Why CEOs, Marketers and Producers Choose Michael

We live in an age that requires constant innovation. So providing tactical market insights for your audience is more critical than ever. Unlike most innovation speakers, Michael differentiates himself by practicing what he preaches. He’s currently working on his fifth startup using the very innovation tools and techniques he discusses during his innovation talks. If you need someone who fights in the same trenches as you do, look no further.


Michael Tchong precedes his talks with a trademark saying: “I help you catch the next wave before it catches you.” Michael has caught many waves. Four of his start-ups helped pioneer such sweeping trends as desktop publishing, personal information management, internet research and online marketing.


Michael is the founder of MacWEEK and ICONOCAST, each creators of groundbreaking initiatives. ICONOCAST produced multi-million-dollar internet conferences, one starring basketball legend Dennis Rodman, another featuring a Broadway musical. MacWEEK debuted the first-ever digital artwork of noted artists Peter Max and Keith Haring. Michael believes that the successful organizations of tomorrow will address the changing consumer lifestyles of today.

Expert Marketer

Michael chose the “Ubercool” brand before “uber” was cool. Always ahead of the curve, ICONOCAST hosted the most successful online marketing conference, as measured by audience response and sponsorship revenue, Web Attack!, featuring celebrities such as Dennis Rodman, RuPaul and Cindy Margolis, the “most downloaded woman on the Internet” (pictured in the MyGeek.com booth).


Michael is the author of Social Engagement Marketing, which provides an easy-to-navigate reference guide to the world of social networking and social media marketing. Michael’s latest start-up, Social Revolution®, is developing an innovative solution that will set a new standard in digital marketing.

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Get Your Audience Inspired In Minutes

Businesses and consumers alike demand more innovation today. Michael’s breathtaking tour of the “landscape of now” shows how innovative companies are strategically leveraging trends in food, healthcare, hospitality, lifestyle, real estate, retailing, technology and travel. This cross-disciplinary exposé of the leading edge will help spur innovation within your organization.

Speaking Testimonials

From the U.K.’s Telegraph, which called Michael “America’s most influential trendspotter” in 2003, to a host of attendees at his presentations, Michael has received much acclaim for his presentation style. The testimonials below were supplied by persons afflilated with the client organization — their name, title or job may have changed.

Much Wisdom

“The members really enjoyed you. You were a great speaker and showed much wisdom.”
— Howard Brodsky, CEO, Carpet One

Woke Me Up!

“Michael, thank you for the wonderful keynote and for waking me up!”
— Andrea Hadley, Director, Internet Marketing Conference

Entertaining and Engaging

“Michael was entertaining and engaging and brought a lot of substance to our meeting.”
— Jon Luther, Chairman and CEO, Dunkin’ Donuts

Fresh Perspective

“Michael has the unique ability to engage entertain and energize an audience, getting them to re-look at their business, industry and consumer with a fresh perspective. Highly recommended!”
— Craig Spiezle, Executive Director, Online Trust Alliance Forum


“It was a pleasure to work with you again on this year’s Social Media & Community 2.0 Conference. Your keynote was fantastic, as always, and I look forward to future events.”
— Stacy Levyn, Director, Conference Producer, Institute for International Research/IIR USA

Love His Attitude

“Michael is entertaining, humorous, full of high energy and presents the real truth that is easy to understand and relates to every single person in everyday life. I have seen him twice and at every event I learn more and more about the trends and where we need to go to succeed in our business. I love his attitude!”
— Bernice Brubeck Wong, Realtor, 2011 AREAA National Convention

Stunned and Energized

“Michael Tchong is a world class futurist, trendcaster and speaker. He left our audience simultaneously stunned and energized by his incredible presentation of the acceleration in technology and social media.”
— Joni Doolin, CEO, People Report Best Practices Conference

Challenging Our Thinking

“Michael offered compelling insights into the trends of global society, challenging our thinking about how to serve tomorrow’s customers. His style is entertaining and engaging.”
— Jay Witzel, President and CEO, Carlson Hotels Worldwide Regent Hotels

Funny and Irreverent

Spot-on, funny and occasionally irreverent, Michael was easily the highest rated speaker at our Leadership Summit. I’m sure we’ll bring him back to NAR again, as I look forward to hearing him a third time!”
— Janet Branton, Senior Vice President, National Association of REALTORS

Created Buzz

“Michael, you created a buzz that reverberated throughout the Symposium. You not only are an expert extraordinaire on trends but you deliver your message in a fun, engaging, mind-expanding style. Many simply stated: WOW!”
— Tom Costello, Director, Hospitality Industry Management Program
University of San Francisco

Broaden Perspective

“Michael helped our Planning Leadership Team broaden our perspective before entering a two-year planning cycle. As we are consumed with operating and executing in the present, Michael helped us to look into the future implications for our business.”
— Cliff Robinson, Vice President, Field Operations, Chick-fil-A Inc.

Future Consumer Landscape

“Michael not only grabs you from the beginning with his entertaining and energetic style, but he brings insight about the future consumer landscape like no one else I have ever heard.”
— Clayton Reid, President, The Vail Summit

Great Visuals

“Michael was terrific. He kept the audience laughing and in awe of the new technology he discussed. People thought he was the best presenter! They are still talking about him. I wanted everyone to say WOW and they did. He is very high energy and had great visuals!”
— Shirley Hastings, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Tennessee


“What a treat it was to have you attend and speak at our annual meeting last week. You were a positive addition to our presentations and we have received numerous compliments. Not only was your material fresh and interesting, but your delivery was dynamic and entertaining.”
— Cami Mattson, President & CEO, San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau


“Thanks for the warm, humorous way you opened our first Clio Interactive Advertising Awards Gala. It was a memorable launch and because of your efforts and support, left a very favorable impression with the digital community. As I suspected, you have a gift for waking up an audience — not only in print but in person.”
— Andrew Jaffe, Executive Director, CLIO Awards

Rapt Audiences

“Michael presents consumer trends to a very senior audience of brand owners with an engaging, thought-provoking presentation style that holds audiences rapt. I highly recommend Michael as a delightful departure from typical dry conference sessions.”
— Pat Benkner, CMP, Director of Event Planning, Edgell Communications

Truly Amazing

“Your keynote address to the hotel owners and guests of Vantage Hospitality was truly amazing and the timing couldn’t have been better.”
— Roger Bloss, CEO, Founder, President, Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.

Thought Provoking

“Your presentation was informative, humorous and thought-provoking. Attendees of our conference found the information you provided extremely useful and many are making budget changes to increase their Internet advertising spends. In fact, we’ve closed several large deals as the result of the seminars and your presentation.”
— Kristin Asleson, Vice President Strategic Marketing, mPlayer.com

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Increased global competition and the velocity of time urgently require that executives and professionals remain on top of fast-moving trends. Using an insightful exploration of events and phenomena that are shape-shifting our world, Michael contextualizes a host of data blips to greatly improve the understanding of today’s market dynamics.