Thank you for visiting my site. I’m an entrepreneur, writer and speaker, and this is a place where I share information about the topics and projects I care about. I am particularly passionate about transformational leadership and organisational change, and enjoy helping fellow business owners, executive teams and CEOs get the best out of their people, especially in the midst of rapid political, environmental and socio-economic change. In this line of work I am often invited to offer business commentary for industry publications, on TV and on radio.
In 2006, after a short and colourful career in sales (that included peddling welding machines and earth-moving machinery spares), I took the entrepreneurial plunge and started a company called Cerebra. With a specialist focus on digital content and engagement, Cerebra won numerous multinational accounts and grew quickly to become South Africa’s leading social media agency. In my role as CEO of the business I had the privilege of working with Coca-Cola, Samsung, Toyota, Vodafone, AB InBev, Google, Ford, Huawei, Barclays, and many other remarkable brands. Cerebra was acquired by global advertising giant WPP in 2013.
In 2007 I co-founded a web start-up called Afrigator.com that was acquired by Naspers just 18 months later. Around the same time, I began hosting a popular networking event called the 27dinners, which went on to catalyse business collaborations and relationships through hundreds of successful events.
A big thank you to the talented team at Epitome for some of the photographs on this site.
Talks and Facilitation
I’ve spoken at over 300 conferences, corporate functions and industry events both locally and abroad, and facilitated a variety of workshops for over 40 major brands. I talk on the subjects I know best – media, social business, consumer behaviour, communication, marketing, advertising and branding – but am also happy to tailor content to your requirement.
Click on the link below to request a quotation for the format of your choice: a TED-style 20 minute presentation, a 45 minute keynote presentation, or a 3 hour (or full day) workshop facilitation.
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I watched Mike speak at an IMCConference on social media for business. Mike is an absolute pleasure to watch and listen to, his energy is addictive and he has the experience to back up his success. I’d happily attend another event to see Mike speak again.
Mike spoke at the South African eCommerce Conference 2013 on the topic “The impact of social trends and technologies on the eCustomer” and was extremely well received with feedback from attendees such as “Best speaker of the day. Great Energy!” and “absolutely brilliant. would love to see more of his presentations”.
Mike is one of the most convincing digital brains in the South African industry with a keen understanding of the impact and value that social media has in business and society. His measured, authentic and pragmatic view on the world comes to life when he speaks in a refreshing and inspiring way.
Mike is a one of the most insightful people in the industry I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Not only does he have a global perspective on social media, marketing, and business that is compelling, but he has clearly made it actionable in South Africa. It was terrific to work with him and his team to help deliver Social Business Africa 2013.
Mike is irritatingly good at public speaking. Irritating because he has an uncanny ability to read the audience and pitch the content and tone at exactly the right level. Irritating because he delivers profound insights in a common-sense manner, and because his wry sense of humour makes each presentation more like a chat with a mate than a lecture.
Every time I hear Mike present, I am in awe of his presence and ability to hold the audience. He is able to take technical topics and make them seem so simple and obvious. With Mike, it never feels like you are being presented to…rather, you leave the room feeling as though he has merely confirmed your own thoughts (which you never actually had).