Michael Lyons

Professional Speaker, Actor and Hospitality Industry Consultant

Michael Lyons is a Professional Speaker, Actor and Hospitality Industry Consultant. Most recently, he served as Exhibition Director for Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest trade show organizer, responsible for the management of IBTM America, a global exhibition which takes place each June. Mike is a highly respected veteran of the meetings/travel industry. His diverse background, spanning more than four decades, includes senior level posts with some of the industry’s best known names. Besides Reed Travel Exhibitions, he has worked for the likes of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, EGR International and McGettigan Partners (now Maritz). He was also the President and CEO of Global Events Partners, Philadelphia, the premier Destination

Management Company (DMC) in the greater Philadelphia region which he co-founded and ran from 2002 through 2009.

Over the years Lyons has been an active participant in hospitality industry organizations including PCMA, MPI, GBTA, ISES, HSMAI, SITE and ADME. He served two terms on the Philadelphia chapter of MPI’s board as VP Finance, and was named Supplier of the Year in 2006, and also received the chapter’s Partner Award in 2006 and 2008. He served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia CVB from 2004-2012 as well as their Marketing and International committees. During those years he was also a member of the Advisory Board of Visit Philadelphia. On the academic front, he was an adjunct professor at Temple University from 2010-2012, teaching in their Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program.

Mike earned industry certification as a Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) and has spoken at dozens of industry events. He has also authored a number of articles in both industry trade journals and consumer magazines, and is frequently sought out by the media as one of the experts in the meetings/travel business. He co-wrote the chapter on Marketing Strategies in the book “Best Practices in Destination Management” as well as the chapter entitled Making ROI-based Decisions in Today’s Business Environment in the business book “Improving the Profitability of Your Company”.

As a professional actor, Mike has numerous credits in major feature films, TV shows, commercials and more than 350 live appearances on home shopping network QVC as a product host. His credits include speaking parts in “The Sixth Sense”, “All My Children, “Veep” (HBO), “What Would You Do”, and “Arrest & Trial”, among others, and he will be ?seen in Season 4 of the popular Netflix series “House of Cards” playing the Speaker of the House when it is released in February, 2016.

A motivational speaker since 2009, he has given talks to numerous groups across the U.S. on how to achieve goals, pursue your passion and craft a strong Personal Brand.

Over the years, in both his personal and professional life, Mike has given freely of his time for charitable causes including trips to Togo, West Africa and the Dominican Republic, where he participated in programs to help underprivileged children. On the domestic side, he has volunteered for organizations such as Philabundance, Tourism Cares, and Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa. He is active in his church where he has served as a lector and in the parish choir for many years.

On the home front, Mike is a resident of suburban Philadelphia and has been married to wife Lorie for 41 years. They are the proud parents of three children – Mike, Erin and Aimee - and are doting grandparents to 5 girls and 2 boys.

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    Attitude, Branding, Motivation, Psychology / Relationships

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    Pennsylvania

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Michael Lyons is a Professional Speaker, Actor and Hospitality Industry Consultant. Most recently, he served as Exhibition Director for Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest trade show organizer, responsible for the management of IBTM America, a global exhibition which takes place each June. Mike is a highly respected veteran of the meetings/travel industry. His diverse background, spanning more than four decades, includes senior level posts with some of the industry’s best known names. Besides Reed Travel Exhibitions, he has worked for the likes of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, EGR International and McGettigan Partners (now Maritz). He was also the President and CEO of Global Events Partners, Philadelphia, the premier Destination

Management Company (DMC) in the greater Philadelphia region which he co-founded and ran from 2002 through 2009.

Over the years Lyons has been an active participant in hospitality industry organizations including PCMA, MPI, GBTA, ISES, HSMAI, SITE and ADME. He served two terms on the Philadelphia chapter of MPI’s board as VP Finance, and was named Supplier of the Year in 2006, and also received the chapter’s Partner Award in 2006 and 2008. He served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia CVB from 2004-2012 as well as their Marketing and International committees. During those years he was also a member of the Advisory Board of Visit Philadelphia. On the academic front, he was an adjunct professor at Temple University from 2010-2012, teaching in their Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program.

Mike earned industry certification as a Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) and has spoken at dozens of industry events. He has also authored a number of articles in both industry trade journals and consumer magazines, and is frequently sought out by the media as one of the experts in the meetings/travel business. He co-wrote the chapter on Marketing Strategies in the book “Best Practices in Destination Management” as well as the chapter entitled Making ROI-based Decisions in Today’s Business Environment in the business book “Improving the Profitability of Your Company”.

As a professional actor, Mike has numerous credits in major feature films, TV shows, commercials and more than 350 live appearances on home shopping network QVC as a product host. His credits include speaking parts in “The Sixth Sense”, “All My Children, “Veep” (HBO), “What Would You Do”, and “Arrest & Trial”, among others, and he will be ?seen in Season 4 of the popular Netflix series “House of Cards” playing the Speaker of the House when it is released in February, 2016.

A motivational speaker since 2009, he has given talks to numerous groups across the U.S. on how to achieve goals, pursue your passion and craft a strong Personal Brand.

Over the years, in both his personal and professional life, Mike has given freely of his time for charitable causes including trips to Togo, West Africa and the Dominican Republic, where he participated in programs to help underprivileged children. On the domestic side, he has volunteered for organizations such as Philabundance, Tourism Cares, and Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa. He is active in his church where he has served as a lector and in the parish choir for many years.

On the home front, Mike is a resident of suburban Philadelphia and has been married to wife Lorie for 41 years. They are the proud parents of three children – Mike, Erin and Aimee - and are doting grandparents to 5 girls and 2 boys.

To book Michael Lyons call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Set Yourself Free...Daydream It, Believe It, Achieve It
Inspirational, Life-Changing

The past few years have been a true test for everyone, but in particular for people in the meetings/hospitality industry. Some saw their jobs eliminated or downsized. Others were given more responsibility with the same (or decreased) compensation. Service standards suffered. With that experience as a backdrop, it's a good time to step back, re-evaluate our careers and life path, and contemplate a possible change in direction and attitude.

In this entertaining, interactive and informative session, speaker Mike Lyons guides the audience through a discussion asking them to reflect honestly on their life/career goals and assess where they stand in relation to their "bucket list". At the end of the session, participants will walk away with tangible and manageable tips to implement that will help them to stay focused on their life/career goals. In addition to his hospitality, speaking and acting careers, Lyons has also been an entrepreneur who has started 4 companies (all with varying degrees of risk) on the side, so he is not averse to risk-taking and "going for it". He will share some of those stories as examples.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Gain the tools to assess your progress towards meeting your life/job/career goals
  • Identify tactics to stay on track on a daily basis
  • Overcome your internal censor's negative messages that might hold you back
  • Get charged up to make a change in your life!
  • Getting Yourself Camera Ready
  • Educational, Informative

??Everything and everyone is now on video, though most people don't like, or are uncomfortable speaking on camera. In today's business world, odds are you will be interviewed or be asked to create a video for your web site or some other project. In this session, speaker Mike Lyons will walk you through the steps that will ease the process. Learn special techniques and tips that you can use for yourself or for prepping your own speakers at your events.

The Brand of YOU!
Educational, Informative

Every one of us is a unique human being and, like it or not, you represent a brand - the brand of YOU. This session reviews the disciplines of business branding and applies them to the process of creating, developing, managing and protecting your personal brand.

How you present yourself, how you behave and how you are perceived by your professional peers will determine your personal brand and the level of success in your career. After all, if you don’t brand yourself, other people will. And, chances are they won’t brand you in the way you want to be branded. If you are not conscious of your brand and don’t work on it, you may fall short of your career aspirations. It has been said that your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, and how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you is your trademark. So true. In this informative and entertaining session, speaker Mike Lyons will engage the audience with interactive and fun exercises, and walk participants through a road map of how to enhance and sustain your personal brand.

Learn how to build a personal brand so you can be more successful personally and bring

more value to the company where you work.

Learn how to package "Brand YOU" in person and online with a distinct value proposition, and how to develop a marketing game plan for success.

Learn the four components of your personal brand and why all 4 must be addressed and incorporated into your brand plan:

  • ? Appearance
  • ? Personality
  • ? Competencies ? Differentiation

The 16 C’s to Building Strong Relationships
Inspirational, Life-Changing, Educational, Informative

Whether it's personal relationships, or business relationships, there are a number of "C" words that form the foundation of long lasting relationships where mutual trust is an important cornerstone. Those C words are:

  • Communication
  • Consideration
  • Commitment
  • Compassion
  • Concern
  • Caring
  • Conciliation
  • Courtesy
  • Cooperation
  • Candor
  • Confidence
  • Compromise
  • Compatibility
  • Consistency
  • Connection
  • Collaboration

In this session, Mike leads participants through a discussion of these C words and how important they are in creating and sustaining long term relationships. A veteran of over 40 years in the business world and married for 40 plus years, Lyons has a learned perspective on what makes long term successful relationships work.

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The Inn at Penn

“As the President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PCMA, I had the opportunity to invite Mike to be the speaker at our chapter meeting. The program “Daydream It, Believe it, Achieve it” was a presentation that focused on issues in today's work-life balance struggle. It was a strong, very well organized program that dealt with a relevant topic that many of us struggle with. Due to his presentation style and ability, Mike was able to capture the audience’s attention and keep them fully engaged throughout the program. Because of this firsthand experience I am happy to recommend him to any organization as a great speaker option."

Senior Vice President, World Congress

“World Congress invited Mike to moderate a Senior Pharmaceutical Meetings session at the Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Meetings Summit. Mike used his industry expertise and personable nature to successfully moderate the group’s 3-hour discussion. I look forward to working with Mike again and highly recommend him as a speaker or moderator.”

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.

"It was a privilege to experience your presentation of “The Brand of YOU.” The knowledge you shared was easy to grasp and I was inspired to apply it immediately. As a young professional in the industry I am eager to learn and advance. I know the new tools I learned from you will play a role in my growth. Thank you!."

Managing Partner at SoolNua

“I’ve known Mike Lyons for many years as the quintessential serial professional whose career in the meetings industry spanned the full spectrum from buyer to supplier. A few years ago I heard Mike emcee and sing at an industry event and, besides encountering another layer of incredible talent, came away thinking here was a man “in his element”. Mike’s talent is providing leadership within the meetings industry. His gift is live communication, public speaking, working as an MC, facilitating, moderating and … singing – he has even cut an album of Frank Sinatra favorites. In Mike’s talk, he told his story under the title 'Daydream it, Believe it, Achieve it'. Mixing episodes from his own extraordinarily interesting life with anecdotes about Ray Kroc (he only started McDonald’s in his late 50s), J.K. Rowling and others in the public eye, Mike tells a compelling tale of courage and determination, of not letting go of your dreams, of relentless pursuit. What makes it all so convincing and believable for us is that he’s from our industry and he has successfully re-invented himself and carved out a new career at age 60+.”
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