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"What Are We So Afraid Of?"

A talk that will change your perception of fear and inspire you to take action

Michelle’s humorous and inspiring speaking style has been captivating audiences across the globe. With authentic storytelling, engaging visuals and her 100 Days Without Fear experience, Michelle will show you how to challenge your comfort zone to tap into your full potential. 

 In this fun and energizing session, you’ll learn about:

  • Dealing with the unknown
  • Identifying and approaching fears
  • Embracing authenticity
  • Seeking growth over safety
  • Daring to fail
  • Redefining fear, from obstacle to opportunity

One of Michelle’s key findings lies on Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs where she uncovered how our needs not only motivate us, but they also limit us. By learning how to prioritize and negotiate with our needs, we open a world of opportunities.


Customized Talks

"Dear Younger Self"

WHAT TEENAGERS MUST HEAR

 

"TGIF: Thank God I'm Female"

A TALK FOCUSED ON WOMEN LEADERSHIP

 

"Fear Less, Do More"

THE KEY TO STEP IT UP AT YOUR WORKPLACE

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Testimonials

TEDx

OCTOBER 18TH, 2015 / HOUSTON, TX

"It was absolutely wonderful meeting Michelle and having her present at TEDxHouston 2015.
Her talk was tremendously inspiring and insightfully put together. She was beyond well prepared and poured her heart into her message; everything you would ever want from a presenter. I honestly can't say enough good things about working with her as a TEDxHouston speaker. She's a talented designer and brave woman.I look forward to following along on all of Michelle's next adventures." –Kara Gray, Speaker
Curator


Google

NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 / ANN ARBOR, MI

"It was wonderful meeting you in person and the event was a huge success because of your incredible talk - THANK YOU!! I did want to share the great news that your session scored a 4.9 (out of 5) and was raved about in feedback! You inspired and motivated all who had the privilege to hear you speak! We have heard nothing but positive feedback and I have a feeling you may be hearing from other Women@ Google chapters across our organization requesting you to speak at future events." –Michelle Read and Michelle Polleta, Women@ Google

 

September 22nd, 2016 / mountain view, ca

"Michelle was a strong referral from previous talks at Google. We decided to adapt her unique story for an external Partner Executive Summit, in hopes of inspiring C-suite execs to take calculated risks in their partnership with Google. I loved how she was able to take her personal journey and apply it to the business world. Michelle's storytelling is refreshing and genuine and left a lasting impression.Plus, she offered such a unique perspective on fear and we absolutely loved her entrance in the room!" –Cecelia Choi, Channel Marketing & Programs

 

MARCH 18TH, 2016 / NEW YORK, NY

"It was inspiring to see Michelle's talk at Google NYC about her 100 Days Without Fear challenge. She made it relevant to our daily lives; the audience left feeling empowered to face their own fears. Her talent shines! Her energy and enthusiasm are undeniable, and her visual designs were absolutely flawless. People were thrilled not only by having Michelle at Google, but also for introducing her project into their lives. We look forward to having Michelle join us at many more events.” –Sofia Altuna, Agency Partner


Facebook

NOVEMBER 9TH, 2016 / NEW YORK, NY

"Michelle delivered an exceptional keynote on her relationship with fear, growth, and ultimately herself. She is a true inspiration of seizing the day to live a full and compelling life that you can be proud of. We also needed to hear her story of a successful turnaround and DIY improvement to stay focused on the unification and progress of our community. The audience loved her content and her energy was a breath of fresh air. Big thanks for sharing your engaging and activating narrative." –Arielle Gross and Melissa Oppenheim, Women@FBNY Leaders


World Domination Summit

August 22nd, 2016 / PORTLAND, OR

"We asked Michelle to speak from the main stage at WDS 2016, and our whole community loved her. As an organizer, I greatly appreciated her attention to detail in taking the time to understand the audience well in advance. I watched her talk from backstage and was impressed with both the authenticity as well as the energy she brought to the whole theater. If you get the chance to welcome her to your stage, don't hesitate!" –Chris Guillebeau, WDS Founder


Creative Mornings

DECEMBER 18TH, 2015 / NEW YORK, NY

"Michelle Poler spoke at our CreativeMornings event in December and we were quite lucky to have her. A natural presenter with great enthusiasm, Michelle shared the story behind her 100 Days Without Fear project and had our audience laughing, clapping and nodding their heads along with her. She successfully mastered the balance of humility and confidence and presented in a truly entertaining way." –Lisa Cifuentes, Community Manager at CM


SCAD - Savannah College of Art & Design

june 4TH, 2016 / savannah, ga

“SCAD was delighted to invite Michelle to address the SCAD Savannah Class of 2016 at the university’s commencement ceremony. She is a charismatic and high energy speaker with a gift for establishing instant rapport with audiences. Her curiosity, intellect, and optimism are sure to inspire her listeners to expand their horizons, visualize their goals, and find happiness – exactly as she has done.” – Paula Wallace, SCAD President and Founder


Castilleja School

AUGUST 25TH, 2016 / PALO ALTO, CA

"Michelle Poler's unique blend of humor, inspiration, and vulnerability are a winning combination. She is beautifully human and relatable, as well as intentional--thoughtfully tailoring each talk to her audience, which allows her to connect her story in incredibly meaningful ways with those in the room. With beautiful slides, compelling videos, and artful storytelling, Michelle's presentation captivates from start to finish. Most importantly, you will leave feeling challenged and empowered to live more courageously. Since her visit, it has been wonderful to see and hear our faculty, students, and alumnae engage in powerful reflections about how they navigate and challenge their own fears. She has left a lasting impression on our community!" –Rachel Evers and Julia Odelowo


P&G

September 8th, 2016

"Michelle is an outstanding presenter. I'm extremely grateful we decided to bring her to our annual event. The audience loved her energy and authenticity. Her session scored a 4.8 (out of 5)! They could easily relate to her message in many levels and implement her advice and tools into their day to day. I would love to bring her to more of our events." –Paula Villasenor, Communications Manager


Bayer

MAY 25TH, 2016 / WHIPPANY, NJ

"Michelle’s presentation at Bayer provided insight to transform employees’ mindset and perspective of their fears, from not even considering taking action to thinking “what’s the best that can happen”. Attendees also understood and learned the power in sharing their own experiences facing fears to encourage people around them to go after their own.  Members of the WLI Workplace, Culture and Events team noted attendees continue to share their fear and new motivation to face it." –Melissa Mudge & La-Tonya Lawrence, Women's Leader Initiative

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Facing your fears is scary, but
living in fear is terrifying.

about

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela to a family of holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. It was what kept her safe and comfortable. But when she moved to New York to pursue a Masters in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Michelle quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful.

In efforts to re-write her definition of fear Michelle completed a project where she faced one fear a day for 100 days (100 Days Without Fear). She filmed herself on each challenge and posted them daily to her YouTube channel. She faced all kinds of fears, from holding a tarantula and skydiving to posing nude for a drawing class and helping people in need. At around day 40, the project was discovered by the media and it became an instant viral phenomenon. Celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Zoey Deschanel, Sofia Vergara and Lil Wayne were sharing her story. In a matter of days Michelle had over 4.5 million views in her YouTube channel. The vulnerability in exposing herself to the world created an emotional connection with her followers that turned into a community of thousands of people changing their approach to life.

Facing her fears took Michelle to TEDx’s stage where she completed her 100th challenge and received her fist standing ovation. Facing her fears helped her turn a personal project into a global movement. Facing her fears allowed her to quit her job as an Art Director in advertising to go after her dreams.

After witnessing the power in sharing her story, Michelle discovered that inspiring others to go after their fears was her new calling. She is now touring the world speaking at companies, universities and organizations teaching audiences how to tap into their full potential in both their personal lives and their careers.

If its not at an airport, you can also find Michelle on YouTube where she posts weekly content about dealing with fear in different relevant topics.

Michelle has been featured in these publications, click here to read the articles or listen to podcast interviews

Michelle has been featured in these publications, click here to read the articles or listen to podcast interviews

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Michelle is available to speak in the United States and internationally as well (English and Spanish). To check her availability please fill out this form and we will get back to you very soon. Or if you don't like forms, email adam@hellofears.com

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