April, first day, last day.
Today would have been my mom’s 97th birthday. She was born on the last day of April and I was born on the first. I really feel that April is a magical month. I really love all the crazy [...]
Confidence gets you where you want to go!
Message, it’s all about the message. My message is confidence. Whether you are speaking it from a stage, mumbling it through hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail networking event or it is printed out on your website.
Your message needs to meet, greet and clearly state your business with confidence.
My confidence is gleaned from years of corporate and international experience. Being a liaison for messaging internationally affords me the vision and flexibility to craft messages for my clients that are in tune with a specific audience.
Dr. Emile Allen, M.D. Author, Speaker, Crisis Management Expert, Palm Beach, Florida “ It was a pleasure to work with Michelle during the preparation and delivery of TEDxBocaRaton. She put her heart and soul into the event and it showed by the event being a huge success. Her project management skills shined from the back stage to the audience. TEDxBocaRaton wouldn’t have happened without Michelle.“
John Englander, Author, High Tide On Main Street, Boca Raton “ Michelle Balaun is a great coach for presentations and public speaking. Regardless of your experience level she can show you how to have greater impact, clarity, and confidence. Michelle was a tremendous help to me in preparing for my TEDx talk. It was a pleasure to deal with her.“
Pascal Depuhl, Cinematographer, Miami ...catching light in motion! “ I tell stories for a living. They're always carefully crafted and meticulously planned down to the split second in my films and photographs. Standing in front of a live crowd at a recent TEDx talk is similar, but also very different. Michelle was great in helping me get what I was trying to say into the 5 minute time slot and was a great support in facilitating all that goes into making a successful speech - from the concept, to how it was said, to the visual presentation, to guiding me through all the behind the scenes stuff. Thanks Michelle, really appreciate your help and guidance.“ Pascal Depuhl tells passionate stories using photographs and videos, that bring his clients visions to life.
Paula Bloom PhD, Atlanta “ I've done a fair amount of professional speaking and am a regular cable news contributor. So, when I was invited to do a TEDx talk, I figured "I got this." Well, it wasn't until working with Michelle that I realized how much help I needed. She taught me how to distill, edit, organize and all of this while COMPLETELY encouraging my own voice and style. Her feedback was direct with a big dose of humor. She has the ability to easily move from big picture to the most nuanced details--a powerful skill. She used her years of experience to guide, without a trace of arrogance. I am so grateful to Michelle who not only helped me with this particular talk, but gave me tools for all future presentations.“
Jessica Williams, Founder of TechBizGurl, Chicago, Illinois “ I went to Michelle because I was freaking out about an upcoming speech. I had to prepare a short biography within 30 minutes and then deliver the speech a few days later. Michelle was totally calm and gave me some quick pointers. She also sent me a prep guide to prepare for my speech including a short bio, talking points and a nice structure to follow for my 10 minute talk. After receiving Michelle's help, I felt calm, confident and ready to go with a plan for my speech. If public speaking gives you the blues and you need a cheerleader in your corner that can help you shine, I definitely recommend Michelle!“
Share Ross, Founder of Video Rockstar University “ Michelle understands the art of speaking like no other. Gently guiding,lovingly directing and helping you deliver your message in a clear and focused manner that will have impact. Amazing!“
Birgit Teichmann, Landscape Architect, Berlin, Germany “ Michelle was a very reliable partner in helping me prepare presentations and workshops for conferences in San Francisco and Toronto. She was able to bridge the cultural gap with wording that was right on target. She gave the motivation that I needed to accomplish this challenging task. Her instinctive flair for timing and creative handling of the theme to capture the audience really impressed me. In just a short time Michelle translated my presentation accurately and in the correct vernacular of Landscape Architecture. Thanks in large part to Michelle, my keynote presentation was a success.”
Barbara Collins, Executive Assistant, Diamond Bar, CA “ Michelle is one of those spirited individuals who approaches life with an irrepressible enthusiasm and confidence that she can confront any and all challenges and emerge smiling and triumphant on the other side. Having recently decided to divorce myself from an unfulfilling and stressful professional situation, I was in dire need of an infusion of confidence to enable me to launch myself on a new career trajectory. I turned to Michelle because she possesses the drive and the tools to help me. And help me she did. Through a series of phone calls and e-mails, Michelle gave me the encouragement I needed, and today I am excited that I can achieve the bright and rewarding future I have always desired.“
Paula Zitrin, Boca Raton, Florida “ I first met Michelle in a Toastmaster’s Class. Her speeches are wonderfully captivating, exuberant, and entertaining. In addition to her relaxed, professional style, Michelle always exudes so much confidence…the very thing I lack most. So when I discovered she is a confidence coach, I jumped on board. Who better to take confidence lessons from than an expert herself? Michelle is passionate about this subject. She is incredibly organized, creative, and diligently follows through with homework assignments and reminders to be confident via pinterest boards. In addition, her very supportive and upbeat attitude guarantees that her students emerge as confident people. She settles for nothing less! I feel so fortunate to be learning so much from her…and having so much fun!“
Una Bruen, Independent Fashion Consultant and Rep, London, UK “ I had the privilege of working with Michelle for 10 years in Europe and the Middle East. Michelle is a natural leader and her creativity and excellent communication skills were inspirational while working with her. Michelle is a very energetic and articulate person with an international outlook. Her eloquence and dynamic presentations during training sessions never failed to captivate and motivate her audience. Michelle’s enthusiasm and positive outlook will undoubtedly help anyone working with her to build self-confidence and better communication skills.“
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