Walking through the hall today and i see this girl i know drop her colored pencils. Before i even go to help her pick them up this other girl( i know for a fact that this other girl has never spoken to the girl who dropped the pencils in her life) says here let me help you. Mike i was late to biology because i stood in utter shock of what i just saw. Then later in the day i saw her again and this time it’s like a colored pencil explosion they go all over the hall in every direction. Again i look down to start picking them up what am i to see but FOUR people gathering these pencils before she even realized what happened. Business is not as usual at my school . . . and i thank you for that.
What people who have hired Mike had to say about him
Maybe it’s because I’m graduating this year, but you really helped open up my eyes. I was a homeroom representative and when I reported back to my homeroom, I cried in front of everyone. I told them that you talked about leaving behind a legacy and that as a senior, I feel as though I haven’t done that. I said that I feel like I haven’t done anything to change the school in these four years and I’m already gone in 2 months. I told them that I want to leave a legacy behind and make the school a place that’s welcoming because I know (again as a senior) that I just want to leave. But I decided to start leaving my legacy today. I bought a bracelet to remind myself to use my influence for others. After hearing you speak, I walked through the halls happy and smiling and in a positive mindset. At lunch, I sat with people I usually don’t talk to and we invited a disabled kid to sit with us. I had gone to middle school with him and he had still remembered me despite not talking for 4+ years. We talked to him and included him and I really hope he realized that we did it from the bottom of our hearts. This is me using my influence for others. I want to thank you again. I’m going to work towards being a better person all around thanks to you. A better person to others and a better person to myself. I can’t thank you enough. Your words have more impact than you know.
By giving your own experiences, and pulling kids out of their comfort zone, by pulling ME out of my own comfort zone – Mike, you have changed me. You have made me such a greater person, really you have. I have been bullied since I was a young kid. If it was from my looks, height, or my speech impediment. You have taught me to stand taller than the bullies, that I AM NOT a zero, I am a HERO!!! I did choose to take my life months after your talk, but both times I remembered your words: “Only you can let others hurt you.” Mike Hall you have saved my life. And I thank you so much for that.
Hey Mike. Today, when you came and spoke at Hale I thought “Oh great, some inspirational speaker. He’ll say the same things we hear everyday.” But when you came out, and you started talking, I knew you were different. Not only did you share personal experiences, but you made us feel like you were one of us. I looked at you like I would look at any one of my classmates, or friends and that made me care about what you were saying. I could feel you connecting with each and every one of us. I want to thank you so much for coming and changing so many lives in such a small time. And when I’m a teacher, I want you to come and speak in my classroom, so my students can get the amazing experience that I was so lucky to get today.
You made a huge impression on my son and I wanted to say thank you. I’m sorry I missed it. From the sounds of it was totaly awesome – his words : )! Its always nice to have kids look up to a positive person! He bought two posters of yours and is asking for me to buy your book still today. I think it’s wonderful that he is wanting to read a book on his own terms without being forced lol. Thank you again and happy for the positive people who know how to reach a teenager’s head ….. a hard task to do and you are doing it : )
“Mike is like Bill Cosby and Dr. Phil rolled into one. Our students laughed, cried and learned. His approach to bullying-prevention and student motivation is genius. Without question, one of the top youth speakers in America today.”