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Michelle Elman

Michelle Elman is a five-board accredited life coach, author, broadcaster and public speaker. Having undergone 15 surgeries before the age of 19, Michelle is well qualified to deliver talks on overcoming adversity. From her own experience of having surgery scars, she is passionate about helping people with their body image and personal development from her knowledge as a life coach.


About Michelle Elman

Michelle Elman has created successful campaigns that have captured the attention of the masses. Her most notable campaign was called Scarred Not Scared, which came into fruition after she decided there was little representation for people who had scars. After having many surgeries herself, Michelle felt that she should share her experiences to make people feel that they were not alone. Now a prolific speaker, Michelle delivers talks on topics ranging from Body Positivity to Mental Health and Imposter Syndrome.


Michelle Elman is a prevalent user of social media, where she shares her thoughts, feelings and experiences with a staggering over 300,000 followers across her social media channels, where she has worked with brands such as Dove, Johnson & Johnson, Paramount, BooHoo, Marina Rinaldi, Simply Be, Katy Perry Fragrances and Always.

Michelle began her career as a five-board accredited life coach in 2014. She has used her qualifications as a Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, Master NLP Coach, Time Line Therapy™ Master Practitioner and Master Hypnotherapist, alongside her degree in Psychology and her training in Provocative Therapy to expand her empire.

Described as a passionate and vocal individual, Michelle’s insightful opinions have landed her many appearances on TV and Radio worldwide. Michelle has been on Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, BBC Radio London and Loose Women sharing her expert opinions. Most recently, she coached Emily Atack on her series “Adulting” on W channel around her insecurities, as well as appearing on Geordie OGs discussing online bullying and the impact it has on mental health.

Not only does Michelle hold a reputation as a TV and Radio personality, but she has also earned a reputation as a prolific speaker with an impressive roster of events at which she has spoken. She has spoken at Summer In The City, Women’s Health Live, Leeds Yoga & Wellness Festival and Stylist Live. She has also spoken for many well-established brands such as The Body Shop, Lush, Tresemme, Kia, Sony Music, Teenage Cancer Trust and Hearst. She has also gone into schools like Lady Eleanor Holles and St Francis Herts to speak to girls on topics including boundaries and female empowerment.

As well as publishing her first book Am I Ugly in 2018, Michelle has written for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Huffington Post, Women’s Health, SELF as well as writing pieces for brands like LUSH. For Mental Health Awareness Week, she conducted a series with Stylist called “Body Politics” where she interviewed high profile women on their relationship with their bodies and mental health. She has been included as a contributor in six best-selling books: Hannah Witton’s Doing It, Megan Crabbe’s Body Positive Power, Poorna Bell’s Stronger, Laura Thomas’ Just Eat It and Liam Hackett’s Fear Less and Scarlett Curtis’ “It’s Not OK to Feel Blue and Other Lies”.

In 2020, she was named as one of The Sun’s 50 most inspirational women in the UK and recognised as one of the top 100 creatives creating change. In 2021, she published her second book “The Joy Of Being Selfish” and received high praise from publications like Cosmopolitan who named it as one of the best books on mental health that everyone should read. Her new book “The Selfish Romantic” is due to be released in January 2023.

Speech Topics
  • Boundaries: Why We Need Them and How To Build Them
  • Have You Hated Yourself Enough Today?
  • Self-esteem and Social Media
  • Scarred Not Scared: My Story of Surgeries, Scars and Survival
  • The Secret to Beating Imposter Syndrome
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"Michelle gave us a really honest and emotional talk about her way of finding happiness and how to be perceived  as a successful person. It was one of the best motivational talk that I have ever heard in this kind of event. The audience was excited and I was really moved when Michelle told us about her illness and then the hard work to become a self-confident and positive-minded girl. If you ever have the chance to hear this story, don’t hesitate! Everyone can find happiness, Michelle will tell you how to do it, because she did it."

Ewa Galant, 2014

"On behalf of Millennium Point, I am writing to thank you for undertaking the Metaprogramme Elicitation for the Executive Team. The team have fed back and have asked me to let you know that they found it to be incredibly insightful and useful. It was good hearing about and talking through the dynamics around the questionnaire and it is something we will be able to build upon and be mindful of moving forward. It was well delivered and very productive for the team."

Vanessa Currie, Millennium Point, 2015

"Michelle is one of those genuinely lovely people that others are drawn to. I knew nothing of her story at that point just that I wanted to be friends with this woman with a stunning smile. Michelle then delivered her talk and I was deeply moved – her story is one of courage and confidence but also grace and genuine emotion. On many levels, she’s just your average woman and you feel like you can relate with on a personal level. But the more you get to know, her, the more you’ll realise she’s anything but average! She’s a fantastic speaker with a moving story to tell so if you get the chance to hear her or work with her, don’t miss out!"

Lauren Lovett, 2016

"After following Michelle’s story and listening to her wise words for some time I asked if she would speak at a body positive event called Chachi Live which I was arranging in Edinburgh in May 2017. I am so pleased I did because her talk was excellent. She shared relatable, interesting content in an extremely friendly, yet professional manner. She engaged the audience and I’m not shy to say that I think she changed perspectives and potentially life trajectories of some people in attendance. I can’t wait to work with her again."

Danni Gordon, Chachi Power Project, 2017

"Michelle was invited to come speak on our panel about Instagram and the Self Love Revolution at one of our Health Blogger Community events. Michelle is a wonderful speaker! She is an incredibly knowledgeable woman with a great story. She brought a great energy to our self-love panel and really added value to the topic that was being discussed."

Fab Giovanetti, Health Blogger Community, 2018

"Michelle was invited to speak about Battling Body Image and Surviving with Scars at our Find Your Sense of Tumour Weekend for young people who have or had cancer .  Body Image is an important issue for our young people and Michelle provided some fantastic guidance and insights and really resonated with the audience.  We are hoping she will come again!"

Katie Rawlins, Teenage Cancer Trust, 2018

"Listening to Michelle engage in a conversation on “Adversity & Perseverance”, was thought-provoking and impressive. She took a potentially dry topic and spiced it up through her experiences. Her candid articulate style made the discussion relatable and interesting. This is also true of Michelle’s approach in her remarkable book “Am I Ugly?” where she takes the reader through her life’s journey. She imparts the same energy in her talks and her book, emerging triumphant and leaving the audience inspired."

Rohit Kapoor, Goldman Sachs, 2020

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