My goal is to light up the hearts & brains of your audience so they can Lead with Clarity & Confidence.

Real leadership is first an action you decide to take – then it’s earned. Let’s talk about what it takes to inspire a high-performance team and activate an audience with your message.

It’s kind of awkward to sing my own praises. Yet, the third-person speaker page feels totally weird. So here we go…

My keynote sessions are lively and fun, while offering abundant opportunities for insights and ah-has for your audience. From brand new, cutting edge research on the neuroscience of high-performance leadership to deep truths about where our natural charisma actually comes from, eyebrows will raise high and jaws are likely to drop.

But I don’t expect you to just believe me. Here’s what my audience members have to say:

Everyone from President to HR manager learned something new. At our dinner that evening, and also on Wednesday, I continued to hear great comments about your talkRebecca Spooner, VP of Administration, Colson Associates

In my 16 years with the organization, I have seen many speakers. You were up there with the best.

– Jane Hiatt, Board member, speaker & entrepreneur

Your attendees want real life examples, grounded in stories and research that resonates for them. That’s why every talk I deliver is customized specifically for your audience.

I’ll share captivating stories of real life Brilliance at Work Leadership in tricky situations, actionable ideas for how to tap their Natural Charisma and some unexpected delight throughout. I’m honored to hear over and over again that my warm, naturally energetic style is refreshing and engaging.

Thank you so much for your recent presentation. We could spend hours listening to you and all of your knowledge.  We are so grateful for your eloquent expertise.

– Julie Muller, Board Member & CEO

As an executive coach, speaker coach and college teacher I’ve worked with more than 1,000 leaders, speakers and thought leaders at every level in a huge range of industries. My clients have spoken on TEDx stages, huge industry conferences and at the helm of boardroom meetings. I infuse these real world examples with the latest in neuroscience and leadership in every session. 

My keynotes and breakout sessions draw on best practices in leadership and public speaking combined with my Full Freedom Speaking™ approach to powerful speaking delivery, as well as 30+ years of my own speaking experience.

There is no more powerful way to change lives than through captivating, inspiring speaking. Let me help your audience learn how to be the speaker they're meant to be.

When you hire me to speak for your audience, you can expect:

A customized experience for your audience. I never deliver “off the shelf” talks. Every talk is customized for the audience, including relevant stories, research and audience engagement activities most compelling for the specific group.

Inspiration + actionable tools. My job as a speaker for your audience is to make their lives better, during our time together and after they leave. I always craft talk content with that goal at the heart.

Ease and Professionalism. Speaking for over three decades means I have systems in place to streamline the entire process of hiring me to speak all the way through to after the speaking event. My goal is that you have such a wonderful experience working with me that you can’t wait to tell your friends!


Michelle spoke with our WPO group in San Fran and truly has a gift for breaking down the keys to actually “connecting” with your audience.

Julie Moreland

My Topics Include:

If your team or audience could use some inspiration plus practical guidance in bringing their most Lit Up and Brilliant leadership and presentation skills, you’ll love these talk ideas. And I’d LOVE to facilitate them for you! 

NOTE: All talks below can be delivered live and in person or online for your virtual event, and customized for your time allotment. I’ve done plenty of speaking in both realms and with all kinds of time constraints and know how to delight an audience either way. We’re going to light them up!

Entrepreneur & Personal Development Talks: Freedom to Shine! Tap the place of calm and powerful confidence to bring your greatest work to life

Some of us are called to share our stories and expertise to serve others. We know this because we feel it. Yet, no one teaches us how to step into that call with full expression. And if we’re not aware of how to tap into it, it’s easy to get caught up in lack of clarity and uncertainty. In this talk, we will shine a light on where your freedom of expression lives and learn strategies for staying connected with the clarity and confidence that lives in you right now. It’s time to fully step into your greatest work in this world!  

Perfect for: Corporate teams and events, entrepreneurs, Women’s leadership, personal development conference

Lit Up on Stage: How Surrendered Speaking helps you bring your most powerful expression to magnetize your ideal clients and fans to your beautiful work

There is a message at the heart of our work that creates a powerful connection between us and those we are meant to serve. When we get clear on that message, dive deeply into the details and then find the powerful place of surrender in our expression, we will light up our audience beyond their dreams! In this talk, we will tap into that powerful message, reveal the essentials of turning that message into a talk that captivates an audience, and then lean into the beautiful power of surrender in delivery to take this talk from useful to transformational.  

Perfect for: Entrepreneurs, Women’s leadership, personal development conference

Your TED style talk: How to turn your best ideas into a captivating talk worth spreading

Knowing how to share your ideas in the most captivating, concise and room-moving way possible is a skill that will fire up your career or business. Using the fundamentals of TED style speaking, garnered from years of experience as a TEDx coach to some of the world’s most exciting thought leaders, we will walk you through the essentials of sharing your own ideas with clarity, confidence and high-impact. You’ll love to use what you learn in this session for the rest of your life, in your career, business and personal life, too! 

Perfect for: Corporate teams and events, entrepreneurs, Women’s leadership, personal development conference

Your Story of Transformation: Reveal the story that will light up their hearts and set your conviction on fire

You’ve heard that sharing your story is a powerful way to reach those you are meant to serve and create connection. Yet how do you know which story is “Your Story”? And how do you tell it in a way that serves others and preserves the most private or sacred parts for you? There is an art to telling your story in service of others. In this session, we will mine your life experience for the stories that will serve your audience, with an eye toward the one story of transformation that is most likely to delight and magnetize your most beloved clients and those you are meant to serve.  

Audience: Women’s leadership conferences, entrepreneurs, authors, personal development

Talks Specifically for Companies & Organizations:

Light Them Up & Guide Them Forward: How to share your ideas to inspire engagement and action in your team

Business presentations don’t have to be boring. In fact, if you want to inspire action and inspire high performance, they can’t be boring. One thing we know from neuroscience: the brain doesn’t pay attention to boring things. The problem is, we have so few examples of engaging and useful presenting in the business world. Not anymore! In this session, we will cover the essentials of captivating, high-impact presenting. Your audience will walk away not only knowing what to do, but they’ll also know how to apply this knowledge right away in their work. 

Audience: Companies & organizations – all levels and areas, high-level leaders, aspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, women’s leadership

Speak Like a Leader: How to tap your Natural Charisma and present your ideas with clarity and confidence in any setting

Clarity and confidence are exciting to an audience. Many professionals spend a lot of time in meetings and conference sessions where either or both are missing, and the experience is so frustrating. Imagine how your audience will feel when you bring crystal clarity with the confidence they desire PLUS a Natural Charisma they have actually stopped wishing for in the business world. Imagine how that will feel for YOU as you deliver your next talk. In this session, you will learn how to tap that clarity and confidence – plus your own natural charisma style – in any presentation, of any size, forever. 

Audience: Companies & organizations – all levels and areas, high-level leaders, aspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, women’s leadership

Your Leadership Stand: Get crystal clear on your unique point of view as a leader to create greater team connection, engagement and impact

Research tells us that a distinct point of view as a leader leads to greater influence and higher performance in your team. With the flurry of work and the juggle that is inherent in most leadership roles, it can be difficult to clarify your own point of view. In this session, we will dive deep on how to reveal your own point of view and turn that into a Leadership Stand that serves you and your team with great impact. Once you know your unique Stand, you’ll make decisions faster, find more creative ways to inspire your team and be far more likely to enjoy your work in a whole new way. 

Audience: Companies & organizations – all levels and areas, high-level leaders, aspiring leaders, entrepreneurs, women’s leadership


The first conversation we had made me realize that what I really have to say is so much bigger. She really helped me get to the heart of my message—what the real big message was. It was the best day ever. When I went up to do that talk, I had all the confidence in the world. I knew it like the back of my hand. It also helped me shape the outline of my book. Some of the best work that I did, definitely, in 2019 was with Michelle.

Rachel Rodgers
CEO, Hello Seven

"I am gaining so much more clarity than I ever thought possible. I didn't even realize that crafting a talk or speaking was something that could be possible for me until coming into this group and hearing the stories of so many amazing people. I am so grateful for being a part of this program Michelle, and I cannot wait to see how it all ends!! Thank you for all of the help and feedback."

"Michelle: at the risk of bumming everyone else out, YOU HAVE TO INCREASE THE PRICE on this course. I swear I have gotten so much value already!!! Thank you so much!"

"UNBELIEVABLE EXPERTISE… Michelle is one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with in any field." - Melanie Vetter

“Michelle had an ability to take my mess and make art out of it. She was very intuitive and helped me shape and formulate my message.” – Gayle Canton

More feedback from attendees of my conference  Sessions:


She has vast knowledge on her subject and is very generous sharing it.

– Melissa, attendee


She's extremely engaging. I attended Michelle's talk and I felt very inspired and motivated.

– Gayle, attendee


The best presenter of the conference!

– Pharmaceutical Conference Attendee


Michelle ~ Rave reviews! Fabulous! Fabulous! Thanks a million.

Joan, entrepreneur and non-profit board member

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As  Seen On

Sample List of  Press + Appearances


TEDxBend Coaches Team


The Hivery Entrepreneur’s Day Speaker

NAWBO San Francisco Bay Area

Emerging Women Leadership Conference

WPO (Women Presidents Organization)

Going Pro magazine


Federal Reserve Bank

Rooftop Message Talks

The Hivery Blog

Here's What Conference Hosts  Say

after hearing me speak:


Thank you again for the terrific presentation you gave to our group on Tuesday. Everyone from President to HR manager learned something new.  At our dinner that evening, and also on Wednesday, I continued to hear great comments about your talk.

Rebecca Spooner, VP of Administration, Colson Associates


Michelle ~ Rave reviews! Fabulous! Fabulous! Thanks a million.

Joan (and the Board)


Thank you so much for your recent presentation. We could spend hours listening to you and all of your knowledge.  We are so grateful for your eloquent expertise.

Julie and the NEW Board


Michelle, I want to thank you for your presentation at Network. In my 16 years with the organization, I have seen many speakers. I thought you were up there with the best.


Formal  Bio: Michelle Barry Franco

Michelle Barry Franco is a speaker, author and public speaking coach who is on a mission to amplify voices for good in our world. Her keynotes and breakout sessions are full of inspiring stories of the many clients she’s worked with across her decades as a speaker and then a speaking coach. Every talk is also full of actionable tools and strategies that can be implemented immediately. At the heart of her mission as a speaker and thought leader is her 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 a Master’s degree in Speech Communication, a BA in Cognitive Psychology and is a certified Whole Person Coach and she taught public speaking at the college level for more than a decade. She has individually helped more than 1,000 speakers including C-suite leaders, award-winning company founders and best-selling authors – and many mission driven leaders at every level – to be successful in one of the bravest choices of their lives: sharing their stories, expertise and lessons-learned for the benefit of others.