I’m Monique Russell, an executive coach, leadership guru, and communication expert. Well, that’s what many people say about me.

I come from a long line of educators in my family, and thought that one thing I was NEVER going to be was an educator. So it’s funny how I’ve actually been one all along, but never really realized it.

All I wanted to do was to be on TV. I started acting, public speaking, and hosting events at a very young age and was often called on to read in church, or serve as the mistress of ceremonies. I loved it. I loved every bit of it. I continued public speaking throughout my school years, and was very active in leadership roles in many school clubs and community groups.

Keeping in line with my desire to be on the big stage, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, then quickly realized the moolah just wasn’t enough. I went back for two Masters of Science, one in Public Relations and the other in Advertising.

Well, life didn’t work out the way I planned.

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be the “star of the show”. I wanted to present, facilitate, please my parents, friends, family and everyone else. Then, I got older. I faced one too many rejections. Life happened.

And one day, I realized I had lost my confidence.

I almost couldn’t recognize myself. I became fearful and doubtful even in my natural abilities.

Through a process of self-awareness, introspection, empowerment outlets, coaching and a support system, I slowly gained my confidence back. And I am determined not to go down that path again.

When I decided to impress and love myself first, the zone of genius began to unleash. I am an excellent communication consultant and coach, that’s why I’m ready to guide you with my gift so you too can be a confident and clear communicator.

Some extras about me:

  • I am a trained DiSC Facilitator and Certified Life Coach.
  • I am a Bagerican (Bahamian, Nigerian, American)
  • I’ve served as a Public Speaking Subject Matter Expert (SME) at the collegiate level.
  • I love to read and travel.
  • I designed a public speaking curriculum for Southern New Hampshire University.
  • I am a pescatarian who loves sushi.
  • Connecting virtually all around the globe, I have taught more than 2,000 adults.
  • I have also served as a communications expert for government agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and Fortune 100 corporations.

When I taught as an adjunct professor, I specialized in interpersonal and intrapersonal communications and public speaking, having accrued more than seven years of professional experience.

Civic-minded and highly involved in my community, I volunteered as a board advisor for nonprofit groups and co-founded a youth TEDx after-school club, which is broadcast globally on TED.com. I’ve been an internationally-known broadcast journalist and a card-carrying member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists.

I was supported early in my life by my mother, who made personal sacrifices so that I could get an education, develop my skills and follow my dreams. I am married with two beautiful boys, ages 17 and 11, and my family means the world to me.

Cultivating a positive mindset, I’m always looking to offer value to the people around me and to be a source for good in the world.

There are hundreds of coaches who can help you uncover goals, identify your strengths, and provide you with a level of accountability (which I gladly do). There are public speaking coaches, coaches who offer you assessments, and coaches who truly are a one-stop shop offering you a suite of delectable choices.

When we work together, you will receive specialized guidance on interpersonal and intrapersonal communications wrapped in effective leadership and public speaking strategies.

Why You Should Work With Me

That’s right.

You’ll grow in self-awareness, identify your strengths, manage your energy and communicate with clarity and confidence.

You’ll be infused with leadership and public speaking strategies.

You’ll be able to delegate more effectively, and easily recognize your employees’ personalities so you can communicate in their language. You’ll be able to help your team perform better as a result of improved performance and better communications.

You’ll improve your bottom line, but most of all, you’ll improve your biggest asset—YOU.

My branded 12-step performance model was developed from my years of experience as a communicator, facilitator, instructional designer, marketer, advertiser, but most importantly, a leader. I have a vast array of trusted communications skills and strategies in my toolbox that I can’t wait to pour into you.

We’ll start off using assessments, because I like to know where you are to have a better aim for where we’re headed. Right off the bat, you will own your strengths and re-claim your energy.

Then, we’ll dive deep into the intense focus of the program each week.

Learning without action would be futile, and that’s why I’ll support you along the way with taking steps to implement what we learn. This will increase your execution and the effectiveness of the skills we develop. How many trainings or coaching sessions have you attended where you couldn’t or didn’t apply the skills immediately? Or worse, forgot?

This does take time, and I know you can do it.

I’ll be right here with you each step of the way, motivating and encouraging you to be an effective, clear and CONFIDENT communicator.

I treat everyone with the respect they deserve, and you can ALWAYS ask me questions.

Media Bio

Monique Russell believes leadership is a lifestyle. Leadership is who we are and our development. As a communications consultant and coach, she puts this into action by bringing charismatic leadership and communications content and strategies to individuals, organizations, and communities. With a positive and compassionate approach, leaders are empowered to build confidence, communicate in a way that makes them shine, and use clear communication within their teams.

Monique’s communications experience ranges from serving as a communications consultant to more than seven institutions of higher education in areas of diversity, cultural sensitivity, public speaking, and inter-/intra-personal communications. A compassionate leader and teacher, Monique uses inclusive insights to empower others to be the best version of themselves. She has taught more than 2,000 adults globally and has served as a communications expert for government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and other Fortune 100 companies. She is the founder and managing partner of Clear Communication Solutions LLC, a communications consulting and coaching firm.

An impactful and dynamic speaker, Ms. Russell has been a Leadership and Communications facilitator to local chambers of commerce, national associations, school groups, and faith-based organizations. She has appeared on Business Radio, and several other local radio shows and has been quoted in national publications such as the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) magazine. Using each platform to empower active and clear communication, Russell seeks to be a source of good in the world. Civic-minded and involved in her community, she has volunteered as a board advisor for non-profit groups, served as a Junior Achievement facilitator, and Operation Lifesaver presenter. In 2012, Monique co-founded a thriving youth TEDx after school club which is broadcast globally on TED.com and has sponsored international campaigns in anti-bullying awareness and community empowerment in the Caribbean. She is the host sponsor and presenter of Leadercast Alpharetta, a Forbes’ recommended leadership conference.

Ms. Russell earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and two Masters of Science, one in Public Relations and one in Advertising. She is trained as a DiSC Facilitator, Certified Life Coach, and a Public Speaking Subject Matter Expert (SME). She is married with 2 boys and loves to eat sushi.

You can connect with Monique on Facebook at ClearCommunicationCoach and LinkedIn at MoniqueRussell.