Motivational speaker Mike Schlappi dazzles you with his smile and that is the first step to knowing what all you can do.
Gold medalist and author, Mike, sustained a gunshot wound that took away his ability to walk at 14 years old. An athlete, he went through months of rigorous physical therapy and began playing basketball from his wheelchair. He then went on to become a standout athlete.
Mike Schlappi’s thought-provoking keynote presentation challenges individuals of all ages and walks of life, that you can take response-ability and be empowered despite difficult circumstances. His engaging presentations have entertained and inspired audiences worldwide. From the classroom to the board room, from small gatherings to large corporate events, Mike challenges “If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out!”
Mike Schlappi is an entertaining and remarkable speaker. He won’t challenge his listeners to venture anywhere he hasn’t been.
His personal experiences with nurses, doctors, and therapists not only saved his life but pointed him to a career in healthcare. He earned his MBA from Arizona State University with an emphasis in healthcare administration and was the Director of Rehabilitation for Intermountain Healthcare in Utah for ten years.
Mike also has degrees in financial planning and finance from Brigham Young University and has earned his life, health, and Series 7 Licenses.
If You Can’t Stand Up, Stand Out!
Mike’s favorite presentation builds a strong case for getting started and taking personal responsibility for successes and failures. Mike’s example and entertaining style will challenge his audience to relish adversity as an opportunity to change. People will learn to love themselves from the inside out and walk away with the realization that if Mike can do it, so can they. Mike uses his Paralympic medals, a media presentation, and inspiring stories to teach his “Bulletproof Principles” for personal success.
As a young boy, Mike was known as “Happy Schlappi”. His nickname and his ability to put life into proper perspective, is why so many have looked to Mike as a leading authority on attitude. Mike will inspire and motivate any audience with a heavy dose of his patented “Attitude Therapy”. His message includes humor and inspiration as he tells his improbable story – A story that began with a tragic shooting accident and evolved into a lifetime of lessons and victories. Although Mike’s body was paralyzed, his dreams were not.
At the age of 14 Mike was shot in the chest, by a friend, at point blank range; paralyzing 2/3 of his body. In his keynote , he shares his Olympic medals, a powerful media presentation, and the actual bullet he was shot with to teach audiences that “this didn’t need to happen; it could have been prevented”. Mike’s powerful message leaves a lasting impression that this didn’t just happen to him. It affected his family, his friends, the community, and even his future wife and children.
Mike and his family continue to face challenges daily because of the split second decision that was made in regards to safety or the lack thereof. His entertaining message changes the way people think about carelessness and the magnitude of their decisions in the work place. A few of his themes are:
- “There’s no such thing as a bronze medal in safety”.
- “Put Your Safety On”
- “Safety is NO ACCIDENT”
- “The Gold Standard of Safety”
“To offer a simple recommendation for Mike Schlappi is an understatement. Mike’s genuine, honest and professional approach is head and shoulders above many of the speakers that I’ve heard. Motivational speakers can sometimes be one dimensional in terms of their content and delivery. Mike’s ‘shoot for the stars’ message appeals to a multitude of issues that face an organization.”
Dräger Medical, Inc.
“Your keynote speech was extremely well received. In fact, on a majority of my overall conference evaluations, you were listed as ‘the best part of the conference.’ That, coupled with the standing ovation my clients gave you, speaks volumes about how well the program went. Thank YOU!”
“In my 20 years of coordinating meetings, I am hard pressed to identify a speaker that I have worked with that is as cooperative and effective. Thanks for working with us to make the Descartes Global Sales Meeting successful. It was a compelling and heart-rendering performance that will be remembered for years to come.”
Descartes Systems Group
“We have had many speakers over the years, but this one seemed to be the most genuine of all times. When accomplishments are so great that they provide your introduction, you know that what you are about to hear will be something you will remember for some time to come.”
ADTRAV Corporate Services
Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals