Meet MICHAEL HINGSON--read his personal story of Trust & Teamwork, Courage & Heroism during the greatest tragedy to face America... then book him for your next event.
Michael Hingson is a successful sales manager, executive, and entrepreneur who happens to be blind
Michael Hingson, totally blind since birth, grew up believing that the real "handicap" of blindness was not the lack of eyesight, but rather it was the lack of vision others had about blindness and the capabilities of blind people. "Right from the beginning of my life my parents taught me that I could choose to live my life and be as successful as I wanted or I could be a victim and be an unhappy person", Michael says in his talks as he describes his upbringing. Mike attended public school through high school, and then attended the University of California at Irvine where he graduated with honors and received a Masters degree in physics. Along the way Michael attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, where he rose to the rank of Vigil, the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive. In addition to his studies in Physics, Mike also earned a secondary teaching credential from UCI's School of Teaching and Education.
After college Mike entered the workforce helping Dr. Raymond Kurzweil, one of the world's foremost inventors & futurists, to develop the first Kurzweil Reading Machine for the Blind. While working for Kurzweil, Michael was asked to manage sales of the products they invented. That launched Michael's extremely successful career in sales and sales management--selling products not only to blind people, but rather to Fortune 500 companies around the United States and Canada.
In the mid-1980s Michael Hingson left his sales management position at Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc. after Xerox purchased the company. Michael started his own company, The System Connection, to sell PC-based computer-aided design (CAD) products to architects. In July 1989 Mike sold his company and took a job selling high-tech innovative computer products in the Eastern region of the United States. By 2000 Michael Hingson was employed by Quantum Corporation to open and manage a sales office in New York City. Michael opened the office on August 1, 2000 on the 78th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center. Mike was in his office on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the Center and the world changed forever.
Meet one of the most amazing, engaging, unique, and inspiring speakers you will ever encounter
Since 9/11, Michael Hingson's career path has changed from selling high-tech products to using his excellent abilities as a communicator to "sell attitudes and life lessons" about Trust & Teamwork, Dealing With Change, Ethics, and Moving From Diversity to Inclusion, among other speaking topics he offers. He uses the skills he's developed to help sales teams and managers think in more innovative ways and, provides insights in how to do their jobs more effectively. He inspires audiences in all walks of life to think differently, work harder, and achieve success in their personal and professional lives.
Michael Hingson is a meeting planner's dream
Mike Hingson says that he comes by his ability to speak honestly. "When I sold technology I needed to articulate well, establish good rapport with my customers, and be prepared to deal with any situation that came along including changing the direction of a presentation to better meet the needs of my audience." Michael Hingson brings these same skills to every speech and presentation he gives. He works with meeting planners and event sponsors to make every event the best that it can be. Every speech is customized by Mr. Hingson with help from the meeting planner and event staff. Since Mr. Hingson likes to keep busy he also offers , if requested, to conduct free workshops and other presentations around his talks. Innovative Speaker’s Network named Michael Hingson “one of America’s top 10 educational speakers”. Michael is a member of NACA and a member of the National Speaker’s Association.
Michael Hingson is a #1 New York Times best-selling author
Michael survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks with the help of his guide dog, Roselle. This story of teamwork and his indomitable will to live and thrive is the subject of his #1 best-selling book, Thunder Dog - The True Story of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, and will soon be the subject of a major motion picture currently in production, coming in September 2013.
Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, saved dozens of lives by guiding him and his co-workers down 78 floors and out of Tower One just before it collapsed on 9/11. In Thunder Dog, Michael leads us through his moment-by-moment account from inside the tower. The book is also an inspiring look at Michael’s accomplishments in life. Sadly, Roselle passed away in July 2011 but posthumously won the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award for 2012 in a star-studded gala in Beverly Hills, and televised in a special feature presentation on Hallmark Channel.
Michael Hingson, a speaker whose name and story are recognized worldwide
In countless TV and radio appearances, newspaper features and magazine articles, Michael Hingson does much more than recount his 9-11 story; he continuously explores the broader lessons of his life and experiences as a blind person in today’s world and shares these lessons to educate, inspire and empower audiences everywhere. Michael has appeared on Larry King five times, and other major national broadcasts such as the Today Show, Fox and Friends, the 700 Club, Joy Behar, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the Hour of Power, and the Hallmark Channel.
• “Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson: How Hingson, who is blind, escaped the Twin Towers on 9/11 with help from his intrepid guide dog, Roselle. Irresistible." -- People Magazine
• “Michael is an international hero honored and awarded by top organizations worldwide” -- Larry King
Additional information, full press list and videos are available at: http://www.michaelhingson.com
Michael Hingson is an internationally acclaimed public speaker who lives and works daily at the intersection of entertainment, education, and technology. Michael Hingson’s riveting personal story of heroism will leave audiences inspired and empowered. Book Michael today, you won't be disappointed.