Simple Is the New Cool

Actionable tips and inspiring ideas to advance your career while living better. Join thousands of ambitious, thoughtful people for my Monday morning message.

Hi, my name’s Michael Thompson and I’m the proud co-creator of two cool little boys with an equally cool woman based out of small-town Catalunya. I’m also a career coach, communication strategist, and writer for Medium, Business Insider, Ladders, and dozens of other work and life publications.

By following this space, you can expect actionable career and communication tips, thought-provoking ideas, and inspiring stories read by millions of people each year.

The topics may change, but the goal remains the same: to never waste a second of your time by sharing the best of what I’ve got so you can make a bigger impact professionally while improving your day-to-day quality of life.

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Some people have told me it’s pretty good. In fact, one person even told me it’s better than 83 percent of the messages they receive each week and for a once shy kid who was scared to share his message, I considered that a massive win.

Thanks for taking the time to cruise around my little corner of the internet. It means a lot. And if you’re interested in learning more about my work as a coach (or how to get your writing to pop) feel free to read over dozens of client testimonials here.

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", former Global Managing Partner of IDEO
and design advisor for the Rockefeller Foundation.
If I haven’t lived it - it’s not getting written. I personally think all of the 250+ articles I’ve written over the last few years are pretty nice, but the four below are my personal favorite. Not only will they give you a good idea of the work that I do, but also a solid insight as to how I live today.
Or if you’re here for a certain topic like how introverts can stand out or human experience stories, simply cruise through the topics below so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.
Oh, and one more important thing - if you’ve got a minute, please do drop me a line to say hello after I send out my next newsletter if you haven’t already. I write to get to know people and hearing from you makes writing online much more fun.