Michael speaking and training topics are:


  • Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
  • Find Your Hero Within- How to Overcome Adversity
  • Finding Common Ground: Using Conflict Resolution
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Education
  • Thinking and Communication Style in Corporate America

Michael S. Oden, MA

Founder of Final Step International and The Needs Based Method®.

Michael is a Retired Deputy Probation Officer, Keynote Speaker, Communication and Behavioral Strategist, Personal & Corporate Coach, and award-winning Author. Who has been successful at helping men and women transform and improve their personal and professional lives since 1998 with an 85% success rate in behavior shift. He has advanced knowledge about how your communication style, behavior and beliefs impact your performance in your personal life and in the workplace.

As a skilled behavioral specialist, Michael developed “The Needs Based Method®” and is the founder of “Final Step International Inc.,” a behavior/communication awareness program that focuses on getting to the core of the individual’s social/emotional needs to empower the individual to change those behaviors that prevent life rewarding achievements. Michael believes that once a person has gained awareness around “emotional/social wellness” and how to communicate more effectively the individual is able to move on and make healthier decisions throughout one’s life.

Noted for his successful technique and training The Needs Based Method® has been presented to numerous organizations, schools and universities including USC, Cal-State LA, Cal-State Long Beach and Cal-State Dominguez Hills, Men’s Association for Addiction Treatment, Clearview Treatment Program, Bridges to Recovery, New Jersey’s Center for Mental Health, Amtrak, Del Amo Hospital, Haven House and the Department of Juvenile Services to name a few. He has been featured on several radio talk shows and received multiple awards of recognition from the LA County Office of Education and LA County Probation Department.


This dynamic combination of experiences makes Michael and Alina an exceptional team. Alina’s experience in business management and Michael’s knowledge from the psycho-social behavioral component gives participants a closer look at how their family owned businesses can improve the family dynamic.

By teaching the family how to better communicate with each other, as well as, individual clients, these new tools will improve family relations, reduce conflict, stress, and generate a harmonious work environment.

By offering people practical tools to take with them and to apply this method to any situation will empower those individuals to transform their lives. The Need Based Method® is a cutting edge thinking and communication style process that reduces conflict & connects people to live a purposeful life.

At Final Step, we shift behavior and communication and help you making sense of your life to empower you to move forward without hesitation.

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