Motivational Speaking

Speaking Services

My goal as a speaker is to equip and inspire your audience with strategic, psychologically-sound, actionable steps in mother-daughter, parenting, and interpersonal relationships.

As a professional speaker, clinical psychologist, and mother of twin adult daughters, I understand the important role that speakers play in the success of an event.

I’ve presented in private functions for clients, and delivered keynote speeches at industry events such as the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) Cultural Conference, Knowing God Ministries Women’s Luncheon, Team Hill Foundation Holiday (Basketball) Tournament Classic, Middlesex County Association of Psychologists Luncheon, DECA & Key Club Global Entrepreneurial Week, and Rutgers University-Camden’s Body Awareness Week.
“Dr. Deering's presentation is very informative and mind-opening.”
Anna Sullivan | Mom | 9-13-2019
“I learned so much about mother-daughter relationships.”
Barbara Munden | Mom | 9-13-2019
“Fantastic speaker who uses her life as teachable and ever-evolving.
Very approachable.”

Jennifer Bailey | Mom |  9-13-2019
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Topics I Speak On

My most requested keynote is on the topic of mother-daughter relationships titled Girl, Why You Are Not Your Momma. This new talk stems from my published book, What Moms Never Tell Their Daughters: 5 Keys To Building Trust, Restoring Connection, & Strengthening Relationships (AAE Press, 2018).

I also speak on other parenting-related topics and can customize a presentation for your audience as well.

Most Popular Talk Titles

• Motherhood Is A C.H.O.I.C.E.
• What Mothers Never Tell...
• From Lemmings To Leaders

My Story: From Paradise to Devastating Defeat

On July 6, 2015, my family and I moved to the apex of living -- Apex, NC.

Coming off a high from running and completing my first Reebok Spartan Sprint Race, things were on track for helping my family through the life transitions they were facing.

My husband had crossed the finish line of a season of long-distance business travel. Our twin daughters were on the starting blocks for high school. I was …

…on my mark!

Everything was lined up for starting the next phase of my career as a nationally board certified sport psychologist.


Then, at 4:30 A.M. one quiet morning, the incessant meows of my elderly feline fur-baby startled me out of my resting state. While accommodating her “request” to be carried downstairs to be fed in the kitchen, my feet slipped on the steps.


My cat survived. But my right hip took the brunt of the fall. I could not play sports...or be actively involved with my daughters' activities.

This affected my beliefs about my usefulness as a mom.

You see, my identity was wrapped up in being the strong one— Super Mom. My role as “the mom” was to race around and keep the batons of my family member’s lives—especially my daughters’ lives—moving forward. 

Guilt’s Companion—Regret—Made Me Question My Patterns

As I convalesced in bed, the guilt became unbearable when I let regret seep in regarding every time I’d chosen to prioritize my daughters’ needs over my own.

Both guilt and regret rendered me tongue-tied and unable to genuinely express myself and my needs to anyone.

It dawned on me how these patterns and the resultant tension and silent treatments they elicited from my daughters were "similar" to the way my own mom and I had interacted when I was a tween/teen.

I realized that I did not want that kind of “dysfunction." I wanted a different -- a thriving --  relationship with my own daughters.

The Key To Thriving Is To "Pause To Consider"...

My six weeks of post-hip surgery convalescing forced me to pause to consider and face my real feelings, fears, and hopes regarding myself, my daughters, and my relationship with them.

As my mind raced through of my life, I saw how honest reflection and courageous ownership could provide strategic direction for radical change in our mother-daughter relationship.

What Mothers Never Tell Their Daughters.

I realized that there were things that my mother was never able to tell me because she did not know when or how to pause to consider her life.

I assessed and pondered what I had not been able to tell my daughters. I combined those insights with my 20+ years of working with mothers and daughters into a framework of principles that I now share in my presentations.

My passion is to empower moms through my empathic, down-to-earth, and inspiring message.

That message is one of hope that as mothers and daughters connect intentionally they can improve relationally in the race of their lives.

Change is possible.

Healthy mother-daughter relationships are possible.
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“Dr. Michelle Deering is …an effective the...area (of) strengthening relationships between parents and their children.
I have had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Deering speak....and have always ...found incredible value in her message.
I highly recommend her as an insightful and engaging speaker.”

Kenneth Penkowski | Brother of a Sister-Mom | Senior Partner, Eletrope | 2018

Sample Video Clips

Girl, Why You Are Not Your Momma!

Video clip from KGM Women's Luncheon Keynote (Cary, NC). [Video: Coming Soon ! ]

Do You Know What Mothers Never Tell Their Daughters?
A 90-second video of me speaking to moms (& dads) at Barnes & Noble (Columbus, OH) book-signing event.
Unlocking Entrepreneurial Potential_Dr. Michelle Deering
Part of my keynote address ("Lemmings To Leaders™") to DECA students at Apex Friendship High School.
How To Keep Your Daughter’s Dreams Alive
A 90-second video from my YouTube channel's Mothering Motivation Monday™ series.
Keynote addresses
Motivational presentations
Workshops and training services
These services are perfect for schools, student & business groups, professional & community organizations. Services are also available for seasonal meetings and yearly conferences.