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What If…?


This is the content to Mike’s award-winning “What If…?” keynote presentation, with Foreword by Jack Canfield (“Chicken Soup For The Soul,” writer of “The Secret).

You’ll learn…

  • The MOST powerful motivational force on this planet (hint: it’s not power, money, or fame)
  • Three simple, powerful ways to access your gold mine of unrealized potential and become a possibility thinker.
  • How to set goals which propel you to unimagined success.
  • The power of your sense of purpose and how to harness it of exponential change.
  • The most basic human brain function and how to use it to for positive change.
  • How to stop majoring in minor things.
  • That managing change is not only stupid, it’s dangerous; the only way to manage change is tocreate change.
  • A 10-minute exercise that will show you how to become a virtuoso… a master of the things that matter.
The What If... Keynote Experience DVD

”What If Keynote Experience”


What If Keynote Experience: In 'The What If Keynote Experience’ Rayburn teaches real tools for innovation and performance, but he teaches with wild guitar and comedy (rather than PowerPoint) so it’s a lot of fun!

Classically Trained, Comically Derailed: Mike’s critically acclaimed odyssey of masterful guitar, clean, wonderfully-warped comedy, and musical combinations God never intended.

A Nerd Like Me


Parody CD by Mike Rayburn

A Nerd Like Me” is a CD of 9 parodies and a bonus track*. The title track is a (mis?)treatment of Taylor Swift's “You Belong With Me.” Other tracks include the jazzy, “My  Favorite Things: NOT!” from Sound of Music about the little things that just bug you.

At Mike's satirical hand, The Clash's “Rockin' The Casbah” becomes a diatribe about every bad guitar gig Mike's done (and there have been many), called “Rockin' The Snack Bar.

Also included is an indictment of Bruno Mars' whiny, “Grenade,” Tai Cruz' “Dynamite” becomes a fun, family romp called “Hamster Bite,” Justin Bieber's “Baby” is now an itch-fest called “Scabies,” (yeah, Mike actually raps) and if you remember Mike from the 90's, he included his “Male Response To Alanis Morissette.” There is one live recording, Mike's  instrumental parody (huh? yeah) of Dueling Banjos called “Dueling Banj-arabia.”

Bonus Track… It's Mike's solo guitar version of Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody.” This piece regularly gets standing ovations in the middle of Mike's presentations.

How The Masters Became Masters… and YOU can too!


While Mike was busy recording A “Nerd” CD, videographer, Troy Hepler was rolling tape… video tape. But Mike wanted more than just a “The Making of…” story. Surrounded by some of the greatest musicians in the world including the great Phil Keaggy, Mike took the opportunity to interview each of them… about SUCCESS! As an International Speaker Hall of Fame member Mike says, “We usually learn about business and personal success from speakers, business leaders and sports figures. What about world-class artists? I wanted to know what THEY had to say.”

So Mike asked each of them about what it takes to become the best, how they achieved greatness, and focused on the principles which apply for ANYONE, in any career. This is your chance to learn from the best… about personal excellence, listening and teamwork, your best marketing tool, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and personal responsibility. Includes 8 interviews.

Bonus: “The Making Of 'A Nerd Like Me.” Of course it made sense to tell the story, show the recording sessions, and walk you through the process of how a CD is recorded, from songwriting to finished master tape. Mike takes you through the process with an inside look at the sessions, the goofy moments, and the raw musicianship.

EXTRA BONUS! Included on the DVD is Mike's exclusive studio, YouTube video of Bohemian Rhapsody. You can see just how it's played.

Better Days


Rootsy, raw, acoustic ROCK; Produced by Dave Perkins. Great electric and acoustic guitar work on energetic, relationship reckoning, celebratory and soul-searching songs.

Features the sweet, Willy Porter co-write, “Watercolor,” the haunting “Black Horses” (the skillfully worded child-like dream of a sex-abused sister), “Under The Sunset Moon” – a rock rendering of a wild story south of the border, and the one Mike performs most often today, “I Find My Strength In You.”

Fidgety Digits


Up-tempo, experimental, finger-style solo acoustic guitar, featuring some of Mike’s long-time favorites – Quicksilver, Bele Chere, Hot Lizard, and the studio version of Hang The Jury.

Mike’s Variation of Pachelbel’s Canon


How to play Mike’s unique variations on one of the best-loved classical pieces in the world.  Whether you read music or can follow tablature, this transcription is Mike’s arrangement note-for-note, and you can follow along with his recording from “Romantical.”

“Bele Chere”


How to play Mike’s long time keynote and show opener. Whether you read music or can simply follow tablature, this the note-for-note transcription for one of Mike’s most well-known “tap” guitar instrumental pieces.

Mike Rayburn Poster


“Give ‘em what they want… but NEVER what they expect.” Mike’s “AC/DC” pose during the opening keynote for the annual Harley Davidson Dealers Conference in Washington, DC (hence the Harley t-shirt and boots!).

11″x17″ Poster by Scott Peacock



Mike’s first big CD! Recorded with all-star studio players Jerry Douglas, Ray Flacke, Paul Franklin (Dire Straits), David Hungate (Toto, Boz Scaggs), Larrie Londin (Journey, Elvis, Beach Boys), and a host of others.

Features “Scarlet O’hara,” “One Bad Decision,” “Sunshine,” and “Country Cool” (the song that got Mike his Sony publishing deal).



Acoustic rock with an R&B back beat. Produced by Dave Huff. Songs ranging from existential ponderings like “That’s Up To Me” and “Truth In Contradiction” – to real love celebrated in “I Love You Like That” – to love betrayed “I Kinda Like The Rain,” to a bluesy rendition of the Box Tops’ “The Letter,” where Mike is joined by original Box Tops guitarist, Gary Talley. It also features “Valentine,” a hit for Renee Stewart in Australia. Better Days and Unstoppable contain many co-writes with hit song crafter, Tom Kimmel.



Beautiful, soft instrumental guitar, both classical and Rayburn originals. Includes “Pachelbel’s Canon,” 3 Bach pieces, the Cabo San Lucas inspired “Dos Mares,” and Robin Crow co-write, “Hope and Fear.”

Mike Rayburn at Carnegie Hall


One unforgettable night with Mike at Carnegie Hall! This is Mike is at his comedic and musical best. Includes Led Zeppelin sings Dr. Seuss; Dan Fogelberg sings AC/DC (and reverse); Quicksilver, Tattoo, Scarlet O’Hara, Hang The Jury, Devil Went Down To Georgia, Bad Luck, and many more. Over 1 hour!