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My clients are leaders in business and entrepreneurs – thought leaders, people leaders, industry experts – who are committed to sharing their ideas with clarity, confidence and conviction. They want it to matter when they speak – every time.

I help them craft presentations that captivate, inspire, engage and activate their audience. We accept nothing less. 

This sounds simple – and with the clear process we bring to the table, it is. But it is not usually easy, especially when you try to do it alone. Your ideas are layered and complex – and they are often swimming in a whole lot of tangentially related information. It’s so easy to get lost and overwhelmed in that expert brain of yours.

But this is our specialty – revealing the clear, compelling, captivating message at the heart of your expertise. That’s why you bring us in.

Here are the kinds of things we do in our speaking coaching together:

  • Create an exciting, crystal clear strategy plan to share your message far and wide: probably the most common question I get from people who want to speak more often and to bigger audiences is, “How do I get great speaking gigs?” Here is where we make your custom plan – the one that includes as many of your ideal audiences (and clients) and possible. 
  • Craft a crystal clear core message: So much of powerful presenting depends upon absolute clarity of core message and who that message is intended to serve. This process includes:
    • Core Message Crafting
    • Deep and thorough Audience Analysis – what do they really want from your presentation (this is often different from what you think/know they need).
    • Powerful connection to Why this matters – to you and to your audience. This is the emotional connection required of great speaking.
  • Build a presentation with captivating & engaging content. This almost always means a mix of:
    • Relevant stories – the most engaging form of teaching and inspiring and a powerful way to reinforce memory
    • Compelling data – statistics, research findings, other left brain content
    • Images that light up the brain (our brain loves images!)
    • Engagement activities that help put your audience into action even before they leave the room (sometimes this means movement and/or connection with others in the audience, sometimes it’s engaging their brains in a process or related activity)
  • Uplevel your presentation delivery – with a focus on your natural delivery style (we created a process to help you articulate and step into this), we practice and hone:How you move your body – hands, feet and gestures
    • Your most powerful voice including analysis and practice on voice fluctuation, pausing, speed and volume
    • The presentation space – how you set up chairs, background, pass out handouts (or not) and any other aspect of the “scene” of your presentation. This part is so often overlooked and yet has a big impact on the audience experience!

"My workshop went even beyond better than I could have imagined!"

My workshop went so great and even beyond better than I could have imagined! I had 17 people there and received a lot of fantastic feedback.Your help and guidance is so appreciated. It really helped in making this a successful moment and experience for me. Again, so much thanks!

Amanda Gilbert

Meditation Teacher

How We Work Together

Message on a Mission Speaking Strategy Session

A great place to start! (And easy to book right away)

You’re tired of playing small with your speaking and you know it’s time to step up your game.   And truth be told, you keep telling yourself that you’re going to get out there bigger and bolder with your message… but you aren’t really doing it – not the way you want to.

You have a lot of confidence and passion in your work. But, if you’re honest, it’s a bit scary taking the bold stand that you want to with your message. What if you are judged or misunderstood? You hate it, but you know this is making you avoid higher level speaking opportunities.

The real problem is that there is so much conflicting advice out there! Some say you’ve got to “charge what you’re worth.” Others say “speak everywhere you can, even for free.” You hear that great presentation slides are essential – then you hear that you should not use slides at all.

And all of this confusing advice has left you paralyzed.

If you could get past this struggle and into action, you know you’d make a real impact on your audience’s lives and enjoy seeing your business grow so naturally through speaking.

It’s time to stop thinking about this and take clear and focused action.

The truth is, in spite of all of this struggle you have felt, you are so ready to take your whole speaking game up a level – or three.

You can’t wait to start taking action on this speaking vision you’ve had for so long. Up until now, you’ve just taken the opportunities that come your way. Now, you want to have more control over where you speak and make sure it’s a great move for your audience and your business.

This is about more than becoming an “amazing speaker” – it’s about changing lives. Your captivating speaking will not only change them in the moment, but it will also draw the right people to work with you further – and that’s where you can serve them even more powerfully.

Your time is now. You’re ready to totally go for it with your speaking.

And I am so ready to help you do this!

For the last fifteen years, I’ve had the awesome experience of helping over a thousand people become more confident, clear and engaging speakers. They get to change lives every day (and enjoy exciting business and career growth too!) because they are committed to sharing their message far and wide.

Just imagine…

Feeling excited and ready to share your message with audiences full of people you are meant to serve. That zingy feeling in your heart when you know that what you have to share is going to light them up and make their lives better. And then the thrill of having the right people come up afterward to talk further about working with you.

How confident you’ll feel when talking to meeting organizers or company leaders about your speaking. Instead of anxiously anticipating these conversations, you’ll be excited to share your message and how it will delight their audience.

The sweet proud feeling you’ll have as you send event organizers to your awesome speaker page. We will make your page so clear, captivating and engaging, the right organizers won’t be able to resist!

When we’re done, you will feel confident and ready to change a whole lot of lives – and naturally grow your business – by taking your message on this speaking mission.

As a result of your Message on a Mission Speaking Strategy package, you will…

  • Know exactly what steps to take to increase your speaking opportunities, no matter where you are starting as a speaker
  • Feel excited (instead of secretly nervous) about telling meeting organizers to visit your speaking page and then book you to speak!
  • Have at least one (likely more) talk title that you can offer to groups right away
  • Know exactly what kind of groups to reach out to that will enjoy your message and bring you new clients you love
  • Feel way less nervous when you prepare and deliver your speeches thanks to an exciting toolkit of anxiety-reducing tools!

This package includes:

Message on a Mission Speaking Strategy Prep Guide

It feels fabulous to get started right away, doesn’t it?

This prep guide will take you through questions to help you feel even more excited about your speaking mission.  You’ll feel increased clarity and insights even before we have our session!

Speaker Page Review

Whether you currently have a page or not, you’ll learn how to make your speaker page irresistible to the right meeting organizers so you get booked for the very best speaking opportunities for you and your business.

Message on a Mission Speaking Coaching Session

Here’s where we dig in together! During this 60-minute session, we set you on a path for reaching the right audiences, putting everything in place to support them in saying “Yes!” to you and get you ready to make the most of your speaking events afterward.

Check-In Support Call

A couple of weeks after our initial session, we spend 30 minutes on the phone refining your plan, answering questions and sharing any new ideas that help you continue to rock your new speaking vision.

Speaking with Ease Toolkit

Speaking anxiety is built into our biology! Very few (if any) of us are completely without this pesky speaking companion. You’ll have access to my super special toolkit full of anxiety reduction strategies. I promise – you’ll love them (and probably use them in a lot of areas of your life!)

You can do this! Your message is meant to serve others – and you are meant to thrive in your work. You’re going to love the feeling of stepping powerfully into this bigger vision. You just need some partnership, support and a great plan to get yourself out there. I can’t wait to help you do that.

Investment: $249

GET STARTED STEPS:

You ready? Excellent! Here’s how to get started:

Step 1. Make your payment here:




Step 3. After your session is booked, you will receive your Ready to Speak! Strategy Prep Guide via email so you can fill it out and send it back to me before our session

Step 4. Then we’ll hold your session and get you on your way to being Ready to Speak!

Have questions? Email me. I’d love to answer them for you!

"You’ve helped me to see that there is power, strength and transformation that occurs in the intimate details of sharing a story and connecting with my audience on a deeper level."

Working with you the last few months, it has helped me to see that I can be successful in business and still have this lovely, receptive, graceful, feminine energy about my work because you model that so beautifully. You’ve helped me to see that there is power, strength and transformation that occurs in the intimate details of sharing a story and connecting with my audience on a deeper level. You are a gifted listener, a discerning coach, a resourceful entrepreneur and I know that our work together is going to be the foundation of my new body of work for the next few years, if not the next decade of my career as a coach and speaker. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Elizabeth Barbour

Elizabeth Barbour, ElizabethBarbour.com The Revitalized Business Woman

Are you ready?

Me too!

Pick a spot on my calendar – choose the “Shall We Work Together?” appointment (Click this link for my calendar) – and let’s explore ways I can help you get out there big with your speaking! This first call is all about you and what you need and want. I have no desire or intention of “selling” you anything. If it feels like a big giant “YES!” for both of us, we will plan our work together. If it doesn’t for whatever reason, I promise to give you everything I’ve got to help you take next steps on your speaking journey with the many resources I have to share.

"After I delivered my presentation that we worked on together, the CEO of the organization summarized the conference in a blog post and selected my presentation as his favorite of the event."

After I delivered my presentation that we worked on together, the CEO of the organization summarized the conference in a blog post and selected my presentation as his favorite of the event. From there the organization wished to create a separate post about the project I shared in the presentation which later became one of the top 20 out of 1,000 most-clicked posts on their site in 2016. Thank you so much for helping me nail down the story and content I wanted to tell. Since our first presentation, I have done a few more talks and I always use the same process and structure you shared with me in our coaching.

Brittney Butler

Creative Director & Founder, Iconograph

Are you ready?

Me too!

Pick a spot on my calendar – choose the “Complimentary Strategy Conversation” appointment (Click this link for my calendar) – and let’s start strategizing your best speaking! This first call is all about you and what you need and want. I have no desire or intention of “selling” you anything. If it feels like a big giant “YES!” for both of us, we will plan our work together. If it doesn’t for whatever reason, I promise to give you everything I’ve got to help you take next steps on your speaking journey with the many resources I have to share.

"We uncovered self-imposed limitations along the way, dug deep into my story (HUGE story) and came out the other side with a HUGE rocket of MOTIVATION!"

Michelle Barry Franco has given me the clarity that I’ve been seeking. I’ve silently been holding back on taking my game to the next level… why? I didn’t feel confident about the content on my website, didn’t feel secure in my CORE message, didn’t feel like I had truly settled on my ideal client. We uncovered self-imposed limitations along the way, dug deep into my story (HUGE story) and came out the other side with a HUGE rocket of MOTIVATION! 

Star Staubach

Ignite Radiance

If you already have a big vision and strong commitment to getting out there bigger and bolder and want to dig in deep right away, there are two ways we can work together:

  1. Virtual VIP Speaking Coaching Retreat Day Package (can be in person if you are in the SF Bay Area)
  2. Monthly Speaking Coaching Package (3 month minimum)

Here is how Virtual Retreat VIP Programs work:

We meet for 5 hours all in one day via Skype and/or phone. (Of course, we take breaks.) During this time, I guide you through the effective processes I have used with many others to help you craft and deliver a captivating and inspiring speech. We dive deep into your beautiful mind and heart to reveal the crystal clear message at the center of your speech. We dig for stories, examples, research and make plans for further research to be done after our session to make your speech even better.

Your job is to clear your calendar, create a nurturing space for yourself to work in during our retreat, do the illuminating homework (clients tell me this starts the clarity process powerfully for them) and show up open, ready and willing to let the unexpected and delightful reveal itself through you.

My job is to ask all the questions – questions you’ve likely never been asked or thought of (questions are one of my superpowers) create frameworks and outlines, offer structure and feedback and share my twenty years of tools and expertise around communication and speaking. At the end of our time together, I send you a full draft of your speech including examples, stories, and areas for further research. I share with you all of my many resources on releasing speaking anxiety, powerful delivery and anything else I think would help you.

You will walk away with:

  • Your complete Speak So It Matters™ style speech outline plus all of the rich, varied content you will include in your speech.
  • Specific stories to share in your speech plus coaching on how to deliver those stories in a compelling way
  • The Only Speaking Outline You Will Ever Need (you’ll use this over and over again)
  • An Audience Analysis process that you can apply to any audience over and over again to be sure you are crafting a speech that will light them up!
  • If relevant, many ways to shift and tweak your speech for different audiences.
  • Feedback from at least one delivery practice session (and more rounds in future sessions if you wish).
  • Specific actionable speech delivery guidance – movement, voice fluctuation and tone, pausing, space arrangement and more
  • Many, many tools I have for creating awesome presentation slides (or getting rid of your slides altogether)
  • Audience engagement activities that are custom designed for maximum engagement with your ideal audience
  • All of my best fear releasing strategies

While your speech is likely to evolve and grow over time as you gain experience speaking (all great messages grow and change over time as we meet more audiences), you will find yourself incredibly empowered to get out there and share your message with groups with clarity and conviction, just as you’ve been dreaming of doing.

Every VIP Virtual Retreat Day Program includes:

  • One deep dive, totally focused 5 hour session via Skype and/or phone. During this day I will ask you questions you’ve never been asked, invite you to move your body while we talk to release your best ideas (we could take a walk together, maybe you pace the room while on your headset), use tools like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Spacious Thoughts Technique™ to access your most awesome material.
  • A custom Virtual Retreat Day guide. This guide includes suggestions for how to create the most supportive, creative space and energy for your retreat day. In it you’ll find suggestions for food and snacks, how to spend the 30 minutes before your virtual day and ideas for how to take what we create together into your regular life afterward. In this guide you will also find worksheets appropriate for your VIP Day outcomes so that we make the most of our time together. Clients tell me over and over how much they love their Virtual Retreat Guide as the perfect prelude to a rich, deeply productive day together.
  • Two 75-minute follow up sessions within two months of our retreat day to work out any kinks, make revisions or set exciting strategy for where you will share your speech, how you will create your website or whatever else will allow you to keep powerful momentum after our retreat day together.
  • Collaborative speech-crafting and consulting between sessions. You are not alone in crafting this speech – we work on it together in a shared workspace.
  • Detailed presentation delivery feedback. No more wondering how to move or which parts of your speech to emphasize with your voice, pausing or other “delivery strategies.” I will help you release

Financial Investment: $1,900 for each complete Virtual Retreat VIP Day program, including all of the follow up sessions and email support. 

"My business grew enough that I was able to quit my “day job” to focus on my business full time." Michelle knows how to crawl inside of your heart and put words to all that important stuff you’ve got swimming around in there. She digs and digs and digs until that nebulous thing you can’t wrap your mind around is written down. Within days, I had a new tagline that I absolutely love and 100% fits both me and my business and a complete rebranding of my business was in the works. It also gave me the clarity and confidence to write,design and publish my first ebook. Oh, and my business grew enough that I was able to quit my “day job” to focus on my business full time.

Brenna Peyton

One Organized Girl

Monthly Speaking Coaching Package (3-month minimum)

If you are committed to becoming the most captivating speaker possible, this is your best choice. We start with a 90-minute Deep Dive Session during your first month during which we dig into all of the corners of your beautiful mind and heart. We reveal both the core of your expertise and its most powerful expression and state your overall mission as a speaker and thought leader.

Every month we meet three times for one hour each session. The fourth week in the month we have a committed email exchange where we work on speaking content, upcoming speaking events, explore and plan speaking opportunity outreach and refine content and research. We are collaborators and partners in your speaking and thought leadership journey.

When you are on a monthly speaking agreement, I am available to you via email anytime (regular business hours, maximum 24-hour response time when I’m not traveling – we will talk details of course).

We cover all of the elements from the VIP Retreat Day Package as needed during our process. Here are those outcomes again:

  • Your complete Speak So It Matters™ style speech outline plus all of the rich, varied content you will include in your speech.
  • Specific stories to share in your speech plus coaching on how to deliver those stories in a compelling way
  • The Only Speaking Outline You Will Ever Need (you’ll use this over and over again)
  • An Audience Analysis process that you can apply to any audience over and over again to be sure you are crafting a speech that will light them up!
  • If relevant, many ways to shift and tweak your speech for different audiences.
  • Feedback from at least one practice session during our initial VIP Day (and more rounds in future sessions in the package).
  • Specific actionable speech delivery guidance – movement, voice fluctuation and tone, pausing, space arrangement and more
  • Many, many tools I have for creating awesome presentation slides (or getting rid of your slides altogether)
  • Audience engagement activities that are big hits with most audiences
  • All of my best fear releasing strategies

In addition, monthly coaching includes Thought Leadership strategy:

  • Thought Leadership Plan – what is your mission, Rooftop Message and where do you want to share it. We create a planning document together and use it to guide your speaking outreach.
  • Guidance on Speaking Page on your website, if relevant. 
  • Guidance on sharing your platform message and related experience on your resume and/or LinkedIn profile 
  • Career Growth Plan – similar to Thought Leadership Plan, we create a plan for your career with speaking as a primary driver in your career advancement. Conferences you will attend, topics to offer as speeches at groups and conferences and target organizations for career changes or collaboration while in your current position.

Essentially, you are no longer alone on your speaking journey. You have an experience, committed, excited partner in your mission to change lives and serve others powerfully through your speaking. 

[Special for Thought Leadership Speaking clients: If you wish, once we have completed your Thought Leadership Speech, we can schedule a separate VIP Retreat Day to take all of this awesome work and finally map out that book you’ve been planning to write for years, too. You will be ready to finally get that book written and in the hands of those who need it! Imagine that feeling… ]

For these intensive programs, we need to get on the phone first and make sure we are a fabulous fit. Please click over to my calendar and choose a “Let’s Discuss Coaching Together” session time slot that works for you. I’ll send you some questions ahead of time to get us started right away.