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CLIENT Love

My Clients Know My Work Best

Here’s what they have to say about working with me:

HIRE MICHELLE FOR ANY MAJOR TALK THAT YOU NEED TO GIVE.

I killed it on that stage because Michelle helped me frame my rooftop message. She helped me deliver a talk that made sense, and that rallied an audience to buy into the idea that if we want to solve major world problems, we have to help girls and women stop dieting. None of that would have happened without her loving, but firm guidance. Hire Michelle for any major talk that you need to give.

Susan Hyatt
CEO, Susan Hyatt Inc & Susan Hyatt The Agency, TEDx speaker

MICHELLE HELPED ME REALIZE
THAT WHAT I HAVE TO SAY IS SO MUCH BIGGER!

The first conversation we had made me realize that what I really have to say is so much bigger. She helped me get to the heart of my message—what the real big message was. It was the best day ever. Some of the best work that I did, definitely, in 2019 was with Michelle.

Rachel Rodgers
CEO, Hello Seven

WORKING WITH MICHELLE WAS A GAME-CHANGER FOR ME.

Working with Michelle was a game-changer for me. I've always been a fairly good public speaker but Michelle helped me take my talks to the next level. I loved how collaborative the process was – the fact that we just got to talk through my ideas and then she produced the first draft really alleviated any writer's block. Having her create a schedule also prevented procrastination, and her feedback and practice rounds of reading the talk out loud taught me how important that refining process really is. I have used the tools I learned with her on subsequent talks on my own and they were better too – it's truly a set of practices that you can use for the rest of your speaking life!

Kara Loewentheil
Founder of Advanced Certification in Feminist Coaching & Host of the UnF*ck Your Brain podcast

HER ADVICE HAS BEEN INVALUABLE

Michelle takes public speaking coaching into an entirely different dimension. 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. I trust Michelle implicitly since I know that she brings her whole heart and passion to her work with her clients. And, the strategic advice and guidance she has given me on creating talks that I believe in and feel comfortable doing, has been invaluable. I'm so looking forward to continuing my work with Michelle. Grace Kraaijvanger, The Hivery Founder

Grace Kraaijvanger
The Hivery Founder

IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT I WOULD FEEL SO CONFIDENT…

I knew Michelle would deliver on her promise that we would have a talk, and I wanted that. But I didn't expect to feel so confident standing in front of women delivering that talk.

Denise Lampron

I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR HER!

Michelle was the perfect coach for me and my TED talk. Michelle challenged me to peel back the layers and get to the message that needed to be shared. She also helped me figure out where I needed a slide and where I didn't as well as tips for connecting with the audience. Without Michelle, my TED talk would not have spoken to the audience in the way it did, and I am forever grateful for her!

Gail Menasco
TEDx Speaker

I TRANSFORMED MY ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH AUTHENTICITY AND PASSION

Communicating ideas to others sounds like a natural thing we do every day. But in the world of design, my career depends on being able to craft and share stories with others, build relevant insight, and inspire others to engage in meaningful issues around them. Having Michelle Barry Franco as an expert coach and collaborator has transformed my ability to communicate with authenticity and passion, and to become a better listener – to speak to what matters to others. Michelle's technical expertise brings focus to the process and her depth of experience brings lasting support to the amazing power of storytelling and speaking with purpose!

Dina Sorensen

MICHELLE HELPED ME DELIVER EVEN MORE IMPACT

I started working with Michelle because I was struggling with confidence in my thought leadership. I found myself going in circles around my core message and how I help others. Michelle is magical in her ability to listen and then encapsulate my ramblings in meaningful ways. She's helped me find clarity and confidence in my messaging and deliver even more impact as both a coach and speaker.

Elena Sonnino
Speaker, Author, Coach

THIS OFFER WAS A NO BRAINER

Every time I get into conversation with Michelle, a sense of clarity washes over me so jumping into this offer was a no brainer.

Sara Walka
Founder of Sisters Enchanted

I WOULD NOT HAVE ARRIVED AT A TALK I FELT PROUD OF WITHOUT MICHELLE

Without Michelle, I might have ended up on stage with a muddled, meandering mess of a TEDx talk. Instead, she patiently and diligently guided me through my sometimes overwrought and arduous process, through dozens of switchbacks and false starts, all the way to the successful delivery of my talk. She coached me through ideation and writing, staying clear about my intended audience, and simplifying my message. On the days leading up to my talk, and then on the day itself, she endured me practicing over and over again, providing guidance on body language, communicating with greater alacrity and feeling, and polishing my delivery. I certainly would not have arrived at a talk I felt proud of without her persistent support and expert wisdom. headshot: 

Chris Messina
TEDx Speaker, Product designer, technologist, and inventor of the #hashtag

UNBELIEVABLE EXPERTISE…

Michelle is one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with in any field. You’re going to get unbelievable expertise, somebody who is incredibly thoughtful and smart, and is going to care deeply about teaching you how to be a great speaker.

Melanie Vetter

I LOVE THE HANDS-ON TIME YOU GET

The thing that I love the most about the collective is all the hands-on time that you get with Michelle, from coaching to coworking, to masterclasses. I've been able to work on talks, get my speaker reel together, to get guidance and support when I've had rejections… I've been able to up-level my business to go from one on one coaching to giving more organizational and corporate talks. Knowing that Michelle is there gives me the confidence and the comfort to keep moving forward. I honestly don't know if I would be where I am in my business and with my speaking goals, if not for The Made for This Collective.

Dr. Sweta Chawla
Speaker, Leadership Coach, Author

MICHELLE MAKES THE FORMULA BEING YOURSELF

There are a lot of speaking coaches out there, but there are so few people like you who come to it from the unique perspective of each person. Instead of just teaching a formula, the formula is being more of you. It's connecting with people at the heart and seeing who they really are and what their message is and how they need to present it. I love the stand that you take for that. So that's why we have you on the team.

Angela Lauria
CEO, Author Incubator

MY TALK WAS BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE

I feel like I came out with a better talk than I had ever done before because of the guidance that Michelle gave.

Shannon Stowell

SHE REALLY HELPED ME BRING MY TALK TO LIFE

I had the pleasure and privilege to work with Michelle on my TEDx talk. It was extremely important to me that I get the message right to share my idea and Michelle really helped make that happen. 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 impactful and be heard, Michelle is who you should call to make it so.

Ron Fritz
TEDx Speaker

I WELCOME SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES INSTEAD OF FEELING ANXIOUS ABOUT THEM

I am lucky to have found you and worked with you. My event went off without a hitch and best of all, I felt strong, calm and confident the whole time! That was a first. Now I welcome opportunities to speak rather than feeling anxious about them.

Theresa Sullivan
Wayfinder Advisors

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

Working with Michelle the last few months 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 she models that so beautifully.

Michelle 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. She is 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
elizabethbarbour.com

I'M INSPIRED BY THE CALIBER OF COACHES IN THE COLLECTIVE

I went to Michelle so confused about how to message, tell my stories, construct a TED Talk and really wanting to hone my skills to share my mission and impact my audience. I didn't know how to do that and quite honestly, was pretty terrible at it. Michelle just guided me in a direction where storytelling and messaging is more natural and aligned. It’s way more effective. She gives you helpful tips and tricks but she also provides a level of coaching that helps you build confidence and skills. You walk away with a finished product but you actually walk away as a transformed person when it comes to messaging and storytelling. I don’t think it gets any better than that. If you’re looking to work with someone who can help you transform your approach to storytelling and speaking to your audience, and have a little fun – then I 1000% recommend you work with Michelle!

Maria Brigantino
Certified Change Coach & Anti-Diet Advocate

SHE'S VERY INTUITIVE

Michelle has the 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

I'VE HAD A CRAZY STREAK OF OPPORTUNITIES

I stepped up to the plate for speaking events – I leaned in; said yes, even when I questioned whether or not I was deserving. Now, I've spoken in some fashion every week for the last six. It's been a crazy streak of opportunities!

Maddie Callander

Feedback About Michelle’s Group Programs

NO JUDGEMENT BUT CONSTRUCTIVE ADVICE WELCOMED

I love the part of Michelle that gives like there is no judgment but at the same time can give constructive advice. Her warmth was so endearing whether giving feedback to me or someone else in our group. This drew me in and allowed me to not hide under the table when it was my turn! The diversity of the group was great, there was some similarities but just enough to connect us without having the same thing come out of our talks.

Valerie Fowler

MICHELLE IS A MAGNET FOR A GREAT GROUP OF WOMEN

Doing the live session and getting Michelle’s feedback during it, it became apparent how much of an expert she is at this. The layout of the course and the layering of the lessons was perfect to let me go through my own process and have permission to do so. Michelle is a magnet for a great group of women and that’s a testament to who she is!

Rachel Anzalone
rachelanzalone.com

THE ACCOUNTABILITY KEEPS YOU ACTIVE AND ENGAGED

Being accountable to Michelle, the program, and the other women kept me active and engaged. I’m part of about 3 other online programs right now and I’m way behind because I didn’t have the level of accountability that this course has. I liked Michelle’s vulnerability and fear she showed us, it was super important for us to see you’re going through what we are.

Gayle Canton
gaylecanton.com

MICHELLE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A SPEAKING COACH

I knew I had a message to share, but I wasn’t feeling very clear and didn’t know where to start. I like to have a plan; a system. I knew Michelle had a really clear process that was also very nurturing and organic and would really help me determine what my core message was – plus a real strategic plan for how I would craft the talk and the pieces around it. She’s so much more than a speaking coach – she’s a message and thought leadership coach, which is exactly what I needed.

Megan Flatt
meganflatt.com

I'M INSPIRED BY THE CALIBER OF COACHES IN THE COLLECTIVE

I’m so very inspired by the caliber of coaches that are part of the Collective. In addition, lots of top notch resources and plenty of  support are provided by the brilliant Michelle and her team. Join us!

Ulrika Brattemark
Soulful Time Management Coach & Author of Time Alchemy

MICHELLE'S ENERGY SHOWS UP REALLY WELL IN THE GROUP

I love the email subject lines doc. It is golden when wanting to send out emails to my list. Also the support and the Intention setting to help me focus for the week. Your incredible energy shows up really well in the group, Michelle.

Martha Brown
Coach & Podcast Host

THE COLLECTIVE IS A BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT SPOT FOR ME

What I love most about being a part of the collective are the incredible resources and inspiration we get access to every month, the total lack of judgment and the ever presence of positive feedback and support. And, of course, Michelle and her light tying it all together for us week after week. It’s hard to find spots where I feel welcome in the world these days and the collective is one of those beautiful, bright spots for me.

Jamie Muskopf
Information Strategist, Consultant & University Faculty

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