Mike holds two masters degrees: one in public administration and the other in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. Creating a hybrid of organizational theories and counter-terrorism allows Mike to provide leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, salespeople, and other professionals with a set of tools they can use to leverage their people skills by giving them a gift. The gift is a new lens through which they can see and understand their world based on the same things that have driven people for eons as social storytellers. Mike hosts the Crucial Talks Podcast which has been downloaded by thousands of people from around the world. He is also a professional speaker and has presented to aviation professionals, members of the US and international militaries, gas and petroleum specialists, power generation plant operators, and other industry professionals.