KNOTEWORTHY: Michelle Mercier, Create Honesty


Michelle Mercier is an international best-selling author, engaging speaker, passionate coach, and experienced business consultant.  Her mission is to help individuals and organizations develop a vision and successfully execute the steps necessary to make that vision a reality. 

Michelle has 15+ years of corporate and professional experience.  She has worked with a wide range of different businesses – from nationally acclaimed nonprofits to Fortune 500 corporations.  This wide range of experience has enabled her to become an expert in leadership, change management, scalability, marketing, and technology.  She also possesses an expertise in training and professional development. 

In addition to her coaching/consulting practice, Michelle is the CEO/Founder of Create Honesty, as well as the Managing Director of the Worcester Area Chapter of Polka Dot Powerhouse.

We talked to Michelle about her favorite productivity tips and more…

Can you share with us any information about your business that you would want other entrepreneurs to know?

My mantra for working with clients is “organize, strategize, and monetize.”  Each of those categories can be applied to your business and there should always be a synergy between them.  Whether it’s streamlining your client on-boarding process, setting strategic goals, or pricing your services or products appropriately - they are all equally important to one another and the success of your business.

What's your top productivity secret?

Maintaining a set of habits that set me up for success.  My favorite habit is to “bookend” my day.  The day begins with exercise, meditation and education.  I end my day with a gratitude practice and reading for pleasure.  I may only be able to dedicate 5 minutes to each of these bookends but there’s something very grounding in having them in place.

 How do you achieve work-life balance as a business owner?

I don’t.  I had been trying for years to “balance” everything but it always felt like I failing.  I had to work hard to shift my thinking to work-life integration instead of balance.  I look holistically at my world whether it's parenting, entrepreneurship, self-care, etc.  Some days the lines get blurred between all my aspects and that’s OK.  I’ve also learned to allow myself the grace and space to be imperfect!