Michael has over 18 years of experience working on staff and in the trenches with organizations across sectors including technology, social services, health care, arts and culture, and education. As a facilitator and coach, he focuses on helping clients reconnect with the deep passion underlying their work and address the core tensions and beliefs that may be getting in the way of growth. His work with organizations focuses on facilitating culture shift through storytelling, authentic conversation, and deep listening to foster clear internal and external communication and create thriving communities.
Michael's trainings on storytelling, speaking, mindfulness and breathwork have been featured at events around the world. Partners and clients include The Walt Disney Company, Arts in Corrections, Unique CAMP, The House of Beautiful Business, Joint Idea, The Nomadic School of Wonder, The Well-Being Project, the Center for Nonprofit Management, NationBuilder, Kaiser Permanente, CreatorUp!, Swipe Out Hunger, the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and many individual nonprofit and tech organizations. His storytelling has appeared on many podcasts and his solo storytelling show, Ceremony, has toured nationally and garnered recognition including LA Weekly Pick of the Week, Best of Fringe at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and Outstanding Solo Performance at the San Diego Fringe Festival.
Michael is a graduate of Rice University and Northwestern University. He is an ACC coach certified by the International Coach Federation, a certified breathwork facilitator, and has completed Medicine Wheel training with Rites of Passage Vision Quest. Michael is a mentor with the Creative Visions Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Breath Center.
March 10th, 2021 | 37 mins 48 secs
This week on Choosing Your Reflection we have storyteller, coach, and author of the book Story Maps, Michael Kass. He recounts how weddings are one of few ancient rituals left in modern society and shares how couples can practice the "simple" acts of listening and breathing to make the process less stressful. Michael also discusses the importance of aligning your personal stories to find better balance, not only on your wedding day, but every day!