Michael Levin

Speaker Services, Business Speaker

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Phone: 925-525-1521
E-Mail: mlevin@csiconsultinginc.com
Website: www.csiconsultinginc.com
Blog: http://www.csiconsultinginc.com/blog/
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Availability: Northern California; National, International

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Topics: Sales, Leadership, Change Management, Inspirational, Presentation Skills, Stress Management

Areas: Northern California; National, International

Title: Sales and Leadership Expert, Entrepreneur, Corporate Trainer, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker; Award-Winning, Bestselling Author


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Successful entrepreneur and three-time #1 best-selling author shows organizations and individuals how to build success with collaborative communication and relationship-building skills.

In a nutshell

Are you stuck in an old-fashioned mindset that keeps your company and your life small? Michael Levin has built multi-million dollar companies, created products endorsed by O: The Oprah Magazine, run Pepsi Cola divisions and written bestselling books based on his innovative techniques for breaking down disruptive communication barriers and building strong, productive connections.  

“Today’s most successful organizations succeed by moving from a traditional top-down mindset to an entrepreneurial one,” says Michael. “You have to challenge the norm. A complete cultural shift may be the best thing for your company. For example, collaboration and high impact conversations drive far greater results than internal competition and a hoarding of knowledge that provides false job security.”

Success is built by people who can have conversations that seek common ground, he says. “Everyone says that business is all about relationships. And they’re right. But what most organizations miss is how much power comes from digging for points of agreement rather than disagreement. That’s where the gold is.” And that’s how Michael built his own multi-million dollar ventures and why audiences flock to learn his innovative techniques.

His business power is underscored by inspiring personal success that’s a perfect morality tale for these modern times. You’ll be awed to hear about Michael’s long, hard battle against debilitating anxiety and how he recalibrated his work/personal life balance to turn stress into income-generating energy. This story is chronicled in his three-time #1 bestselling book, Let Them See You Sweat: Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress.

“You build good businesses by building good lives,” he says. “The tools that help people live well also help organizations thrive.”  Audiences are moved by his example, impressed by his results, and inspired by his success.

Your audience will leave Michael’s energetic presentation ready to create dramatic cultural shifts that expand how they lead, sell and communicate to successfully achieve their visions and goals, both at work and at home.

Fast Facts

  • Developed product lines that were sold in every major mass drug and grocery retailer in the U.S. and thousands of retailers internationally.  
  • Ran Pepsi Cola divisions in San Francisco, Oakland and Reno, operating at a gold standard level by instituting his unique principles.
  • Received product recommendations in O: The Oprah Magazine, was profiled in Entrepreneur Magazine, and personally presented his products multiple times on the Home Shopping Network.  
  • Tripled his company growth over four years during the recent recession while overcoming numerous personal hurdles including serious stress-induced illness.
  • Launched product and service businesses and built them into multi-million dollar entities.
  • Won awards as bestselling author and co-author of Sitting on the Same Side of the Table: The Art of Collaborative Selling; The Road to Success: Volume 1 and Let Them See You Sweat: Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress, which hit number one on three Amazon bestseller lists.

Your audience will learn how to…

  • Collaborate using common-ground listening and influencing techniques that reduce conflict, mitigate the need to compete and negotiate, and increase mutual cooperation in-company and with customers
  • Deploy his powerful LACE Process, where you Listen, Ask, Clarify and Explore so people open up and fully participate in creating win-win answers
  • Transform corporate culture by rooting out and breaking down functional silos that no longer serve
  • Use Michael’s 15 Key Life Changes to turn around and manage stress in every area of their lives
  • Develop an action plan to disconnect from stress-inducing information overload and other distractions of modern life

Why Michael Levin is unique…
Michael connects intimately with audiences through frank stories derived from his personal life, business-building experiences, and client successes.

His success is based on non-traditional techniques he created by combining high stakes business savvy with hard-won personal victories.

His innovative techniques for growing businesses are based on communications and relationship strategies that are proven to create lasting, powerful and productive cultural shifts.

What people are saying…
“Michael provides a unique view into the incredible impact that stress can have on our lives. His stories and the lessons he’s learned provide valuable insights that will provide help for you or someone you love.”
– Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Let Them See You Sweat: Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress
Sitting on the Same Side of the Table: The Art of Collaborative Selling
The Road to Success, Volume 1 (with Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series)

Best-fit Audiences

  • Conferences, Conventions, Trade Shows
  • Expos, Fairs, Retreats
  • Corporations, Non-Profits
  • Parties, Events of all types
  • CEOs, Executive Managers, HR Professionals
  • Team Leaders, Sales Reps  
  • Business & Civic Groups
  • Baby Boomers, Millennials
  • Community Organizations
  • Colleges, Universities, Schools, Youth Groups
  • Attorneys, Financial Planners, Investors
  • Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Small Offices
  • Tech/Electronics Specialists & Hobbyists
  • Therapists, Psychologists, Counselors and Coaches
  • Women’s Groups, Career Women
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Hospitality Organizations, Restaurant Associations
  • Health Care Groups, Hospitals, Medical Offices
  • Health Workers, Healers, Caretakers, Cancer Survivors
  • Health Spas, Fitness Centers
  • Realtors, Real Estate Associations, Property Owners


Offered as keynotes, breakouts, seminars or workshops, retreats, trainings and webinars, and customized for your group. Michael Levin is also available as a panel guest or moderator.

Creating an Entrepreneurial Workplace

Is your organization a traditional autocratic environment? It’s time to change that top-down culture into one that fosters employee ownership, empowerment and entrepreneurism!

Most organizations are locked into functional silos that break down communication and stifle creativity and innovation, but that model no longer works.

Michael Levin teaches his LACE Program in which you Listen, Ask, Clarify, Explore. The result is you’ll be better able to resolve internal conflicts and concerns. As these constricting conflicts and concerns are positively transformed, people flourish, ideas form, and companies blossom organically. His program is based on his own experience building multi-million dollar companies, and helping clients do the same, using more fluid, interactive management techniques.

You’ll leave this lively, engaging talk with the tools for embracing, leading and driving culture change that leads to greater communication, creativity, innovation and productivity.  

Let Them See You Sweat:  Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress

Tension, anxiety, and worry exact a hefty price on your personal health. They also stifle your creativity and productivity. That’s no way to live!

Michael Levin knows this from first-hand experience with several stress-related ailments. “I pushed myself so hard that my body finally said it had enough,” he explains.

In this talk he shares the key lessons he learned as he trained himself to continue working to capacity without compromising his health.

You’ll learn:

  • Why stress frequently goes undiagnosed and the dramatic range of physical symptoms and damage it can cause
  • How to be proactive and manage stress before it manages you, and what to do if it has gained a foothold in your life
  • Strategies to disconnect strategically in today’s hyper-connected environment
  • Michael’s 15 Key Life Changes to turn any level of stress into useful, productive energy

You’ll leave his no-holds-barred talk energized, refreshed and retooled to deal with whatever comes your way, at work and at home. As Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, says in his endorsement, “You’ll gain valuable insights that can help both you as well as someone you love.”

The Art of Collaborative Selling

The days of the hard sell are over. Clients are too smart! These are the days of success built on 100 percent genuine communication and creating mutually beneficial relationships.

In this sales-savvy presentation, you’ll learn how to:

  • Talk less and sell more
  • Move away from traditional selling techniques and presentations
  • Initiate high-impact conversations that lead to more profitable sales
  • Create long-living, mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations that offer good results for both parties  
  • Reduce the need to negotiate through partnering with your potential customers to find a place that is good for you both
  • Counter objections with Michael’s unique 4-Step Objection Resolution Method, which creates incredible success not only in business but in your personal life

You’ll leave his forward-thinking talk knowing how to orchestrate a sales process where both parties’ needs are fully addressed and completely satisfied.

Meet Michael Levin…

Michael Levin’s entrepreneurism started with the proverbial newspaper route. By the time he was 18, he had launched a teenage discotheque in Livermore, CA.  He has since launched several multimillion dollar companies in the areas of product, service and software. Currently he’s President and CEO of Custom Solutions, Inc.

His patented products have been endorsed by O: The Oprah Magazine and he has presented them on the Home Shopping Network. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows around the country and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine.

But roughly ten years ago, his success nearly crashed to a halt. “I was pushing extremely hard,” he says. “I never slowed down.” The result was several stress-related illnesses. His fight back from this wake-up call is told in his new book, Let Them See You Sweat:  Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress, available at Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com, where it is a number one bestseller in three categories. His previous books include Sitting on the Same Side of the Table:  The Art of Collaborative Selling.” He is also a co-author of The Road to Success with Jack Canfield of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Michael’s primary passion is helping people. “That can come from helping my employees grow and helping companies and their teams work more effectively,” he says. “To create life balance and help others, I volunteered for over ten years on the Contra Costa Crisis Hotline.” Often, people who learn Michael Levin’s collaboration and stress-reduction techniques tell him later that they’ve had big changes in their personal relationships as well. “A client used the collaboration process I taught with his wife and stepdaughter,” Michael says. “He later contacted me to let me know that the three family members had had the most productive conversation ever.”

What people are saying…

“In Let Them See You Sweat Michael provides a unique view into the incredible impact that stress can have on our lives.  His stories and the lessons he’s learned provide valuable insights that will provide help both to you or someone you love.”
– Jack Canfield, Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul® and The Success Principles™

“Michael Levin is a dynamic and engaging speaker. His message is both passionate and powerful. I have found his processes and philosophies on sales and leadership to be highly impactful, contemporary and resonant throughout an organization.”
– Kris Braunschweig, Former Vice President, Pepsi Cola

“We were so grateful for Michael’s great presentation. He got rave reviews from everyone I talked to. Comments ranged from, ‘He was so genuine,’ to ‘He had some great ideas,’ to ‘He was the best speaker we’ve had in a long time.’”
– Deborah Hoard, Events Director, Women In Consulting-Northern California

“I strongly recommend hiring Michael Levin as a public speaker for your company and your clients. I have had the pleasure of attending several of Mike’s presentations. He has a warm, friendly style that engages the audience well. He is an expert in the areas of sales, marketing, entrepreneurialism, product development and general wealth building.”
– Jim Kaspari, Investor, Entrepreneur, Health and Wealth Coach

“We were so pleased Michael took the time to share his knowledge with us. He is a true inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs.”
– Lyndsey Myall, MBA Student, CSU-East Bay

Books by Michael Levin

Let Them See You Sweat: Lessons I’ve Learned on My Personal Journey with Stress

Product DetailsYou may think, with this book’s title, it’s about being calm and cool in the face of pressure. It’s actually quite the opposite and more literal. My body actually stopped sweating. This was one of a variety of unusual health issues I faced, partially or wholly brought on by stress. And I had to learn how to get my body to sweat again naturally as no pill or prescription was going to help me. My solution to this and other issues were going to come from within.

With people becoming more aware about stress and its incredible health impacts, many of us have found that we can pay a hefty price if we ignore or don’t acknowledge it. And I believe it frequently goes undiagnosed in the medical community. This book is about my journey, one I think many of you can relate to. This is not about what I’ve overcome. It’s about what I’ve learned in the hope it can help others. In this book I will share you with my journey and the key lessons I’ve learned along the way.


Sitting on the Same Side of the Table

Could you or your team benefit from a progressive, high impact, proven sales methodology to close more profitable business? Michael’s selling philosophy of Sitting on the Same Side of the Table as Your CustomerTM, takes you away from hard core negotiating to sitting side by side with your customer, working out solutions good for both of you. His Art of Collaborative Selling facilitates highly productive conversations between you and your customers. This is a process that works for the most sophisticated sales executive, to the novice salesperson, to someone who hates selling. Michael has used his process to get great results for his clients and for his personal multi-million dollar ventures as well.

The Road to Success, Volume 1”  co-authored with Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series

To take a road trip to Success, we will need a destination as well as a GPS. Success is described here as the achievement of a goal. The goals we adopt may be the result of experience, vision or desire. They crystallize our desire to get to a better place.

Having picked a goal for success, how do you get there? What drives you on? Some more popular goals include amassing wealth, gaining recognition and a desire to improve the lifestyle of others. It is also interesting to note that both philosophers as well as successful travellers on this road to success tell us that the journey is the real prize, not merely arriving at the destination.

So what route does your roadmap follow? Whatever route you choose, the CelebrityExperts(R) in this book can mentor your trip. They have completed this trip before, and they know where the potholes and the dead-ends are. These successful people have traits in common including creativity, risk taking, planning, perseverance and they are action-takers. Without taking action, The Road To Success is merely a mirage. So read, learn and enjoy. Safe travels!


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