Project Description

Michelle Gielan

Michelle Gielan

Positive Communication Expert

Speaking Style: Inspirational, Impactful, Profound, Engaging

Travels From: Texas

Fee Schedule: 3

Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprahʼs Happiness course. Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.

Broadcasting Happiness: Creating Success through Positive Engagement

Effective, positive communication is the single biggest driver of success at work. New research in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology is showing the incredible ripple effect positive communication can have on employee engagement, productivity, and happiness at work. Michelle Gielan is an expert in the art and science of crafting messages that motivate, inspire, and get quantifiable results. After spending years as a national CBS News anchor broadcasting to millions and receiving an advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology, Michelle developed simple, yet proven techniques for positive communication that drive individual and team success.

  • During this interactive workshop, Michelle will share scientifically based strategies to:
  • Inoculate your brain against stress and negativity
  • Retrain your brain to recognize and better capitalize on current resources
  • Make impactful verbal and non-verbal changes to your leadership style
  • Fuel performance in others through High-Impact praise Shift the office social script to create a talent-enhancing environment
  • Boost employee engagement, productivity, and work satisfaction

The Science of Positive Authentic Female Leadership

In our corporate culture, it can sometimes be difficult to be both female and positive without fear of being perceived as “pollyannish” or out of touch with reality.  In this talk, Michelle shatters the misconceptions about positive leadership using science to show how to not just avoid prejudice, but to also change the mindsets of those around you to drive success. Michelle describes funny and poignant stories she experienced while one of the top female media professionals, as well as from her work with influential female executives at companies including Google, Microsoft and Bank of America. In this talk, Michelle reveals how to cultivate rational optimism, change the social script using verbal and nonverbal cues, guide the negative toward the positive, and be perceived as strong, deep, and optimistic female leader.

The Optimist Quotient: Changing Our Mindset, Fueling Success

We often overestimate the impact our life circumstances have on our happiness and success. New research shows 90% of our long-term success is predicted not by our external circumstance but how we process the world around us. So what is the scientific key to our success? Optimism: the belief that challenges are temporary, and if we take action, we can improve our circumstances. Optimists are historically more successful – not to mention they have more fun achieving their goals! Michelle has conducted research with people experiencing everything from small setbacks to life-changing events, and she has identified hallmarks of an optimistic mindset and how to train our brain to process the world for greater happiness and success. In this interactive session, Michelle shares the strategies for raising our personal optimism quotient, responding to challenges more effectively, and channeling this new mindset into tangible successes.

Catalyzing Success: Training the Brain to Seize Opportunities

Do you know someone who seems to always be lucky or turn anything they do into a success? The reality is that opportunities present themselves all the time to all of us, but that does not mean our brain is prepared to recognize and seize them! Scientifically speaking, our brain can limit its own potential. Yet exciting new research shows us there are ways we can retrain our brain to see and capitalize on opportunities. Michelle trains professionals on scientifically based strategies that rewire the brain to see more potential, increase the chances of being in the “right place at the right time,” and turn encounters and connections into a new level of professional success.

  • Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change
  • United Real Estate
  • Huffington Post
  • VCU Health System
  • The Incentive Research Foundation

“Michelle exceeded expectations and really reinforced the message we wanted to deliver to our attendees.  This aided greatly in achieving our goal of setting the tone for a positive convention where minds were open to learning new ideas and attendees left inspired to accomplish more with their businesses.”  – President, United Real Estate

“Michelle is a delight and everyone was overly impressed with her message and her positive spirit. Many times at conventions we find ourselves so involved in industry material that we fail to look at other opportunities to have speakers that help us in life, and being positive.  The world is a crazy place at times and it seems that we need many more people to understand how to be happy and live life to its fullest.  Michelle teaches us the power of being happy and how it impacts every aspect of our lives.”Director of Business Development, United Real Estate

 “Michelle Gielan is one of the brightest stars in positive psychology and an eloquent champion for rethinking the way we communicate—at work, in our lives, and especially in the media. In Broadcasting Happiness, she draws on the latest science and her own experience in the news business to passionately argue that by telling more positive stories and giving the full picture of whatʼs actually happening in our world, we can create a ripple effect that can truly make a difference in peopleʼs lives.”Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post

“Michelle was more incredible and down to earth than I could have even expected!  I believe she connected well with our multiple audiences and made her content approachable for all roles of our organization.  We took the 21 Day Challenge in an email campaign and our open rate was twice the industry average AND our click through rate to her tools was nearly THREE times the industry average! On the discussion day, we talked about how easily the tools could be incorporated into work and family life, particularly the Zorro Circle.  We also talked about how much difference the Power Lead has made! Many folks are using a Power Lead who did not attend our event.  That piece has gone viral and become a part of our fabric! Michelle Gielan truly made an impact on our organization!”  – VCU Health System

“Michelle Gielanʼs buoyant, poignant, and uplifting message was the cornerstone of our entire three-day event. Because of the power and eloquence of Michelleʼs message, we specifically crafted our attendee experience and engagement strategy to align and underscore the influence of positive communication and “Broadcasting Happiness.” Michelleʼs warm, inclusive, and elegantly polished delivery brought our group of 200 into her enchanting inner circle. Our group includes data geeks, research nerds, and senior business executives…a diverse group that expects that theory is backed by proof. Before Michelleʼs presentation, some were concerned that her message could have been considered subjective, or potentially even emotionally squishy. Well, the doubters werenʼt doubters for long – Michelle and her message not only resonated, but also transformed our audience to adopt the challenge of radiating happiness. Including Michelle Gielan in an event is to ensure happier, more productive, more successful outcomes for your group.”The Incentive Research Foundation

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