Michael Hughes

From out-of-work professional to Chair of the Board of Directors of The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, one of Canada’s oldest and most respected business organizations…

From unpaid presenter to one of only six Canadian Professional Speakers holding the prestigious Platinum Speaker Resource accreditation for Meeting Planners International, the largest worldwide body of meeting planners and conference organizers…

From the idea of creating a unique, self-directed future to a six-figure consulting practice based exclusively on building, then leveraging a network of contacts, colleagues and clients…

Michael J. Hughes has spent over 45 years in the business world. He honed his business and management skills with two world-class organizations prior to investing the last sixteen years building Michael J. Hughes Consulting & Training Inc., a business development and management consulting practice focused exclusively on Networking For Results.

Michael works with Fortune 500 companies, international associations and business organizations across North America, sharing his philosophy and expert knowledge on business-to-business networking, the social network phenomenon and corporate relationship management strategies.

Known as THE Networking Guru (Ottawa Citizen July 2001), he has done extensive research on, and is a specialist in, utilizing networking as a business strategy.

He has invested the past twenty-plus years researching the wealth of networking information currently available, added his personal networking success and his experiences as a leader in networking organizations to create a proven approach that builds networking skills, accelerates networking performance and creates tangible results.

In fact, one of the most unique properties of Michael’s business success is that he has taken his company from an idea to a six-figure consulting practice annually using networking as his sole marketing vehicle.

2015 recipient of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers’ Warren Evans Spirit of CAPS Award.

What people are saying about Michael’s programs: 


“Hello Michael, thanks for speaking to us yesterday. I mean it when I say that was one of the best presentations I’ve witnessed, great stuff!” Joshua Simmons, PMI SOMD
“Thank you for your Networking Presentation at the IFMA Meeting this morning. I have been attending IFMA Meeting as a non-member associate for over 3 years and this was the best meeting I ever attended.” Bill Brenza IFMA San Diego
“Michael, I’ve been to 17 of the 19 fundraising day breakfasts. There has been a range of speakers and presenters to get the day going. Yours was one of the most useful and inspiring I’ve seen. Getting people up, moving and talking added an energy to the entire day. Several individuals told me how much they appreciated the hour with you. Thanks once again for giving your time to this event. You were the perfect fit.” Bernie Forestell, Conference Programming Co-Chair, AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day

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