Michael Hyatt is the author of Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want (Baker, 2016), which he wrote with Daniel Harkavy. It is Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. He is also the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson, 2012). It is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.
Michael is the former Chairman & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, now part of HarperCollins. He began his career at Word Publishing while a senior at Baylor University. In the 30 years since then, he has worked in nearly every facet of book publishing.
He is also an expert in the field of social media. His blog, MichaelHyatt.com, is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of all blogs with more than one million page views a month. He has readers in more than two hundred countries. Recently, Forbes magazine named him one of “Top 10 Online Marketing Experts to Follow” and one of the “Top 50 Social Media Influencers.”
His podcast, This Is Your Life, is consistently in the top ten in the Business category on iTunes and downloaded by more than 300,000 people a month. He has more than 285,000 followers on Twitter and more than 175,000 fans in his Facebook community.
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He is also the President and Founder of Platform University, an online membership community designed to give people the inspiration, coaching, and resources they need to get noticed in a noisy world. He is the creator of three elite courses. “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever” is a goal-setting course with more than 15,000 graduates.
While Michael loves his work, it is not the most important thing in his life. That position belongs to his family. He has been married to his wife, Gail, for thirty-seven years. They have five daughters, four sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.