Joseph Michelli, Ph.D
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Joseph Michelli, Ph.D
Key Topics:
  • Leadership
  • Change
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Humor
  • Customer Service
  • Bio Info:

    Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D., is an internationally sought-after speaker, author, and organizational consultant who transfers his knowledge of exceptional business practices in ways that develop joyful and productive workplaces with a focus on the total customer experience. His insights encourage leaders and frontline workers to grow and invest passionately in all aspects of their lives.

    Dr. Michelli has been recognized by Focus as “one of the top five Customer Service Influencers to Track in 2011.” 

    Dr. Michelli's newest book is The Zappos Experience: 5 Principles to Inspire, Engage, and WOW. His book, Prescription for Excellence: Leadership Lessons for Creating a World-Class Customer Experience from UCLA Health System was released in May 2011 and achieved number 1 bestseller status on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Nielson BookScan lists. His prior bestselling books include The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary, The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace which was co-authored with the owner of the "World Famous" Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle.   

    Dr. Michelli believes his greatest accomplishment is his ability to learn from the laughter and humor of his children, Andrew and Fiona.

    Service Excellence and Customer Experience Presentations:

    Sample presentation for Senior Leaders:

    Service or Experience?  Defining your Way We Serve Statement™

    Let’s face it – consumer behavior has fundamentally changed since the third quarter of 2008.  While some business leaders have decided to drop prices to the lowest possible level, others have sought ways to add value to their existing goods and services.  In this presentation, Dr. Michelli presents customer trends verifying the wisdom of adopting a cost-effective commitment to elevating service and customer experience.  Building on data showing that even in these difficult times 50% of consumers are paying more for a better experience and 50% of customers are still leaving businesses because of bad experiences, Dr. Michelli shows how to strategically design a relevant experience targeted to customer retention and acquisition of your competitors’ disgruntled customers.  The experience design process begins with crafting a Way We Serve Statement to help all staff members understand the nature of the optimal experience to be delivered. In this keynote, Dr. Michelli also demonstrates how to make cost-conscious decisions that drive customer loyalty and increase customer spend.


    Sample presentation for Managers/Sales Professionals:

    Service Serves Us™

    Survival in business is rather simple. No company makes money or stays in business unless they serve the needs of others. Moreover, creating “craveable” customer experiences drive consumer loyalty. Conservative estimates suggest it costs 6 times more to attract a new customer than to retain an existing one.  When consumers cut back on spending patterns, it is all the more important to focus on customer retention.  Opportunities also exist to identify the as yet unmet needs of your current customers so you can offer solutions to address those needs and increase your customers’ desire to spend more money at your business.  In this keynote or workshop, Dr. Michelli discusses ways to innovate solutions that will enhance the life of the customer, such that existing customers spend more and increase their referrals to your business.  By identifying the drivers of loyalty, Dr. Michelli helps audience members understand how to allocate limited financial and staff resources for maximum customer experience return.


    Sample Presentation for a Mixed Audience including Frontline Staff:

    Service is an Inside Job

    Who delivers compelling experiences that draw customers?  The short answer is everyone in the business!  Dr. Michelli’s keynote or workshop challenges each audience member to take ownership in their workplace to assure long-term viability.  By making distinctions involving varying levels of employee engagement (owners, renters, and squatters), Dr. Michelli helps redefine the role of every employee to being that of an “equity generator.”  He demonstrates that every employee affects the engagement level of colleagues and contributes to positive or negative customer experiences.  Dr. Michelli shows how a single employee can change a culture, lift morale, innovate breakthrough products, create customer evangelists, and even save a business.  This inspirational presentation is an impassioned yet optimistic call for strong action in these turbulent times. It is a call for “rock-solid” execution of customer service standards.


    Employee Engagement and Customer Loyalty Presentations:

    Sample presentation for Senior Leaders:

    Leading Staff Engagement – Serving Those who Serve Your Customer

    Products can be quickly duplicated by competitors. Starbucks took an extremely ordinary product and revolutionized the way people perceive and experience it. The Pike Place Fish Market has not only changed the way fish are sold but has innovated a business approach referred to as the "Fish Philosophy." Just as Starbucks has transformed the coffeehouse experience, so too can you maximize your "ordinariness" for positive impact, organizationally and in your communities. Examine how cutting edge leadership and front line workers can make a consistently extraordinary difference -- on and off the job.


    Sample presentation for Managers/Sales Professionals and Frontline Workers:

    Roll-up Your Sleeves – It’s Your Turn to Serve

    Creating extraordinary customer experiences is not rocket-science. It takes a grassroots commitment from individuals to listen for the stated and unstated needs of customers. Customer experience excellence requires staff members at all levels of the organization to look for and make changes in processes and policies that interfere with the fulfillment of customer needs. Whether customer-facing or serving in an operational support function, everyone is in the service business and Dr. Michelli helps participants link what they do to service objectives of their organization.


    Mastering Change, Unleashing Innovation and Leaving a Legacy Presentations:

    Sample presentation for Senior Leaders:

    Change or Die! Securing Maximum Innovation and Staff Engagement

    This presentation examines the primary drivers of change in the technological age. It demonstrates ways to establish flexible service and quality standards while encouraging the sharing of unique ideas and talents of employees. By making important leadership distinctions between "being" and "doing," Dr. Michelli offers a fun yet practical approach to infusing greater employee vitality, ownership and fun. It helps participants utilize essential strategies for seizing opportunities in a rapidly changing world.


    Sample presentation for Managers/Sales Professionals and Frontline Workers:

    The Road to Practical Innovation

    Innovation is a daunting word. In this presentation, Dr. Michelli demystifies the innovative process. By exploring the inside (ideas of staff) and outside (benchmarking other businesses) lanes, Dr. Michelli demonstrates how your business can gain a competitive advantage in creative product development and service delivery. Dr. Michelli shows how to effectively elicit and implement staff-generated ideas while also looking for best practices both inside and outside of your industry. Dr. Michelli offers structured and advanced innovation strategies that lead to results-based breakthroughs.


    Legacy/Service Significance Presentations

    Success or Significance – A Case for Legacy:

    Sample presentation for Senior Leaders:

    Leadership - The Art of Lasting Significance

    From Dr. Michelli’s perspective, leadership involves engaging people to do the right things to profit people. While much research has been done on leadership success principles, Dr. Michelli focuses on two unifying aspects of leadership greatness - positive influential communication skills and the ability to develop leaders who develop leaders. Utilizing a leadership legacy model, Dr. Michelli helps managers and leaders understand the importance of finding ways to know and engage what is likable about those they lead. Further, he guides leaders in the process of understanding that their influence is shaped by both their effort and by the scope of leaders they develop. Leadership - The Art of Lasting Significance takes participants through a process to define their own personal “Leadership Legacy Statement.”


    Sample presentation for Managers/Sales Professionals and Frontline Workers:

    Leave Your Mark

    Why do you come to work here? That fundamental question is the foundation for a presentation that looks at the transformational power of work and service. By shifting the focus away from the task nature of work to the underlying purpose of a person’s job choice Dr. Michelli helps participants re-identify and ignite that passion and calling of the work in which they engage. Dr. Michelli guides employees at all levels of the organization understand how they can do more than transact business and instead how they can develop gifts and talents in the service of powerful transcendent goals.






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    Travels From:
  • Service or Experience? Defining your Way We Serve Statement
  • Service Serves Us
  • Service is an Inside Job
  • Leading Staff Engagement – Serving Those who Serve Your Customer
  • Roll-up Your Sleeves – It’s Your Turn to Serve
  • Change or Die! Securing Maximum Innovation and Staff Engagement
  • The Road to Practical Innovation
  • Leadership - The Art of Lasting Significance
  • Leave Your Mark
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