About Michaela

© Michaela Haas

Michaela Haas, PhD, is the author of the new book Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs (Atria/Enliven, October 2015) about posttraumatic growth, and Dakini Power: Twelve Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West (Shambhala, 2013).

Michaela started working as a journalist at age 16. As a successful writer, reporter and interviewer for Germany's leading newspapers (e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit), magazines (e.g. SZ-Magazin, GEO) and TV stations (ARD, WDR, BR), she has more than 20 years of media experience and knows the tricks on both sides of the microphone. After graduating from the renowned German School of Journalism in Munich, she hosted a successful and award-winning 90 minute live-TV show for many years and received critical praise for it. In addition to her journalist work, she completed her PhD in Asian Studies at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Bonn, Germany, in 2008. Since 2001 she has been successfully coaching top executives and leading group trainings. She has taught Buddhism at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of the West and various centers in Europa and America. As a public speaker, she has an uncanny knack for making her audience laugh while also making them think. Her message about embracing mindfulness and human values has inspired audiences of every kind, from CEOs to college students, educators to engineers, nonprofits to religious leaders.

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The Art and Science of Resilience

The first book of its kind in the new science of posttraumatic growth: A cutting-edge look at how trauma survivors find healing and new resilience.

The uplifting science of posttraumatic growth presents groundbreaking research and proven methods to survive and thrive in the face of challenges. Twelve inspiring role models share their profound insights on how they emerged from hardship stronger, wiser, and more compassionate—from civil rights icon Maya Angelou, who healed deep childhood trauma; flight surgeon Rhonda Cornum, who found a new purpose after being captured in Iraq; renowned autistic pioneer Temple Grandin, who overcame crippling panic attacks; and famed jazz guitarist Coco Schumann, who played for his life in Auschwitz. In Bouncing Forward, Michaela Haas draws upon powerful storytelling, psychology, history, and twenty years of Buddhist practice to reshape the way we think of crisis (Atria/Enliven, October 2015). Find out more at www.michaelahaas.com and order your copy now!

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I interviewed internationally renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield about "Living with a Joyful Spirit and a Wise Heart" for the Huffington Post, explained in Psychology Today why trauma is not always what we think it is, on PsychCentral why striving for happiness can make us unhappy, OnFaith invited me to share my research when faith is fortifying us for adversity and when it isn't, and the Daily Beast published my Op-Ed on how we can help veterans and other survivors transcend trauma. Plus, I interviewed Temple Grandin, Sheila Hamilton, and Toni Bernhard. Catch up here.

Our Core Programs

Media and Presentation Training: How to Get Your Message Across

If this image scares you, you haven't had media training.

At least not from us.


Handling a standup public speech, especially in an emergency, or facing a crowd who opposes your new project can intimidate even the most seasoned executive. 

Conversely, a convincing appearance in the news or on stage can significantly boost your company’s image, the support for your projects and your own career. What distinguishes those who manage to convince the public and those who don’t? In brief, it is the ability to get your message across in a way that is authentic, dynamic and engaging. The good news is: The art of conducting interviews and giving presentations can be learned. Come to understand how the media work and how you can optimize your presentation skills to your full advantage.

International Management Skills

You’re simply asking for the toilet after lunch and you wonder why that makes your American business partner feel so uncomfortable? At dinner, you start to talk about the business deal after the starters and you’re asking yourself why your French business partner doesn’t respond in your favour? You casually touch your Indian colleague with your left hand, and you don’t understand why that cuts your good relations with him?

You better get to know the do’s and don’ts before doing business abroad.


Our trainers will help your business succeed in the United States, Latin America, Asia, France, and Eastern Europe. Get to know the national customs before embarking on a business trip. Avoid the most common pitfalls by preparing yourself not only with excel sheets, but by talking to the experts in intercultural communication and management to make your international project a success.

Wisdom at Work: Effective Mindfulness Tools for Busy Leaders

Work makes conflicting demands on us: be cooperative, but compete fiercely; be considerate, but make tough decisions; don’t be greedy, but pursue profit. Under such circumstances, staying true to your core values can be challenging. Some of us may consider it our highest priority.

This seminar is about turning the mind inside. We will use mindfulness based techniques to keep calm under stress, to stay focused under pressure, and to communicate effectively, even at times of crisis – the so-called soft skills or emotional intelligence. Staying true to yourself during intense processes of change is an art that can be learned.

Other Programs

  • Personal Coaching
  • Crisis Communication
  • Ladies First! Strategies For Women Only
  • Successful Negotiations
  • Conflict Solving
  • Change Management



Crazy America: Eine Liebeserklärung an ein durchgeknalltes Land

Goldmann, Mai 2017.



Interviews mit Oscar-Preisträgern, Reisen durch Indianer-Reservate, Porträts von Öko-Visionären und ironische Seitenblicke auf Hollywood-Stars

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