Testimonials

01/10/2009
Leveraging his career in advertising, marketing, publishing and the Internet, Michael has acquired a stellar reputation among business executives for his savvy market insights. Michael’s pro-active trend analysis is a strategic asset that can be leveraged by any company that allies its brand with his ahead-of-the-times marketing skills.

From the U.K.’s Telegraph, which called Michael “America’s most influential trendspotter” in 2003, to a host of attendees at his presentations, Michael has received much acclaim for his presentation style. The testimonials below were supplied by persons affliated with the client organization on presentation date shown — their name, title or job may have changed:

Howard Brodsky

“The members really enjoyed you. You were a great speaker and showed much wisdom.” – Howard Brodsky, CEO, Carpet One Convention (Jan. 8, 2013)

Craig Spiezle

“Michael has the unique ability to engage entertain and energize an audience, getting them to re-look at their business, industry and consumer with a fresh perspective. Highly recommended!” – Craig Spiezle, Executive Director & President, Online Trust Alliance Forum (Oct. 18, 2011)

Andrea Hadley

“Michael, thank you for the wonderful keynote and for waking me up!” – Andrea Hadley, Conference Director, Internet Marketing Conference (Oct. 3, 2011)

Bernice Brubeck Wong

“Michael is entertaining, humerous, full of high energy and presents the real truth that is easy to understand and relates to every single person in everyday life. I have seen him twice and at every event I learn more and more about the trends and where we need to go to succeed in our business. I love his attitude!” – Bernice Brubeck Wong, AREAA National Convention (Oct. 1, 2011)

Stacy Levyn

“It was a pleasure to work with you again on this year’s Social Media & Community 2.0. Your keynote was fantastic, as always, and I look forward to working with you on future events.” – Stacy Levyn, Conference Producer, Institute for International Research/IIR USA (April 6, 2011)

Stephanie Pfeffer

“Michael Tchong was absolutely a highlight of the Luxury Portfolio Summit. We positioned him as the opening speaker which was perfect as het set the tone with energy, enthusiasm and a strategic balance of terrific content and light-hearted entertainment. He definitely has his finger on the pulse of today’s fast-paced digital marketplace and it’s impact on consumers and was able to bring it to life for our attendees in an engaging and memorable way. We’d definitely book Michael again!
Stephanie Pfeffer, Vice President, Luxury Portfolio Marketing (March 6, 2011)

Roger Bloss

“Your keynote address to the hotel owners and guests of Vantage Hospitality was truly amazing and the timing couldn’t have been better.” – Roger Bloss, CEO & Founder, Vantage Hospitality Group (Dec. 8, 2010)

Shirley Hastings

“Michael was terrific. He kept the audience laughing and in awe of the new technology he discussed. Now everyone wants all the bells and whistles! People thought he was the best presenter! They are still talking about him. He was perfect for stretching everyone’s minds and giving them a glimpse of the future. I wanted everyone to say WOW and they did. He is very high energy and had great visuals!” – Shirley Hastings, Professor & Associate Dean, University of Tennessee Extension Conference (Nov. 3, 2010)

Pat Benkner

“Consumer Goods Technology has had Michael Tchong speak at several of our events over the last few years, always to great acclaim. Michael presents consumer trends to a very senior audience of brand owners with an engaging, thought-provoking presentation style that holds audiences rapt. I highly recommend Michael as a delightful departure from typical dry conference sessions.” – Pat Benkner, CMP Director of Event Plannning, Edgell Communications (Sept. 30, 2010)

Joni Doolin

“Michael Tchong is a world class futurist, trendcaster and speaker. He left our audience simultaneously stunned and energized by his incredible presentation of the rapid acceleration in technology and social media.” – Joni Doolin, CEO, People Report Best Practices Conference (Nov. 11, 2009)

Cliff Robinson

“Michael helped our Planning Leadership Team broaden our perspective before entering a two-year planning cycle. He helped us to see what we could not see and to consider what we might have missed.  As we are consumed with operating and executing in the present, Michael helped us to look into the future implications for our business.” – Cliff Robinson, Vice President Field Operations, Chick-fil-A Inc. (May 12, 2009)

Clayton Reid

“Michael not only grabs you from the beginning with his entertaining and energetic style, but he brings insight about the future consumer landscape like no one else I have ever heard.” – Clayton Reid, President & Managing Partner, MMG Worldwide & Vail Summit (Sept. 8, 2007)

Janet Branton

“Spot-on, funny and occasionally irreverent, Michael Tchong has a way of delivering high-impact information in a low-key manner that makes people listen and learn, and laugh, through the whole program.” – Janet Branton, Sr. Vice President, National Assocation of REALTORS (Aug. 16, 2007)

Jay Witzel

“Michael offered compelling insights into the trends of global society, challenging our thinking about how to serve tomorrow’s customers. His style is entertaining and engaging.” – Jay Witzel, President & CEO, Carlson Hotels Worldwide/Regent (May 8, 2007)

Robert Gilbert

“Michael has a way of grabbing the attention of conference participants in a way that really engages them and makes them think about the implications of the customer of the future.” – Robert Gilbert, President & CEO, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association Intern. (Mar. 27, 2007)

Jon Luther

“Michael was entertaining and engaging and brought a lot of substance to our meeting. He truly connected with the group and made us pause for a moment and look at things in a different light.” – Jon Luther, Chairman & CEO, Dunkin’ Donuts (Mar. 13, 2007)

Cami Mattson

“What a treat it was to have you attend and speak at our annual meeting last week. You were a positive addition to our presentations and we have received numerous compliments. Not only was your material fresh and interesting, but your delivery was dynamic and entertaining.” - Cami Mattson, President & CEO, San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau (Mar. 16, 2006)

tom-costello

“Michael, you created a buzz that reverberated throughout the Symposium. You not only are an expert extraordinaire on trends but you deliver your message in a fun, engaging, mind-expanding style. Many simply stated: WOW!” – Tom Costello, Director Hospitality Industry Management Program, University of San Francisco (Apr. 5, 2005)

Stephanie Atkins

“Everyone really enjoyed your presentation at NAA Newspapers 05. You really energized us.” – Stephanie Atkins, Marketing Director, The Marshall News Messenger (Mar. 20, 2005)

Allison Boaz

“Thanks so much for participating as the keynote speaker at Studio 360i. We have received tremendous feedback from the event and feel it was a huge success. Thanks for helping us revive the Internet marketing industry.” - Allison Boaz, Marketing & PR Manager, 360i.com (June 18, 2001)

Lourdes Rouse

“On behalf of the Minister of Tourism, the Aruba Tourism Authority, Aruba’s private and public sector, we would like to thank you for the excellent presentation you gave. As one of my colleagues put it, we ALL found religion.” – Lourdes Rouse, Director, Aruba Tourism Authority (Jan. 11, 2000)

Sheilah Rosen

“Michael, your presentation today at VIC L.A. reminded me of Eleanor Roosevelt’s words: ‘Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.’ You are definitely in the category of great ‘concentrated’ minds.” – Sheilah Rosen, Yahoo! (Sept. 28, 1999)

Allie Shaw

“It’s rare that any speaker can move such a large percentage of the audience, particularly a group that crafts messages and advertising strategy for a living.” – Allie Shaw, Vice President Marketing, Unicast (May 19, 1999)

Andrew Jaffe

“Thanks for the warm, humorous way you opened our first Clio Interactive Advertising Awards Gala. It was a memorable launch and because of your efforts and support, left a very favorable impression with the digital community. As I suspected, you have a gift for waking up an audience—not only in print but in person.” – Andrew Jaffe, Executive Director, CLIO Awards (May 18, 1999)

Kristin Asleson

“Your presentation was informative, humorous and thought-provoking. Attendees of our conference found the information you provided extremely useful and many are making budget changes to increase their Internet advertising spends. In fact, we’ve closed several large deals as the result of the seminars and your presentation.” – Kristin Asleson, Vice President Strategic Marketing, mPlayer.com (May 199 8)