10 Questions with Michael Perman

Michael Perman of C’est What? empowers organizations of all sizes to envision a future of prosperity and growth through values-based innovation. He galvanizes teams to move forward with phenomenal creativity and courage. With his foresights and unique approach to insights, organizations become better equipped to make strategic decisions on where to invest their time, energy, and resources for growth.

Michael has a proven track record of helping organizations increase their innovation capacity and expedite transformation with strong set organizational-effectiveness tools. He also has strong expertise in brand strategy, design-thinking and trend forecasting. Michael is a master-level workshop facilitator and memorable key-note speaker who creates an engaging audience experience.

Michael has expertise in the following categories: fashion, design, retain, culinary, food and beverage, energy, and automotive.

Why are you passionate about the topic you speak about?

I believe that understanding the future before it happens enables people and organizations to thrive through uncertainty.

What is the best advice you have ever received as an expert, speaker or coach?

To be authentic and truly connect with my audience.

Who do you admire and why?

Neil Young - the most soulful writer in modern times.

What is one piece of advice you could share with our readers to uplift them in life/career?

Don't be afraid to use your imagination.

What is your favorite book?

Maps of the MindCharts and Concepts of the Mind and its Labyrinths by Charles Hampden-Turner.

What do you do to relax?

Bicycle through the woods.

What are some of the challenges you face as a speaker, expert or coach and how do you overcome those?

As a keynote speaker, one big challenge is feeling like I have to perform, rather than just connect in a more authentic way.  I overcome that by throwing away my speech and being honest with my ideas. 

As a coach, my challenge is not providing advice to people but more opening doors that enable them to see the light and make their own conclusions.

How do you see the world of coaching and speaking evolve over the next 5 years?

Keynote speakers need to become more interactive and multi-sensory.  The days of boring PowerPoint decks are over.  I always bring entertainment to my speaking engagements, and also provide interesting snacks. 

What technology can't you live without?

I am perfectly happy living without technology entirely. I get my energy from the natural world.

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