ADVANCE works with a wide range of clients and offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual. With an engaging presence, I help clients attain the professional and personal growth they’re striving for. I offer sessions both in-person and on the phone. We will start with an initial assessment to clearly define short and long-term goals for everything from communication skills to personal leadership. These goals will work as a foundation for creating a strategy to attain these objectives. As a Coach and Consultant, I specialize in the following areas:

Executive Coach

To grow an organization, you need to grow yourself. Executive Coaching is highly-focused leadership training that elevates your understanding and skills to achieve top performance. With over three decades of experience, John Maxwell has created extensive material that ADVANCE is licensed to implement in helping you advance your leadership.

Public Speaking Lessons

Work with ADVANCE to create your outline, connect with your audience, and stand out as a speaker and presenter. This 1-on-1 service will help you bring out the excellence within you.

Leadership / Keynote Speaker

The right speaker can say the right words and get the right result. That is my training through both education and 18 years of experience speaking to crowds of 10 to 10,000 people. As we work together, I can help provide your event with the excellence you desire and the big ideas that become takeaways, not throwaways.


“I started working with Mike to get ready to deliver a college keynote. He has been so helpful and professional. He’s helped me adjust my body language, pace, and cadence to speak as effectively as possible. The most valuable part of working with him has been his suggestions on developing, improving, and tweaking my speech content. I’ve come a long way and am so grateful for his expertise. Thank you Mike!”

– Rachel Richards

Author of “Money Honey: A Simple 7-Step Guide for Getting Your Financial $hit Together”

“Since I began working with Mike Acker as my coach, my productivity has increased significantly. The clarity I now have in approaching and successfully completing projects and presentations in public forums has made all the difference in my ability to accomplish my goals.

The strategies Mike shared with me have been simple to understand, easy to engage, yet profound in their impact. I’m immensely grateful for the growth he has helped me realize as a producer, writer, and director.”
– Prentice Dupins
Executive Producer, Writer

“Mike’s personable attitude makes coaching sessions with him enjoyable and impactful. He has a kind way of explaining how you can improve and where you can improve.

He provided a ‘template’ / strategy which I was able to utilize time and time again for speaking in public as well as tips for video conference calls which is incredibly useful in this digital age.
As my business continues to grow, I look forward to working with him in the future.”
– Alissa Constable

“Working with Mike over the past year has been eye-opening. I never anticipated how much the work we’ve done together would change my perspective on my professional and personal life.

Mike excels in figuring out the areas you need to work on and helping you figure out how to act. I’ve matured and learned from my mistakes in months with Mike that would have taken years on my own. I look forward to continuing to work with Mike to progress as a leader.”
– Mark Vather
Growth Marketing

“Mike is very knowledgeable about people management, team building, getting everyone on the same page, and moving in the same direction. He has a great ability to see problems from a different perspective, and is always very articulate in making the correct solution easily understood so it can be implemented.

He has become an integral part of my businesses’ growth, and I look forward to continue working with him.”
– Steve Bode
Serial Entrepreneur & Life Time Learner,

Initially looking for a public speaking coach, I was fortunate enough to have found Mike who has not only given me guidance and provided live feedback on public speaking but also in career advancement. He’s recommended some great literature to read on Communication and Leadership that I feel has made our sessions even more fruitful.

Angelina w.
Public Speaking Lessons

Feb 15, 2019


It was a pleasure to work with Mike. He helped me tremendously on improving my very first speech in front of a large audience. He was very responsive and not only he helped me with the speech materials, but also with improving my body language and gesture for this event. I highly recommend him if you are in needs with improving your public speaking skills.

Faranak R.
Public Speaking Lessons

Feb 08, 2019


Mike has been awesome to work with. He was able to provide applicable strategies and tactics that I could use right away. It worked! Before my sessions with Mike, I felt so nervous to present both in-person and via conference calls. Mike and I hosted mock conference calls, he provided feedback and we repeated the process. The feedback was constructive and gave me confidence. I would highly recommend him in the future.

Alissa K.
Aug 14, 2018


I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mike so far. He introduced me to various ideas and books that have been very helpful towards my success. I particularly appreciated that he took notes during our sessions, and you will not go wrong with choosing Mike as your coach.

Darren J.
Feb 12, 2019


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