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Author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and his latest, Nothing Changes Until You Do, Mike Robbins teaches people how to infuse their lives and businesses with authenticity and appreciation. He has strengthened and inspired teams at Google, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Gap, eBay, Charles Schwab, Adobe, Chevron, Citibank, the US Department of Labor, Stanford University, the San Francisco Giants, and many other organizations.

As a former pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, he knows firsthand about trust, collaboration, and leadership. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development and is one of the few professional speakers to receive the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

Mike and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network. Since 2008 he's been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into fourteen different languages.

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Mike Robbins is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and Nothing Changes Until You Do, which have been translated into fourteen different languages.

As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively and be more successful. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

His clients include some of the top organizations and institutions in the world, such as: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Twitter, Deloitte, the U.S. Department of Labor, Gap, New York Life, Stanford University, Chevron, eBay, Kaiser, UC Berkeley, Genentech, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. Mike is a member of the National Speakers Association and is one of less than 10% of the professional speakers in the world to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Mike is the host of his own radio show, “Nothing Changes Until You Do,” on Hay House Radio.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 and he was laid off, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – empowering and inspiring people – and opened the door for him to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development, and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

Family-Christmas-photo-no-logo-1-281x332Mike is a member of the board of trustees for the Marin Waldorf School and is an advisor for Change Heroes, a Canadian-based social venture company, partnering with non-profits around the world. He’s also a former board member for two non-profit organizations – Challenge Day (a powerful youth organization that focuses on peace, healing, and personal development for teens) and The Peace Alliance (an organization focused on creating a culture of peace here in America and around the world, as well as a grassroots political campaign to create a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace).

In addition to his three books, Mike is also a contributing author to: Chicken Soup for the Single Parent’s Soul, Creating a Marriage You’ll Love, and Thirty Things to Do When You Turn Thirty.

Mike lives in Novato, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Michelle, and their two daughters, Samantha and Annarose.


Mike Robbins Speaker Videos Back to top

TEDx Talk


Mike Robbins discusses how our ability to be authentic and vulnerable allows us to connect with others in a real way. He explains that in his 15 plus years of coaching and speaking, he’s learned that succeeding as both an individual and group depends on people’s capacities to bring their whole selves – “all the gifts, all the talents, the fears, the doubts, the insecurities” – to work with them.

Pointing out that everyone has experienced disappointments and heartbreak, he notes that these same vulnerabilities are the basis of the empathy and trust that bind people together. “Vulnerability is the key driver in human trust fundamental for leaders, fundamental for all of us, to build trust,” Mike reports. “And also it’s the birthplace of innovation and change and risk of all the things that are important to us. If we’re going to do anything new or different, if we’re going to grow, we’ve got to be vulnerable.”

Google Talk


Keynote Speech


Speaking Reel



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Mike Robbins, CSP, is a dynamic, engaging, and action-oriented speaker. His motivational keynotes and seminars provide practical strategies that inspire people and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others; and generate measurable results!

His unique approach and ideas empower people with the knowledge that success can be achieved no matter the obstacles. Mike speaks to diverse audiences around the world within a variety of industries. His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, the US Department of Labor, Charles Schwab, the American Business Women’s Association, Gap, Stanford University, Adobe, the San Francisco Giants, eBay, Kaiser, Twitter, and many others. Mike’s customized programs cover topics such as:

  • Enhancing engagement and productivity through the power of appreciation
  • Empowering relationships and trust through authentic communication
  • Overcoming negativity, adversity, and challenges
  • Enhancing emotional intelligence for leaders, teams, and individuals
  • Developing the skills of a true “championship team”

    Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation - Inspire success, engagement and perspective by being appreciative.
    Appreciation is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked aspects of successfully motivating and empowering people and teams. According to the latest research in the fields of positive psychology and strengths-based leadership, when individuals and teams put more attention on what is working and their strengths, instead of focusing on problems and perceived weaknesses, they thrive. Through this program, which is based on the key principles of his book Focus on the Good Stuff, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how appreciation impacts productivity, morale, and success.

    Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken: The Power of Authenticity Create trust, confidence and team unity by being real
    Authenticity is fundamental to relationships, communication, and success. Now more than ever, people, leaders, and teams must utilize the power of authenticity in order to build trust, resolve conflicts, and create cohesion. Some fascinating research in the field of emotional intelligence is proving that being real, honest, and even vulnerable are key elements to success and engagement. Through this program, which is based on the core principles of his book, Be Yourself, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how authenticity impacts relationships, trust, and productivity.

    Nothing Changes Until You Do - Navigate change and enhance resilience by taking ownership
    Wherever we go in life, there we are. The one constant in the midst of all of the change, stress, and uncertainty we face in business and life is us. When we take ownership and responsibility for our experience, we not only make it easier to navigate the changes we face, we can empower ourselves and those around us to be authentically successful, regardless of the circumstances. This program, which is based on the core principles of Mike Robbins’ latest book, Nothing Changes Until You Do, illustrates exactly how individuals, leaders, and teams can thrive in the midst of change.

    Creating a Championship Team - Enhance loyalty, attitude, & success by doing what winning teams do
    A “championship team” is a group of people who can effectively handle adversity and conflict, trust one another, communicate clearly and authentically, and appreciate each other in a positive way. In this program, which is based on key principles from all three of Mike Robbins’ books, as well as his background as a college and professional baseball player, he teaches people, leaders, and groups the fundamental aspects of creating successful teams that truly win.



  • Mike Robbins Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    “Mike Robbins has a unique ability to open people’s minds, touch their hearts, and teach valuable lessons about life and business. I have personally benefited from his work, as have so many of the people on my team.”
    – Jack Calhoun, President, Banana Republic

    “Mike is a gifted storyteller and talented speaker. His talks on authentic leadership and appreciation, and his exercises to ‘lower the waterline’ and build trust have been incredibly effective to both my management team as well as an international audience of 600. I have consistently received rave reviews from colleagues on Mike’s various efforts within Google.”
    – Alan Moss, VP of U.S. Sales, Google

    “You gave each of the 1,600 people within our group tips and techniques for enhanced success – individually and collectively. Thank you for the positive impact you have had on our business.”
    – John Montero, VP Human Resources, Wells Fargo Bank

    “Mike Robbins is an amazing speaker! His powerful message resonates with our players, coaches, and front office staff, which is why we have invited him in to speak numerous times. He truly has helped us be a championship team.”
    – Leilani Gayles, Chief People Officer, San Francisco Giants

    “Your enthusiasm and passion were contagious. Your understanding and empathy for many of the obstacles these people face connected you to the group. I am confident that those in attendance were effectively given a vision of what they can become in the future through your example.”
    – Steve Braden, VP Pacific Zone, New York Life Insurance

    “You gave us so much to think about and many good pieces of advice that will help all of us to be more successful on and off the field.”
    – A.J. Hinch, Assistant General Manager, San Diego Padres

    “Your remarks had a direct impact on the attendees, as they now know that in order to succeed we must appreciate ourselves and those we work with.”
    – Joe McGarry, Director, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente

    “Your presentation was excellent and highly informative. Your openness and enthusiasm made it very easy to relate to the information you shared.”
    – Susan Simoni Burk, Assistant Athletic Director, Stanford University




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    “Mike Robbins has a unique ability to open people’s minds, touch their hearts, and teach valuable lessons about life and business. I have personally benefited from his work, as have so many of the people on my team.”
    – Jack Calhoun, President, Banana Republic

    “Mike is a gifted storyteller and talented speaker. His talks on authentic leadership and appreciation, and his exercises to ‘lower the waterline’ and build trust have been incredibly effective to both my management team as well as an international audience of 600. I have consistently received rave reviews from colleagues on Mike’s various efforts within Google.”
    – Alan Moss, VP of U.S. Sales, Google

    “You gave each of the 1,600 people within our group tips and techniques for enhanced success – individually and collectively. Thank you for the positive impact you have had on our business.”
    – John Montero, VP Human Resources, Wells Fargo Bank

    “Mike Robbins is an amazing speaker! His powerful message resonates with our players, coaches, and front office staff, which is why we have invited him in to speak numerous times. He truly has helped us be a championship team.”
    – Leilani Gayles, Chief People Officer, San Francisco Giants

    “Your enthusiasm and passion were contagious. Your understanding and empathy for many of the obstacles these people face connected you to the group. I am confident that those in attendance were effectively given a vision of what they can become in the future through your example.”
    – Steve Braden, VP Pacific Zone, New York Life Insurance

    “You gave us so much to think about and many good pieces of advice that will help all of us to be more successful on and off the field.”
    – A.J. Hinch, Assistant General Manager, San Diego Padres

    “Your remarks had a direct impact on the attendees, as they now know that in order to succeed we must appreciate ourselves and those we work with.”
    – Joe McGarry, Director, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente

    “Your presentation was excellent and highly informative. Your openness and enthusiasm made it very easy to relate to the information you shared.”
    – Susan Simoni Burk, Assistant Athletic Director, Stanford University


    Mike Robbins, CSP, is a dynamic, engaging, and action-oriented speaker. His motivational keynotes and seminars provide practical strategies that inspire people and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others; and generate measurable results!

    His unique approach and ideas empower people with the knowledge that success can be achieved no matter the obstacles. Mike speaks to diverse audiences around the world within a variety of industries. His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, the US Department of Labor, Charles Schwab, the American Business Women’s Association, Gap, Stanford University, Adobe, the San Francisco Giants, eBay, Kaiser, Twitter, and many others. Mike’s customized programs cover topics such as:

  • Enhancing engagement and productivity through the power of appreciation
  • Empowering relationships and trust through authentic communication
  • Overcoming negativity, adversity, and challenges
  • Enhancing emotional intelligence for leaders, teams, and individuals
  • Developing the skills of a true “championship team”

    Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation - Inspire success, engagement and perspective by being appreciative.
    Appreciation is one of the most powerful, yet overlooked aspects of successfully motivating and empowering people and teams. According to the latest research in the fields of positive psychology and strengths-based leadership, when individuals and teams put more attention on what is working and their strengths, instead of focusing on problems and perceived weaknesses, they thrive. Through this program, which is based on the key principles of his book Focus on the Good Stuff, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how appreciation impacts productivity, morale, and success.

    Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken: The Power of Authenticity Create trust, confidence and team unity by being real
    Authenticity is fundamental to relationships, communication, and success. Now more than ever, people, leaders, and teams must utilize the power of authenticity in order to build trust, resolve conflicts, and create cohesion. Some fascinating research in the field of emotional intelligence is proving that being real, honest, and even vulnerable are key elements to success and engagement. Through this program, which is based on the core principles of his book, Be Yourself, Mike Robbins illustrates exactly how authenticity impacts relationships, trust, and productivity.

    Nothing Changes Until You Do - Navigate change and enhance resilience by taking ownership
    Wherever we go in life, there we are. The one constant in the midst of all of the change, stress, and uncertainty we face in business and life is us. When we take ownership and responsibility for our experience, we not only make it easier to navigate the changes we face, we can empower ourselves and those around us to be authentically successful, regardless of the circumstances. This program, which is based on the core principles of Mike Robbins’ latest book, Nothing Changes Until You Do, illustrates exactly how individuals, leaders, and teams can thrive in the midst of change.

    Creating a Championship Team - Enhance loyalty, attitude, & success by doing what winning teams do
    A “championship team” is a group of people who can effectively handle adversity and conflict, trust one another, communicate clearly and authentically, and appreciate each other in a positive way. In this program, which is based on key principles from all three of Mike Robbins’ books, as well as his background as a college and professional baseball player, he teaches people, leaders, and groups the fundamental aspects of creating successful teams that truly win.


  • TEDx Talk


    Mike Robbins discusses how our ability to be authentic and vulnerable allows us to connect with others in a real way. He explains that in his 15 plus years of coaching and speaking, he’s learned that succeeding as both an individual and group depends on people’s capacities to bring their whole selves – “all the gifts, all the talents, the fears, the doubts, the insecurities” – to work with them.

    Pointing out that everyone has experienced disappointments and heartbreak, he notes that these same vulnerabilities are the basis of the empathy and trust that bind people together. “Vulnerability is the key driver in human trust fundamental for leaders, fundamental for all of us, to build trust,” Mike reports. “And also it’s the birthplace of innovation and change and risk of all the things that are important to us. If we’re going to do anything new or different, if we’re going to grow, we’ve got to be vulnerable.”

    Google Talk


    Keynote Speech


    Speaking Reel