Michelle Freed doesn't do "boring." Armed with a quick-wit and self-deprecating humor, this journalist, writer and performer turns any topic into meaningful entertainment. Armed with a lifetime of failures and thought-provoking insights, she has found that the most powerful of life lessons come from the most challenging of times. Topics include: self-awareness and authenticity; relationships; parenting; bullying; embracing failure and getting out of your own way.
With an energetic, interactive style, she has even been known to dance (sometimes with a disco ball), engaging the audience in meaningful ways and leaving them with moments of, "Aha! I get it!"
I've had the pleasure of being in Michelle's audience at a Storytelling Arts event and at her one woman show at Indy Fringe. She has a knack for connecting with people and engaging us in a humorous, thoughtful, witty and entertaining way. Everyone could relate to her meaningful stories that were tied to powerful life lessons. I look forward to hearing her again!
Michelle gave a wonderful presentation on living authentically. She engaged the audience with humor, "audience participation" exercises, her mega-watt smile, and her own vulnerability. And talk about energy! She inspired and motivated each of us. It was obvious Michelle had done her homework in order to prepare a presentation to expertly address the topics/issues she and I (the event organizer) discussed in advance. I couldn't have been more impressed or pleased. Standing ovation!
I saw Michelle speak about How to Get a Life! She illustrated how we get in our own way when it comes to trying new things and creating the kind of life we always wanted. I felt motivated and excited! Who knew you could have that much fun with balloons? Her personal stories made me laugh, as well as reflect on the new things I want to do! It was powerful .. and fun!
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Michelle Freed is a humorist, journalist, public speaker and occasional cheap therapist. Most recently, Michelle added the title of playwright to her resume, having written, produced and performed the one-woman show, "Come Dance with Me (but first can I borrow your pants?)," for the IndyFringe Festival, and later at Theatre on the Square, Indianapolis.
Michelle was born and raised in a tiny town in northwest Oklahoma, which provided the perfect material for her endless and sometimes inappropriate running commentaries about social conundrums and human flaws. Although she has owned many pairs of cowboy boots, she has never performed in a rodeo.
With a B.S. in Journalism and an emphasis in Women's Studies, Michelle is a humorist and social commentator. She has enjoyed a successful career in public relations and corporate communications for mainly non-profit organizations, and with a Master’s degree in Counseling, she has also served as a high school counselor, working with youth and adults alike.
Her columns, human interest stories and essays have appeared in a number of national publications, including: The Indianapolis Star; The Oklahoma Gazette; atGeist and atCarmel (twin Indianapolis community magazines); Family Magazine, an online publication for Indianapolis radio station WZPL. Her work has also appeared in employee publications for Hallmark, The Kansas City Star, a variety of national non-profit organizations, and literally hundreds of obscure trade magazines, corporate newsletters, marketing materials and websites.
Michelle enjoys speaking about all the things that humans secretly ponder but are too afraid to verbalize, like body hygiene, humiliating circumstances and personal inadequacies. Her legions of fans regularly bask in the afterglow that come with hearing her speak, secure in the realization that, “there is always someone less capable of dealing with life than me.”
A pull-yourself-up-from-the-bootstraps kind of women, Michelle weaves the themes of failure, courage and authenticity into her presentations. She has been featured at women's conferences, small-group team building events, business retreats and parenting groups. With her attention to detail and ability to engage audience members, her outgoing style and disarming charm serve to connect and engage audiences.
Michelle lives in the Indianapolis area with a tolerant husband and two impressionable children. She once had a dog, but it didn’t work out so well. She stumbles through her daily routine with the futile belief that one day she will be a respectable member of society.
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