Michael Bork | International Speaker & Happiness Expert
I work with organizations and businesses of all sizes and complexities because total well-being is important for anyone, but I offer a variety of customizable services to meet the specific needs of my clients. In addition to workplace well-being training through applied laughter, I provide expert training on a range of leadership, management, psychology, and career topics. For more personalized service, I work with organizations through coaching and consulting. Using evidence-based positive psychology as the foundation of my practice, I work with groups to identify their individual and shared character strengths. By using these inherent strengths, we will work to create cohesion, camaraderie, and a sense of true workplace happiness and satisfaction. Positive Change is at the heart of all of Laughtership LLC services. What specifically gets changed is as individual as the clients I work with. All of my work focuses on character strength development, optimism, positive psychology, authentic leadership, and the tangible benefits of happiness at work. Why Me? I know profound and lasting unhappiness. When I was a toddler, my parents abandoned me to the foster system in Illinois, and I grew up with a lot of turmoil, depression, and anger. But I was also taught optimism and resiliency from one fo my foster sisters Linda, who was 20 years older than me and had Multiple Sclerosis. The disease took her ability to walk, work, start a family, and live a "normal" life. It finally took her life in 2006. It never took her sense of humor, zest for life, and her ability to laugh, though. In the late 1980's I was a teenager going through a bad time, and Linda gave me her secret. She told me: "MS has taken one of my legs, my ability to walk, and eventually will take my mind and life. But no matter what happens with this disease, no one can take my laugh away." I have carried that optimistic and positive message with me ever since. I have tried to live my life with laughter and humor, admittedly with mixed results. I have spent the past 25 years of my life in public leadership and management, including military school and service in the U.S. Marine Corps. After my service, I began working for municipal government in parks and recreation, culminating in my position as the Parks and Recreation Director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2016, I earned my Master's degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and began exploring Positive Psychology, workpace happiness, and the power of non-humor based laughter. When I discovered the power of unconditional laughter(laughter just for the pleasure of laughing); and the ability to purposefully create happiness through unconditional laughter, I knew I found something special. Something that Linda would have identified with. To that end, I have become a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, who travels the world training people on how to harness something inherently good like laughter, and create purposeful and meaningful happiness. My message is easy to understand, and my mission is simple: "Spreading Mirth on Earth!"
TEDx Fairbanks - Health, Happiness, & World Peace through Laughter
- Keynote Sessions
- Breakout Sessions
- Inservice Training
- Trade Shows
- Half-Day Workshops
- Full-Day Training
- Multi-Day Training
- Laughter Yoga Certification
- VIA Character Strengths Group Coaching
- 1 on 1 Leadership
- 1 on 1 Career Coaching
- Wellness Training
- Customer Service Training
- Public Speaking Training
- Interview Skills & Prep Coaching
- Stress Management Training
Michael was very nice to listen to when it comes to learning about how to work things out in explaining yourself, i love experiencing things in a different way, so when it came to laughing out the jitters, it really made me feel more relaxed. He's a fun teacher, ready to across him again this year !!
Engaged speaking at its best!
I train teens in employment skills, and while we often have great success with lessons for our teens, it can be tough to keep students interested during presentations and lectures.. but not with Mike! Mike presented interview skills and elevator pitch tips to my students in Summer 2017 and kept them on their toes and interested! We learned so much from Mike and are jazzed to have him back again this year.
Spreading Mirth on Earth
Mike Bork is excellent at what he does and really knows how to engage with his audience and can tailor his presentations depending on the makeup of his audience