Coaching with Smiley

Smiley is sometimes available to work 1-on-1 with clients.

Smiley’s advice has helped thousands of people all over the world.

Smiley has helped speakers book gigs, write TEDx talks, improve their keynotes, and increase their speaking fee; authors write their books, get book deals, and publish bestselling books; and young professionals get unstuck, re-invent their careers, and find meaningful work.

Smiley offers 1-on-1 coaching in three areas:

  • Grow Your Public Speaking Business

    Ask Smiley how to grow your speaking business, how to improve your public speaking skills, how to deliver a successful TEDx talk, how to improve your keynote presentation, how to prep for a big work presentation or pitch, how to book more corporate gigs, how to increase your speaking fee, how to get a speaking agent, how to work with speaking bureaus; get feedback on your talk, branding, website, or reel.

  • Write, Publish, and Market a Book

    Ask Smiley how to write your book, how to self-publish your book, how to get a literary agent, how to get a book deal with a major publisher, how to write a book proposal, how to do book marketing, how to build an author platform; get feedback on your manuscript, proposal, or marketing plan.

  • Find a New Job or Make a Career Change

    Ask Smiley how to quit an unfulfilling job, how to find a meaningful job, how to make a major career change, how to get unstuck, how to overcome a quarter-life (or mid-life) crisis, how to advance in your career, how to be a successful manager and leader in the workplace.

Coaching Details

Investment: $500 per 60-minute session (or $1200 for 3 sessions—save 20%).

Format: Smiley’s 1-on-1 coaching sessions are via phone call, or in-person for those in Oakland, California (travel not included).

Apply: Please fill out the Coaching Application to work with Smiley. All coaching is subject to availability.

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About Your Coach

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Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough (Penguin Random House) and The Breakthrough Speaker.

Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower millennial talent, and he has inspired thousands of professionals to be more engaged at work, through speaking at companies like Unilever, IDEO, Salesforce, Genentech, Deloitte, SAP, Pinterest, MailChimp, and TED. An internationally renowned motivational speaker, Smiley speaks about millennials, employee engagement, and intergenerational collaboration at Fortune 500 companies, business conferences, leadership trainings, and universities. His TEDx talk has been viewed over 1 million times, and he has done hundreds of speaking engagements, reaching over 50,000 people in 15 countries.

Smiley’s work has been featured in The New YorkerThe Washington PostUSA Today, Fast CompanyForbesInc.EntrepreneurCNN, and the World Economic Forum, among many others. He is on the faculty at Esalen Institute and General Assembly, a mentor for StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, and a camp counselor at Camp Grounded: Summer Camp for Adults.

In 2017, Smiley launched The Women Speaker Initiative, a community that aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and POC speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues. The group now has over 2,000 members.


Not only is Smiley a memorable, energizing, and engaging speaker on stage, but he teaches his step-by-step methodology for creating and advancing your speaking career. Run, don’t walk, to work with Smiley!

-Amber Rae, bestselling author of Choose Wonder Over Worry

I've been calling Smiley my Best Friendtor (friend + mentor) for years, as his guidance and support has been beyond invaluable to my speaking career. What sets Smiley apart is his combination of extensive experience and genuine caring—not only does he share excellent and concrete advice about how to level up as a speaker, but he also believes in people and will have your back. I can't recommend him more highly to anyone who wants to take their speaking career to the next level and beyond.

-Dr. Emily Anhalt, psychologist, speaker, founder

Smiley is known as a speaker, but truly he's a world class teacher. Whether on stage, in a classroom, or on a phone call overseas, I have been able to apply his lessons to become a 6-figure speaker myself. His energy, enthusiasm, and clarity of purpose is contagious. He's quirky, inclusive, and ambitious. A true pioneer of our time, I'm just glad he's finally launching this mastermind!

-Cam Adair, speaker and founder of Game Quitters

I can’t invest in this. Can I pick Smiley’s brain?

Over the past 5 years, I’ve spent hundreds of hours supporting my community and offering free advice and coaching to people I believe in and want to support. Nothing gives me more joy than helping others—I’m an Enneagram Type 2 (Helper/Giver). Yet, I’ve learned that if I don’t charge competitively for my time, it keeps me from creating new material, it keep me from doing my best work; and even worse, it makes me resentful of people I’m giving my time too. I’ve reached a point in my career where I can no longer offer my time for free. However, I’ve invested countless hours of time in some incredible free or almost-free resources that will help you build your speaking career, write a book, and find meaningful work (scroll down).