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Michael V. Ivanov        

Storytelling Expert; Mindset, Motivation & Leadership Development Speaker; Bestselling Author of "The Mount of Olives"

Michael V. Ivanov is a game-changing speaker and bestselling author who has impacted thousands of people with his message of resilience. He was born in Soviet Russia and is the grandson of a ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and Dachau camp survivor. His master storytelling ability leaves audiences exhilarated and equipped to act on their inspiration. His success principles empower audiences to smash fears, limitations, and passive and excuse-oriented mindsets. Ivanov takes his audiences on a journey through his story of humble beginnings to becoming a business owner, an author, and a motivational speaker. He reveals how the personal choices we make, the attitudes we carry, and the principles we choose to live by, affect our mental health and performance, and determine the success of our lives and organizations.

Ivanov's presentations engage a shift in the culture of organizations by empowering leaders, captivating audiences, and motivating employees to find purpose in life and business by setting an extraordinary vision, reshaping their identities to match that vision, and following through by taking massive action. You can either "Brace for impact" or "Prepare for impact."

Ivanov has trained face-to-face with Bo Eason, a former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway performer, and an international presence and story coach to develop his message, and now uses this message to train, inspire, and motivate audiences to achieve their greatest potential through his story and Jim Rohn-inspired speaking. He also offers keynotes and training for leaders to refine their stories and understand the power of strategic storytelling for influence and business impact.

Speech Topics

STAY ALIVE ALL YOUR LIFE: Harnessing the Extraordinary Power of Purpose

Experience the Transformative Power of Purpose with Michael! In his captivating presentation, Michael delves into the profound impact of purpose in our lives. He unveils his '11 Success Principles' as they appear in his best-selling novel. Audiences won't just be inspired; they'll be empowered with actionable tools to conquer anything life throws their way. Through a compelling blend of storytelling, personal anecdotes, and his own journey to becoming an author and motivational speaker, Michael imparts timeless principles that will equip your audience to take bold action. With unwavering conviction, Michael reminds us that it's never too late to chase our dreams. Join him in discovering how you can Stay Alive All Your Life by harnessing the extraordinary power of purpose.

As a result of this keynote, attendees will:

  • Explore the transformative power of SERVICE and GRATITUDE and discover how cultivating these cultures can enrich your life and create a ripple effect in the world around you.

  • Gain deep insights into the habits, competencies and mindsets that shape the IDENTITY of extraordinary people of impact by tapping into the power of introspection and self-awareness in your journey of growth.

  • Receive specific ACTION STEPS to embrace the opportunities that change brings and be equipped with the tools to excel in an ever-transforming world.

STAY ALIVE ALL YOUR LIFE: Success Principles for Developing Resilience & Adapting to Change

The world is changing faster than we ever imagined, leaders and teams have to dig deep within themselves to break through and find opportunity in uncertain times. Michael understands what it means to face adversity.

Before becoming a best-selling author and motivational speaker, Michael worked as an IT Professional and suffered from crippling depression. Desperate to revive his long-lost enthusiasm for life and opportunity in the land of the free, Michael committed to a series of positive life changes when he discovered a tattered personal development book in the small corner of the local library.

He had a shift in perspective that changed his outlook on life and once again opened himself up to endless possibility. From there he committed to unearthing his buried dreams and helping others do the same. Michael's life changing message has opened up audiences everywhere to cultures of service, gratitude and endless potential.

As a result of this keynote, attendees will:

  • Attendees will learn core principles for creating a powerful VISION for life and business that will provide a sense of PURPOSE and allow them to move the needle on their goals and dreams.

  • Attendees will gain deep insights into the habits, competencies and mindsets that shape the IDENTITY of extraordinary people of impact.

  • Attendees will understand how their established VISION and redefined IDENTITY will set their life and business on an inevitable path for impact based on the choices they make and the ACTIONS they take.

TALENTS: 5 success principles for thinking and Achieving beyond your boundaries

Whether you need a shift in perspective or upgrade your thinking, Michael will help you get from “ambition” to “accomplishment.” Michael's message of radical possibility combined with his ‘5 success principles for thinking and Achieving beyond your boundaries’ leaves audiences not only inspired but also equipped with tools to tackle the seemingly insurmountable. Using stories, anecdotes, and his real-life experience with growing up on hand-me-downs and Food stamps, Michael reveals timeless principles that will equip you and your team to take action, start right where you are, and invest in your talents and opportunities despite the obstacles. His perspective on achieving impossible goals demystifies daunting tasks by turning ‘dreams’ into ‘tasks’ and creates inspiration through action and accountability. Michael reminds us that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams and leave our lasting impact on the world.

As a result of this keynote, attendees will learn to:

  • Leverage their resources and opportunities to accomplish seemingly impossible goals
  • Identify the hidden talents they currently possess and invest into them to achieve more.
  • Understand the importance of taking personal responsibility and immediate action and develop a plan to drive them forward towards their goals.


In college, Michael dropped his speech class and swore he would never take the stage again after a humiliating presentation. But destiny had other plans and soon he was drawn to the stage once more, this time not out of duty for a school credit, but for a desire to impact and inspire people. Michael has spent thousands of dollars and countless hours training to overcome his fears and become an impactful presenter which he heavily relies on in all aspects of his business, from sales, to marketing, to speaking from stage.

He trained face-to-face with Bo Eason, a former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway performer, and an international presence/story coach to develop his message and now uses this message to train, inspire, and motivate audiences to achieve their greatest potential.

He understands the magnetic power of storytelling and importance of voice tonality, body language, and presence when it comes time to capture attention and move people to action, whether that is from the stage or at a customer’s door.

As a result of this keynote, attendees will learn:

  • The scientific reasons for why storytelling allows you to gain TRUST and CONNECT with people.
  • DO’s and DON’Ts of public speaking and how to effectively convey your message.
  • How to OVERCOME YOUR FEAR of presenting, whether that’s from stage or at the customers door.
  • To use effective BODY LANGUAGE, your VOICE, and your WORDS to effectively communicate and inspire action.

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