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When he was 18, Michael dropped his speech class in college and swore he would never take the stage again after a humiliating presentation. Today, Michael is a Game-Changing speaker and Best-Selling author who has impacted thousands of people with his message of resilience
From students, to athletes, to leaders, to business professionals, Michael helps people from all walks of life take personal responsibility for their lives and reconnect to their purpose. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, he immigrated to the United States just before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War and is the grandson of a ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and Dachau camp survivor. Michael's master storytelling ability leaves audiences exhilarated and equipped to act on their inspiration. His success principles empower audiences to smash fears, limitations, and passive, excuse-oriented mindsets. Michael reveals how the personal choices we make, the attitudes we carry, and the principles we choose to live by, affect our mental health and performance, and determine the success of our lives and organizations. 
Before becoming a best-selling author and motivational speaker, Michael worked as an IT Professional and suffered from crippling depression. Desperate to revive his long-lost enthusiasm for life and opportunity in the land of the free, Michael committed to a series of positive life changes when he discovered a tattered personal development book in the small corner of the local library. He had a shift in perspective that changed his outlook on life and once again opened his mind to endless possibility. From there he committed to unearthing his buried dreams and helping others do the same.

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In Life, you don't get rewarded for what you want, you get rewarded for who you become!
-Michael V. Ivanov



Michael is the best-selling author of four novels:

-The Mount of Olives

-The Traveler's Secret

-The Servant With One Talent &

-The Cabin at the End of the Train


As an author and motivational speaker, Michael's message of radical possibility has been read and shared all over the world through thousands of people in live audiences and millions of people through social media.


Energize your conference with a message of hope, engage your employees with a sense of purpose, inspire your leaders to embrace their story. 


Michael is the Jim Rohn and
Og Mandino of our generation!


"I am so glad I was able to make it to the event! I was transformed by your message, I needed it, the world needs to hear it. Authentic & Powerful!" 
-Conference Attendee

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Michael's Best-selling books


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