"My wife and I own and operate a boutique law firm that specializes in business immigration. Over the past couple of years, we have been experiencing excellent growth and as a result the business has been expanding at a rapid pace. Although growth is exactly where we want to be, it certainly comes with unique challenges that need to be dealt with properly so that we can continue to ride the momentum and keep our clients happy.
We sat down with Michael to better understand where we might begin, and from the beginning it has been a breath of fresh air! Working with Michael requires us to step away from the day to day and get back to working ON the business. He continually helps us to see our challenges in new ways resulting in adjustments that not only makes us more effective and efficient but also is saving us time and money in the process.
Maybe most importantly by removing risk and uncertainty from our business, there is a lot more enjoyment in what we are doing and a lot less stress! And although more growth was not the initial reason for our working together, our conversations have uncovered significant opportunities that we are looking forward to capitalizing on in the near future as well!
For any business owner that wants to take their business to the next level, or just wants make running their business easier – I highly recommend giving Michael a call! - Jim Gotcher - Partner at Global Immigration Partners "
"When I started my company 8 years ago there was a lot of excitement and optimism about the road and the challenges ahead. As time wore on I realized that the job of owning a business was very different than anything I had ever done before.
Although we had many successes under our belt, I was beginning to feel stuck and not sure how to really move my business forward in a substantial way. My customers were happy, my employees were happy – everyone was happy but me.
Fortunately I was introduced to Michael through a mutual acquaintance and after just a couple of conversations, I took the plunge and started working with him regularly.
In just 8 short months, we have seen revenue improve by 20%, productivity has doubled and profitability has TRIPLED!! So, am I happy now??? Without question!!
Once again I feel optimistic and excited about the future of my business and I am looking forward to even better things to come! - Anya Smilanick - Owner, Small Dog Creative "
"If you want a championship team, you need a championship coach. And that's what Michael/Coach Preston is. Michael is very engaging, well-prepared and has a keen sense not just of business in general but also of the people that make up those businesses. He has an intuitive sense of the right questions to ask as well as how to inspire and challenge. What speaks of his own work ethic and commitment is his track record of consistently going "the extra mile" in terms of time and effort on behalf of his clients. I confidently endorse and recommend Michael Preston for any business looking to solve problems and achieve its goals. - Partner at Nathan, McDowell & Rose, Inc. "
"I worked with Michael over the past several months and it has been an absolutely great experience. The coaching, personal and professional development and accountability that Michael provided me was excellent and of great value to my business.
If you are looking for help for your business or to take your business to the next level Michael is your man! - General Manager at See Spot Go Window Cleaning "
"To Whom It May Concern:
We wanted to take a moment to let others know about our experience with Focal Point and our coach, Michael Preston.
We had never worked with a coach before so we weren't sure what to expect but after meeting with Michael we felt confident that he would get us on a track for positive change within our business.
He started by having us set aggressive goals so that we could make sure it was delivering a strong return on investment.
We not only surpassed those goals much faster than we expected - but we have also seen our work together impact other aspects of our business outside of just profit - like communication, our culture, and the way we look at our business.
If you think there is more that your business is capable of, even if things are already going well, I highly recommend sitting down with Michael to chart out the future you are looking to build.
Without a doubt - an excellent investment!! - Christian Agosti - Agosti Moving & Storage "
"Michael helped me get to the next level in my business, he is extremely knowledgeable in his field. He gave me great ideas on how to be more efficient and understand my customers, he also helped me become a stronger business. A lot of the information we had discussions about were invaluable to my business. - Greg Schamus - Owner, The Vertical Factory "
"I was introduced to Michael in 2014 when he was giving a seminar to a business group. I was impressed by his initial talk, and when subsequent seminars were just as powerful, I decided to work with him. Without reservation, I highly recommend Michael to any business owner (whether a sole-proprietor, small business owner, or a corporation with a sales team), who is looking to increase sales and raise their business to the next level. Michael brings not only personal experience, knowledge and resources to the table, but passion, compassion, and humor as well. He is sure to elevate your business by increasing efficiency, increasing sales, and helping you clarify your business goals. - Heather Parker - Legal Shield "
"To Whom It May Concern,
Michael Preston of Focal Point has worked with our company, Camelot Moving & Storage, for more than 1 year. The experience was most rewarding and we are open to renewing the relationship in the future.
In the time spent we visited a variety of topics from the hiring process to sales and financial analysis. Michael’s approach was enlightening on every front.
I highly recommend the services of Mr. Preston to anyone who has a professional need for growth, for changes or to address specific issues. He asks the right questions to get to the right answers. - Billy Kornfeld - Owner, Camelot Moving & Storage "
"Thank you for being one of our keynote speakers at the Loyola Marymount University Business-Startup Weekend!
You not only brought a level of competency to your workshop - but the energy you infused into the event was both welcome and needed!!
We truly appreciate you participating in our event. The feedback we received was very positive and enthusiastic.
It is our hope that we can have you back in the future. - Bryson Ishii - Associate Director - Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University "
"Wow! I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I first started with Michael but I new I had to do something to change the direction my life was going. Every year I was setting the same goals but nothing was changing. After only a few sessions with Michael I had the profound realization of the changes I needed to make in my professional life as well as my personal life. I am now enjoying the new direction I have chosen and am watching my dreams become reality.
- Alesia Robertson - Realtor/Broker Associate at Intero Real Estate Services "
"Michael is a true professional with a mind for business and a quick wit to go with it. He is a very fast thinker and provides excellent advice. I recommend him without reservation. - Monica Amadio - Team Lead at CollegeWorksUSA "
"As a new business owner, Mike has been a great source of insight and wisdom. His business savvy and continuing investment into his knowledge has allowed me to gain valuable perspective on how to run a business that I likely would not have uncovered on my own in such a short amount of time. On a personal note, Mike is an empathetic and keen listener who was able to unearth some of my key constraints in business life. I would recommend Mike to my friends and I am thankful for his imparted wisdom and friendship. - Doug Knell - Franchise Owner at Handyman Matters "
"Michael exhibits an amazing capacity to understand concepts in a new field and drill down to the key result areas that need to improvement. His coaching style is logical and direct. His vast knowledge of high-level business helped me to understand how minor adjustments can precipitate massive revenue growth. I'm a more productive, more accountable and more dynamic professional having the pleasure of working with him. - Brandon Ficara - Sales Director at TOCO Warranty "
"As a highly successful company, we understand that sharpening fundamental skills is a vital part of our ongoing commitment to growth and excellence in our industry.
After carefully considering a number of options, Michael Preston was the obvious choice for us to take our skills to the next level.
Michael worked with us to develop our corporate leadership retreat to focus on strengthening our culture, gaining better clarity through goal setting, and learning how to effectively communicate with each other, our teams, our partners and our clients.
Michael’s sessions were not only informative but engaging as well – helping to shift our how we see our ability to impact our results and the results of those around us.
We look forward to having Michael back in the future to continue to drive us towards our best and we highly recommend him to any company that is looking to accelerate their results. - Keith Senn - Owner, Time & Alarm Systems "
"I would highly recommend Michael Preston for any company, individual or partner looking to get the most performance for their dollar.
As a professional driver in competition and television, you quickly learn that it's your business prowess that matters just as much as your ability to perform and hit your marks.
Michael is the penultimate choice when it comes to getting the most from your entrepreneurial endeavors and in gaining quality partnerships with long-term value. - Kevin Madsen - Owner, Madsen Motorsports "
"Michael has the talent and leadership abilities to become the cornerstone of any business organization.
His superior level of expertise in business analysis, strategic planning and value-driven interactions make him an invaluable colleague and partner.
He is always available to offer timely assistance and is willing to put the needs of the company first.
I endorse Michael in every capacity possible... - Greg Reid - Co-Founder & CEO of Tymlyn Labs "
"I have worked with Michael Preston for about a year now in my position of president of the Kappa Sigma chapter at USC. His role is to ensure the success of our chapter by mentoring us into leaders. I believe that he far exceeded this goal through his commitment and dedication to our chapter. He has the unique ability to focus on the broader picture while also realizing that the success of the chapter comes from making sure the individual leaders have the knowledge and skills to motivate and inspire. I have gone through various meetings regarding our annual plan, and during so he has made sure to assess and teach each individual members while relating it to the success of the entire group. By doing this, he enables us to realize what we can improve about ourselves in the context of our team.
Through this coaching, I have learned professional skills that enable me to lead my fraternity. He is always there, at any time of day, to address any questions or problems I may have and always dedicates the time necessary to anything that arises. I also believe that these skills have enabled to me to improve my professional relations. He has taught me how to pay attention to details and to go above and beyond. This has made me a much more desirable candidate for my future employers. I am truly thankful for his help and would recommend him as a leadership consultant to anyone, including close friends and family members, if given the opportunity to do so. - Christopher McCall - President of University of Southern California Kappa Sigma Chapter "
"Michael is truly a leader in what ever he does.
He is goal oriented, focused, and a fantastic mentor.
He understands business strategies and through his ambitious personality he can conquer any task set before him.
I would recommend Michael to anyone wanting to do business with him. - Rick Albert - Served on Volunteer Board with Michael; Broker Associate & Realtor at LAMERICA Real Estate "
"Michael’s strategic acumen to understand a client’s needs was instrumental in the successful negotiations of large deals. He is an achiever with the skills and expertise to navigate any sales situation with the desired effect. Having the drive, ambition, and intelligence to succeed in any business setting he encounters, I would welcome the opportunity to work with Michael again. - Scott Valentine - Director for the West Region at Quest Diagnostics "