You’ll remember Mike “Scoop” Skupin from CBS’s hit reality show SURVIVOR “THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK”. This popular show became the most watched show in the history of television. Mike was the guy who was headed for the winning circle when he tragically passed out into a fire and was medi-vaced by helicopter to the hospital. 5 different burn surgeons told Mike he’d have to have skin graft surgery to repair his hands. After 10 days in the intensive care unit, as Mike was being wheeled to surgery, the chief of surgery removed his bandages and said “I’ve been the Chief of Surgery in the number one burn center in Australia for 35 years and what’s happened to your hands is medically in-explainable.
Mike’s story is incredibly inspirational about how his hands were miraculously healed and life’s lessons he learned in the Outback. Mike talks about how stripped of everything familiar to him including food, shelter, electronics, cell phones, pagers, family and friends, he was able to see so much more clearly the life he was missing out on. Mike is determined to reach peoples souls with a very encouraging and endearing message of family, priorities, and life’s lessons. Mike uses humor, exciting stories, dramatic videos from the Outback and combines them into an adventure story. His popularity has only increased since the show aired in 2001 as his “post-survivor” events have landed him in the national headlines on seven different occasions as he has survived a burning building, a plane crash, being pepper sprayed by activists and a potential US Senate race.
Mike has always been the exception to the rule and has been described as adventurous, a thrill-seeker, and a risk taker. One of four children born just 5 years apart, Mike and family suffered the loss of his father to cancer when he was only four. But with the support of a wonderful mother and God’s blessing, he was overcame that and was successful in school, sports and business career.
Besides motivational speaking and a book he is co-authoring with Steven Covey, Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy called “Discovering Your Inner Strength) (due out this summer), his career has consisted of office equipment sales where he was ranked #1 nationally 6 years in a row of 3,500 employees, surgical and operating room equipment sales with a billion dollar company where he was ranked 2nd nationally , and serving as a barefoot water-ski instructor. Michael also co-founded a software publishing and distribution company in 1992 where he currently serves as president. Through creative distribution and downloads, his company has produced over 25 million CD’s….more than Brittany Spears and N’sync combined!
Mike has spoken almost 2,000 times to over 8 million people at live events and over one billion people through television, radio and print media. He speaks all over the world at schools, churches, camps, corporate events, stadium events and has made a lifetime commitment to sharing motivational and inspirational messages. Mike has several messages including; Breaking the “I Can’t” Attitude, “How To Motivated in an Unmotivated World”, “Leadership & What makes Great Leaders” “Several Customized Sales Training Programs”, “How to Have a Genuine Relationship with Your Family”, “Destructive Behaviors and How to Avoid them Permanently”
Originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, Skupin currently lives in White Lake, Michigan with his wife Karen and their 7 children. Michael (20), Kalyn (18), Brandon (13), Emily (12), Jaclyn (11), Leo (7) and Kristie (3).