Speaker Coaching

I believe everyone deserves to be heard and understood. Together, in-person or remotely, we’ll analyze your audience, tailor your speech, grow your confidence and prepare for your moment to shine. I will help ensure that your messages are received the way you intended.

What we can explore:

  • Assist with topic development
  • Offer critiques on content and structure
  • Brainstorm concepts for visual aids
  • Provide feedback on delivery
  • Serve as an audience for rehearsals
  • I do it all! (other than give the speech for you)



Drawing from my 17 years of teaching experience, I strive to bring energy and excitement to all my classes. I design my staff development training sessions with practical real world applications. Small and large group discussions are always encouraged–and fun!

Courses include:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Language of Persuasion
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Elevator Pitch Training
  • Team Building
  • Other customized training available



Do you have a staff meeting, a brainstorming session or a corporate workshop that could use a third party facilitator? I offer experience, objectivity and structure. I help manage the process (“the how”) and leave the content (“the what”) to the participants.

Facilitation Process

  • Staying neutral
  • Listening actively
  • Asking questions
  • Paraphrasing continuously
  • Summarizing discussions
  • Encouraging dialogue



“There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers, and dancers flourish.”

– Warren G. Bennis


Zoe Carmichael Consulting
“I was fortunate to work with Zoe in preparation for TEDxGrandRapids. I could not have done it without her. She helped me develop a solid outline and was always available when I needed to talk through an idea. She listened and gave feedback that encouraged as well as challenged me. I felt like she truly cared and wanted me do well. When I walked onto the stage, Zoe was in the front row silently cheering me on. I count myself lucky to have had such an incredible and supportive coach.”



Going With the Flow: Zoe Carmichael
I was honored to be profiled in the August 2015 issue of Women’s Lifestyle Magazine.



A little bit about me

I am a Communication Consultant helping businesses and individuals discover their full potential to confidently convey their messages. I specialize in coaching speakers on the creation and delivery of short, to the point, engaging presentations.

My professional background includes teaching public speaking and other communication courses at Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College of Art and Design and organizations throughout West Michigan. I have coached speakers for the Momentum Michigan Start-Up Teams, ArtPrize, TEDxGrandRapids and TEDxMacatawa and mentor for Start Garden.

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