I'm Michael Hudson. I'm not a New York Times best-selling author (yet). You probably wouldn't recognize the names of most of the over 3,000 clients I've served across the past 35 years. And chances are slim that you were in the audience at any of the 8,000-plus speeches and presentations I've delivered in that time.
Why would you want to join a mastermind group I facilitate?
Because I think we are a lot alike.
Chances are you visited this page (and read this far) because you have a dream...
...You want to do something useful with those ideas that constantly race around in your brain because you have a vision of the impact they can create.
...You want to make sense of all the crap you've experienced because you know you can help others avoid the pitfalls, overcome the obstacles, and shorten their learning curve.
...You want to get your message heard because you know you're not the only one who can benefit from what it has taught you (and because you need to know that your journey has been worth it).
...You want to quiet those annoying voices (including the one inside your head) because you know they couldn’t be more wrong.
...You want to create a sustainable business where you leverage your unique experiences and your personal journey, because you know that is why you are here.
I get it. I’ve felt that way most of my life.
Driven by a Deep Longing
You see deep inside of me I have this intense desire to push people to be their best (including myself), and the need to find a way to do that has been at the center of every career decision I’ve ever made.
It’s what led me to rein in my entrepreneurial spirit and ultimately to a career in the world of academia. I spent my first five and a half years at the University of Illinois where I had the opportunity to co-lead the creation of a new program that quickly gained national recognition as a top program in the area of food and agribusiness management.
After being granted tenure and being recognized within the College and the University, as well as at the national level for excellence in teaching, another opportunity came my way.
I joined the faculty at Cornell University as the founding director of what was then called the Personal Enterprise Program and led an expansion of the program from four courses in two colleges to a university-wide program with 14 courses in 7 colleges. It was an amazing and rewarding experience, and the program quickly became recognized on the Inc magazine list of the top 20 programs in the nation.
I don’t share any of this to brag, but rather to give you some context for why I do the work I do today, and why it matters to you.
There Has To Be A Better Way
When I left the world of academia after 10 years to make speaking, coaching, and consulting my full-time gig, I struggled on the random revenue roller coaster — accepting engagements that didn't fit to generate revenue, enduring periods of little to no cash inflow (and too much outflow), and constantly searching for the next client or the next speech.
But it turns out there is another way.
It’s one that took me almost five years to discover and apply, but once I did my business gained traction, I achieved clarity, and the roller coaster ride began to feel more like a comfortable Sunday afternoon drive in the country for more than 15 years until I sold the niche-focused business to focus on helping people like you do the same thing.
I want to help you create impact with your ideas and get your message heard.
That's Why I Created The Vision Speaker Mastermind — to help you define your path, to guide you as you travel on the journey, and to help you gain the traction you need to build a sustainable business where you do the work you love and create impact with your ideas as you get your message heard.