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account director | up-leveler
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
One doesn’t come across a genuine native of Phoenix too often, but as fate would have it, automätik found one in 2014! Since then, Mike devoted many years on our Creative team before taking a “seat” with Client Services. As one of automätik’s Account Directors, Mike the “up-leveler” McCurley strengthens our team with his fresh perspective, high attention to detail, and trademark witticism.
Mike’s unique career background includes years of leadership and management experience, both in the retail and healthcare industries, as well as the automotive and property insurance fields. He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in American Studies with a Certificate in Ethnic Studies. Anywhere and everywhere in between, providing transformative service has remained Mike’s steadfast passion, and his focus on exceeding client expectations drives this commitment.
When Mike is not building budgets, collaborating with team members, and helping clients execute memorable training events from his home office space, he is likely spending time with family! Three spirited, adventurous kids, a rescue pup, and an equally delightful, entrepreneurial wife keep Mike bustling and busy (and occasionally sleep-deprived)! Outside the four walls, Mike is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and enjoys traveling to national parks and hiking whenever time permits.
Six Useful Pre-Session Event Activities
If you are facilitating a meeting or a corporate event, it is always good to begin with some sort of pre-session activity. You may think these are unnecessary and waste time, but an interactive and constructive pre-session activity sets the stage for a successful and productive meeting.
Are Your PowerPoint Slides for the Audience or Are They a Facilitator Crutch
When you hear the word “PowerPoint,” what comes to your mind? Many would say their thoughts include boring corporate events, long-winded presentations, and possible snoring. PowerPoint slide decks can be illustrative, dynamic visual aids, but they are more commonly designed in a way that prompts audiences to nap rather than engage.
Banish Clip Art!
While clip art may have once served a useful purpose for you or your organization, there are now a plethora of ways to avoid it and find higher quality alternatives instead. We promise, your quest to banish clip art will be easier than you think, and, ultimately, by using better images and illustrations in your presentations and documents, you’ll produce more impactful work.