What are areas in your life that you are hoping to focus on – to improve?
How will you increase the currency in these areas of your life?


In our exploration of the 3 Verbs – Actions to Improve Your Online Communication, Mike talks with us what it means to KNOW:

Top 5 Ways to Be Assertive and Confident

Self-help books fly off the shelves of bookstores. They’re the most common books on request at libraries. From business people to housewives, people are looking for ways to improve their lives, and the most sought after self-help books are those on how to be assertive and confident.


In our exploration of the 3 Verbs – Actions to Improve Your Online Communication, Mike talks with us about how to PREPARE:


In our exploration of the 3 Verbs – Actions to Improve Your Online Communication, Mike talks with us here about how to ENGAGE.

The Art of Organization: 7 Time Saving Tips

Organization is more important in your life than you may imagine. Organization is so difficult for some people that they feel as if they’re just meant to be unorganized.

Your Secret Weapon for Excellent Time Management

There are plenty of time-management and organization systems. But right now, there’s one organizational tool that’s very much “in vogue” and doing the rounds on Instagram and across productivity/self-improvement blogs. That tool is the bullet journal.


Mike Acker, Author of SPEAK WITH NO FEAR, is offering a free short course in Improving Your Online Presentation and Communication.

Accepting Situations as They Are

There is a sense of peace that comes from knowing what I am unable to control. I can see things as they are and accept them.

7 Ways to Maintain Your Motivation

When it comes to getting things accomplished, motivation can be hard to come by. Yet, motivation is exactly what is needed. A small amount of motivation is required to do small, simple things, like brushing your teeth. Bigger tasks such as major resolutions or major races require more motivation to complete.

Gamification in the Workplace for Enjoyment & Achievement

A while back, one of my business clients asked me to help him gamify his business. I had never heard of this idea.

Improve the Sound of Your Voice

You may not be a singer, however, how you sound can be as important as what you say. A pleasant voice brings your words to life and may put more money in your pockets.

Read This Before You Exaggerate on Your Resume

There’s a lot of pressure to embellish your resume but lying about your qualifications could be disastrous.You may be confused about where to draw the line, especially if you’re new to the job market or returning after some time off.

Boost Your Immunity in Winter & for Stress

This is a bit different from my normal posts. However, many people I work with are sabotaging their immune system without even know it. Many common lifestyle habits can have a negative effect on the health of your immune system. When stress (or winter) hits, the pressure on the immune system is even worse.

Time Management vs Energy Management

Many of us are all too aware of time management. I get it. I manage several different roles and can easily work 80 hours a week in coaching, sales, leadership, and speaking. Can you relate?

Clarify Your Goals for Greater Success

A goal is like a compass. It helps you focus on where you want to go in life and make positive progress to get there.

Quick Tips for Making a Speech

If you find yourself in a position where you have to give a public presentation.

5 Ways to Make Your Job More Meaningful

Whether you work in a hospital or supermarket, you can make your job more meaningful.

How to Appear Confident When You Really Aren’t

No one feels confident all of the time, but sometimes you need to appear confident. You might be on a date, have a job interview, or attending a company function.

Top 10 Reasons to be More Forgiving

It’s not always easy to be forgiving. I know this in my personal and my professional life. This happens in family relationships and in workplaces.

Keys to Personal Development: Be the Tortoise and Win

Modern life is all about getting things done quickly. Microwave ovens, streaming movies, and cell phones perpetuate this lifestyle.

Rediscover Your Motivation When You’ve Lost Your Way

Do you ever feel lost when trying to achieve your goals, especially when progress seems so far away?

How to Polish Your Small-Talk Skills

If you want to make new friends and advance in your career, learn to connect with others through small talk.


In the last blog in this series, we spoke about uncovering the “wound” from your past which led to your fear……

10 Simple Truths That Will Set You Free

Life isn’t as complicated as you might think. I’ve seen people get stuck with paralysis of analysis. I don’t want that for you…….

Targeting Self-Regulation: Skills and Strategies

One of the most impressive signs of a truly evolved and self-aware adult is the ability to self-regulate……


Some fears are irrational. Some fears are based on superstition. And some fears have a real reason. Maybe you’re afraid of swimming in a deep pool after a near-drowning incident…..

Read This Before You Exaggerate on Your Resume

There’s a lot of pressure to embellish your resume but lying about your qualifications could be disastrous. You may be confused about where to draw the line, especially if you’re new to the job market or returning after some time off……

Getting a Fresh Start on Life After the End of a Relationship

Quick Note: most of the coaching I do centers on communication, leadership, and career. However, in the past I held most relationship workshops and as clients up with this area of life too……

You need to BELIEVE you can Speak With No Fear

Fear can often be crippling. Some amount of nervousness can in fact goad you to do a better job, but when anxiety and doubt creep in, it’s hard to believe you can move past your challenges……

Become a Master of Self Discipline

Self-discipline is a powerful attribute to have, yet challenging to obtain. I’m working on this and I will share what I am learning with you. Let’s start by defining the terms:……


On June 2nd my book Speak With No Fearwas published and launched. It instantly became a best seller. People ask, “how did you write a best seller when you have a full schedule.” Here is the answer: morning routine…….

From BOOK. Before You Begin: BELIEVE

Thanks for taking time to read my articles and blogs. Before I resume with my articles on success, career, and leadership, I want to give you one more part of my book, Speak With No Fear…….

My Book Introduction from Speak With No Fear

I was in the 7th grade. Pimples, growth spurts, and a cracking voice defined my exterior. My parents had forced me to go to a new school in a different country……

Keys to Receiving a Promotion or Raise

When you improve your public speaking ability improve your probability of success. That is what I do. I help people advance their skills…….

Listen Before You Leap to Reap Greater Rewards

As I wrote my book, Speak With No Fear, I wrote about the power of listening. I felt a bit hypocritical as I wrote it because that is not my strength. I write this article to give you direction and to teach my self…….

7 Ways to Get More Respect

Does it seem like people don’t listen to what you have to say? Do you feel ignored? Most people don’t receive the respect they either feel they deserve or would like. Unfortunately, once we train people to treat us a certain way, it’s challenging to change……

Exercise Your Mental Muscle

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. After all, we have to take care of our body so it can take care of us. But here’s a bigger thought: what about taking care of your mental muscle?…..

Create a 5-Year Plan for Your Life

At 22 years old I sat down at Starbucks with a blank page. Over the course of one hour I mapped out a 1, 2, 5, and 10 year plan for my life……

Easy Ways to Have More Meaningful Conversations

Several years ago I enrolled in the Dale Carnegie Institute. My desire was to get better at speaking and to develop my speaking skills……

Have a More Productive Day

The more you get done each day, the more success you can experience. You also give yourself the opportunity to have more free time, too…..

Six Types of Goals To Balance Your Life Right

Everyone understands that goals are important to success, but there are still relatively few people that actually set goals regularly and commit to them.…

8 Tips to Learn More Efficiently

Recently I was playing with my son, Paxton. As we played my mind drifted from being with him to focusing on work. I realized what happened and snapped back to focus on being with him. Why did this happen? Because, I have a lot going on..…

How to Give a Dynamic Memorable Presentation

The most successful keynote speakers are those who have perfected ways of taking the attention away from themselves and making the audience the star of their presentation. There are most ways to do this effectively and in this article, we’re going to look at five methods to get an instant connection and build a strong relationship with audience members..…

Signs You Need a Career Change

Statistics say most people change their careers 5 to 7 times before finding the right workplace and eventually retiring. It’s not a very surprising statistic. A lot of people need time to understand their strengths and weaknesses and which work environment suits them best, and that’s perfectly alright. ..…

10 Reasons Why People Fear Public Speaking (Part 1 of 2)

Fear of public speaking is one of our most common fears. This angst limits victims from communicating their thoughts effectively in order to reach their potential in their careers, finances, and in life..…

Goals that Make Momentum

There are two reasons why you might not achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself: either you didn’t strategize correctly, or you set the wrong goal.…


Most people today live their lives on autopilot.

Can you relate? Think about your morning routine. Wake up, hit the snooze button (once, twice, maybe even thrice), check your social media or emails in bed, get dressed in a hurry, grab one cup of coffee, skip breakfast because there’s no time… and race to your desk before your boss sees you coming in late…..


In the year 2000 I was asked to speak to a group of students on the topic of success. I didn’t know where to begin. Where do you begin……


What comes to mind when you think about the classic kids book, “Where’s Waldo?” You probably think about the red and white stripes….


As a teenager I was chastised for my attitude. My father would often say, “Get the chip off your shoulder.” Or, he would use this air-tight logic,….

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