Participants at a workshop at the Alexander Technique 9th International Congress 2011

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Michael J. Gelb is the world's leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He is the author of 14 books including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci and the classic work on the Alexander Technique, Body Learning. His 1988 release Present Yourself emphasizes the application of the A.T. to developing powerful communication skills.

A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning through application of Alexander principles. Gelb is also a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido and a teacher of Tai Chi and Qigong. Michael's new book Creativity On Demand: How to Initiate and Sustain the Fire of Genius shows readers how to raise their baseline of creative energy.

As a professional author, speaker, and consultant for 35 years Michael is clear about the secrets of his success:

'I find areas of passionate interest and immerse myself in learning, then I focus what I've learned to benefit others.'

Michael's 2010 release, Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking, is a delightful example. He applies his passion for wine and poetry to the creation of a uniquely engaging team-building exercise.

A pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership, Michael leads seminars for organizations such as Genentech, Microsoft, Nike and YPO. He explains, 'When I led my first corporate seminar in 1979 I was able to manifest a level of poise that allowed me to stand my ground with clients who were twice my age. Now, when I teach clients half my age, it is poise that supports the effectiveness of my messages.' The constant for 35 years as a professional presenter? 'I apply the Alexander Technique.'

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