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TESTIMONIALS

“Your presentation was excellent and if I could find a better adjective I would use it. It was our privilege to have you be our opening keynote speaker at our final conference. Our members, every year attend 2-3 conferences, and we as an Association of 20 years we have had more than our share of speakers over this time. To get feedback from those attending saying that you were the best speaker that we have ever had, or many have heard, is high praise from this group. We have an age demographic of 30-65 with the majority of them being male at the higher end of this range and to have them still talking about your keynote at dinner that night was fantastic and a tribute to the man you are.”

Gayleen Middleton

Australian Fire Mangers Association

“On behalf of the 7-Eleven Operations Team, I wanted to sincerely thank for joining our group on Tuesday afternoon, and getting into the spirit of our themed event that evening. Your passion, determination and enthusiasm for everything you do is infectious, and your message to our team was inspiring, thought provoking, and motivating. I’m sure many in our team took something from it about how to live life in a meaningful way, the power of positive thinking, and the importance of lending a hand to those less fortunate than ourselves. I’ve no doubt the short time you spent with the team, will have a long lasting impact.”

Tracy Hammon

Public Affairs and Communications Manager 7-Eleven Stores

“The feedback from our Leadership was fantastic and after assessing the feedback sheets 100% of the delegates rated your session as Excellent! It was wonderful to have you share your story with our team again.”

Olivia Walsh

Organisational Learning & Development Manager CBRE

“Thank you for joining us in Melbourne to share your incredible story with the team at Buxton. Your achievements in the face of adversity in both business and sport are truly remarkable. Hearing about your tenacity and persistence in the face of so many hurdles was inspirational and highly motivating for those of us who work in a competitive sales environment and have our wins and disappointments, albeit no comparison with yours. Perhaps your experience in sales and sales management helped but we felt you connected particularly well with our people from the outset and the feedback since has been nothing short of exceptional. We are all better for the experience.”

Gavan Fallon

Managing Director – Buxton Real Estate Group Pty Ltd

“I wanted to drop you both a short note to convey our thanks for a great presentation last Friday morning. Our staff and players thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear your story and were genuinely inspired by your powerful life experiences. Look forward to catching up with you soon & thanks again for making the time & effort last week.”

Todd Greenberg

CEO National Rugby League

“Thank you for sharing your inspiring, yet very personal, story at our company Kick Start event earlier this year. From business to sport you reminded us that in life anything we set our mind to we can accomplish successfully. You are a true inspiration to us all.”

John McGrath

Chief Executive Officer – McGrath Estate Agents

“Words escape me to truly express my thanks for the amazing journey you took us all on today as the keynote speaker at the HR Teams event in Sydney and the roller coast ride of emotions you evoked in us all. I feel incredibly humbled and honoured to have met you and want you to know how much you touched everyone in the room today (myself included) with your warmth, passion, incredible spirit and courage in the face of such adversity. The room was charged full of raw energy and emotion when you finished and many members commented to me afterwards how incredibly inspirational you were and how powerful your messages, learning’s and insights were. My congratulations.”

Amanda McKernan

Director – International HR Director Forum – CEO Forum Group

“Michael Crossland was truly one out of the box. His story was at times heart wrenching, but the overarching message of refusing to let adversity define you struck a chord with our audience that I don’t believe we have hit before, or will manage to again. Never have I seen 500 people leap to their feet so quickly in a unified standing ovation. As a professional speaker, Michael’s attention to detail, ability to speak to brief and skill with an audience’s focus was second to none. From a booking point of view, he was friendly, approachable and entirely focused on what we were trying to achieve at our event. I cannot recommend him enough.”

Stephanie Wells

Marketing Communications Manager – Franchise Council Australia

“Just listened to Michael Crossland speak! What an inspiration he is! I will never take things for granted! Michael, you are a fighter and a true Inspiration.”

BEN BARBA

Australian professional footballer, fullback in the National Rugby League for Canterbury Bulldogs, 2012 Dally M player of the year

“Your speech focused the minds of my unit’s members on the scale of tragedy faced by many, the power of positive thinking in overcoming adversity, and on the importance of self contribution. Many of my team were visibly moved by your words.”

WING COMMANDER CHRIS PHELAN

COMMANDING OFFICER RAAF

“Recently, the Toronto Blue Jays had the distinct honor to hear Michael Crossland speak. His story of perseverance was simply incredible. Not only did he captivate all of our players, but our coaches as well. He knew his audience, and was able to convey his inspirational message to everyone in attendance. Numerous players were eager to stay connected with Mr. Crossland and volunteered to help him however they could. His tireless work across the globe, in particular in Haiti, is simply remarkable. He has made such a difference in so many lives in a relatively short amount of time. He also shared his journey on the baseball field and capped it off with throwing batting practice to some of our biggest prospects! His interaction with our players and overall upbeat attitude is something that any baseball manager cannot get enough of. Throughout my own baseball journey, I have never seen or heard such a positive perspective on not only the game, but on life itself. I would recommend Mr. Crossland to share his story with athletes, companies, and any other organization around the globe. We were honored to have him be part of the “Blue Jay Family” for a day, and we look forward to having him back soon.”

JOHN SCHNEIDER

MANAGER – TORONTO BLUE JAYS

“Dear Michael, I would like to sincerely thank you for your passion, determination and pure inspiration that you gave the students of my school today. Your impact was greater than you can imagine, and I feel the ripple of your presence will radiate for a long time to come. It is people like you that young people need in their lives. They need a hero, who builds them up, and as you say “ignites” in them a fire to do and be great people. Many of the students, were making amazing insightful observations in relation to their own values and beliefs based on your life story. This is an inspiring result. Young people are often are our most disengaged members of society, however as you know they are the future. Thank you for helping to shape our future leaders. Thank you again, and I do believe we will meet again.”

DENISE LOFTS

PRINCIPAL – MARSDEN HIGH SCHOOL

“Met the most inspirational man I have ever met today, Michael you are a legend and you have inspired me in many ways! Your message is really what life is all about.”

JOSH REYNOLDS

Australian professional footballer, Halfback / Five Eighth in the National Rugby League for Canterbury Bulldogs

“It was such a pleasure to meet you & thank you so much for coming all of the way to New York to be part of such an amazing program. The message and inspiration you gave to everyone in the room was incredible and extremely powerful. We heard from one young boy who was personally involved with the 911 attacks that said, “it was the best day ever and I’ll never forget it”. You are an Inspiration. Many thanks.”

MOLLY LIEBERMAN

PROGRAM MANAGER – TUESDAY”S CHILDREN NEW YORK

“Bul vinaka Michael. I was listening to you on Fiji TV and Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) Gold. Thank God for your life & story & thank you most of all for sharing your insights & pearls of wisdom with our entire country here in Fiji, I am forever grateful for you sharing you heart and soul, WOW.”

NEINI CURULALA

HOST – FIJI BROADCASTING

“Michael opened the day at our recent manager’s meeting. His story and the way he told it was truly inspirational – to have experienced such horrific health issues and still achieve so much in life with such optimism and positivity is amazing! The team went away energised and passionate about making a difference and the effects are evident in the level of engagement and the continued enthusiasm of the team. Michael is a fantastic speaker and I cannot recommend him highly enough.”

MICHAEL SOMMERTON

AUTONEXUS MANAGING DIRECTOR

“We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for your contribution to the Campbell Arnott’s Gala Dinner. Aside from doing a fantastic job as MC, sharing your amazing story had the entire audience of over 500 people spellbound. Weeks later we are still receiving calls and emails to say how special you made the night by bringing into perspective why we are all here and what we can achieve in life. Thank you Michael.”

CRAIG FULLER

VICE PRESIDENT SUPPLY CHAIN, ASIA PACIFIC AT CAMPBELL ARNOTTS

“Thank you for joining us in Melbourne to share your incredible story with the team at Buxton. Your achievements in the face of adversity in both business and sport are truly remarkable. Hearing about your tenacity and persistence in the face of so many hurdles was inspirational and highly motivating for those of us who work in a competitive sales environment and have our wins and disappointments, albeit no comparison with yours. Perhaps your experience in sales and sales management helped but we felt you connected particularly well with our people from the outset and the feedback since has been nothing short of exceptional. We are all better for the experience.”

GAVAN FALLON

MANAGING DIRECTOR BUXTON REAL ESTATE GROUP PTY LTD

“Many thanks for visiting the community of Alice Springs. Your inspirational talks touched many in our community, from High School students sitting for exams, budding sporting heroes, to our business community. Business owners have said they have been energised with new enthusiasm and your presentations have given them the opportunity to review their goals. Nothing seems to be unachievable if they focus on their goals and hopefully they will be able to make a difference to their employees and their community. You have touched many people’s lives with your positive outlook on life.”

KAY EADE

EXECUTIVE OFFICER – CENTRAL AUSTRALIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NORTHERN TERRITORY

“Thank you for agreeing to speak at the recent 2011 Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland Innovation Awards. Your presentation was refreshing, inspirational and most of all a very important reality check for all attendees. Your ‘positive’ attitude impacted greatly on the individuals, regional businesses and sponsors involved on the night. Your presentation created a connection and mutual ground amongst the attendees generating conversation on a topic that everyone could relate to. It is for this reason that it is important to facilitate the engagement between regional communities and people such as yourself to encourage community support and spirit that appears to be in decline due to varying circumstances.”

KIM

TRIESTE HASTINGS, SENIOR PROJECT OFFICER – REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUSTRALIA – NORTHERN INLAND

“Your life challenges and the way you have tackled them are nothing short of inspirational. We all enjoyed your sessions immensely. May you continued to be blessed with strength, courage and wisdom.”

GILL FISH

DIRECTOR – BRAND NEW SOLUTIONS

“Not only did Michael share his truly remarkable story with my organisation, he also delivered a training session on how to be a more effective person, particularly relating to sales. Michael’s inspirational story set the tone by demonstrating how belief, integrity and a positive attitude combine to make anything possible. His message has inspired me to be more compassionate, understanding and appreciative for the simple things. Michael took the time to connect with my business which ensured he was able to deliver highly relevant, credible and moving presentations.”

JUSTIN DIAMOND

MANAGING DIRECTOR – ROSE-HIP VITAL

“Michael, your eyes told me much about you not just your words. That of someone who has been truly touched by God, that has been through burning fire, yet has come out so refined, who has been hurt horrifically, but holds no grudges nor anger, you are genuine, humble in spirit, gentle & kind. Through you I have been blessed.”

ANGELA CHARLESWORTH

CENTURY 21 SHOWCASE REAL-ESTATE – HIGHLAND, CALIFORNIA

“I want to thank you Michael for your powerful and moving contribution to our sporting organisation.. Coming to speak to our team after a 7 game losing streak was exactly what we needed… Your ability to emotionally connect with each of our players and staff was truly inspirational. Your words hit our hearts and we want to personally thank you for not only making our team and organisation much more successful but we feel that we are now greater human beings. Our now 8 game winning streak is proof that you have given us the belief that dreams can come true.”

DAVID HAGGERTY

PRESIDENT OF COMETS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB

“Michael’s ability to be resilient in the face of adversity in business, sport and with his own personal health is a true feel good story and an inspiration to us all.”

KEVIN GATES

DISTRICT MANAGER – GENERAL ELECTRIC NSW

“I was privileged to be at the address you gave. I have never before been so moved by a speaker. I admire your courage, tenacity, strength of character and positive attitude. I take my hat off to you.”

JENNY CAUGHEY

PRINCIPAL – FOCUS GROUP AUSTRALIA

“I highly recommend Michael as a presenter for corporate meetings, seminars and groups. A young man who tells a story that will move, motivate and inspire your work colleagues as it did me.”

DANNY MOORE

MANAGING DIRECTOR – SIMMS INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD