What I Do

Here's what I do

I work with individuals who struggle with anxiety and low self-esteem.

I train them to step outside of their comfort zone through fun exercises.

That way, they learn to go after their goals and dreams with confidence.

Where Do YOU Want a Confidence Boost?

Confident in Leadership

You’re leading a team at work, you need to motivate the crew and also have uncomfortable talks every once in a while. You need to stand in front of everyone and present projects. And maybe you secretly think you don’t deserve that position and you’ll be found out (that’s called the Imposter Phenomenon). Or maybe, you want to get into a leadership position and you don’t even know how to open your mouth at a meeting.

Confident in Public Speaking

Have a big event coming your way, one that might very well be a huge boost for your business or career? But you’re worried that you won’t be able to focus, that you’ll be so anxious that you forget what to say, that you can’t sleep the entire week before the event and you’ll forget to put on pants before you go on stage. I can’t help you with the pants (except to tell you to set a reminder) but I can help you with the rest.

Confident in Dating

You want to kick yourself in the butt every day, because – again – you walked past that interesting person without saying something. And even if you did, you wouldn’t know what to say while you trembled and looked at the ground. Let’s dial up your charm and conversation skills so that never happens again and you find the partner you desire.

About Me
When I was a toddler* the doctors told my parents that I have a muscular condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy – and that I wouldn’t live a normal life. 
It was a long and somewhat bumpy road, but at some point in my life I finally realized something:
I did not achieve the things in my life despite my challenges. I achieved them because of it.
In a previous life, I was a character animator working on award-winning movies and TV shows like The Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda
That was before I realized that helping people live a meaningful life is much more rewarding than making Saturday morning cartoons.
Many years later, my parents still agree with the doctors in that I’m not living a normal life.
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Media Bio
Michael Herold is a confidence coach and social skills trainer.  He’s helping his clients build their confidence through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and fun exposure exercises.
Since 2015, he has worked with over 2,000 people, including entrepreneurs, special forces, actors, stuntmen, parents, and kids.
Michael is the head coach of the L.A. based company The Art of Charm, running their confidence building program “Unstoppable” and workshops on small talk, storytelling, vulnerability, and more. He is  the scientific advisor and co-producer of their popular The Art of Charm podcast with more than 250 million downloads. 
He is also a co-host of the Psychologists off the Clock Podcast, one of the leading psychology podcasts in the world.
As a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Michael is the current President of  the ACT Coaching Special Interest Group with nearly 1,000 coaches worldwide, and the co-founder of the ACT in Austria Affiliate of ACBS, a nationwide meetup for ACT practitioners in Austria.
Michael has spoken about finding courage and chasing your dreams at TEDx, in front of members of parliament, universities, and once in a cinema full of 500 kids high on sugary popcorn.
He is also presenting on psychological topics like social anxiety (ACBS World Conference), the Imposter Syndrome (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), values-based living (DGM), and conversation techniques (Wise Minds Summit).
He is also a certified therapeutic game master, using the popular Dungeons&Dragons tabletop roleplaying game to train communication, assertiveness and teamwork with (young) adults – or actually, anyone ready to roll some dice and battle goblins in a supportive group where players want to level up (pun!) their social skills.
In a previous life, he was a character animator working on award-winning movies and TV shows such as “The Penguins of Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda”. That was before he realized that helping people live a meaningful life is much more rewarding than working in the film business – even though the long nights in the studio allowed him to brew his own beer in the office closet, an activity he highly recommends.
Michael grew up with five foster kids that were all taken out of abusive families. His foster siblings showed him how much positive change is possible in a person if they receive the love and support they deserve.
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