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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is still classed as one of the best 200/400 metre sprinters in the history of track & field. He is without doubt one of the greatest Olympians of all time. Furthermore, he is a gracious and utterly spellbinding keynote speaker. He is also a leading corporate motivational speaker. His impressive client list is impressive, and he has worked with such companies as Gartner, Novartis, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Proctor & Gamble.

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About Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is a legend and his progressions through the ranks were swift and stunning. The first man ever to be ranked number one in the world at both 200 and 400 metres. And the first to win both events at an Olympic Games. When he retired, he had four Olympic gold medals and nine World Championship golds to his name.


Michael Johnson credits his achievements to a consistent philosophy of success. He based it on the principle that to achieve anything an individual must start with a goal. His was to be the fastest he could possibly be.

These goals that drove him to train every day, to commit to the sacrifices involved. They drove him to overcome obstacles and to achieve his personal best despite competing under unbelievable pressure.

Post Athletics

Michael Johnson has established himself successfully in business and applied this philosophy to his brand.  He became a sports performance trainer and created an academy.  This provides training to professional athletes and sports teams across the world.

Another string to his bow is a programme called Michael Johnson Young Leaders. This is a programme designed to provide young people who have overcome adversity with essential skills.  Above all to offer confidence and resources for them achieve a better future for themselves and others. They are taught to do this by harnessing their passion for sport, leadership, and community.

Participants experience a once-in-a-lifetime journey which begins at the cutting-edge Michael Johnson Performance Centre.  This is followed by a year-long programme of mentoring and support in their own communities.

Finally, he has received widespread acclaim as an athletics analyst for the BBC.

Away from the corporate world he serves on the board of the Laureus World Sports Academy.  And he is an Ambassador for Beyond Sport, helping to support organisations working to bring about positive social change through sport.

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"A quick note to thank you for your help and also to pass on our – and HSBC’s – huge thanks to Michael for his time in Dubai. He was superb and I hope he also enjoyed his first live rugby experience."

HSBC/Hill & Knowlton – HSBC’s rugby sevens sponsorship

"I just wanted to write a quick word to say thank you to Michael for coming to our Baillie Gifford conference at Gleneagles and presenting so spellbindingly at our dinner.  The whole of the conference was a buzz after his performance and our clients were still talking about it the next day.  He was also generous with his time – coming down for drinks at 6.30pm and staying with us till almost 11.30pm while people took selfies. From a personal point of view, I hugely enjoyed talking with Michael over dinner and introducing him on stage.  Apart from being an athletics legend, he is a very intelligent and articulate guy and we had a super chat on a number of topics. Just a class, class act all round."

Baillie Gifford

"I just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you and to let you know what a huge success Michael was at the event. People were raving about his presentation and the feedback from clients was very positive."

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