At the age of 32, Dr Michelle Rozen – Change felt extremely frustrated. I worked at a job that I didn’t like. I hated my boss. I told my husband that I constantly felt I was wearing shoes that were three sizes too small. My days were spent feeling overworked and unappreciated.
I was very jealous of any career woman around me who I felt got the career that she deserved. Unlike me, who got stuck in a job that I didn’t like. Now available to book through Speakers Inc
Desperate for a Change
Back then I had a good friend that was a few years older than me. We both had young kids. We used to meet at the local Starbucks at 7:00 a.m. every Saturday morning, before the kids woke up and the day started. One day, I told her how much I hated my job and my day-to-day. She looked at me and said, “Then change it. Go to school and change your path.”
“I wish I could,” I told her while holding back the tears. “My kids are so young and they need me. Adam is in a startup and never home. One day, when the time is right, I’ll do exactly that.”
She gave me a sharp look and then told me what changed my life. “Michelle,” she said. “you just don’t get it, do you? Your kids will always need you and Adam will always be in a startup. Go and sign up for classes this week, and tell me next Saturday that you have done it.”
I looked at her puzzled. What she had told me never crossed my mind. I never thought of it that way.
I was desperate for a change. I went and signed up for my Master’s in Psychology.
My son was five. My daughter was one. I worked a full-time job and had a husband who constantly travelled.
I found myself setting alarms for 3:00 a.m. I was working until 6:00 a.m. and then waking up the baby and starting my day. I worked twice as hard, but my life was suddenly full. I had a challenge. I had content. I felt that I was going somewhere.
If she can do it – so can I
When I finished my Masters, I was seven months pregnant with my third child. I remember sitting there in the final exam room, disappointed that it would soon be over.
I had a friend that took some classes with me. She was working toward her PhD in Psychology. She had two kids and was working full-time. Every time I asked her how she managed to do it, she told me the same thing, “If I can do it, so can you.”
Dr Michelle Rozen – Change decided to take what she said literally. If she can do it, so can I.
And so, seven months pregnant, I started my PhD and gave birth to my daughter, Mia, during the first semester.
The changes I was fighting for in my life became the topic that I was most interested in when I started doing the research for my PhD. What motivates us to change our lives? What stops us? Why are we so afraid? And what keeps us going through difficulty and challenge?
The PhD was definitely more challenging than my Masters. But, this time I was more prepared. I had a goal. I had a detailed plan. And, I had better tools to help me through my daily challenges.
Then, in 2008, the economy collapsed. My husband’s startup was shut down. Things were getting challenging to a near breaking point. I told my husband that I thought that the most sensible thing for me to do was to take a break.
“I will come back to school later,” I told him. “When things get better, and the time is right.” He looked at me and said two things that I will thank him for every day for the rest of my life. He said, “Who deserves a PhD more than you?” Then, he said, “Michelle, if you leave now, you will not go back. Stay with the program no matter what and finish your degree.” And so, I stayed.
A few semesters down the road, I found myself struggling with bills, kids, work and school. I was trying to keep up with it all. At that time, I had a professor that did not think too highly of me. I don’t think he realized the kind of struggle that I was in. I earned a grade of C in both of his classes and got a nice fancy letter from the university. The letter said that I was on probation unless I repeated a class. I literally sat and cried. It was such an insult to me. I was working so hard to keep it all going. Getting that letter made me feel so bad about myself. It made me feel bad about the whole process.
I went home and told my husband that, perhaps, I should take a break. He said to me, “Michelle, repeat the class. You won’t even remember it later. Swallow your pride and repeat the class.” And, I did. Follow SI on Twitter
The day I got my PhD was not a day about the academic degree. It’s nice to get a PhD. It’s nice to get any degree. It was a day, for both of us, of working against all odds. A day of incredible teamwork. It was a day of resilience and persistence above and beyond what I thought I had in me.
Dr Michelle Rozen – Change
Passion and life mission
This journey Dr Michelle Rozen – Change went through in her own life got her fascinated with purpose and perseverance, how the mind works when it comes to managing life, rather than being managed by it. This is all she researchers, writes and talks about.
DR. MICHELLE ROZEN, AMERICA’S LEADING EXPERT ON DEALING WITH CHANGE
Michelle always finds the time to learn about the audience. As a motivational speaker on change management and a change expert, she works closely with meeting planners and conference organizers. The overall goal is to make sure that each audience receives the best transformative tools for leadership through change in the most customized, interactive, and engaging way.
Every event is unique. Each speech is tailored to provide your audience with practical tools. Michelle always provide inspiration, the power to fully grow, lead, handle challenges and change.
Below are topics that Michelle has hand-picked using the most cutting edge research. Along with her extensive expertise in change management, they are delivered through engaging, humorous, real-life, and real-transformation presentations.
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HOW TO HIT THE CHANGE BUTTON: LEADING FORWARD THROUGH CHANGE
Leaders in all industries find themselves dealing with the challenges of a rapidly changing work environment- management, procedures, technology, generation changes and more. But what can be perceived as rocking the boat is also a great opportunity for growth.
In this motivational experience, Michelle shares with the audience the best kept secrets for initiating, dealing and leading through change not only in the best possible way but also in a way that will lead toward extraordinary engagement, motivation and performance through change.
Michelle utilizes role plays, humor, easy to remember tips and tools and a high level of audience interaction to lead the audience through an experience that will transform the way the lead themselves and others toward their goals through rapid and oftentimes unexpected changes.
You’ll leave this motivational experience with the best and most practical tools for professional and personal growth through challenge and change, and lead yourself, your team and your organization to new levels of success and performance.
You’ll learn to:
- Identify potential obstacles in leadership through change
- Understand the causes- and powerful solutions- for resistance to change
- Master the CHANGE model for effective leadership through change
- Master the Three Golden Rules for increasing motivation, engagement and growth through change
HOW TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS THROUGH CHANGE
Motivation and purpose are the key to performance. But how does motivation actually work in the human mind? What can we do to keep ourselves and others motivated through challenge and change? Is there a secret to helping others stay focused and engaged? The answer is Top cutting edge scientific knowledge paired with practical, real-life applications, delivered in a light, engaging and humor based atmosphere.
In this experience, Michelle share with the audience the best kept secrets and most powerful strategies for increasing motivation and leading ourselves and others toward peak performance.
Audience members will not only go through an entertaining and captivating experience but will leave with real, science based tools and practical strategies that will completely transform the way they operate on a daily basis.
You’ll learn to:
- Master the 0-10 Rule for identifying your goals
- Identify and crush potential obstacles to growth and success
- Master the GROW model for powerful growth through obstacles and challenges
- Gain powerful insights into the dynamics of purpose, motivation and growth in the workplace and in our personal lives
FROM VISION TO TRANSFORMATION: POWERFUL LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES
Great leadership relies on the power to motivate through obstacles. This is centered around communicating effectively and creating a culture of powerful teamwork. During this presentation, Michelle provides leaders with science-based, real-life, cutting-edge strategies to shift from vision to powerful teamwork, growth, and success.
Michelle brings in the most recent research in the field of human behavior and winning leadership strategies. This is a highly interactive keynote, full of audience participation, insights and best tips and strategies to highlight teamwork, increase motivation and grow engagement through diversity of personalities, generations and challenges, and lead forward with an engaged and highly committed workforce.
You’ll learn to:
- Master the 0-10 Rule for identifying key leadership goals
- Identify and crush potential obstacles in leadership toward growth
- Master the LEAD model for powerful leadership through obstacles and challenges
- Master the five steps for leadership toward motivation, engagement and powerful teamwork
WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP IN ACTION: YOUR FIVE STEP PLAN FOR CRUSHING OBSTACLES AND UNLEASHING SUCCESS
This five-step strategy allows women leaders to define goals and work towards setting and accomplishing their goals and transforming the way they conduct themselves in every area of their lives in a way that conditions them toward success and accomplishing their most desirable goals. Michelle ignites, motivates and inspires the audience and provides real-life, science-based tools to overcome obstacles. Her talks are light, engaging and entertaining, but are all based on real-life stories and the most cutting-edge, research-based information. This is a transformative experience, full of insights and actionable information.
You’ll learn to:
- Identify the potential obstacles for women leaders and typical challenges for women in leadership
- Get familiar with and apply the three essential questions that every woman leader must ask
- Master the five essential steps for crushing obstacles and unleashing success for women leaders
- Master the LEAD model for women’s leadership growth and success
POWERFUL PEOPLE SKILLS THROUGH CHALLENGING SITUATIONS: YOUR FIVE STEP PLAN
Mastering winning skills in managing our interactions with other people is extremely important. It is more important still through challenging situations and diverse personalities and backgrounds. This is critical to our success in working with anybody in our work setting: clients, employees and co-workers. Michelle provides humorous, highly interactive presentations.
Dr Michelle Rozen – Change talks are filled with cutting-edge, science-based, real-life applications and strategies. Bringing in the most recent research in the field of human behavior, communication and teamwork, Michelle will provide your audience with practical strategies. These strategies will motivate and engage everyone around them in a meaningful and powerful manner. They not only work effectively in a diverse and challenging work environment, but employees thrive and grow no matter what challenges that diverse work environment poses.
You’ll learn to:
- Understand the power of winning communication strategies
- Master using a simple and powerful five step plan for powerful people skills
- Discover effective strategies to empower ourselves and the people around us to move towards our goals