michelle Barry Franco

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Michelle Barry Franco is a speaker, author and executive coach with special focus on public speaking and communication. Michelle works with some of the most recognized leaders and thought leaders in their industries, as well as their clients and teams.

She began speaking as part of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in high school after losing her brother to an alcohol overdose. In college, she traveled the campus with a banana and the many textures and flavors of condoms to help her classmates protect themselves from the HIV virus. In the years since, she has used her voice to serve non-profits as well as companies doing good work in the world as a speaker, training facilitator and coach.

At the heart of her mission as a speaker and thought leader is Michelle’s fundamental belief that there is no more powerful way to make a meaningful difference in the lives of many people at once than through authentic powerful speaking.

Michelle has individually helped more than 1,000 speakers including C-suite leaders, TEDx speakers, award-winning company founders and best-selling authors – and many mission driven leaders at every level – to share their stories, expertise and lessons-learned for the benefit of others. She is the author of the book Beyond Applause: Make a Meaningful Difference through Transformational Speaking and the host of the weekly Brilliance at Work Podcast.

The Short Version

Michelle Barry Franco works with coaches, wellness experts and business leaders who are building thriving businesses that change lives and the world. She has spent the last 12 years supporting many well-known entrepreneurs craft compelling business messages and programs. As a high-impact speaking coach, she helps coaches, wellness experts and thought leaders share their message and story on TEDx stages and at the best conferences in their industry. She is the author of Beyond Applause: Make a Meaningful Difference through Transformational Speaking, host of the Brilliance at Work podcast, and creator The Business You Came to Build Program and Speaking So It Matters presentation skills training. You can learn more about Michelle at michellebarryfranco.com and brillianceatwork.com.

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When I work with Michelle, I feel like I'm peeling back the layers of who I am as a person, in addition to creating an impactful talk. Her strategic advice and guidance has been invaluable. I trust Michelle implicitly.

Grace Kraaijvanger, The Hivery Founder


One might think that with years of public speaking under my belt, a coach wouldn’t make much impact – but boy did she.

She helped me sharpen the focus of my talk, structure the flow of the story, smooth out the rough parts and really bring the talk to life.

Beyond her impacts as a speaking professional, she also was my #1 cheerleader, which helped immensely. If you have an important message and you want it to be impactful and heard, Michelle is who you should call to make it so.

Ron Fritz, TEDx Speaker


Michelle challenged me to peel back the layers and get to the message that needed to be shared. Without Michelle, my TEDx talk would not have spoken to the audience in the way it did, and I am forever grateful for her!

Gail Menasco, TEDx Speaker