Hi Vistage Speaker Evaluation Team,

So, the world has gone crazy! And, Vistage has never been more valuable than now—helping member leaders navigate change successfully and shape their futures.

Please watch this explainer video which will introduce you to Future Story, a technique for leaders to design and deliver new business models with low resistance and at high speed.​

Since playing a futurist role at IBM Global Services, I’ve helped clients thrive during four periods of immense change (, 9/11, financial meltdown, COVID-19). In response to the pandemic, my team and I have put together a new keynote and offering designed to help leaders quickly figure out their game plan and the story their teams rely on to make it real. 

It’s called Future Story and, with your permission, it might help many Vistage members and their teams face the future with a sense of reinvention rather than retreat.

Below is a highlight reel from an executive-level, peer-group meeting ( The full version (without editing, so you can get a feel for it) follows.

More information about my background, including experience with Vistage, with 800+ clients in 24 countries, and about Storyminers is at the end of the page.

In the meantime, please feel free to reach me at 404.229.5809 or with questions, ideas, or comments.

Experience with Vistage
I’ve had several Vistage members as clients and have spoken at several meetings, most recently Austin Jackson of Atlanta.

Experience with Other Executive-Level Peer Groups
Execunet, BrainTrust CEO, Atlanta Tech Village, Georgia Tech

Speaking and Professional Credentials
NSA, Certified Speaking Professional
CXPA, Certified Customer Experience Professional
IMC, Certified Management Consultant
Toastmasters, Distinguished Toastmaster
MBA, Thunderbird/Arizona State
BA, University of Florida

Storymining–How Stories Will Build the Organizations of Tomorrow (in progress)
Personalization (contributor)
1Habit (contributor)
Success by Design (contributor)

Over three decades, Mike Wittenstein has successfully guided leaders and their teams through times of immense change. His robust story-driven process helps to bring clarity to ideas, commitment towards outcomes, and growth via strategic thinking. What motivates Mike is when his clients get to see their ideas become real and have others embrace and benefit from them. He inspires and gets his inspiration from that kind of result.

Mike has presented to countless audiences in 24 countries and 100+ cities around the world. Meeting planners, event organizers, and corporate trainers recognize him for his approachable, understandable, and positive presence in front of audiences, online, in videos, and with the press. Based on two years of study and work abroad, Mike also brings international context and the ability to speak in four languages – English (fluent), Portuguese (stage-capable), Spanish (conversational), and Russian (basic).

Mike’s results-driven approach has helped companies such as Chick-fil-A, Delta Airlines, Holiday Inn, IBM, the University of Phoenix, Piedmont Hospital, Transitions Optical, and hundreds of others. Together, Mike’s clients have created almost $2 billion in value by applying his ideas and proven process for the articulation, execution, and adoption of their strategies, and the design of stories and experiences.

Mike co-led Galileo, one of the world’s first digital agencies, then joined IBM Global Services in the role of eVisionary. Now the founder and managing partner at Storyminers, Mike shepherds mid-market companies to higher operating results and profitable exits using Storyminers’ unique combination of Story, Strategy, Experience Design, and Technology.

About Storyminers

Founded in 2002, Storyminers is one of the world’s first consultancies focused on story, strategy, and experience design. The firm’s promise to clients is to help them figure out their game plan and the story their teams rely on to make it real. Storyminers works primarily in service-on-demand industries such as professional services, tech, healthcare, hospitality/travel, manufacturing, and education. The client mix includes 50% B2B, 50% B2C brands.

Services are delivered in three major areas: Strategy Articulation, Strategy Execution, and Adoption Assurance. Most work is done through Workshops, Presentations, and Advisory + Coaching. The firm works on introductory flat-fee assignments, well-scoped longer-term projects, and on retainer for post-project or executive support needs. Storyminers is a steady innovator in the consulting and service industries, having introduced Storymining, Future Story, Human Prototyping (experience design), Story Workout, Undercover Designer, and CX Tours (executive study tours).

Storyminers, Inc. is a Georgia corporation, led by Mike Wittenstein. Service is provided by 3-5 person teams of senior consultants. The company maintains a robust ecosystem of partners, specialists, and providers to augment its clients’ implementation needs.

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