Michael Surkan is a product and program manager at a software startup in Bellevue and when he is not helping individuals and businesses learn how to use podcasting as a tool to grow their careers and businesses. Michael worked in product marketing and program management for 9 years at Microsoft. Before that he was a managing editor with PC Week Labs and IT manager and a software engineer.
After losing his job at Microsoft in July 2009 Michael re-invented himself through podcasting. He is the host and producer of multiple podcast shows including “Entrepreneurs Northwest”, “Tales from the job search trenches” and “Practical Software”. Not only did Michael find his new job through the power of podcasting but he also became the group manager for Linked:Seattle by building a relationship with the group founder by inviting him to be a guest on a podcast show. Michael has been organizing monthly professional networking events for the Linked:Seattle group that regularly attract hundreds of area professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs.
- Michael’s LinkedIn profile
- Entrepreneurs Northwest podcast show
- Tales from the Job Search Trenches podcast show
- Practical Software podcast show
- Linked:Seattle community on LinkedIn
- Linked:Seattle meetups and events
Professional Experience & Goals
20+ years of marketing experience.Business Owner.
Business Consultant with the Fraser Valley College in their Business Owner Development program.
Taught marketing and business courses at the Fraser Valley College.
Direct Sales experience.
Hotel Sales and Management for 3 different hotels at the same time.
Promotional Product Sales.
Director of Sales and Marketing for Home Instead Senior Care.
Specializes in podcasting and public speaking, teaching people how to use podcasting to build relationships with their clients.
Teaches how to use LinkedIn to build connections with key people for your business.
Goal is to help small businesses find their unique position in the marketplace through the use of podcasting. Target market is the 50+ who suddenly find themselves with a pink slip, 5-15 years before they are ready to retire.
Podcasting – has 3 different shows.
Social Media Marketing Skills.
Exceptional people skills.
Honours in Business Management and Accounting.
Talented connector of people and businesses with what they need and want.
Public speaking on Podcasting, LinkedIn, and Enhancing Your Personal Marketability.
Talented entertainer for seniors groups.
About my company:
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