Michael Dodd is a communication-boosting international speaker and former broadcast journalist who helps professionals get their message across – face-to-face, in the news media and on the web. He’s had speaking engagements on six continents. In Asia, he’s spoken in Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Osaka. Michael has been awarded the “New Speaker of the Year” title from the Academy for Chief Executives.
Born in Australia and living in the UK, Michael became a political reporter and foreign correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation based in London and Berlin after being trained in the art of asking what are known Down Under as “blowtorch-on-the-belly” questions. One of his specialty areas is to show audiences how to give great answers to such questions by equipping them with the golden formulae to respond to tough questions, nasty questions and tricky questions.
Michael’s book “Great Answers To Tough Questions At Work”, published by Wiley, has been given “Management Gold” endorsement by the Chartered Management Institute after it was shortlisted it for the Management Book of the Year Award.
He has interviewed prime ministers and rising star leaders such as the head of the Solidarity Free Trade Union Movement, Lech Walesa, in Gdansk while he was leading the Solidarity Free Trade Union movement which helped overthrow European communism. Michael questioned Vaclav Havel during the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia before his rise to the country’s presidency. Michael has done hundreds of TV newspaper reviews been interviewed as a commentator for Sky News, the BBC and Al Jazeera. He has presented BBC Five Live’s “Global” program.
He can test out “volunteers” at your conference in formidable onstage Q and As and conduct on stage makeovers to help everyone in your audience stand up to tough questions – from clients, prospects, officials, journalists and members of the public.
He has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Westminster. Michael is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and served two terms as President of the Association’s fast-growing London Region.
He can help your audience get your organization’s message across face-to-face, through the news media and on the web – and know how to give great answers every time.