Testimonials

“Michael is a phenomenal speaker and event MC.”

KK Diaz, SA Digital Transformation Summit, Founder and CEO, XLRTR

Michael is a not only a phenomenal speaker and professional event MC, he’s also a hard-working member of any team I’ve seen him be part of. He greatly assisted us to host the successful Digital Transformation Online Summit 2020 earlier this year. I confidently recommend him as a speaker, panelist, facilitator and trainer.

“Michael is a great speaker. Even in a virtual room I could hear the penny drops happening as the chat blew up with positive comments from across our organisation.”

Reatile Tekateka, former Head of Corporate Affairs, Multichoice

Michael is a great speaker. His ability to connect with diverse audiences is impressive. He is able to make relatively intangible concepts relatable and take his audience on a journey by helping them to connect concepts with their lived experience. Even in a virtual ‘room’ I could hear the penny drops happening as the Microsoft Teams chat was blew up with positive comments from across our organisation. I would highly recommend Michael as a key note speaker.

“We learned the process by which to become more creative and innovative, and exceptional skills to tackle our problems in a fun manner.”

Kerryn Campion, COO, Aions Creative Technology

Michael had a tough task ahead: 4 startups and a limited budget, but he quickly set about working on a revised, sprint version of his course, and ensured all teams were aligned in the solution we were working towards. Not only did we learn the process by which to become more creative and innovative (and how to build a foundation for said process), we learned exceptional skills to tackle problems in a fun manner. At the end of the course we had several solutions to our initially posed problem, and a diverse toolbox to draw from for any future stumbling blocks that arise.

“Michael is a genius at causing creative breakthroughs for every participant. Whenever I’m stuck on any project, I turn to Michael to help me become confident in taking action on the next step. He’s also an expert communicator and for these reasons I asked him to edit my #1 best-selling book.”

Saleema Vellani, CEO Ripple Impact and Author, Innovation Starts With I

“Michael is a very original thinker – so it makes sense that he’s the creativity expert.”

Mike Handcock, Chairman at Circle of Excellence Group, Multiple Award Winning International Speaker, Publisher LEAD Magazine, Vice President Global Speakers Federation, Multiple Amazon #1 Best Selling Author

You should tap into Michael when you need breakthrough ideas in your business and life, which he carries out in a powerful and easy way. I’ve enjoyed watching his journey, seeing the transformation he makes with organisations and individuals. I know he often gets told he’s fun, engaging and thought provoking and his bespoke system is very unique. Buckle up and enjoy!

“Creativity and innovation are Michael Lee’s lifeblood. This spirit pumps through his veins, animating all he does as a creative, speaker and breakthrough catalyst.”

Ian Hatton, a.k.a. Morpheus Conscious Leadership Expert, International Keynote Speaker and Founder of Totally Morpheus Leadership Transformation Profile

I met Michael in 2020 when he joined the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA). At the time he was very keen to develop his speaking career. Michael is multi-talented in many areas, and I was thrilled when he invited me as a speaking mentor while preparing for the PSASA’s Speaker Factor competition, and later in his final preparations for a TEDx talk.

Micheal demonstrated his ability to harness his creativity as he polished his presentations, which have gone on to appear on many public stages. He was very open to constructive feedback, intentionally building his prowess as a presenter. Today, his presentations speak of robust research alongside heartfelt experience. He strikes a healthy balance of being vulnerable and accessible, able to tell his own story and truly engage everybody in the audience. By the time he stepped onto the TEDx finals stage, Michael had his audience in the palm of his hand with a professional delivery. He was in the best form I had seen him yet, and I expect that this upwards trend will continue as he grows in virtuosity.

Today, Michael is able to sweep up his audiences with marketable talks, bringing a powerful and practical message. His unique outlook has the principled punch to wake audiences up to new ways of seeing things.

“To say that Michael is a game-changer would be an understatement.”

Cobus Visser, Director at Cobus Visser

Michael is an electrifying thought strategist and Creative Breakthrough Catalyst, who not only captivates his audience but also inspires real change. His insights into innovation and adaptability are timely, especially in this rapidly evolving business landscape. Michael’s talk didn’t just focus on the problems we face; he offered actionable solutions, particularly in enhancing the innovation mindset, a concept highly valued by thought leaders like IBM and the World Economic Forum. His methods and training in adaptability are exceptional assets that can transform any organization. I wholeheartedly recommend Michael Lee for any speaking engagement or training program focused on fostering creativity and adaptability.

“Michael has a genius mind and has a very different approach to unleashing the unlimited potential in you, and your team.”

Landi Jac, CEO at Circle of Excellence Group

Michael Lee is a true Creativity Breakthrough Catalyst. He has a genius mind and has a very different approach to unleashing the unlimited potential in you, and your team. Expect better ideas, and accelerated team empowerment. PLUS, a lot of fun! Brilliant Speaker on Restoring Your Creative Genius as well – check Michael out on TEDx.

“I will always love to work with Michael again and again.”

Muyiwa Fasakin, Founder Global League of Creative Intelligence Certified Coaches

Michael Lee is an exceptional and highly innovative team player. He is highly resourceful and productive at every level of engagement. However one outstanding quality of Micheal is that he loves to see results. So he is result driven and also a solution provider.
He has the passion to change his world with innovative ideas and transforming concepts.

“Michael Lee is one of the real creative thinkers of our time.”

Oksana Sedashova, World Ambassador on Creativity (UN), Associate Professor at KROK Business School

His extensive knowledge in the field of psychology and the practice of creativity, combined with his talent for explaining everything in an accessible way, allows him to reveal the creative potential of everyone who is interested in this. Michael Lee is the author of several unique courses on creativity and coaching, which have an extensive toolkit, methodological part, and educational and methodological support. I studied on two courses, and it was rich, exciting, thoughtful. The material is well structured and has video support. Michael has gone to great lengths to make the development of creativity and the ability to solve problems and innovate an asset to the global world and an opportunity to improve it.

Michael has a unique ability to ask deep, unexpected, precise questions in a coaching method that makes interacting with him truly amazing and effective.

Michael Lee has a powerful charisma and the gift of persuasion, which is a must for a good coach.

Michael Lee is a member of the Advisory Board of the UN initiative World Creativity and Innovation Day and Week, where we met online. He does a lot of humanitarian work to educate about creative and innovative thinking and help people and teams become just that.

I highly recommend working with Michael Lee as an expert in developing team innovation for the business, government and public sectors. His talent will help any organization and community achieve innovative breakthroughs very easily and with pleasure.

“Any organization seeking to evolve their creativity and innovation in the AI era would greatly benefit from Michael’s insights.”

Greg Serandos, Co-Founder African Academy of Artificial Intelligence, GIBS Business School Marketing Lecturer, Startup Mentor – Founder Institute Accelerator, Author

I highly recommend Michael Lee for any endeavor focused on creativity, innovation and team adaptability. His unique blend of expertise as a Creative Strategist and Creativity Conduit has proven invaluable. Michael also delivered one of the most engaging Ted Talks I’ve ever seen.

“Michael has a remarkable ability to unearth hidden talents and ignite a sense of purpose in everyone he works with.”

Mark Tabbron, Director and Cofounder, RedZebra, International Director, Actitud Creativa

Michael Lee is a truly exceptional Creativity trainer, speaker, and coach. Michael’s unwavering passion for helping his clients realize their true potential is nothing short of inspiring. His dedication to guiding individuals through their creative journeys is evident in each and every professional experience I have had with him.

Michael has a remarkable ability to unearth hidden talents and ignite a sense of purpose in everyone he works with. His keen insights, dedicated approach, and strategic guidance create an environment where individuals thrive creatively and radically expand their capabilities. He possesses a unique gift for fostering creativity while instilling a strong sense of confidence and self-belief.
Michael’s genuine commitment to his clients’ growth sets him apart. To tap into your true potential and achieve remarkable results, Michael Lee is the person to turn to. Your creative journey will undoubtedly be enriched by his expertise.

“Michael is able to unravel the roadblocks, ask the difficult questions that we like to ignore, challenge the deep beliefs we hold close and ultimately gives the tools to reshape the narrative we create going forward.”

Emma Kaye, Founder at Happy Hounds Pet Food (PTY) Ltd

As a serial entrepreneur I had recently found myself asking questions about my ‘what next?’. It was through these questions that I found myself in an usual personal position where I felt that I needed a professional, outside of my work sphere, who could provide me with an objective view to some of my questions. It was then that I approached Michael. He felt like the perfect fit, he is not just an experienced coach but also has a deep insight into the value of creativity and leadership. We then agreed to a 10-hour coaching process which required the commitment and accountability that is often lacking in one-on-one sessions. It was exactly what I needed. Through his deeply considered listening he is able to unravel the roadblocks, ask the difficult questions that we like to ignore, challenge the deep beliefs we hold close and ultimately gives s the tools to reshape the narrative we create going forward. Thank you Michael.

“Michael’s own story grips the mind, heart and imagination.”

Marie Le Roux, Media Strategist, Founder and Owner, YaziMedia

His personal and professional triumph over adversity is evidence of the power of creative, innovative thinking and personal reinvention. Attending his presentations both online and in person at professional speaking and TEDx events, I was struck by the growing impact of his experience and the way it illuminates his expertise.

“I will use your system and teachings not only professionally but also personally.”

Kumar Achanta, Relationship Coach & Motivational Speaker

I have been going to meetings and conferences for 10 years and have seen many, many speakers. I was instantly interested, entertained, and learned something new, useful, and inspiring from Michael Lee when he spoke at Professional Speakers Summit 2022. You are talented, funny, and insightful. I will use your system and teachings not only professionally but also personally. I highly recommend Michael as a speaker for your next conference.

“I was blown away by how he made an intricate topic easy to understand and seemingly simple to practice and apply.”

Zanele Njapha, Founder & CEO, The UnLearners

I had the pleasure of listening to Michael deliver a keynote presentation on Innovation and Creativity. It’s safe to say I was blown away by how he made an intricate topic easy to understand and seemingly simple to practice and apply. His approach is fresh and unique and his passion for his complex subject matter goes without saying. Truly, a gifted and polished facilitator! Great work, Michael :)

“I was blown away by how he made an intricate topic easy to understand and seemingly simple to practice and apply.”

Zanele Njapha, Founder & CEO, The UnLearners

I had the pleasure of listening to Michael deliver a keynote presentation on Innovation and Creativity. It’s safe to say I was blown away by how he made an intricate topic easy to understand and seemingly simple to practice and apply. His approach is fresh and unique and his passion for his complex subject matter goes without saying. Truly, a gifted and polished facilitator! Great work, Michael :)

“There is no fluff about his work”

Charlotte Kemp, President of Global Speakers Federation

Michael’s work on creativity and innovation is fascinating. I have heard him speak, read his book and engaged with him on some creativity projects he has promoted and each time he has inspired me in two ways. Firstly, his actual approach to creativity and innovation is both exciting and robust. There is no fluff about his work. And secondly, his commitment to create creativity awareness and to promote is as a competency we can intentionally cultivate is a message we need to hear in a world than needs more profound and creative solutions to problems.

“Michael has always kept me enthralled.”

Alison Weihe, Award-winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author and Mindset Specialist

I have heard Michael speak on several occasions. Every time his presentation made a profound impact on me. From an intimate revelation and insight into mental health mindsets to ground breaking thought leadership on creativity, Michael has always kept me enthralled. His stagecraft is carefully curated and prepared because he takes great pride in everything he does. I look forward to seeing Michael stride on to more global stages to bring greater clarity and consciousness to the world of innovation and creativity. It is indeed an honour to witness his unfolding journey of bringing wisdom to the world.

“Keep doing great things in the world Michael “

Rosemary Rein, Author, Speaker, Facilitator on Leadership and Innovation; Senior Vice President, Innovation Minds, Silicon Valley

It has been a pleasure to work beside Michael on everything Creativity and Innovation through our work with Silicon Valley’s Innovation Minds and our combined work in the field of creativity. Michael brings a unique combination of Communications, Coaching, and Expertise in today’s complicated and ever-changing world of digital marketing and Business/Social Innovation. Michael’s also awesome at hosting podcasts and creating valuable content with well-researched articles and blogs applicable to Leadership, Innovation, and Communications. Keep doing great things in the world Michael and in particular your work with developing tomorrow’s leaders, today through Powerful, Executive Coaching.

“His creativity and clarity help others to identify in hours, what you alone would have taken months.”

Gustavo Rota, Co-Founder at Padel Mate

Michael is a phenomenal leader and inspirator. He can see through corners that others don’t. His creativity and clarity help others to identify in hours, what you alone would have taken months. Highly recommendable, skilled, and of great human value. Thanks, Michael for sharing the journey.

“He provided us with clear guidance when we struggled, but also challenged us to create and develop our own creative identity.”

Dennis Coetzee, Group Executive Human Capital, NWK Limited, Owner of Life’s Locksmith Coaching

Michael developed the Innovation Explosion curriculum. It is a fantastic proven process to help you as an individual to free your mind so that you can access your internal creative genius. He is extremely knowledgeable in this field, as his upcoming book release will also indicate. He is a brilliant writer as well. He provided us as his students with clear guidance when we struggled, but also challenged us to create and developed our own creative identity. His ability to coach us to a better understanding shined like a beacon during this process.

“I would highly recommend Michael.”

Donald Cohen, Founder, Strategic Advisor, LinkedIn Influencer & Empowering Coach

I regard Michael as a valued colleague and collaborator. Michael is very knowledgeable and can be a great resource for innovation and creativity. I would highly recommend Michael and look forward to continuing our collaboration.

“Thank you for being the gift that keeps on giving.”

Angela Hlalele, Senior Specialist, Organizational Development

Michael was patient and attentive during our business coaching session. He was able to declutter my ideas and frustrations into workable, action focused solutions. I put things into gear almost immediately and others will remain work in progress. Thank you for being the gift that keeps on giving.

“Stunning!”

Janet du Preez, Leadership and Organisational Development Consultant

I am so enjoying Michael’s Innovation Explosion programme. I consider myself to be extremely creative and to know many of the tools. However, I am learning and applying so much in this programme. Even though the tools are familiar, Michael has packaged them so well and created such an effective process. Stunning! Would love to be on a face-to-face programme with others but the online programme is still very effective.

“It unlocked blocks that were preventing me from working on my creative ideas.”

Isabelle Rorke, Chief Enabling Officer, Enlightened Poppy Network Pty Ltd

My experience of the creativity course with Michael Lee was incredible. It unlocked blocks that were preventing me from working on my creative ideas. For example, I unearth a project I had put on the shelf for many years and have been able to revive it. Thanks Michael!

 

“You helped me see things clearly.”

Sisanda Henna, Founder at Sisanda Henna Films, Actor, Showrunner

Michael Lee, gave me robust, very productive coaching, decluttering my problem situation from the cloud of emotions to help me see tangible facts, and approach it with a clear view of actions I can take to get the result I am looking for. This included questions he asked me that lead to introspections to change my disposition. Such that I could see an alternative route to my desire end. Thank you, Michael, you helped me see things clearly, and showing me I always have choices, and there’s actions I can take to change things.

“He is also known as the “pitch wizard” in documentary circles.”

Pascal Schmitz, Co-Founder & Executive Producer at AAA Entertainment

Michael is a creative inspiration and very dedicated to the film and media industry. He was an invaluable asset to the DFA while on the board and although he is creatively orientated and an outspoken activist, he also managed to keep the finances as treasurer in immaculate order and such a pleasure for his successor. This is a keen to Michael’s characteristic of finishing what he starts and wrapping up things with a professional touch for anyone who needs to continue work on his projects. He is also known as the “pitch wizard” in documentary circles. A great asset to any team, I would certainly have him on mine any time.

“He is a brilliant man and I would like to acknowledge and thank him for his commitment to South African people in general.”

Angus MacArthur, Director, Alcohol Breathalysers Pty Ltd

Michael and I worked together part-time in a not-for-our-profit social Forum for approximately 1 year. I found Michael to be absolutely committed to the success of our endeavors in bringing people together and uplifting people in South Africa. He is a brilliant man and I would like to acknowledge and thank him for his commitment to South African people in general.

“It will change your life!!”

Deon Groenewald, Master NLP Coach, Coach Trainer, and Found of Action Factory

Michael has been telling me about this Innovation workshop since I trained him as an NLP coach. Finally, I got to check it out – I loved it so much I asked his permission to promote it and have become an affiliate! I know you will love it as much as I did. It will change your life!! Michael is a God online. This is one of the best investments you are going to make for yourself.

“Michael is a true master at his craft, and thanks to him I was able to navigate most of the challenges I was facing with my business.”

Mirko Maccarone, Founder, The Mastery Hub

I was struggling with my business for weeks without finding a way to move forward. That’s when I decided to take Michael’s program. That decision was one of the best of my entire life. I walked out of the program with clear strategies and techniques to move my business forward while regaining confidence in my capabilities as an entrepreneur. Michael is a true master at his craft, and thanks to him I was able to navigate most of the challenges I was facing with my business. He used a combination of research covering field like neuroscience, positive psychology, NLP, diving deep into the power of creativity and how to unleash it. If you are a struggling entrepreneur, this can change it all!

“The depth of the course was outstanding.”

Dr Samia Chasi, Education Practitioner and Researcher

I really enjoyed the very clear tools in THE INNOVATION EXPLOSION and found them easy to integrate into my life right now, today. The depth of the course was outstanding, as was the flow of topics and watching people go through transformations quickly, in front of our own eyes. My aim was to get clarity on what kind of business I could set up, which I achieved.

“The workshop has given me clarity and a great level of comfort at what I should be doing.”

Dr Zandile Mokgatle, MD and Health Coach

Michael reads people well. He helps participants clarify what they are thinking. When he says it back to me, it’s even more recognizable and resonant than when I said it myself. We all come to earth with our sacred packages, and I think Michael is on the money with this one.

“I love the workshop because I wasn’t spoon-fed what to think.”

Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku, Performing Artist

I was, rather, guided to think for myself in new ways, even though I’m already a very creative person. I was provided with tools that allowed me to find my own new paths and techniques, not just do what I was told. Michael does a great job leading those Workshops.

“I would encourage anyone looking to tap into the best version of themselves to take this
course.”

Thembile Ndlovu, 4IR Consultant, One of the 200 Young South Africans You Must Take to Lunch 2019

I joined this workshop because I was looking for change in my life, and I didn’t know where to start with the change. What I learned in the first session already was that the change would not come from external forces or “thinking out the box” but it was all about working with what was within me.

“Where I was stopped in the past, I now can create.”

Soraya Sheppard, Director, Color Me Africa

THE INNOVATION EXPLOSION is invigorating and enlightening. I felt safe to explore and be authentic. Where I was stopped in the past, I now can create. My biggest surprise was that I set out in the workshop to work on my business plan for my arts NGO, and ended up also starting to write my book that I had put off for years. Now I find myself blowing all barriers and moving full speed. I can now accomplish much bigger dreams. Which is why we have chosen to join as an affiliate!

“Creativity is no longer an aloof concept, removed from self, but now accessible through a well-defined process.”

Rapelang Rabana, CEO Rekindle Learning and World Economic Forum Global Leader

This program brought together concepts from psychology, neuroscience and self-awareness in a way that makes it profoundly clear how our creative brain works, how it gets stuck and how we can help it. It’s given a big step in becoming a mechanic of my own mind.

“Our team members opened up about the issues within our team for the first time.”

Driven Entrepreneurs, The Future of Entrepreneurship

THE INNOVATION EXPLOSION is an illuminating journey. Our team members opened up about the issues within our team for the first time. We are walking away with ammunition to boost the company’s innovation levels. Michael is provocative, straightforward, no nonsense, and funny.