The Michelli Experience

New York Times #1 bestselling author, Joseph Michelli, Ph.D., shares customer experience, leadership, and business insights from Mercedes-Benz, Starbucks, Ritz-Carlton, Zappos, Pike Place Fish, and many more.

At The Michelli Experience, we help front-line employees, managers, and senior leaders deliver relevant and engaging service experiences. To that end, we provide keynote and workshop presentations, short-term and extended consulting services, and bestselling books to meet your needs.

Here's a question for you, if you could, would you go back to the way it was before COVID-19? Let's imagine you could flip a switch that would re-instate your life and your business to how it was in November of 2019? Before you decide, let's also assume you didn't lose your business, you experienced no family member's death, and remained in relatively good health.

Given those parameters, would you flip the switch? For me, the answer is a resounding NO!

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This week's guest is Pierre Quinn. For over 15 years Pierre has taught higher education, faith-based, nonprofit, and corporate leaders the strategies they need to experience personal success and professional growth. Pierre is the author of Leading While Green: How Emerging Leaders Can Ripen Into Effective Leaders and Leading While Scared: How To Find The Courage To Keep Going. He is the CEO of The Cardell Group, LLC, a consulting firm which focuses on growing leaders and empowering teams of all sizes. Pierre holds graduate degrees in communication and theology from Andrews University and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Howard University.

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Originally aired as a live video stream on January 14, 2021.

In 1650, the English Theologian Thomas Fuller wrote that often-quoted line, “The darkest hour is just before the dawn.” Quite frankly these days I’m just trying to get through the darkness of our time. 

For me, when it's darkest, when I am horrified by nightly death tolls, or righteousness that prompts inexplicable violence, I look for light on the horizon. Sometimes it’s hard to see more than flickers, but I know the light is there and waiting for me find it.

Today I'm discussing three sources that have proven illuminating to me.


This week my guest is Carmine Gallo. Carmine is a three-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international keynote speaker, Harvard instructor, and leadership advisor for the world’s most admired brands. A “communications guru,” according to Publishers Weekly, Gallo’s books have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Originally recorded as a video livestream on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Happy New Year!

Whew 2020 is over! On behalf of our team, I wish you a safe and prosperous 2021. Next week I will resume our video series Stronger Through Adversity, based on the book I released last month, but for now I’ll simply share words of hope written by Anne Frank. She noted: ”What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” I’m looking forward to those “best days of life - yet to come.” How about you?

Throughout December, I’ve been sharing a few excerpts from Stronger Through Adversity to provide stories and lessons on resilience and hope. I had lots of stories to choose from, thanks to the wisdom shared by over 140 leaders like the CEOs and Presidents of Target, Verizon, Microsoft, Marriott, and Mercedes-Benz. Today I’ll excerpt a section which features David Hudson, Commissioner and National Commander of The Salvation Army.

If you would like to learn more about the book Stronger Through Adversity, please visit or buy it now wherever you get your books. Also, I’d be honored if you’d join me for my live interview series on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Eastern and simulcast on LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas. I told my family that the only “gift” I wanted this year is a safe way for us to be physically together in the days ahead. I want that gift for you as well. Until those days come, Merry Christmas from The Michelli Experience team.

Joe Tenczar has been the Chief Information Officer for Sonny’s BBQ, one of the largest and most popular barbecue restaurant companies in the country, since 2014. Tenczar joined Sonny’s BBQ with a focus on creating the franchise restaurant technology blueprint of the future. His specialties include a strategic focus on emerging technology’s place in hospitality and understanding the overall tactical hospitality technology necessities. Tenczar also led the Marketing, Finance & Accounting, and Purchasing areas for Sonny’s. Additionally, Tenczar is a founding partner of Restaurant CIOs, a “CIO-as-a-Service” company where he and his CIO partners collaborate to represent hospitality companies on a fractional basis.

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**Originally recorded as a video live stream on December 17, 2020.**

Throughout December, I'm sharing a few excerpts from my new book, Stronger Through Adversity to offer stories and lessons on resilience and hope.

I am grateful to the 140 plus leaders like the CEOs and Presidents of Target, Verizon, Microsoft, Marriott, and Mercedes-Benz, who shared their insights and wisdom. Today I'll feature a section about Chris Recinos. Chris holds a Ph.D. in nursing, is the CEO of the Nurse Leader Network and is also the Chief Nurse Executive at a major healthcare system in Los Angeles.

If you would like to learn more about the book Stronger Through Adversity and get your special signed 40% off pre-order offer, head to

John Spence is an author, international executive coach, professional development educator, virtual trainer, strategic planning facilitator, keynote speaker, and developer of online learning programs. John is recognized as one of the top business thought leaders and leadership development experts in the world and was named by the American Management Association as one of America’s Top 50 Leaders to Watch along with Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. As a consultant and coach to organizations worldwide, from startups to the Fortune 10, John is dedicated to helping people and businesses be more successful by “Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple.”

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**Originally recorded as a live video stream on Thursday, December 10, 2020.**

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