General Session

Michael McMillan

Pink Bat - Turning Problems into Solutions
Michael McMillan, McMillan Media

Everywhere you look today, there are problems. What’s scarier yet, is many experts predict there is no end in sight. So what can you do about this “problem pandemic”? Embrace it! In this presentation, Michael shares an entertaining childhood story from his book, Pink Bat, involving a “problematic” plastic baseball bat he received as a gift. Through this story and others, he shows how many perceived problems are actually unseen solutions… or at the very least, new opportunities.

Based on the countless “problems” we all face today, this powerful concept is more relevant than ever. Throughout this moving presentation, Michael’s message is clear: You can live each day in a world filled with “problems,” or rise each morning and embrace a world filled with unseen solutions… eager for you to find them. The decision is yours… both worlds exist. Successful people know the world you focus on is the one you will create. This inspiring presentation removes the blinders, captures the imagination, and inspires people to start seeing the world in a new light. If your organization is ready to create a “solution pandemic,” this presentation is for you.

Topics include:

  • How to change a “problem” paradigm into solution pandemic.
  • Create a Pink Bat culture where everyone contributes by turning “problems” into real solutions.
  • Techniques to tap your most powerful asset… creativity.
  • How one person’s problem can be another person’s solution.
  • How to get past “perceptual blindness” and refocus on real solutions.
  • How to see solutions that experienced “insiders” and “experts” miss.
    How to see reality for what it is, what it isn’t… and for what it might be.
  • Pink Bat case studies.
  • How to adjust expectations, suspend judgments, and remain open to new possibilities.

About Michael McMillan

Michael McMillan’s breadth of knowledge and experience, combined with his story-telling ability, make him a much-sought-after speaker, panelist, and consultant. His messages resonate with audiences, leaving them both motivated and committed to embrace a future of endless possibilities.

Michael’s reputation for creative thinking and delivering innovative results is well deserved. Early in his career, Michael founded a visual communication firm that soon attracted a client roster that read like the Who’s Who of Business. Fortune 100 corporations, small entrepreneurs, sports and music legends, non-profit organizations and institutions have sought Michael’s creative guidance to deliver effective solutions with award-winning results. His work has been recognized by every major design, marketing, advertising and communication organization around the world.

Michael’s creative direction on Michael Jordan’s New York Times best-selling pictorial autobiography, Rare Air, established a new niche in retail publishing. He followed this success with several more award-winning coffee-table books including Mario Andretti, The NBA at 50 and John Deere’s Genuine Value.

After 20 consecutive years of growth, Michael sold his firm and began sharing his unique insight on creative thinking, innovation and making positive change. He is a perception catalyst and truth seeker, inspiring others to question, think differently—and take action.

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