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Business & College Presentations

Fourteen Steps to
Strategic Decision Making
President Kennedy and the
Cuban Missile Crisis
based on the new book Above & Beyond
Decision Making Under Pressure
From Those Who Have Survived Against All Odds
The Finest Hours:
Resiliency & Leadership Lessons
from America's Greatest Rescue
Extreme Survival:
Lessons From Those Who Have Triumphed Against All Odds
To contact Mike for a speaking engagement, email
Thank you!

Recent Venues

  • National School Transportation Association

  • University of New Hampshire Project Search

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Florida HistoryCon

  • New England Healthcare Engineers Society

  • Cloud County Community College (KS)

  • Acadia Insurance

  • U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

  • Center for Family Business at Northeastern University

  • Axial Financial

  • Annual Convention of Maryland Library Association

  • Gulf Coast CEO Forum

  • Nichols College Leadership Program

  • Walk in Their Shoes Lecture Series, Wisconsin

  • Cape May Film Festival

  • Eagle Management Systems

  • The Loss Control Forum

  • National Drillers Association​

  • John Hancock Global Compliance Conference.

Program Endorsements 

"You had the students fully engaged and shared some insightful tips on careers and achieving personal goals. Heard lots of wonderful feedback over the next two days!" – Lauren Despins, Director Project Search, University of New Hampshire

"Mike and his presentation were fantastic. We could not have asked for a better person to speak at our college. Can’t say enough superlatives. Hope we can have him back someday!” – Brent Philips, Dean of Cloud County Community College (KS)


“A wonderful and riveting presentation…” – Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard


“You were great. The applause was as powerful as your talk.” – Briana Silvio, Axial Financial


"Fantastic, absolutely fantastic!” – Doug Nelson, President Acadia Insurance


“Thank you so much for delivering a wonderful talk. Feedback has been great!”

– Kim Miele, Gulf Coast CEO Forum


"Michael was very well received. He gave an inspiring presentation and the slides

he used were awesome. Everyone left the banquet buzzing with excitement ..."

– Maryland Library Association


“It was a great session, and you hit just the right points!” –Taryn Washkowitz,



"We received fabulous comments about your uplifting program. You had us on the

edge of our seats!” – Sandy Kelly, Massachusetts School Library Association

Annual Conference


“Our audience was awed. Great delivery and well researched.” – Judith Bogue,

General Dynamics.


“Wow! A truly memorable presentation. The strategies you outlined were right

on target.” – Dr. Patrick Kelly, Chairman, NYU Surgeons


“Your presentation allowed our crews to understand techniques used to manage rapid organizational change, operate at peak performance and lead more productive lives. And I extend my gratitude on behalf of each member and their families who will benefit from your lecture and training."

– E.S. Gleason, Officer, U.S.C.G Houston


“Members feedback was so positive, and we had over 750 people in the audience. We loved the inspirational messages.” – Kathleen Keenan, North Platte Town Lecture Series


“Feedback was awesome!" Diane George, Project Management Institute 


“Michael Tougias presented Survival Lessons: Peak Performance Under Pressure at our Business Expo while the region was experiencing a soft economy. During this time of financial uncertainty, his presentation was extremely relevant to the business community. Comments from our chamber members attending his presentation included: 'Fantastic' 'Compelling' 'Inspiring!' I recommend Michael as a speaker for any audience!” Paul Ouellette, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce


“Your presentation was everything I hoped it would be. You hit on some key points about opportunity and change.” Bill Berrera, Lincoln Financial Services


“Feedback was great! Based on the evaluations, it was clear that many attendees came specifically to hear you and they rated this year’s conference the best ever! Thank you for such an inspiring program.” Aimee Phillips, Tofias Management Conference (CEO’s and Leaders from some of New England’s largest corporations including Dunkin Donuts, Reebock, and EMC)


“I’ll be recommending you to other correctional facilities. Life lessons with amazing dramatic survival stories has a realism that resonates much further than mere principles without the incredible illustrations.” – Bill Storz, Northeast Correctional Facility


“Your presentation was riveting. Feedback was fantastic…” – Glenn Field, NE Weather Conference


“Everyone I spoke with loved your speech! You have a gift for gleaning practical wisdom out of your research with survivors while at the same time sharing riveting stories.” Doug Bernard, Raytheon


“A great program that really held the attention of our cadets. Thank you for getting all of us inspired and motivated in an entertaining and informative way.”—Katherine Mudgett, Massachusetts Maritime Academy


“Our customers enjoyed him so much we had him back a few months later.” Andy Colby, National Grand Bank


“The Survival Lessons presentation was engaging, creative, and practical. An excellent program.” Kris MacAusian, Goodwin Proctor Law Firm

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