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Meet Michael Oden

Michael is the founder of “The Final Step”. In addition, he is an Emotional Intelligence Facilitator, Behavioral Specialist, Speaker, Author, Personal & Corporate Coach and creator of “The Needs Based Method®” with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. In 2014 Michael published a book titled, “When Nobody’s Home- Winner of the Eric Hoffer Award 2016 – Self-help,” which discusses the impact of trauma and its impact on who we become as individuals.

In the early 90’s, Michael pursued an acting career that expanded 8 years with 18+ theatrical/film productions, commercials that have allowed him to display a powerful stage presence. He has been a SAG-AFTRA member since 1993.

Michael is also a Certified Trainer in “The Functional Brain Instrument,” a method used to access learning, communication and thinking styles of participants. The technique provides participants with insight into the four different thinking and communication styles; teaches participants how to identify their own particular learning preference; illuminates the triggers for their individual frustrations and demonstrates how to leverage their strengths.

The Needs Based Method® developed by Michael, is an approach that gives awareness and understanding about the “whys” of an individual’s behavior and how getting or not getting specific social/emotional “need(s)” met during childhood and present day can impact how a person navigates/communicates in their world; be it life diminishing or life fulfilling.

STC Training

Learning and Thinking Styles for Law Enforcement
Cert. Number: 06173557

Course Information

Est. Class Size: 25
Course Hours: 8
Primary Population: Adult Corrections Officer, Field, Probation, Juvenile Corrections, Officer Managers/Administrators, Supervisors
Agency Specific: No
Delivery Method: ILT – Instructor Lead Training

Course Summary

This course you will be able to describe the different thinking/learning styles and how they are applied in the work environment. It acknowledges that while different tasks require different mental processes, and different people prefer different kinds of thinking, organizations will get better results when they can strategically leverage the full spectrum of thinking available. Each person has thinking preferences, some strong, others intermediate. Those preferences develop into dominances, and without the awareness of those preferences, you may fall victim to blind spots when it comes to other people’s ways of thinking. Applying The Functional Brain (Whole Brain®) thinking means being able to fully leverage one’s own preferences, stretch to other quadrants when necessary, and adapt to and take advantage of the preferences of those around you to improve performance and results in the work environment.

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What People Say

Michael Oden’s commitment to helping people overcome self- abusive behavior comes through loud and clear in his presentations. He has the ability to not only keep audiences focused on the problems, but they will also walk away with solutions to put to immediate use.

Dr. Allan Colman
Director of Business Development
The Closers Group

Michael is a dynamic and powerful, yet down to earth speaker who can engage a room of 5 people or 500 people. He adds timely wit and sincerity which personifies his overall charisma.

Professor Gary L. Polk
California State University, Dominguez Hills

I have seen Michael speak several times.  He engages the audience by asking questions.  He provides tools the audience can use.  He provides case studies the audience can identify and learn from. I would describe him as a powerful speaker that improves people’s life.

Chella Diaz

Michael is an excellent speaker; he has the gift of presenting complex ideas in very simple, everyday terms and he is also very engaging to his audience members. He comes off as someone that is easy to relate to, he does not put up any barriers.

Lazaros Papademetropoulos
AC Squared Co. LLP

It is my distinct pleasure to write this letter of reference and recommendation for Mr. Michael S. Oden. He was an “A” student of mine in a master’s degree program course at National University. He was a leader in the class, exemplifying high academic standards as well as personal and professional ethical conduct.

I have remained in contact with him over the years and in 2012 recommended him for a position as an advisory board member for criminal justice at National Polytechnic College in the City of Commerce. He was accepted and provided good leadership examples and recommendations.

I also invited him to be a guest speaker in one of criminal justice classes and his reception from the students was extremely favorable. The academic director suggested inviting him back for several more presentations.

He has also contributed a chapter in my forthcoming book, The ReEvolution of Gangs.

His dedication to the value of education and the professionalization of criminal justice practitioners exceeded the norm, going above and beyond with no expectation of personal gain. I am therefore very pleased to highly recommend Michael Oden for any position in which he would be contributing directly or indirectly to an agency’s educational objectives.

Dale L. June (MA)
Adjunct Professor, National University

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