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For our next episode of Talking to Change, we go Beyond MI to explore how someone not directly in the MI world helps guide people through change. Michael Arterberry is a self-described Master Encourager and Dynamic Motivational Speaker. As a teenager, Michael was fortunate to receive guidance from positive adult role models who helped him overcome adversities and set high expectations for his future. Grateful for the role these mentors played in his own development, Michael decided to dedicate his professional life to helping people navigate the difficulties of life and launch their future into motion. For more than 25 years, he has been helping teens and adults to use what they have gone through as a catalyst for success rather than an obstacle for failure.
Michael received the 2010 USA Network’s Characters Unite Award for exceptional commitment to combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance within the community. He is also the recipient of the 2014 100 Men of Color Award for leadership. In 2008, Michael founded Youth Voices Center, Inc. a non-profit with the mission of helping young people to become active, productive members of society by overcoming their obstacles, their history, stereotypes and even their own self-image and limiting beliefs.
Michael is the author of “Be Encouraged: 250 Days of Motivation and Encouragement”, a daily motivational book. Additional information about his struggles as a child and a debilitating spinal cord injury as an adult can be found in his wife’s book “God was Holding My Hand”.
0:00 – Opening/introduction
3:30 – Michael’s introduction: The donkey and the farmer
9:00 – Overcoming fear to create change
14:40 – Breaking cycles
23:00 – Becoming the “driver” of your life
33:30 – Michael’s program for adolescents in schools
39:30 – Empathy across cultures
54:45 – Shifting to a virtual world
58:14 – End of recording
Links and contact information:
- Facebook: Michael Arterberry
- LinkedIn: Michael Arterberry
- Website: https://www.michaelarterberry.com/
- Website: https://www.youthvoicescenter.org/
- Website: https://www.shakethedirtexperience.com/free-book
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