As a Speaking Coach…
“We are privileged to have Michael Davis of Speaking CPR as one of the Speaker Coaches for our TED x Cincinnati event. I had the opportunity to be on several of the calls with Michael as he worked his craft with his speakers. I was impressed with how genuine, exuberant, and in touch he was with each speaker.
He truly has a gift in connecting with the heart of each person he works with and helping them to unleash their story into their talk. All of the speakers raved about his work with them. Each of them has had broad experience in speaking, but they all felt that working with Michael raised the bar on their ability to speak. You can listen to all of his speakers, Anthony Munoz, Richard Bernstein and Graeme Joffe, at http://www.tedxcincinnati.com/talks/.”
Allison Wonders Gars
Speaker Coach Manager, TED x Cincinnati
“As a former Green Beret and professional storyteller, I give dozens of speeches every year. I am very selective about who trains me.
Michael Davis exceeded every expectation and was one of the best coaches I ever worked with. His quiet professionalism, and unsurpassed knowledge of storytelling helped make my Ted X Cincinnati talk extremely powerful.
I would recommend Michael, as a story and speaking coach to anyone with a high stakes talk to give. Michael will help you take your speech from good to great!”
LTC (Ret.) Scott Mann
Green Beret, Storyteller, Trainer, Coach, Author
“Earlier this year, I was asked to speak at the 2015 Cincinnati TEDx event. Although I have years of experience speaking in public – especially in my recent campaign for Michigan Supreme Court Justice – I was not familiar with the TED x speaking format.
Fortunately, the organizers of the event paired me with Michael Davis of Speaking CPR. Michael is a presentation and storytelling skills coach. In a word, I am thrilled with the results of our work together. Michael patiently worked with me to narrow down my stories to a relevant message that tied-in with the theme of the event.
Additionally, Michael provided me with a repeatable process that will help me create more stories that will have a lasting impact and influence others.
I’m so happy with Michael Davis’s skills that I’ve already asked him to work on my re-election campaign – seven years from now.
I highly recommend Michael for speech and presentation skills coaching for your group or organization. He knows how to speak and teach at a level that few can match.”
Justice Richard Bernstein
Supreme Court Justice, Michigan State Supreme Court
“I hired Mike to do 3 sessions with my group and I was a bit nervous about whether they would connect with Mike as well as I did. Well, it was a huge success. Mike made me look like a genius for bringing in him to work with the group. We have been using our new 30-second stories and continuing to craft our how, what and why.
In short, Mike has made a difference to how we conduct business and has challenged some of us to take our presentation skills to the next level.”
Hengehold Capital Management
“Mike Davis is a speech architect: he engineers a speech to perfection, builds it on solid foundation then pays exquisite attention to the all important details. Best, he gave me the presentation I wanted…and didn’t know enough to ask.
In 4 lively, full sessions via Skype, starting with a blank legal pad and an urgent 10 day time frame to present a 45 minute presentation to an international conference, Mike first gave me structure and principles to get started; second, shaped my first section to instruct, improve and guide me to completion; third, crafted, shaped and embellished with final homework assignments ; and fourth, he reviewed, tweaked and perfectly honed my message for optimal humor and entertainment.
I delivered a professional, very well-received presentation with absolute confidence. He may have been my training wheels for this one, but going forward, he’ll be my indispensable Director and Oracle, my secret weapon to win hearts and minds with integrity and authenticity.”
Creativity & Innovation Consultant
“Just want to say a huge thank you…. After being coached I followed the suggestions provided and changed my presentation. What a difference it has made!
I got the audience involved in the process. I also removed some of the slides so I wasn’t giving them all the info in one presentation, as you suggested.
I also referred them to my book for more info. That had also been a struggle, but it’s now fixed.
Guess what? I have already been invited back to do another session and one of the participants is going to contact me about doing a session for one of her groups.
Thanks for the opportunity to be coached.”
Earthquake Preparation Instructor
“Creating a speech that inspires people to take action is not an easy task. I have a topic that I am passionate about, and many lives I want to impact.
As a former collegiate basketball coach, I value the knowledge and wisdom of an excellent coach. Michael Davis of Speaking CPR is such a person.
Michael is just as passionate and dedicated to working with a I am about my topic. Over the course of four sessions, Michael worked with me to uncover and develop the best stories to support my points.
Additionally, he taught me how to open my speech in a way that captures people’s attention, and close with a call to action that inspires my audience.
Michael is a coach at heart. If you want an expert who can coach you to a higher level of speaking, you need to work with Michael Davis.
Founder, Make Plays Today
“Wow, you exceeded my expectations in today’s 30 min coaching session.
You provided the feedback necessary to move me past a point where I was feeling stuck and didn’t know what to do to get past that point. I appreciate your willingness to share your insight, experience and knowledge with professionalism and good cheer.
Both you and Mark made me glad that I agreed to participate and sit on the “hot seat” to review my material. The payoff far exceeds the pain. Based on what I learned today, I’ll be working harder on scripting and editing material, as well as testing it systematically for clarity.”
IT Project Manager
“Three days before we were scheduled to present out Storytelling Champ Camp, we learned that my business partner, Craig Valentine, would be unable to lead the program due to a last-minute health issue. Fortunately, Michael Davis agreed to substitute for Craig at the last-minute, and we were thrilled with the results. Our attendees were pleased with Michael’s ideas about how to develop and deliver a World-Class Story. They left the event with a repeatable process that will help them create stories that will impact and influence others.
Michael helped us to present a content-rich workshop that our attendees have come to expect. I highly recommend Michael for speech and presentation skills coaching for your group or organization. He knows how to speak and teach at the world-class level, which is rare.”
Darren LaCroix, CSP
2001 World Champion of Public Speaking
“Michael Davis was my guest expert on the monthly “Ask the Champs” call last night for the World Champions’ Edge program. We focused on the storytelling (using the spaces between the lines) and Mike was absolutely fantastic with the value he added. We also coached a contest speaker and, once again, Mike gave valuable suggestions that can help the speaker make more of an impact. Mike, thank you for representing World Class Speaking in such a positive way.”
Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking
Founder, The Communication Factory
“The Keynote speech I gave went well. I got comments like this:
“I truly thought your ADED Key note was heartfelt and inspiring! Looking forward to reading (your upcoming book) ’50 Abilities!’
I did get eight business cards, four of which would like me to speak in their area… also the meeting director said when the book is ready she can post it in their newsletter and do an email blast.
Another good story – I went to the web site of the Pocatello Marathon to register to do their race again. I noticed that their pasta dinner the night before had speaker listed as TBA, so I emailed them. They agreed to have me speak – paying for everything for just a 20-minute speech.
Thank you, so much for your guidance, knowledge and also the support. I went in to the speech with confidence that it would be great.
Superior Van & Mobility
“I have been coached by Michael for about six months now. If you are thinking of getting coached, I can tell you he has fabulous ideas and thinks out of the box. I was giving a speech on a hard topic – the loss of a relative. Mike helped me to lighten it up, which had been impossible for me to do before I met him. I cannot say enough about him.
Professional Speaker and Advocate
“Mike Davis is an engaging, inspiring speaker. I believe, however, that his greatest talent is his ability to draw the best out of those lucky enough to have him as a coach. I had this privilege for a period of four months. During this time, he constantly challenged me to improve both the content of my speeches and my delivery. I would not have made the finals in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking competition without the help of Mike Davis. I don’t know of a better Public Speaking teacher in Cincinnati.”
Vice-President, Cushman & Wakefield
“Investing in Michael is one of the best investments I have ever made. I speak on the subject of diversity in the workplace, which can at times be a difficult topic to discuss.
Michael taught me a repeatable process that allows me to create a foundational concept, a logical structure, an opening that grabs the audience’s attention, and a conclusion that encourages my audience to take action that will save them time and money.
I found Michael easy to work with, flexible with his schedule, and a wealth of information about the art of speaking. If you need to improve your presentation or speech, I highly recommend you consider hiring Michael. It is one of the best investments you can make in your own growth.”
Founder, QUEST Diversity
“Last summer, when I spoke and promoted to subscribe to [my email newsletter] Hot Marketing Tips, I got a big fat zero sign ups. At your wise suggestion, I passed the signup clipboard around the room this time. I have to admit that when you first mentioned it, it felt very old-fashion and not trendy or technology driven. I set a goal for 50 new sign ups. Probably 2 times more than I have ever had sign up at one time. When I tallied the new subscribers after the lunch yesterday, we hit a total of 72! I think that is about 40% of the room. THANKS!”
President, The Marketing Accelerator
“Mike helped me fine tune a 10-minute presentation from “too much information” into a clear, to-the-point focus that has not only given me more confidence, but I am generating more positive feedback. from the audience NOW then I did before meeting with Mike. Mike has a unique ability to help you focus on the main point(s) of your presentation and then how to present them in a way that is easy for those in the audience to understand.”
Vice President of Marketing Strategy, DMR/Interactive
“Mike has an easy way of working with you that isn’t intimidating… Amazing, insightful feedback… My presentations are now far more interesting and result in additional sales of my services. No matter what the level of speaking at which you may be performing, you’re sure to improve with Mike Davis.”
Westwood Virtual Associates, LLC
“The success I enjoyed in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking is the result of coaching I received from Mike Davis. He helped me refine and deliver a speech that carried me all the way to the finals. His tireless dedication is outstanding! Mike Davis will help you communicate better and be more successful.”
Portfolio Manager, International Paper
“Michael has completely opened my eyes! I’m performing at an entirely new level. I went into my last event with the utmost confidence thanks to him. He even called me the night before with a few last-minute reminders! If you speak for a living — if your revenue depends on your ability to communicate, you NEED Michael Davis!”
Co-Executive Director, Business Network International
“Michael spent much time preparing in order to share examples which were applicable to our class and in alignment with our culture. He taught practical, helpful techniques which could be applied in various settings. Michael had an advanced skill set for providing direct yet supportive comments which made the participants more receptive to suggestions. We were pleased with our decision to partner with Michael and would endorse his expertise-especially in the area of storytelling.”
Learning & Development Specialist, Messer Construction
Darren LaCroix, CSP
2001 World Champion of Public Speaking
“I recommend the coaching services of Michael Davis. He helped me to put a new, more meaningful spin on my existing presentations that enabled me to connect with my audience. He provided me with tools and resources that allowed me to gain confidence, decrease my anxiety, and more effectively get my message across. Most importantly, he taught me how to have fun with public speaking!”
Dr. Laura Ward
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
“Thank you for your coaching with my LULAC Awards Gala speech… I received many compliments from many people both for the speech content and for the delivery. Thank you for helping make it sharp and to the point. Your suggestions to slow down, take my time reading the names of VIP attendees, the intro paragraph, etc. were invaluable as well as the coaching at the auditorium. I look forward to working with you on my next big presentation”.
State Director – LULAC Ohio
President – LULAC Cincinnati
As a Speaker…
“Michael recently addressed the Greater Cincinnati Human Resource Association’s monthly luncheon. He had the audience from the start and continued to hold our attention throughout his presentation. Michael helped every individual in the meeting grasp the power of their words and provided a foundation for forming a coherent, cohesive and impactful presentation. Mike kicked off our 2017 speaker slate by setting a high bar for future presentations!”
Greater Cincinnati Human Resource Associates
“Michael Davis was an excellent addition to our Fall Conference. He presented “Unite Through Stories” to our membership of C-level staff and clinicians of community health centers. He closed the conference with an uplifting and positive message, while providing useful insights and tips for our members to put into immediate use. Engaging and informative presentation.”
Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
“Michael delivered an inspiring talk that helped our organization grow by 25%. We’ve invited him back several times. He was instrumental in helping one of our employees, Phil Barth, make it to the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2011. Phil attributes much of his success to his coaching from Michael Davis.
“Tonight, Michael Davis and Daniel Matthews presented a program for our NSA chapter on ‘How to Deliver Outstanding Presentations.’
Boy did they deliver for us! We are a group of mostly veteran speakers, with a few who are new to the business. Michael and Daniel taught each of us so much that we can use to develop our presentations and how to better tell our stories. We learned how to create our presentations in a better format. There was so much that we can use to elevate our talks so that we engage our audience.
I highly recommend Michael Davis or Daniel Matthews for your next program.
Vivian Blade, President 2014-2015
National Speakers Association, Kentucky Chapter
“Thank you for your Storytelling program. I attended your program because I wanted to tell my story to gain an interview with a prominent magazine in my industry. I implemented several of your tips into my application for the interview. I wrote about buying my business and how I turned it around.
This morning, I received an email saying that Entrepreneur Magazine approved my application – they want to interview me for an article. Thank you so much for helping me craft a story that got me the interview I wanted, and might be really great press for me.”
Quality Assessments Mystery Shoppers
“I am pleased to recommend Michael Davis of Speaking CPR as a keynote speaker for your event. Michael recently presented to the Sharonville Chamber and was well received. I witnessed many audience members nodding in agreement with many of Michael’s points, and saw them taking many notes about his 3D Storytelling program. If you’d like a speaker who is enthusiastic and provides a beneficial message to your organization, I highly recommend, you hire Michael Davis.”
President, Sharonville Chamber of Commerce
“Mike provided specific techniques and examples to meet the needs of our agency. We’re excited to incorporate his ideas, and believe they will elevate the effectiveness of our presentations. Mike’s ability to capture an audience, provide them with personalized suggestions, and motivate them is an asset to any workshop or seminar!”
Council on Child Abuse
“Mike is a warm and energetic speaker who captured our audience‘s attention and engaged them as he managed the event from start to finish.”
President and CEO, West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance
“I encourage you to use Mike Davis as a trainer. I have worked with Mike for about five years and his presentation skills are exceptional. I have contracted with Mike to do a number of seminars for many local corporations, including General Electric, Ethicon Endo-Surgery ad Ohio Casualty.
He is very adaptable to his audience as well as to the subject of the seminar. He has conducted a wide range of sessions… Mike has done an excellent job, so much so, that many companies have specifically requested that he return to do additional seminars for their employees.
Mike is a very organized, creative and enthusiastic presenter who would be an asset to any organization that would contract him to conduct seminars.”
“Mike is a warm and energetic speaker that never fails to capture his audience and engage them in thought… I have personally seen the immense amount of work and dedication Mike puts into his presentations, yet he makes it look effortless on stage. It is obvious that he cares very deeply about his audiences and wants to ensure they are left with a message.
Mike is also an amazing teacher and is called upon frequently to present workshops and breakout sessions at conferences and trainings… we know we can always count on Mike to present a quality session and that our members will leave with information that will improve their own skills. On October 26, Mike presented his workshop and it was met with rave reviews and touted as one of the best sessions of the conference.
Mike Davis would make a great addition to any conference as a workshop leader and/or a Keynote speaker.”
Optibility Performance Group
“Mike spoke to our Gen “Y” Leadership program participants to give them pointers on how to deliver impactful presentations. He was extremely knowledgeable on the topic, and his speech delivery proved it! Mike is professional, and knows how to connect with his audience. Our young leaders found him engaging and inspirational. Mike’s expertise not only educated these young leaders on how to overcome nervousness and become dynamic speakers, but as their Manager, he helped me as well! Thank you, Mike!
IT Leadership Program Manager, Fifth Third Bank
Thank you for being a part of our Family Child Care Appreciation and Professional Development Day. Your presentation inspired providers to take action and be a leader and advocate for children. We are most appreciative for your time and what you brought to our event. Thank you!
As a keynote speaker of our Family Child Care Appreciation and Professional Development Day, Mike Davis started our day off just right. His inspiring words kept the providers energized all day”.
“Mike Davis’ speech about re-connecting has made me get back on track about opening my non-profit organization for homeless women”.
“I would love to have Mike back next year. He is so motivating”
“Mike has made the providers feel important and celebrated. He took the time to learn what challenges providers were facing and addressed them in his presentation. His attention to detail is outstanding!”
4-C for Children
Miami Valley Team
As an Author…
Founder and CEO, Next Music, Inc.
“In ‘THE Book on Storytelling‘ Michael Davis has simplified what he has learned from the best storytelling techniques and presented them in an easy-to-use format. When you apply the lessons in this book your presentation impact will increase.”
Patricia Fripp, Past President, National Speakers Association
Partner, World Champions EDGE
“From the very beginning of time, we have been telling stories. Stories are engaging, motivating, compelling, memorable. That’s why everyone must read Michael Davis’ THE Book on Storytelling.’ It is an amazing cornucopia of tips and ideas he has collected over the years from some of the best in the field.
The title says it all. This is ‘THE Book on Storytelling.’ There are 52 chapters, each a gem. What follows each chapter is a “Recommended Resource.” This alone is worth the price of the book.
I can guarantee you it is THE best. And I’ve read them all.”
Jarold Panas, Author and Storyteller
Co-Author, Power Questions
If storytelling is the key, Michael Davis is the locksmith. He holds the keys to your success in storytelling. ‘THE Book on Storytelling’ will fundamentally change the way you see storytelling. As a result, more open doors will open to you than you ever thought possible.
I’ve met some coaches who show you how to discover your story. I’ve met others who show you how to develop it. Still I’ve met others who show you how to deliver it. However, Michael Davis is the ONLY one I’ve met who shows you how to do all three! He’s truly the one-stop-shop for remarkable stories.
Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking
Co-Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller, “World Class Speaking in Action”
“Human beings thrive in the presence of connection. The #1 way to connect, without question, is through storytelling. Regardless of your profession, Michael Davis’s book gives you a step-by-step blueprint to become a more influential communicator through the power of storytelling. If you follow his coaching, you will become a great storyteller!”
Jeff Bloomfield, author of ‘Story Based Selling’
“Michael Davis has demystified the ancient art and skill of storytelling and made it accessible to the masses. ‘THE Book on Storytelling’ is a cookbook that reveals the secrets of master storytellers.
Michael has invested hundreds of hours in this well-researched book so that you don’t have to. He has extracted the essential storytelling elements and placed them at the tips of your fingers.
Apply these lessons and processes and audiences will talk about your presentations for years to come.”
This book is outstanding! It will be my new #1 storytelling resource.
Ed Tate, CSP
2000 World Champion of Public Speaking
“This book has more concrete advice than any storytelling book I’ve read. And I’ve read them all.”
Paul Smith, bestselling author of ‘Lead with a Story’ and ‘Parenting with a Story’
“If you are a speaker looking to improve your storytelling skills, this is the book for you. World Class Speaker Michael Davis shows you how to develop and deliver masterful stories that are sure to keep your audiences on the edge of their seats. This excellent collection of tools and action steps is sure to take your storytelling to the next level.“
Mitch Meyerson, bestselling author of ‘Mastering Online Marketing’
Co-founder of World Class Speaking
“Michael Davis’ ‘THE Book on Storytelling’ is a well researched documentary and commentary on the value and importance on the use of effective story telling as a public speaker. He has compiled a wide assortment of information from an impressive stable of industry experts and experienced speakers and coupled it with his own experience providing the reader with both a great depth and breadth of experience. His work will be a valuable resource to anyone wishing to expand their ability to connect with and impact an audience.”
2005 World Champion of Public Speaking
“Storytelling is at the heart of all communication. Most people think they are good storytellers. They are not. We can all learn something that can make us better and more influential. Michael Davis has compiled powerful storytelling lessons in THE Book on Storytelling. Devour it.”
Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking
Founder & President, The Humor Institute, Inc.
“Story telling is an art, but behind it, there is a science and Michael Davis captures that brilliantly. He breaks the art of storytelling into bite-sized chunks so that anyone who’s interested in learning the art and science of it can become a fabulous storyteller. I love every chapter name – they are clever and creative, and draw you in as if there is a story inside them. There is no better way to not only get a point across, but to make it memorable than with a story. Michael is Masterful and this book is THE BOOK when it comes to Storytelling.”
W Roger Salam, best-selling author and speaker
Founder of the ‘Winner’s Circle Mastermind’
“Take Michael’s advice and have a message – it worked for me, it worked for him, and it’ll work for you!”
Judy Carter, comedienne and author
‘The Message of You’ and ‘Stand Up Comedy: The Book‘
As an Emcee…
“The Cincinnati AMA asked Mike Davis to serve as the MC for our annual awards program, the 2013 Marketer of the Year event. He was outstanding! We were very pleased with his performance. He was well-prepared and really delivered for us. I highly recommend Mike and his business, Speaking CPR!
President, American Marketing Association
“Michael recently emceed our event ‘Cheering for Charity benefiting Alzheimer’s’. In a word, he was outstanding! He kept the evening moving smoothly from beginning to end. He was well prepared, engaged our attendees and was instrumental in helping us achieve a record level of income from our annual auction. Additionally, he was able to professionally handle last-minute adjustments to our program that would have otherwise been a distraction. We will definitely have him back again next year!
If you need a professional and engaging emcee for your event, I highly recommend Michael Davis of Speaking CPR.
Founder & President, Cheering for Charity Foundation
“ Mike Davis… has both the talent and dedication. Mike was well prepared for our event. The story telling he added made a cut-and-dry presentation much more interesting. After our keynote speaker ran long, Mike successfully streamlined the remaining script and kept us on schedule. I could not have been more impressed by Mike and his ability to command a room.“
American Marketing Association