Michael Speaks

There are literally thousands of leadership development consultants and speakers in the world.

What makes me different?

I don’t focus on the personality traits of celebrity CEO’s or teach about the latest leadership fads. I believe that great leaders take others higher – both professionally and emotionally – and that doing so is the surest and most sustainable way of attaining operational goals.

Based on this belief, I speak about and teach proven fundamentals of leadership that produce positive results with every type of follower, in every situation, and with every generation. Another major emphasis of my work is to show organizations how to set up systems that produce leaders at every level (aka: succession planning).

What People Are Saying

As a CEO Forum chair, and as a professional speaker myself, I have very high expectations of people that I invite to speak to my CEO group.  Michael was simply awesome!

- Dr. Larry Ohlhauser, President & CEO, Ohlhauser & Associates. LTD

“Michael’s keynote was the highlight of the conference. The information was a big eye opener. Michael’s delivery is energizing, entertaining, and really made a lasting, positive impression.”

- David Vadocz, P.Eng. Principal, Berkeley Vadocz Engineering Inc.

“I've received so many positive comments about your presentation. You made me look good!  You are an authentic and engaging speaker which allowed the group to connect with you.”

- Avril Tysoe, Human Resources Manager, Boughton Law Corporation

“Michael's keynote was so well received.  His ability to connect with individuals from various backgrounds was remarkable! He had them on their feet, networking and communicating with complete strangers!”

– Craig Summers, Executive Director, Port Alberni Association for Community Living

"Powerful. So much information. Glad I came, I learned so much and want to share it!"

- HRMA Roundtable attendee

“Michael is the kind of seasoned speaker who captures your attention but remains genuine and approachable at the same time.”

- Leo Chow, Education Services Manager, Small Business BC

A Little Bit About Me

There is ample evidence that most people are not taking full advantage of the leadership positions they occupy, and that the world is craving better leadership. I help individuals and organizations take practical and fulfilling steps to develop their leadership capacity and make a greater positive impact.

I’m passionate about leadership development, my family and the outdoors. I have three wonderful daughters and an amazing wife. Seeing my family succeed is my highest purpose in life. When I’m ‘off duty’, you’ll find me taking my girls hiking and camping, scrambling up mountains, kayaking with whales (literally), or on other adventures in remote wilderness locations. If you want to get to know me better, feel free to check out my “unofficial bio”, otherwise known as my personal YouTube Channel.

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"Why" Succession Planning

Speaker Bio

Michael's-Photo---High-Res-(crop)_-450pxW From the moment he steps on stage, Michael Timms captivates audiences with his authentic style and animated delivery. Michael tells compelling stories backed by solid research that teach individuals simple ways to dramatically improve their performance as a leader. He makes the case that leadership development must be a top priority for organizations that hope to thrive in the challenging times ahead.

As author of the book Succession Planning That Works, Michael has a special interest in helping organizations put systems in place to create a culture of leadership development, and in helping managers improve their leadership skills.

Michael is a Leadership Development consultant and principal of Avail Leadership.  He assists organizations develop leading-edge workforce strategies and provides training and advice to help them execute those strategies. Michael has an MBA specializing in HR Management from Utah State University, and was previously a consultant at Deloitte and an HR director in the construction and manufacturing industries.

A Talent Revolution Is Coming: Lead It Or Lose It

The global labour market is shifting beneath our feet. If you haven’t felt it yet, you will very soon. Most employees today aren’t engaged in their work; few companies know how to keep their millennials for very long; and the exiting baby-boomers are leaving a leadership void that isn’t being filled.

A Talent Revolution Is Coming: Lead It Or Lose It explores the tectonic changes occurring in the labour market today, and illustrates how succession planning is the key to thriving in the new reality. Discover how exceptional companies tackle succession planning and learn what it really takes to become a world-class talent magnet.

You Will Learn

  • Learn what recent studies are saying about the future of the labour market and the impact it will have on companies in the next few years.
  • Examine industry leading companies and the talent mindset that sets them apart from their competitors.
  • Compare the advantages of developing talent internally versus recruiting.
  • Learn the process to implement a succession plan or improve an existing one.


Target Audience

Senior executives.


Possible Formats

This presentation can be delivered as a keynote, breakout or workshop, ranging from 60 minutes to 1.5 hours long.

What Really Motivates:
How to unleash (and direct) human potential

For decades, the default method of motivating people used by business has been the “carrot and stick” approach – punishments and rewards. That approach may have worked 50 years ago when the workplace was much simpler, but in today’s complex work environments, that approach just isn’t working.

What Really Motivates takes a hard look at how well the traditional approach to motivating people is working and explores four alternative methods based on current scientific research. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to motivate themselves, and will learn four simple strategies to motivate others – at work, at home, and in the community.

You Will Learn

  • The history and drawbacks of the traditional “carrot and stick” approach to motivation.
  • 4 proven strategies to motivate yourself and others.
  • The most common management mistake and how to prevent yourself from making it.
  • How to recognize good performance and the unexpected benefits of doing this effectively.


Target Audience

Individuals and organizations who want to motivate others to happily and enthusiastically do the work that needs to get done.


Possible Formats

This presentation can be delivered as a keynote, breakout or workshop, ranging from 30 minutes to 3.5 hours long, depending on your needs.

Being A positive influencer:
Change your world by starting with you

Every day we are bombarded by negative comments, upsetting news reports, and seemingly never-ending criticism. In fact, without even knowing it, we often invite negativity into our lives. Consequently, people are becoming increasingly anxious, stressed-out, and depressed which reduces their productivity at work and enjoyment of life.

Being a Positive Influencer explores the science of happiness and effective relationships, helping participants to increase their personal influence and improve their circumstances. Participants are taught four effective tactics they can use to fight negativity, improve health, reduce stress, and boost their energy and productivity.

You Will Learn

  • How to cultivate an optimistic perspective and the affects it will have in your life and in the life of those around you.
  • How to recognize the influence you have on others.
  • The most precise way to influence others.
  • The hidden consequence of negative interactions with others and the only way to repair them.


Target Audience

Organizations whose employees or members are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or who are simply looking for tips on how to improve their relationships and achieve better outcomes.


Possible Formats

This presentation can be delivered as a keynote or breakout, ranging from 60–90 minutes long, depending on your needs. The ideal keynote length is 60 minutes.

Succession Planning That Works:
The Critical Path of Leadership Development

Recruitment is broken. With the demographic tsunami upon us, recruiting has become an outdated model that can’t keep up with demand. Succession Planning is the future, but unfortunately, only one in ten companies do it well. Find out how the best companies are reinventing their talent acquisition practices, focusing succession planning and recruiting where they have the greatest impact.

Based on the best practices of nearly 50 organizations, Succession Planning That Works reveals the most efficient and effective means of developing a strong pipeline of talent. Participants learn the essential building blocks of establishing a succession plan or improving an existing one, and how to avoid common, costly pitfalls.

You Will Learn

  • 10 ways succession planning will save you money.
  • The Succession Planning Critical Path – the most efficient method to implement a succession plan for any size of organization.
  • The most common challenges of implementing and sustaining succession planning, and strategies to overcome them.
  • How to measure your success.


Target Audience

Executives and HR leaders of organizations who are facing the imminent retirement of many of their senior leaders, and who must develop a sustainable system of leadership development within the organization.


Possible Formats

This presentation can be delivered as a keynote, breakout, or workshop ranging from 60 minutes to 3.5 hours long. The ideal format is a 3.5 hour workshop.

Developing Personal Leadership:
Lead yourself first before leading others

We live in a society where everyone is busy, but where most people, including our leaders, spend most of their time and energy reacting to the urgency of the moment. “Fire, ready, aim” seems to be our default state. As workloads increase and deadlines shorten, there are only two options: burnout, or finally take control of your life.

Effective leaders routinely carve time out of their busy schedule to reflect on the big picture and plan their work before they do it. But if the habit of planning were that simple, we’d all be doing it. Developing Personal Leadership gives participants a framework for effective planning, and three techniques to better manage their time and stress.

You Will Learn

  • An annual, weekly and daily planning framework.
  • The myth of time management, and how to manage yourself instead.
  • How thinking preventatively is the key to manage your stress.


Target Audience

Busy individuals who are looking for techniques to handle the stress of unmanageable workloads, and leaders who want to bring more discipline and focus to executing their strategic plan.


Possible Formats

This presentation can be delivered as a keynote, breakout, or workshop ranging from 60 minutes to 3.5 hours long. The ideal keynote length is 90 minutes.

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