Michael Hingson | Spokesperson for Guide Dogs for the Blind and 9/11 WTC Survivor

Michael Hingson

Spokesperson for Guide Dogs for the Blind and 9/11 WTC Survivor

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Lessons from the Twin Towers
As a survivor of the 9/11 tragedy as well as person who lives without sight, Michael Hingson enthralls audiences worldwide with his unique perspective on life and relationships. He guides us to explore how we may sabotage our own efforts, and how fear, courage, denial, trust, beliefs and philosophies have a tremendous impact on our personal lives, on our organizations and our world.

Mike weaves the life lessons he has learned into an enthralling story of survival and perseverance that can help us all see that we can be much more than we are. Not only will he discuss his escape from the World Trade Center on 9-11, 2001, but he will also describe his life journey which brought him to the Twin Towers on that fateful day. Your audience will learn how to keep fear in check and survive even under the most adverse circumstances possible.


Lessons from a Guide Dog Team
Millions of Americans enjoy the love and companionship of their pets. Medical research is proving that the human/animal bond can also have a measurable effect on our physical well-being. As the human half of a guide dog team, Michael Hingson describes his own experiences growing and learning from seven guide dogs, and explores our responsibilities for socializing and caring for our wonderful animal friends. He shows us how to establish closer relationships with our pets and how those relationships can grow into human-animal teams that can even save our lives.

Audiences learn from Michael how love and commitment to our animal friends will take each of us further than we ever thought possible. Mr. Hingson’s successful experiences with guide dogs span more than 50 years. In this talk he uses the joys, sadness, successes and challenges of his own journey with guide dogs to teach us all how to enrich our lives by learning to understand and work with creatures who live, think, and communicate in different ways than we do.


Preparing Your Life-skills Toolbox

What tools do we already possess that when used creatively in tandem with the strengths of others make us more effective? Most of us seldom take the time to look at ourselves to analyze the gifts we bring to our lives and to the world around us.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience developing the skills needed to navigate through a sighted world, Michael compels his listeners to believe teamwork is so easy to make happen. He shows us that each one of us can turn our strengths and weaknesses into opportunities for creative adaptation and team-building partnerships and success. He demonstrates how to look at our actions and learn how to better ourselves through a bit of critical thinking and self evaluation. As Mr. Hingson says, “it is hard for each of us to look at ourselves especially in the way that others see us, but through a willingness to open our minds to self evaluation with input from the outside we will become stronger and better”.

Mike shows how his own on-going self examinations helped him survive the terrorist attacks on 9-11 and how he was able to move on and become a successful international lecturer and a #1 New York Times Bestselling author.


Bringing Principles Back

During Michael Hingson's more than 30 years in sales and senior management positions he was confronted many times by ethical choices concerning doing what was best for the customer and doing what would maximize profits for his companies, including companies he owned personally. In this talk Mike discusses ethics and how our basic life principles should always be the guiding light that determines our actions.

Your audience will learn how Michael Hingson developed the strength to sometimes make unpopular decisions in the eyes of company bosses and how and why those same choices propelled Mike into those same senior positions later in his career. Your audience will learn how they to can make decisions based on their own basic ethical principles and they will learn how and why those decisions can be the most important and best ones they ever make.

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