• Inspiring with new insights…..
  • Pushed me to think outside my comfort zone…..
  • Helped me believe in myself and set a high standard……
  • Practical ideas that are focused on what I can do instead of the obstacles……

All statements that describe the participant experience when hearing from Michelle, an accomplished female business speaker, Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant with 28 years of experience in the field. Based in Lynchburg, Virginia, Michelle has honed her expertise as a leadership speaker, by empowering individuals to unlock their full potential and achieve remarkable success in their professional lives.

Equipped with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration with a Leadership Specialty, a Master’s in Education in Human Resource Development, and a Bachelor’s in Nursing, Michelle brings a diverse and comprehensive skill set to her coaching practice. As a Certified Executive Coach and an authorized partner of Wiley Everything DiSC, she combines her academic background with practical insights from being in the leadership arena to deliver content that results in exceptional outcomes for her clients.

Michelle knows that all leadership rises and falls on the ability to create trust and connection with those that are led. Because of this, she specializes in interpersonal skill and emotional intelligence development and the application of those concepts to real and relevant leadership challenges.

Her Speaking topics include

  • Communicating to Enhance Connection
  • Building and Sustaining Trust: Identifying Trust Building, Breaking and Sustaining Behaviors the Make or Break Our Effectiveness
  • Hey, Get Out of My Way.!: Looking in the Mirror to Identify and Challenge Our Limiting and False Beliefs
  • Finding Your Voice: The Power of Female Influence and Impact
  • Leading Invisibly: Coaching as a Leadership Style
  • Creating an Engaged and Empowered Culture Where Teams Thrive
  • Roadmap to Mastering Emotional Intelligence As A Top Leadership Priority
  • And more…..

Why Do We Need These Topics?

There is a high demand for conference speakers and leadership keynote speakers that focus on the hard realities of our workforce environment and provide strategies to meet needs and overcome challenges. Research supports a focus on leadership connection and relationship as a foundational building block for success in our volatile and complex workplace environments.

In Development Dimensions International Global Leadership Forecast 2023, the research demonstrated:

  • There is a crisis of trust in leadership across industry.
  • Confidence in leadership is at an all-time low.
  • Employees are demanding a purpose in their individual contribution that drives engagement.
  • Coaching cultures are key and effective, but leaders are unprepared to implement this culture.
  • There is a race to recruit and retain top talent that is impacting the organizational bottom line and the key contributor to retention is the relationship with a manager that knows and cares about the individual.

Between July and November 2022, more than 4 million Americans quit their jobs each month. In addition, Gartner says the business sector could see a turnover rate as high as 24% in the years to come.

There are many reasons why employees in all sectors are leaving their jobs, but many boil down to respect; 57% of employees who quit in 2021 indicate that they did so because they felt disrespected at work. 

Leading the pack in reasons employees feel disrespected are behaviors that demonstrate low EQ including not listening, not coaching, not empowering and involving.

Burnout is often given as a reason for high employee attrition rates. Prolonged stress, anxiety, and uncertainty can take a serious toll on employees’ mental health, leaving them fatigued and disengaged at work. 

A study by the American Psychological Association conducted back in 2014 found that burned-out employees are 2.6 times more likely to be actively seeking new opportunities and 63% more likely to take a sick day. 

Research conducted by McKinsey in 2021 found that “almost half of all employees report being at least somewhat burned out.” 

Microsoft’s latest Work Trend Index report found that 53% of managers and 48% of employees say they’re burned out at work. 

According to Joblist, half of workers say they’re currently burned out and 62% feel that their employer isn’t doing enough to address burnout. 

According to the Future Forum Pulse report published in February 2023, burnout is rising globally, with 42% of survey respondents self-identifying as burned out. 

Future Forum also found that burned-out employees are 3.4 times more likely to say they will “definitely” look for a new job in the next 12 months.

Dealing with burnout includes strategies that require high levels of connection and knowing employees well. Understanding strengths, preferences, styles, aspirations and personalizing leadership by recognizing, promoting, offering development opportunities and growing people in areas they desire are highly effective and cost-effective strategies to avoid and reduce burnout as a cultural phenomenon.

Michelle specializes in interpersonal skill development, covering a wide range of topics including conflict resolution, communication skills, challenging false and limiting beliefs, increasing influence, and building and sustaining trust. She also helps professionals discover the power of their network, establish strong connections, and cultivate meaningful relationships.

With her exceptional qualifications, extensive experience, and unwavering commitment to empowering others, Michelle Cabell stands out as a respected leader in the field of Leadership Speaking, Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. Her approachable and relatable demeanor, vulnerability and comprehensive knowledge make her an invaluable resource for individuals and organizations looking to drive growth, inspire change, and unlock their true potential.

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