Mike Hourigan

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From the machine operator to the corner office to the lobby receptionist, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Nurturing a culture of safety can be difficult when demands on time and people increase, but it can be done if you are communicating the right way. Most safety audits reveal communication issues or lack of communication was the issue to blame for the incident. Safety should never be about the blame game, but is all about the communications game, and if played well, everyone wins.

Get your team thinking “Safety First” before another day goes by!

Everyone will gain insight on:
• How workplace safety affects their family
• How their personal safety practices can protect their co-workers
• The impact of individual safety actions, or inaction, on the company’s security (or bottom line or profitability or future)
• What it really mean to practice – “I got your back whether you like it or not”
• Getting new hires (and those set-in-their-ways) on the Safety Team!

You may never know all of the accidents you prevent, but you will always remember all of your safety hiring mistakes. In this illuminating keynote, Mike Hourigan cautions safety managers on what to look for in potential candidates to avoid hiring an on-the-job hazard.

You will learn:

  • Five steps to hiring responsible employees
  • Bad attitude = bad hire = bad risk
  • Safety and the Law
  • Defining the job and safety expectations
  • Hiring low-risk employees
  • Screening Applicants for a Safety Attitude
  • Interviewing techniques to guarantee successful results
  • Safely Using Pre-Employment Assessments
  • Keeping your Best and Safest Employees Around


When it comes to negotiation, all people are created equal, but it is the people who understand the negotiation process and practice it who win! In his negotiation program, Mike Hourigan will demystify this process and guarantees everyone will leave with the skills necessary to enter their next negotiation from a position of strength and get what they want. Don’t miss Mike’s fun, funny and factual program designed to improve your sales and negotiation results.

Don’t buy another piece of office equipment, technology, a car or a house without attending this program.

Teamwork is one of the most abused words in the workplace today.  More often than not, working in teams is viewed as another challenge to getting the job done.  What organizations want is happy, creative and engaged associates.  What managers want are the results teamwork is touted to produce.  

Enter the Millennials, who have been placed on teams since childhood.  They are aware of the obstacles teamwork creates, the extra work involved to work in tandem with others, the hurt feelings produced by a dysfunctional team, and most importantly, how some team members get away with doing nothing.  They also know the dynamic results true teamwork can produce.

Maximizing the unique talents of everyone on the team is what produces winning results.  This program reveals how to get exceptional outcomes from multi-generational teams quickly and produce the next creative win in the process.

You will learn:
How to make a multi-generational team gel faster
How to help each team member be productive immediately
How to dispel generational myths and communicate more effectively

Success is a moving target, so change is inevitable. Organizations and their employees must adapt and change to survive and thrive. It is possible. Mike Hourigan brings his real-world expertise to the topic of Change Management to help you and your organization find ways to weather a changing workplace and even flourish!

After Mike’s presentation, you will be better able to recognize, predict and plan for change. Managers will have the tools they need to motivate teams, and stay motivated themselves, rather than dread new initiatives.

Here are only a few of the many takeaways you can expect:

  • Uncover the Five Truths about change
  • Gain insight into what people fear most about change
  • Learn how to keep your best people during change
  • Find out how to become “change resilient” personally and professionally
  • Reduce change-generated conflict between coworkers and teams
  • Discover where to find support during change – it might surprise you!

Millennials are on the cusp of becoming first-time managers or advancing into middle management. In this capacity, they will be managing, working for and with three other generations in the course of their careers.

Each generation brings their own set of values and a unique work ethic to the workplace. It is the confluence of these different ideas, values, and knowledge that will form the foundation for an exhilarating, sometimes exasperating, but nevertheless engaging work experience. The ability to translate expectations and values into a common language is what will make organizations thrive and outshine their competitors.

Join Mike as he shares his ideas in this extremely exhilarating, hilariously exasperating and guaranteed engaging look at Millennials, Management and Me.

Mike will teach you:

  • How to move forward as an organization, association, or government entity
  • How to make Millennials part of the management team
  • How to give Gen Y’s what they need for direction
  • How to teach them the vital communication skills they are lacking
  • How to train Millennials how to be better managers
  • How to transform employees into world class leaders

75% of your day is spent communicating, 9% is spent writing, 16% reading, 30% speaking, and a whopping 45% listening! Active listening is the communication skill that will deliver the biggest payoff, yet it’s the skill most often neglected. Listening is the skill everyone expects you to have mastered but were never taught.

Unfortunately, just like breathing, most of us think listening comes naturally. When you attend your first golf or yoga lesson, you may find you have been doing it wrong or not as effectively as you could. Listening is no different.

This listening skills program will show you how to accomplish more by speaking less.

Here are some of the things you will take away from this listening skills training program:

  • How to get people to choose to listen to you
  • Understand the three types of listening styles
  • How to stop sabotaging conversations
  • How to ask the right kind of questions to show you are listening
  • How to listen with your eyes as well as your ears
  • How to use listening to appear smarter



“On behalf of our committee, I would like to say thank you for attending the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference and participating as a keynote speaker. I believe you were able to tie together your presentation “How Change Affects Safety” with our conference theme “Safety – The Only Way to Live”. Safety is constantly changing for all of us, and your message really hit home with our attendees. During the presentation, you were able to entertain our audience with humor and real-life experiences which kept them engaged. Our post conference survey results confirmed that you hit the nail on the head. Thank you again for your time and sharing your experiences. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you again in the future.”

— SE Mine Safety & Health Conference

“Mike is one of the top in his industry. His combination of superior business knowledge and professional delivery style has always “dazzled” our Harley-Davidson students.”

— Harley-Davidson

“Masterfully incorporated our business issues into our annual meeting, where we gather our top sales agents from across the nation. I would recommend Mike for any large organization’s speaking engagements.”

— General Electric

“We sure picked a winner! Thank you for making our annual conference and exposition a huge success, benefiting 1,400 managers. We can’t wait to recommend you to other colleagues.”

— American Hospital Association

“Thank you for helping make the time we dedicated to this event meaningful and worthwhile for our leadership team, which is a team that places a lot of value on concrete results.”

— Aetna

“In the 8-years I have been involved in arranging seminar speakers for members of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois, your presentations on dealing with difficult people and stress were the best! You gave us exactly what we were looking for – a compact and entertaining program, providing key pointers and memorable illustrations everyone could relate to and put into practice immediately, at home and at work.”

— Associated General Contractors of Illinois

“Your session was a complete home-run for my evaluation. It was not only entertaining, but informative and concretely useful to the attendees.”

— National Rural Electric Coop Association
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