Michael Bergdahl

Michael Bergdahl

Author: What I Learned From Sam Walton
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High Expectations Are The Key To Everything
In this inspirational speech with substance, Michael Bergdahl will explain how, based on his family life and his work experiences, he overcame adversity and achieved his goals in life; he’ll explain how you can do it too! In this speech he discusses ideas, affirmations, tips, and strategies based on his new book about the six HEATKTE Keys to Success.

The Sam Walton Way: What Would Sam Do?
In this speech, THE SAM WALTON WAY: What Would Sam Do?, based on Michael’s first hand observations and insights gained from others who worked with Mr. Sam, he will discuss the best leadership practices that made Wal-Mart the World’s Largest Company. Wouldn’t it be great to learn Sam Walton’s success strategies? Now you can! In this speech, Michael Bergdahl will review Sam Walton’s best practices, his 7 core strategies, and his 10 self-professed leadership rules. You might say, this speech is “one stop shopping” for everything you ever wanted to know about The Sam Walton Way!

Picking Wal-Mart’s “POCKETS”
Based on his first book, What I learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete & Thrive in a Wal-Mart World, this speech reveals “The Wal-Mart Way” through a discussion of the 7 key strategies of Wal-Mart. Using storytelling, humor, inspiration and his real world experience working with Sam Walton as examples, Bergdahl unveils those seven strategies. He uses the acronym, “P.O.C.K.E.T.S.”, which stands for Price, Operations, Culture, Key Item Promotion, Expenses, Talent and Service. Bergdahl believes, “Finding your unique niche in the marketplace or “POCKETS” is the key to success no matter what market or business you are competing in!”

The 10 Rules of Sam Walton
In this speech, he discusses Sam Walton's 10 self-professed rules for success, which Walton embraced as he grew Wal-Mart from a single store to a 7000+ store global enterprise. Did you know that when he died Sam Walton was the world’s richest man? He was worth US$100 billion which at the time was almost double the wealth of Bill Gates! Conference participants really want to learn the success secrets followed by the world’s wealthiest man and now they can!

Growing Your Business “The Sam Walton & Wal-Mart Way”
Wal-Mart’s successful growth is a result of specific strategies and tactics put in place long ago by the company founder, Sam Walton. Sam Walton had a vision, a specific game plan, and rules upon which he focused his team to grow his business. In this speech Bergdahl discusses the success strategies and tactics of “The Sam Walton and Wal-Mart Way.”


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His Background: Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Wal-Mart, as the Director of “People” for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Wal-Mart’s founder Sam Walton. It was Sam Walton who gave Bergdahl the nickname, “Bird Dawg!” Previous to Wal-Mart he worked in the FMCG Industry for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in the sales organization and headquarters staff assignments. He is also a turnaround specialist who participated in two successful business turnarounds as a VP of HR at American Eagle Outfitters, and Waste Management. Bergdahl received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from SHRM.

Wal-Mart/ Sam Walton Authority: Michael Bergdahl is considered the authority on the best practices of Wal-Mart & Sam Walton.. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on “Power Lunch”, “On the Money”, “Morning Call”, and “Closing Bell”. Articles written by him, and articles written by others about him, have appeared in business newspapers and magazines around the world. Bergdahl is the moderator of a LinkedIn discussion group called, “Wal-Mart’s Best Practices – Super Group” with more than 5000 worldwide members including: Retailers, FMCG Product Manufacturers/Suppliers, & Supply Chain Professionals.

His Books: He wrote his first book about “The Strategies of the World’s Largest Company”, entitled: What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Wal-Mart World (2003). His second book is written about “The Tactics of the World’s Richest Man”, entitled, The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results (2007). Note: Rob Walton, the current Chairman of the Board of Wal-Mart, and son of Sam Walton, wrote the Foreword for “The 10 Rules of Sam Walton” book. Both of these books were published and distributed internationally by John Wiley & Sons, in English, in both hard cover and paperback versions. Translated versions of his books are available in Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Both of his books have also been published in English, in India. His third book is a 50th Walmart Anniversary Commemorative Edition entitled The Sam Walton Way (2011).

Professional International Speaker: He has spoken professionally in cities on six continents including: * Brisbane, Australia * Beijing, China * Melbourne, Australia * Vancouver, British Columbia * Port of Jiddah, Saudi Arabia * Toronto, Ontario * Caracas, Venezuela * Bogotá, Colombia * Panama City, Panama * Cologne, Germany * Istanbul, Turkey * Malaga, Spain * Moscow, Russia * Port Douglas, Australia * Santiago, Chile * Durban, South Africa * Kiev, Ukraine * Mont Tremblant, Quebec * Valladolid, Spain * Skopje, Macedonia * Belgrade, Serbia * Jeddah, Saudi, Arabia * Dubai, United Arab Emirates * Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia * Cape Town, South Africa * Guayaquil, Ecuador * Cancun, Mexico * Oslo, Norway * and across the USA *.

Speeches, Master Classes, & Workshops: Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker with substance, who is one part business, one part inspiration, and one part storyteller. He customizes his speeches or workshops to fit the conference theme, and he designs his messages to teach others the Best Practices of Wal-Mart. He presents Keynote Speeches, half day programs, and full day “Master Classes”. In his speech, “Growing Your Business the Sam Walton and Wal-Mart Way” (a.k.a. Picking Wal-Mart’s POCKETS), Bergdahl unveils the best practices of Wal-Mart, and the success secrets of Sam Walton. Audience members will learn the “Tactics of the World’s Richest Man”, Sam Walton”, and the “Strategies of Wal-Mart, the World’s Largest Company.”

His Audiences: Michael Bergdahl has spoken at association and business conferences, in the USA and Internationally to Retailers, Non-Retailers, Manufacturers and Suppliers. He speaks to a wide variety of audiences including Sales, Customer Service, IT, Supply Chain/Logistics, Franchisees, Financial Services, Real Estate Developers, Property Managers, Leasing Agents, Retail Managers, Brand/Marketing Professionals, Human Resources, Plant Managers, Engineers, DC Managers, Operations Managers, Product Manufacturers / Suppliers / Buyers, Pharmacists, Bankers, Credit Union Directors, Presidents, Entrepreneurs, College Professors & College Students, CEO’s, CIO’s, CTO’s, and CFO’s. He has spoken at events for Wal-Mart’s current suppliers, and its direct competitors, who are interested in improving their ability to compete successfully in a Wal-Mart World!

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