152 episodes

Speaking on great stages, writing your book, or just sharing your best ideas in conversation - you know you are meant to make an impact with your storytelling and expertise. You want your message and your voice to feel true and honest. But it's not just about work for you - it's about full freedom expression in every area of your life. You are not here to play small anymore. Your host Michelle Barry Franco is executive speaking coach to some of the most respected CEOs and thought leaders in our world today. Her clients deliver standing ovation keynote speeches and TEDx talks all over the world. In this podcast, she shares the best of what she's learned coaching brilliant leaders so you can make a big impact when you speak and feel the freedom and pleasure of full expression in your life and work.

Becoming Unleashed: Speak Up. Show Up‪.‬ Michelle Barry Franco

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

Speaking on great stages, writing your book, or just sharing your best ideas in conversation - you know you are meant to make an impact with your storytelling and expertise. You want your message and your voice to feel true and honest. But it's not just about work for you - it's about full freedom expression in every area of your life. You are not here to play small anymore. Your host Michelle Barry Franco is executive speaking coach to some of the most respected CEOs and thought leaders in our world today. Her clients deliver standing ovation keynote speeches and TEDx talks all over the world. In this podcast, she shares the best of what she's learned coaching brilliant leaders so you can make a big impact when you speak and feel the freedom and pleasure of full expression in your life and work.

    Ep #150: Where Freedom Lives

    Ep #150: Where Freedom Lives

    It’s easy to think that we’ll get to experience peace and freedom when we get some circumstances handled in our life and work. Maybe it’s:
    Business success Get on a TEDx stage Be a highly paid speaker Getting our house in order Finally managing our time well An easy flow of money Lots of other things!   
    The truth is, none of those things are the source of peace or freedom. And while we may nod our heads when we hear this, we actually forget it all the time (me too). 
     
    It’s the surrender and letting go that brings the magic. The best news is, we can do that right.this.moment - and over and over again. 
     
    In this episode, I cover:
    How our thinking drives our feelings (most of the time) The important role that trauma can play in moving through our thoughts and feelings Why experiencing racism, sexism, ableism and other “isms” can make it harder to release thought patterns (but that it is absolutely available to us, might just need support) How freedom and your call to serve play together in the same place in your body/spirit experience.   
    You seeing your freedom means you will more easily show up in all of your gorgeous glory. That’s what our world needs and wants most! 
     
    Want a copy of my book for free? Go to: MichelleBarryFranco.com/FreeBook
    Would you like first dibs on a spot in The Made For This Collective when we open doors in July? Click here to get on the waitlist
     
    SHOW NOTES:
     MichelleBarryFranco.com/FreeBook

    • 30 min
    Ep #149: 10 Things People Have Said That Changed My Life

    Ep #149: 10 Things People Have Said That Changed My Life

    What we say matters. What others say to us matters. In this episode of Becoming Unleashed, I share my 10 Things People Have Said That Changed My Life list and give some additional backstory about each item. 
     
    The invitation is for you to look at your own life and experiences. What are 10 Things others have said to you that have created shifts - or maybe leaps - in your life path?
     
    Whether you are wanting to get on more stages, share yourself more freely when you are speaking on stage, enjoy your podcast interviews more or just feel more confident and fully expressed in conversation, seeing what’s in the way is the first step to releasing it. 
     
    Noticing what old stories and messages are playing in our minds can allow us to release the ones that are blocking our greatest expression, and amplify those that lift us up.  
     
    In this episode, you’ll learn:
    One specific reason women tend to be harder on themselves than men How struggling with my body, weight and other people’s comments has actually helped me be a better Mama and feel more free in my life What my college professor said that helped me find my life’s work The one beautiful thing my older brother said that has brought so much delight and joy to my life, personally and professionally.  
    I hope you’ll use my example list as inspiration or ideas for creating your own. Shining a light on those old messages can serve us so well now and going forward.  
     
    Stay tuned for more 10 Things Project episodes in this series. 
     
    Want a copy of my book for free? Go to: MichelleBarryFranco.com/FreeBook
    Would you like first dibs on a spot in The Made For This Collective when we open doors in July? Click here to get on the waitlist
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    10 Things Project #14 post on Instagram

    • 34 min
    Ep #148: Soulful Time Management with Ulrika Brattemark

    Ep #148: Soulful Time Management with Ulrika Brattemark

    Leading a company or your own small business means wearing many hats and juggling a lot of priorities on any given day. It can feel overwhelming. 
     
    Add to that a desire to share your voice and message far and wide for the greatest impact - through speaking, writing books, or any of the ways we show up and shine in service of our business - and it’s easy to get paralyzed. 
     
    Which is why we need good time management systems. But we all know that the issue of overwhelm isn’t fixed by a pretty planner alone. We need ways of looking at our commitments and deciding which ones we want to give our precious time and energy. 
     
    Ulrika Brattemark has created, refined and then written a book about this soulful approach to time management. In this conversation we discuss:
    How she went from working in a software company as a Business Analyst and Agile expert to coaching and supporting women solopreneurs in creating the businesses they dream of The difference between planning out tasks and assessing your values to determine how to spend your time How she got her book written quickly, after getting stuck for a bit in the middle of the process The ways that her approach to time management also inform her parenting and other relationships.   
    This is a rich conversation with tips on how to think about time in a new way plus some stories about building a business and stepping into thought leadership that are sure to resonate.
     
    Ulrika Brattemark is on a mission to help heart-centered women solopreneurs get out of overwhelm and find sustainable and deeply fulfilling ways to build the impactful business they dream of. 
     
    Her background as a former business analyst turned agile coach, combined with her deep intuition, and playful curiosity have shaped her unique approach to time management.
     
    She is the author of "Time Alchemy - a Dynamic and Soulful Approach to Managing Your Time" in which she provides a refreshing perspective on time management, one in which time becomes our ally.  
     
    Her group offerings provide compassionate accountability support, a deeply felt sense of camaraderie, and a place to be real. She is the creator of the popular program Procrastination-Buster Bootcamp.
     
    Ulrika is committed to conscious business practices of people, planet and profit. She donates part of her profits to highly rated charitable organizations. 
     
    Show Notes:
    Ulrika’s Website: https://www.soulsistersforgood.com/ 
    Ulrika’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ulrikabrattemark/
    Ulrika’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TimeAlchemyTheBook 
     
    Freebie: First three chapters of "Time Alchemy - a Dynamic and Soulful Approach to Managing Your Time" (PDF) -  https://www.timealchemythebook.com/freechapters  

    • 35 min
    Ep #147: 10 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self

    Ep #147: 10 Things I’d Tell My Younger Self

    In January of 2022, I realized I was feeling super leashed up on social media. I had a lot of thinking about what I should and shouldn’t say or share on social platforms. In conversations with dear friends, I was lovingly challenged to let go of any thinking about what I should share and just say all the things I was wishing to say but thought I couldn’t. This is how the 10 Things Project was born. 
     
    As I think about the process of becoming unleashed so we can share our voice, speak with confidence, and just show up as real and powerful as possible, I realize these 10 Things Project lists have been a beautiful catalyst. So this is the first in a series of podcast episodes sharing 10 Things Lists. 
     
    In this episode, you’ll learn:
    How family and subculture can make us smaller, even in a loving environment Where body image and self-expression come together The interplay of Surrendered Speaking and Becoming Unleashed How I see talking with my younger self as a path to even greater surrendered living Where public speaking, saying what you really want to say, and even intimate relationships interconnect  
    I hope you enjoy this episode. Stay tuned for more 10 Things Project episodes in this series. 
     
    Want a copy of my book for free? Go to: MichelleBarryFranco.com/FreeBook
    Would you like first dibs on a spot in The Made For This Collective when we open doors in July? Click here to get on the waitlist
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    Surrendered Speaking
    10 Things Project #8 post on Instagram

    • 26 min
    Ep #146: The Two MOST Essential Elements of Crafting a Talk

    Ep #146: The Two MOST Essential Elements of Crafting a Talk

    Public speaking gets wrapped in such mystery for so many of us. The fact that most people get very nervous before they speak makes it feel like something magical when a person loves public speaking, or when they appear confident and clear in their delivery. 
     
    The truth is, great speaking comes with practice and excellent preparation (like so many things). And the key is knowing HOW to prep and practice well. Knowing what’s most important, especially when you don’t feel like you have a lot of time to get ready. 
     
    I love sharing the essentials in a way that makes them easy to implement so that you can feel a big difference in your confidence right away when you are speaking. That’s what this episode is about. 
     
    In this episode, you’ll learn:
    The two most important things you MUST do before any presentation or talk (or important communication of any kind, really) to make sure you have the greatest impact What often gets in the way of your message landing with impact  How to create a talk that makes the audience’s jaw drop Two more elements that round out a process you can use over and over again for every single presentation and talk you prepare  
    Listen to this episode before you craft any upcoming important communication. I promise it will uplevel the experience exponentially.  
     
    Want a copy of my book for free? Go to: MichelleBarryFranco.com/FreeBook
     
    Would you like first dibs on a spot in The Made For This Collective when we open doors in August? Click here to get on the waitlist



    SHOW NOTES:
    How to Craft a Talk that Attracts Clients
    Surrendered Speaking

    • 23 min
    Ep #145: Natural Leadership with Dr. Sweta

    Ep #145: Natural Leadership with Dr. Sweta

    An essential element of becoming unleashed is knowing that we are leashed up in the first place. In this rich, engaging conversation with Dr. Sweta Chawla, we get to hear her story of going from a traditional, academic, high-achieving background to where she is today, living and working in her brilliance. 
     
    Going from Pharmacist and professor to Leadership Coach helping leaders, entrepreneurs and other professionals step into their own Natural Leadership (in the work and their life) was not a straight line, of course. But has been and continues to be one full of learning, growth and many tools to share. 
     
    In this episode, you’ll hear:
    What inspired Dr. Sweta’s sabbatical from academia all those years ago - and the fascinating shifts that space and time inspired in her life and career. How curiosity and experimentation has served her work personally and for her client in important ways. The interplay of identity and personal and professional growth How to think about creating your own trajectory for your life and work  
    Sweta Chawla PharmD, MS is a Former Professor of Pharmacy and Clinical and Residency Director turned Speaker, Facilitator, Leadership Coach and Author. She supports organizations, highly driven professionals, budding creatives and entrepreneurs to reinvent how they work and lead. Through her natural leadership model, she empowers her clients to create personal structures that leverage their natural brilliance. As a result they experience more passion, impact and meaning without compromising their integrity and well-being.
     
    Dr. Sweta is the author of the book I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For...Now What? and contributor to the award-winning Anthology She’s Got This: Essays on Standing Strong and Moving On. She has published articles and essays in several journals, magazines and has spoken on many stages and panels, including the White House.
     
    You can get a free copy of Dr. Sweta’s book plus the cool CASA tool she describes in this episode (and other surprise goodies!) at Dr.SwetaChawla.com/Unleashed 

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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35 Ratings

Risa from Wisconsin ,

Brilliant! Helpful!!

I look forward to this podcast every week! Michelle is so generous in sharing her brilliance. She makes everything so simple and relatable. Each week I get filled up with confidence and motivated to share my own message big, bold and proud! This podcast will take your message to the next level!

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Packed with great info

Michelle’s podcast covers so many great topics and I love having it in as a resource for my business and for my life. The topics she covers in each episode are things that can be applied to all areas of life. I’m glad to be a subscriber.

JoNeil ReJoy Your Life! ,

Just what I need to hear!!!

It is as if Michelle and I are having a cup of tea and chatting about what matters. She speaks from her heart and brings clarity to complicated issues. I have grown personally and professionally from listening and working with Michelle!! Shout from the Rooftop, Sister!!!

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