Mike Bayer, known as Coach Mike, is founder and CEO of CAST Centers, the go-to clinic for artists, athletes, executives, and anyone who wants to live more authentically, successfully, and joyfully. Bayer is a Life Coach whose mission is to help people achieve their goals to become their best selves. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Best Self: Be You, Only Better (Dey Street Books).
Ask yourself…are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change, today? Bayer, known to the thousands of clients whose lives he has changed as Coach Mike, has helped everyone from pop stars to business executives to people just like you discover the freedom to be their best selves. By asking them and leading them to ask themselves a series of important but tough questions—such as “What are your core values?” “Do you go to bed each day more knowledgeable than when you woke up?” and “Am I neglecting some aspect of my physical health out of fear or denial?”—he helps them see what their Best Selves and Anti-Selves really look like. As a mental health specialist, a personal development coach, and an all-around change agent, Bayer has seen the amazing ways in which lives can improve with honesty and clarity. He understands our struggles intimately, because he’s faced—and overcome—his own. And he knows that change is possible.
By working through each of the Seven SPHERES of life—Social, Personal, Health, Education, Relationships, Employment and Spiritual Development, Bayer will help guide your audience to unlock their potential. From keynotes to interactive workshops, Bayer will empower you to be you, only better.
Bayer’s work with the CAST Foundation aims to raise awareness to promote cultural and social changes that destigmatize mental health issues. In addition, Bayer is a member of Dr. Phil McGraw’s advisory board and makes frequent appearances on the Dr. Phil Show as Coach Mike.
Currently, Bayer resides in California.
Praise for Mike Bayer and Best Self:
"Coach Mike visited the Buckley School Parents' Association for an evening of self discovery with a focus on parenting. He led us through both Best Self and Anti-Self exercises in his bestselling book, and it was a revelation. Not only did we open up in profound ways personally, but he also helped us bond more closely as a group. Coach Mike is a genuine, approachable, steadying presence, and his time with us was a wonderful gift."
--Caroline Macaulay, Parents' Association President, Buckley School
“I’ve been in sports my whole life, and every time something happens in sports, you get hurt you hurt your arm, or you hurt your leg they get all therapy for it, but nobody works on the most important muscle that there is, which is what’s behind your rib cage. Making my heart feel better is really what Coach Mike does best.”
“When you read Best Self, you’ll understand that Coach Mike’s formula puts the power of change in the hands of the individual. He encourages people to dig deep and ask themselves basic but important questions like: What do you really want? What are you afraid of? Who is holding you back? He challenges people to strive to live authentically. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to thrive in all areas of life.”
“Coach Mike is a true professional and Best Self is his bible, his “how to” manual on maximizing your potential by discovering the best person you can be in the most effective way you can. Mike Bayer is not a buzz word dispenser. He is a common sense, action-oriented coach that will tell you how to get from where you are to where you want to be in every area of your life, whether it be personal, family, professional, spiritual or all of the above.”
“He’s not your normal coach you could say, he’s done some amazing things throughout his own life and career and he definitely helped me in a major way.”