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For Mike Rolls, adversity is a part of life, it’s not a question of if you will face challenges, only a question of when. The real question is, how will you respond when significant challenges comes along?

Mike Rolls was faced with life changing trauma at the age of 18 when he contracted the deadly Meningococcal disease. Mike suffered catastrophic injuries and faced an incredibly difficult journey ahead. A journey he slowly learned to embrace, grow from, and eventually use to help and inspire others to step up to life’s inevitable challenges.

Mike Rolls teaches people how to STAND TALL in the face of adversity. He brings a fresh voice to the field of resilience, arming people with a proven system of thinking and acting that allows them to quickly overcome even the most challenging of personal and professional obstacles.

Mike gives organisations the strategies and confidence they need to face the challenges of business with a new sense of optimism and understanding.

Keynote – “How to Stand Tall through Adversity”

Key points:

  • Ditch the Dead Weight – The power of strong decisions
  • Beyond your Comfort Zone – Embracing challenge and the unknown
  • Energy underpins resilience – Being selfish to be selfless

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Your calm, humorous and understated approach engages those that you meet and belies the enormously strong and resilient person that you clearly are.

Your story brought many of us back to the reality that we are and we can be whatever we want to be. Faced with very significant challenges, you chose to fight to overcome them and you are pressing on to pursue your hopes and your dreams.

The random nature of the virus that struck you down made many of us think about the importance of living every day to the full and to thus avoid any future need for regret.

The family thread in your story was something that many of the team also commented on. Those with strong family ties questioned whether they appreciated their family enough; and a number of us who were more family distant were challenged to re-assess, re-connect and rebuild on some family relationships that we have let drift.

Another key message that we all took, was that of ”letting go of the baggage”. The manner in which you linked into that theme was the most confronting (positively) and emotional way I have ever seen it done. Many of us parents had “watery” eyes at that stage of your presentation.

As you can tell, our team took much from what you had to say. On behalf of the team I will summarise by saying we think you are living proof of the incredible power of the human spirit and the way that you approach life is a lesson for us all.

—Wayne Goodings, General Manager - Sales, Kay & Burton

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