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Michael Gelb

Educator, Innovation & Creativity Expert; Author of "How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci"

Educator, Innovation & Creativity Expert; Author of "How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci"

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Michael Gelb Biography

Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon and YPO. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.

Michael Gelb is the author of 14 books on creativity and innovation including the international bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. (1998) How to Think Like Leonardo has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post, Amazon.com, and the New York Times bestseller lists.

In 2007 Gelb released Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand-niece of Thomas Edison. As Professor Vijay Govindarajan, author of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators noted, “This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to turn creative ideas into a profitable reality.”

In 1999, Michael Gelb won the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award; other honorees include Prof. Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Garry Kasparov and Gene Rodenberry. In 2003, Michael was awarded a Batten Fellowship by the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Michael co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson. From 2008 to 2012, Michael Gelb also served as the Director of Creativity and Innovation Leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute.

A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success. A fourth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind. Michael Gelb is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Julliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), and the author of the classic work: Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique. Michael’s 1988 release Present Yourself! Captivate Your Audience with Great Presentation Skills guides readers to develop the communication strategies they need to generate support for their innovative ideas.

Michael has also created many best selling audio programs, include: Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius, Work Like Da Vinci: Gaining the Creative Advantage in Your Business and Career and The Spirit of Leonardo.

Michael Gelb Speaking Topics

  • Creativity & Innovation in Tough Times

    Tough times require more creativity and innovation. In this compelling, inspiring and energizing program you will learn how to:

    -Cultivate creative optimism in the face of difficulties. -Apply the example of history's greatest minds in response to adversity. -Utilize the 5 core skills of creative problem solving. -Apply those skills to your greatest current challenges. -Communicate in a way that inspires others. -Transform stress into energy for innovation.

    Anyone can be optimistic when everything is rosy but it only counts when times are tough. Without creative optimism there is no innovation. And, this program is more than just an inspiring motivational exercise, it is an educational experience that will empower your group to be their best in the face of adversity.

  • Juggling in Business & Life: Five Keys to High Performance

  • Innovate Like Edison: The 5-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success

  • Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite & Sustain the Fire of Genius

  • How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Michael Gelb Videos

  • The Alexander Technique with Michael Gelb
    The Alexander Technique with Michael Gelb
  • Michael J. Gelb keynote excerpt - How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
    Michael J. Gelb: How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. An excerpt from Michael J Gelb's keynote address based on his internationally best selling...
  • Michael J Gelb speaks about Manahel Thabet مناهل ثابت - Testimonial
    Michael J. Gelb, renowned author, speaker who wrote best selling books, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, How to Innovate like Edison and...

Michael Gelb Books

  • Think Like Da Vinci: 7 Easy Steps to Boosting Your Everyday Genius
    Think Like Da Vinci: 7 Easy Steps to Boosting Your Everyday Genius
  • Da Vinci Decoded: Discovering the Spiritual Secrets of Leonardo's Seven Principles
    Da Vinci Decoded: Discovering the Spiritual Secrets of Leonardo's Seven Principles
  • Body Learning : An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
    Body Learning : An Introduction to the Alexander Technique
  • The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
    The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

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Michael Gelb is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Creativity & Innovation in Tough Times, Juggling in Business & Life: Five Keys to High Performance, Innovate Like Edison: The 5-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, Creativity on Demand: How to Ignite & Sustain the Fire of Genius and How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Gelb for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Michael Gelb generally travels from NM, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Richard Florida, Erik Wahl, Daymond John, Seth Mattison and Josh Linkner. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Gelb for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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