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Michael J. Lyons

Professional Speaker, Author, Actor and Hospitality Industry Consultant



I really connected with what he was saying and found him to be a passionate speaker and great teacher. Thank you for sharing such incredible tips and lessons!

— S. Bonner - CEO & President, Bright Ideas Events


Michael’s eclectic background began as a child while living in Paris, France. During his time there, he appeared in TV advertisements and worked on the film “Paris When It Sizzles,” starring Hollywood legends Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and Tony Curtis.

Upon his return to the US, he performed in theatrical plays and musicals throughout high school and college, and was employed on the stage crew of a professional theatre in suburban Philadelphia, working side by side with famous entertainers including Gordon MacRae, Carol Lawrence, and Chita Rivera. ​
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On the set of the ABC-TV Show "What Would You Do?"
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he went to work in the business world, bypassing the opportunity to pursue a vocation in the entertainment industry.

In 1990, while working in New York City, he resurrected his dormant acting career, joined SAG (Screen Actors Guild), and began to book commercials for products like Advil, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, Aqua Fresh toothpaste, and others, as well as television roles and other acting assignments on a regular basis. All the while, he kept his "day job” as a well-respected expert in the travel/meetings industry.

Through the years Michael has amassed dozens of credits in major films, television shows, commercials, corporate videos, print ads and more than 350 live appearances on the home shopping network QVC as a Product Host.

​His roles have included speaking parts in popular shows and movies such as “House of Cards”, “The Sixth Sense,” “All My Children,” “Veep,” “What Would You Do?” “Arrest and Trial,” and “Outsiders,” among others. He is also an accomplished singer and performs a live Frank Sinatra tribute show titled “Mike Sings Frank,” featuring classic Sinatra songs from his CD of the same name.

Business Career
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Exhibition Director, IBTM America
Michael spent more than 40 years in senior level management roles in the meetings/travel industry, including stints with CIGNA, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Global Events Partners and EGR International. Before going out on his own, he was Exhibition Director of IBTM America, a premier trade show organized by Reed Exhibitions - the world's largest trade show management company, based in London.

During his career, Michael has worked in Philadelphia, Stamford, CT, New York City, Columbus, OH, Minneapolis and Norwalk, CT; and his travels have taken him to 33 foreign countries and most US states.
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In 2017, Michael released his book "Set Yourself Free: Daydream it... Believe it... Achieve it!" to widespread acclaim. Set Yourself Free is a call to action to people everywhere who are not fulfilling their potential, feel stuck and aren't sure what to do about it.

Drawing from his life experiences and stories of well-known people who have struggled on the road to success, the book outlines tangible and achievable steps that position the reader to pursue goals they might feel are outside their grasp. Seven time Emmy Award winner and ABC-TV correspondent John Quiñones wrote the Foreword. ​
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​As a prolific, experienced speaker and professional member of the National Speakers Association, Mike delivers talks in the US and abroad on how to achieve goals, pursue your passion, and enhance your personal brand, among other topics. His easy-going style and humorous anecdotes, coupled with fun exercises and interactive group involvement, keeps audiences engaged throughout his presentations.

Speech Topics

Set Yourself Free: Daydream It... Believe It... Achieve It!
Are you feeling stuck? Do you feel paralyzed and unable to map out your next career move or life direction? This session will help you take a step back, re-evaluate your career and life path, and provide a powerful call to action and practical guide to help you get back on track.
In this interactive and inspirational session, acclaimed author and speaker Michael Lyons will guide the audience through a discussion asking them to reflect honestly on their life/career goals and assess where they stand as they contemplate their future. Drawing from content contained in his book of the same name, participants will walk away with tangible and manageable tips that will help them to stay focused on their life/career goals.
Session outcomes:

  • Learn how to assess your progress towards meeting your life/career goals.
  • Learn the tactics of how to stay on track on a daily basis.
  • Learn how to overcome your internal censor's negative messages that might hold you back.

“Connecting the Dots: How to Stay Relevant and Position Yourself for Career Growth and Success.”
In today's fast-moving, ever-changing business world, mastering multiple competencies as a professional is vitally important if you aspire to move up in your career.
Regardless of your current skill set, level of experience, title, or responsibilities, the ongoing expansion of your career tool kit must continue daily, with the end goal becoming a well-rounded professional ready to assume positions of increased responsibility as you progress in your career.
Learning how to build and fine tune strong relationships, maintain work-life balance, grow as a leader, network better, and polish your personal brand, among other skills – are all important components to achieving your mission.
In this eye-opening presentation, acclaimed author and speaker Michael Lyons guides the audience through an entertaining, interactive discussion that yields important and useful learner outcomes.
Session Outcomes:

  • How to focus on the key attributes that make up your professional reputation and personal brand
  • How to innovate, adapt and change to stay relevant and ahead of the curve
  • How to articulate your value to your employer and clients
  • How to develop consistent positive “self-talk”
  • How to become a more compassionate leader, mentor and role model
Speaker Fee Range

$3500-$6500 plus hotel/travel expenses from Philadelphia

Travels From

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania