling Magazine, LA Business Journal, Silicon Alley Reporter, Association Conventions and Facilities Magazine, and Training & Development Magazine, among other media. Michael is a contributing author to the leading compendium on strategic storytelling, Wake Me Up When the Data is Over: How Organizations Use Stories to Drive Results (Jossey-Bass, 2006), as well as a recent contributor to the Employee Communications Guidebook (PR News, 2009).

Michael teaches at the business school level, as an executive education instructor for the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada, and their Masters in Brand Communications program. He also is a new venture coach and evaluator for the NYU Stern $100K Social Venture Competition.

In 2002, Michael founded THIRSTY-FISH, one of the world’s first storytelling consultancies working at the intersection of branding, innovation, and organizational change. Michael worked on many game-changing projects for clients including AARP, COTY, Ernst & Young, NASA, Marriott, The Nature Conservancy, and YWCA of O’ahu. He’s delivered workshops to diverse audiences including Mattel, PBS Hawaii and United Nations Foundation. He’s also worked with many innovative start-ups and social change efforts.

Michael began his career as a founding member of two pioneering nonprofits. In 1998, Volunteer Solutions, won the M.I.T. $50K Entrepreneurship Competition and eventually was sold to the United Way of America as their technology platform for the future. His second start-up, CitySkills, was an ambitious market-maker (funded by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations) that connected urban inner-city talent with high-tech jobs. To this day, Michael continues to work at the intersection of business and social innovation, where the stories are often both complex and high stakes.

Born in America, Michael grew up in Switzerland before returning to the States in 1986. He lived in Los Angeles through high school. He moved to Boston for university, and its where he began his career as a social entrepreneur. He then lived for four months at a yoga center in the Berkshires before moving to Washington, DC. In 2002, he launched THIRSTY-FISH, a pioneer in the field of business storytelling. For the last two years, he has lived in New York City, currently in the East Village – Stuyvesant Town.

Michael is left-handed and partially color-blind. Despite his lack of coordination, he can still do a yoga head-stand. He eats more chocolate than the average human.

Speaking Inquiries

If you’re looking for a speaker, check out Michael’s Speaking page. He presents on topics such as brand storytelling, business re-invention, nonprofit communications, Gen Y marketing, and much more. He regularly speaks around the globe with recent keynotes in Lisbon, Istanbul, Toronto, and Honolulu.