Simple Is the New Cool

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Hi, my name’s Michael Thompson and I’m the co-creator of two cool little boys along with the woman of my dreams. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet.

Like a lot of people, I have many interests and I’ve managed to turn my love of helping people grow into a pretty solid career.

Depending on when you catch me, I can be coaching ambitious, thoughtful people to make a bigger impact professionally while living simpler, sharing my insights on this blog, Medium and places like Business Insider, or working with business professionals and organizations to strengthen their creative muscle and online presence.

If you’re anything like me and enjoy these topics and believe the key to speed is found in taking the right, slow steps each and every day, I’d love for you to join my newsletter community. Some people have told me the tips and stories are pretty good.

Speaking of stories, if you’re new here, feel free to learn more about my story here. Or to get a better idea of the work I do, cruise over my coaching services along with a few dozen client testimonials here and here.

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I worked with Michael when I was looking to change my career and he helped me a great deal in not only my interview and presentation skills, but also in having a better idea of what type of job I would enjoy. Michael truly believes that anything is possible if you work hard and keep learning and his energy is very inspiring. I have recommended numerous friends from my MBA program at ESADE to Michael and all of them were very happy working with him.

After a year of job hunting, I reached out to Michael for guidance. Suddenly I went from crickets to getting calls every week. I believe in life that there are a handful of people who shape your success. For me, Michael is one of those people.

Being simple, kind, and right is a hard thing to maintain. Michael lives, writes, and works all three. I straight-up love this guy.

Sylvia Jimenez

Therapeutical Area Manager, Gebro Pharma

Kristina Howard

Managing Director, Tusk Ventures

Fred Dust

Author of Making Conversation

I’ve published over 250 articles over the last few years. I personally think they’re all pretty nice. But the four below are my personal favorites and they do a good job of explaining not only where I come from, but how I see the world today.

Or simply cruise through the topics I write so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.

My idea of blasting articles out to a bunch of strangers isn’t my idea of fun - so please don’t hesitate to say hi here and thanks again for taking the time to stop by as your support means the world.