“Whether speaking or writing, she delivers her message with clarity, power, and warmth. On top of that, she’s a delight to work with!” ~ Michael Hyatt, NYT bestselling author, former CEO Thomas Nelson Publishers
It’s not easy finding the right speaker. As a former women’s ministry leader and now professional communications coach, I’ve seen first hand the difference between those who know how to speak and those who truly understand the art of it.
Of course, you already know this. You can spend months planning, promoting and filling your venue, but if the speaker and her message don’t connect with the heart of your audience, they may never come back. You can’t afford to have that happen.
As a speaker, my goal is to do everything I can to make your event a success. And, as someone who has been in your shoes, my goal is to make sure this page provides you with everything you need to make the best possible decision. If you have any questions, please let us know.
One more thing. Thank you for your consideration. It’s an honor.
“Michele Cushatt shared her powerful story with our corporate team employees at our most recent Summit event held in Atlanta. Our team just loved her! She is a gifted speaker and our team was completely inspired and moved by her story. Many of our employees have individually thanked me for bringing in Michele to speak. If you’re looking for a guest speaker who will genuinely and meaningfully impact your audience … book Michele immediately!” —Bryan Miles, Owner, Miles AG
What You Can Expect
As we plan and execute your event, here is what you can expect from me and my team:
- Prompt, courteous and professional replies to phone calls and email messages
- An initial phone consultation with a member of my team prior to your event.
- An announcement about your event on my monthly newsletter and social media channels (per your permission)
- A professionally prepared and delivered presentation designed to meet your objectives and the unique needs of the audience
- Full engagement with the conference planners and attendees during the course of the event
- A brief, post event communication for evaluation purposes
A Little About Me
In 2006, upon the recommendation of two friends, I attended the SCORRE Conference (www.SCORREConference.tv). Both saw the hint of a gift I didn’t yet recognize: public speaking. Intrigued by their confidence, I booked my flight, packed my bags, and spent five intense days learning—and practicing—the secrets of excellent communication. By the end of the week, I was hooked.
Since then, I have spoken over one hundred times at venues all across the United States. My audiences range in size from a half dozen to 11,000, and range in demographics from young to old, adolescents to parents, writers to speakers, and corporate professionals to ministry leaders. Starting in 2007, I’ve been on staff at Dynamic Communicators International, filling various roles including Emcee, Presenter, and Master Communications Coach. Privately, I’ve coached dozens of big-stage speakers in the preparation and presentation of their core messages, including Pat Smith, Jennie Allen, Crystal Paine and Lysa TerKeurst.
“Michele has a special way of coaching speakers to articulate their thoughts.
While working on my first “Women of Faith” speech, I knew what had been placed on my heart to share, but it wasn’t fully coming together. She was able to help me put the information into words in a clear, sincere way, so I could become a vessel for God’s message.” ~Pat Smith, Women of Faith Speaker, Wife of NFL Hall of Famer, Emmit Smith
When not speaking, I devote my time to writing, including two books to be released by Zondervan Publishers in 2015 and 2016. In addition, I write feature articles, blog posts, stories and devotional meditations for numerous in-print and online publications including MOPS International, Today’s Christian Woman, and Fullfill Magazine.
For fifteen years, I have been married to the love of my life, Troy. Together, we have six children, ages 9 to 24, which provides no shortage of housework and hilarity. I enjoy an early morning run, a long literary novel, sleeping in the sun, and a kitchen table filled with people.
Possible Speaking Topics
NEW! *Undone: Making Peace with an Imperfect Life: It would be nice if life always went according to plan. But sometimes dreams don’t pan out, children don’t behave, and marriage isn’t bliss. Falling in love with your life isn’t found in what tomorrow may or may not hold or your ability to control all the variables. It happens while leaning into what is. It flows through forgiving the past its disappointments, yourself the failures and your relationships their let-downs. It’s refusing to be undone by an undone life. And believing sometimes the most colorful and courageous stories are written in the middle of a mess.
With You: Creating the Relationships You Crave: Although opportunities for connection abound as never before, the latest statistics show loneliness is on a steep climb. We crave relationship filled with meaning and depth, but social media and cell phones aren’t cutting it. Relationships don’t just happen; they require desire, intentionality and good old-fashioned hard work. Learn the skills necessary to build the relationships you long for.
*Infused: Not long after our Creator formed the seas and the stars, Genesis 2:7 says He breathed into man “the breath of life.” From the very beginning, our vibrancy depended on the exhale of God. But sometimes life moves at such a pace we forget to inhale. Psalm 91 claims the secret of our security rests in our ability to “dwell.” But what does that mean? How do we learn to daily dwell with an unseen God, to inhale His presence in a way that revives a weary life? By walking through Psalm 91 and sharing her own powerful story, Michele invites the exhausted to inhale. And live.
*Ancient Paths to a Spiritually Full Life: In the midst of the pressing demands of daily life, it doesn’t take much to end up overwhelmed, exhausted, and desperate for a satisfying connection with God. But often “God” and “church” feel like more to-dos. It doesn’t have to be this way. By understanding the value of ancient spiritual practices—things like margin, solitude, and gratitude—you can heighten your awareness of the Divine and find the peace you need.
*Confident, Capable and Secure: Regardless of age or background, insecurity is a recurring plague for many women. Whether we’re simply dissatisfied with our appearance or broken by a lifetime of deep wounds, we live bound by fear, shame, and inescapable feelings of failure. Through the Biblical story of Ruth, Michele shows us how we can find security and confidence—once and for all.
Leading From Home: Being a mother can be the best job in the world. And the most difficult. As kids grow up, we can’t get past one nagging doubt: “Have I done enough?” In this session, Michele journeys back into history to reveal three distinct portraits of leadership in the home. Each woman approached motherhood a bit differently, but each left a powerful legacy. Whether you’re a mom, an expectant mother or woman with a heart to influence, you’ll be inspired to make a difference—right where you are.
Mosaic: The Needs and Nuances of the Non-Traditional Family: One-third of American weddings today create blended families, not to mention the growing number of families impacted by adoption, foster care or kinship caretaking. The non-traditional family is more common than we think. Even so, individuals in these out-of-the-box scenarios often feel isolated and alone. The challenges are overwhelming, and any hope for a “normal” family disappears in the face of reality. But like a glass mosaic, beauty can be found in the broken. As a biological mom, stepmom and kinship provider, identifies the unique challenges and needs of the non-traditional family, and helps the fellow struggler and ministry leader effectively navigate both.
Mining Your Life for Story: One of the biggest challenges for writers and speakers is finding the right illustration for a presentation. But we don’t fully appreciate the goldmine hidden in ordinary, every day life. In all the activity, all the searching for a grand plot to live out, we often miss the exquisite narratives we lived just yesterday. As communicators, we must become skilled archaeologists able to unearth buried gems and give them shine. Whether you’re a blogger, book writer or public speaker, learn how to capture and craft the powerful stories right in front of you.
Communicating with Impact: Whether addressing your team, writing an article or speaking from a stage, communication is essential for leaders. But knowing what to say and the best way to say it can be a huge challenge. How do you craft a fresh message that encourages, challenges and inspires? How do you communicate in such a way that your audience remembers it the next day or even the next week? How do you meet real needs in a tangible way when all you can think about is your nerves and knocking knees? It all comes down to three essentials, the anchors of your message. Master these, and each presentation becomes a powerhouse of opportunity to influence. Even better, you’ll also decrease your presentation prep time, increase the clarity of your message, and boost your confidence on stage. It doesn’t get any more fun than that.
*These topics can be up to three sessions, ideal for a weekend retreat or conference