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Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen

In 2015 Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year - Michael McQueen is a speaker, social researcher and best-selling author. He has his finger on the pulse when it comes to emerging trends shaping business and culture. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate change and stay ahead of the curve.

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Michael McQueen offers information that is relevant to everyone and anyone. His presentation at our client luncheon attracted enormous interest and was engaging, insightful and humorous. Feedback from audience members was fantastic and he has certainly raised the bar for next year.
CEO, Australian Super

The best presentation I've seen! Michael's depth of knowledge and applicable stories were fantastic.
Marketing Manager, Pepsi

The value Michael brings is hard to find. I would thoroughly recommend him as a speaker for your next executive event - we are.
Vice President, Nokia L&C

Michael's 'Winning the Battle for Relvance' theme was perfect for our audience and he set the scene and tone beautifully for the rest of the days program. The service from Michael and the team was outstanding, Nothing was too much trouble.
Maznik Consulting

"A fascinating and entertaining speaker."

Macquarie Bank


“Michael was fantastic - so well researched and an incredibly engaging speaker”

General Manager, Laing and Simmons Real Estate


" Michael is an engaging speaker with a powerful message and practical advice. I would highly recommend him."

GM of Marketing, Canon

Michael McQueen Travels from NSW
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Michael McQueen's Biography

Michael McQueen is an award-winning speaker, social researcher and best-selling author. He has his finger on the pulse when it comes to emerging trends shaping business and culture. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate change and stay ahead of the curve.


Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Widely recognized for having his finger on the pulse of business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay ahead of the curve.


As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on TV and radio and has written four bestselling books.


His first book, The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement focuses on strategies for leading and connecting with Generation Y. His newest release, Winning the Battle for Relevance is a revealing look at why even the greatest brands and organisations become obsolete... and how to avoid their fate.


Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry King. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across 5 continents since 2004 and is known for his high-impact, research-rich and entertaining conference presentations.


As a speaker, Michael is known for his compelling, humourous and practical presentations. He provides audiences with powerful insights into what the future holds and how businesses and leaders can ride the waves of change rather than being engulfed by them. Michael’s sessions are highly tailored to ensure that every audience member leaves equipped with a clear action plan for maintaining relevance, vitality and momentum within their business or team.


In 2015, Michael was named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year and was inducted into the Speakers Halls of Fame.

Speaking Topics Include

Indisruptable - How smart leaders and organizations re-invent themselves before change forces them to - Every brand and institution today is facing a perfect storm of technological disruption and market upheaval. As traditional business models and industry structures come under increasing threat, agility and adaptability are more important than ever.


The future success and survival of many businesses and organizations will rest on their ability to anticipate, prepare for and even pre-empt change.


In this cutting edge & compelling keynote presentation, audiences discover:

•The 5 IMPENDING DISRUPTIONS that most leaders and organizations are ignoring at their peril

•How to foster the MINDSET and CULTURE required to drive INNOVATION and AGILITY within a team

•The key HABITS and STRATEGIES that separate the ENDURING from the ENDANGERED


Audience members will leave this presentation with an action plan for navigating the turbulent times ahead and emerging stronger than ever. Indisruptable is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.


Mastering the art of momentum - The secret to achieving effortless and enduring growth

We all love being on a roll, in sync and firing on all cylinders – that flow-state sensation where everything just seems to work. But what happens when the groove becomes a rut, inspiration evaporates or your mojo disappears? Enduring success and growth for any business today is dependent on building and maintaining unstoppable momentum.


In this fast-paced & compelling keynote presentation, audiences discover:

•The SCIENCE and ART of momentum – where it comes from and why it makes all the difference when you’ve got it working for you

•The 5 ENEMIES of momentum – the early warning signs that many leaders and organizations ignore till it’s almost too late

•The 3 DAILY LEADERSHIP HABITS that create effortless energy in a team or business


Audience members will leave this presentation with a clear action plan for getting into a groove but more importantly staying there. Mastering the Art of Momentum is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.


Winning the Battle for Relevance

How you ever wondered how it is that iconic brands and great ideas go from prominence to obsolescence while their competitors go from strength to strength? The secret to maintaining growth, vitality and momentum for many years and decades comes down to one thing and one thing only relevance.


 In this unique, fast-paced and compelling presentation, Michael McQueen explores:

  • Why most businesses don’t realize they are losing relevance till it’s almost too late
  • ‘The Relevance Curve’ and what it means for every business, leader, idea and brand
  • The 5 major causes of decline and obsolescence
  • How to check your “Silent Pulse” and measure the true health of a business
  • Proven strategies for remaining relevant or regaining relevance as times and needs evolve

Audience members will leave this session challenged to reflect on their relevance in the modern marketplace while at the same time equipped with strategies for navigating change through innovation, strategic thinking and re-positioning.

IDEAL FOR: Clients looking for themes of leadership, change management, strategic planning or innovation.


De-Coding the next Generation

The next generation are already here - are you ready?

If you have you ever found yourself confused, frustrated or even offended by the attitudes and expectations of today’s younger generation, you are not alone.

Employers, leaders and educators often describe this group as being technology addicted, impatient, unfocussed and disrespectful.

Having conducted arguably the world’s most extensive research into the defining attitudes and values of Gen Y, Michael McQueen is ideally placed to help audiences de-code this group.


In this entertaining & engaging keynote presentation, Michael explores:

  • The FOUR LIES you have been told about Generation Y
  • The KEY CHALLENGES older generations face in communicating with & leading today’s youth
  • PRACTICAL STRATEGIES for engaging, motivating and equipping the next generation Audience members leave this presentation with powerful insights into what is shaping Gen Y along with a game plan for engaging them in meaningful ways.

The 'New' Rules of Engagement

Smart organizations and leaders are beginning to recognize the significant commercial benefits of engaging younger generations in the workplace. They are discovering that in addition to being ambitious, tech-savvy and adaptable, Gen Y can be a powerful source of creativity and fresh thinking.

The challenge for business owners and managers is to develop organizational cultures and practices that will attract, motivate but most of all retain this young group.


 In this practical and information-packed session, Michael McQueen draws on over 8 years of experience helping thousands of business leaders and managers increase their engagement with young team members. He explores:

  • Why no organisation can afford to disengage Gen Y - a group who will make up over 40% of the working population by 2020.
  • The key phrases and vocabulary that motivate and inspire young employees - plus the words/phrases to avoid
  • What drives younger workers' addiction to social networking and how to establish clear boundaries around its use in the workplace
  • How to equip emerging leaders with the skills and attitudes they'll need in the future

Audiences leave this session with a clear understanding of what does and does not work in getting the best out of the next generation. More importantly, they leave armed with proven and practical tools for increasing the engagement of their younger team members. This session is a must for organizations and managers who want to prepare for their future workforce and capitalize on the benefits young employees have to offer.

Ideal for: HR, leadership-focussed events, sales teams, small-to-medium sized companies, pharmaceutical, financial services, retail, customer service, public sector, education.


The shape of things to come in Education - The future of education is here - are you ready for it? In an age where education is evolving at an unprecedented rate, it is more important than ever that teachers and schools keep pace with change. Simply relying on conventional wisdom and established practices is no longer enough.


In this practical, research-rich and entertaining presentation, leading educationalist and 3-time bestselling author Michael McQueen explores:

•The 5 SHIFTS that have dramatically changed the face of education in recent decades.

The 3 KEY TRENDS that will shape education in the years to come – namely the changing NATURE OF STUDENTS, the CLIMATE OF THE CLASSROOM and the EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS.

•PRACTICAL AND PROVEN STRATEGIES for engaging tomorrow’s students in learning


Audience members will leave this presentation equipped and inspired to navigate the challenges and changes that lie ahead - and stay one step ahead of them. The Shape of Things to Come in Education is an ideal stand-alone conference keynote or an extended half or full day program.