14 Nov 2012
November 14, 2012

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away …

November 14, 2012 0 Comment
South Carolina

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. I was a shy, geeky boy on a small SC island … a scared but ambitious newcomer on the island of Manhattan, NY … a driven junior executive … a wunderkind VP — developing 300 new products a year, publishing sales communications to consumers, and leading the development of training and motivating events for a vast sales force.

I gave speeches in French, led communications workshops in Tokyo with a Japanese interpreter, and learned to comfortably address an audience of 5,000 with gusto and impact.

After leaving corporate life, I became a marketing consultant — helping to develop an award-winning campaign for a high-tech software client … becoming (without fully realizing it) an online pioneer, and winning awards and media coverage as “Planet Earth’s First Interactive Electronic Journalist” (the first to cover key events via computer to global online readers.)

I authored a book written online … gained training and experience as a gestalt psychotherapist … and ultimately became a freelance speech writer, speech coach, focus group moderator, and creative director for business meetings … in addition, now, to being a published, BILLBOARD-charting lyricist of songs that range from Choral to Country, from R&B to Dance to Pop.

I’m on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, but what I like about this space — like the “Mike Magazine” that I created and published decades ago — is that it’s totally my own.   From time to time, I intend to share observations, experiences and interactions that I hope are of interest to readers … and which definitely are of interest to me.

Public and private comments are welcome … as long as they are respectful, not just of me but of any other readers.  You can subscribe, if you like, and receive notification of my postings here … which  will be sporadic, varied and always honest.

What is to come is unpredictable.
I know only that I was meant to write ….

07 Nov 2012
November 7, 2012

Mike’s First Blog Post (since the 1980’s!)

November 7, 2012 2 Comments

I was an early online journalist … dispatching reports (that readers could respond to) from computer shows, the launch of Macintosh, the Oscars, the Republican and Democratic Conventions, writing that book of interviews about AIDS.

It wasn’t called a “blog” back then … we didn’t have the word yet … but that’s what it was.

So here I am again, decades later.  I have a feeling I’ll have some exciting (or at least interesting) things to write about in times ahead.

There may be some significant “news”, for example, about some of my forthcoming songs.  Or maybe I’ll share thoughts about some of the clients I’m inspired by (without violating their confidentiality, of course) or my experiences in corporate life, past or present.  Or whatever other observations.

At any rate, this is my first post in the modern era that has not been squeezed into 140 characters for Twitter, or condensed to fit into the Facebook mindset.   If you happen to follow me on Twitter or have “friended” me on FaceBook, then you’ll be notified by me there about additional posts I add here.  Anyway, this is my first one on my own site — just to get things started.