With a wit honed by conducting thousands of interviews, Michael shines as an MC and panel facilitator, guiding discussion and audience involvement.
Michael can be seen on Channel Seven's Sunrise and news programs, the ABC’s The Drum and is Contributing Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age's BusinessDay.com.au sites. He is an acclaimed conference speaker, MC and facilitator, bringing rare humour and plain language to the dismal science.
Michael was born and educated in Queensland, starting his career with The Courier-Mail before working in Hong Kong for three years. He joined the Australian Financial Review in Sydney and then pioneered specialist finance journalism in commercial broadcasting - first with the Macquarie Radio network, then with Channel 9, Sky News and 7.
Michael has four sons, maintains a love of Rugby Union, a dislike of gardening and what he calls "an outlook of optimistic scepticism".
Knowledgeable, personable, willing, articulate.
Gaming Technologies Association
Michael is the best on the subject.
IGT (Australia) Pty. Limited
Beyond excellent. Everybody loved him, he was so entertaining and down to earth - truly a breath of fresh air.
Excellent. Michael was particularly professional.
Department of Agriculture
Congress was a great success and your contribution ensured this. We were very pleased with the response with 1,400 delegates attending the Conference over the two days which is a record attendance for the South Australian Division.
Michael provided just the right blend of humour and insight into our conference. His dry humour relaxed both the audience and the presenters, making the convention a far more enjoyable affair for all. His years of experience allowed him to probe into areas which enlightened the audience, giving them the confidence to participate more fully.
GE Consumer Finance
Michael was a great moderator at the event and we were really impressed by his attention to detail and the commitment he placed in preparation. He also managed to keep the discussion going on a challenging subject and was great at break difficult moments with humour.
Michael was a pleasure to deal with. Took the brief and worked with it. Took the re brief and again adjusted to our needs.
The audience just loved him. He was extremely professional and had a good balance of humour and business comment.
Michael was outstanding. His presentation was both entertaining and informative. He made the audience laugh, he made them sigh and he made them think. The function was enriched by his presence.
We received feedback forms from attendees and the comments and scores for Michael in relation to content, delivery and length were all 4-5 out of 5
Michael delivered a well-supported presentation in an entertaining manner.”
Guests also appreciate hearing a positive and uplifting message in a time where there's a lot of doom and gloom in the messages about the economy.
Michael was also very friendly and easy going in the lead up to the event.
Many thanks for your presentation this morning which was absolutely terrific. It was so good to hear a good news story instead of endless gloom and doom. Your engaging and light hearted style ensured that the audience was both entertained and convinced of the veracity of your message! We learned while we laughed. Once again, thank you for making time to come to Adelaide to speak to our association.
Excellent, great content, relevant and engaging.