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Become a part of the premiere voice-based membership community

dedicated to demolishing the traps of the starving artist mentality one fabulous human at a time.

(Without being an asshat)

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The premiere voice-based membership community

Dedicated to demolishing the traps of the starving artist mentality one fabulous human at a time.

(Without being an asshat)

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Bootleggers and Moonshiners,

come on in.

The SpeakEasy Cooperative is a brave space where you gain business creation and management skills, confidence in speaking your truth, and grow your revenue to meet your financial needs.

You’ll do this alongside a league of voice teachers and voice business owners who motivate you to ask questions and express opinions – without having to defend your expertise, skills, or techniques – so you can generate offers that meet the felt needs of those who use their voices in the world.

SECO members are BeastyBosses™, just like you.

You love Choosing Your Own Adventure you are ready to roll up your sleeves, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no voice peep has gone before.

You’ll learn how to learn, reducing “shiny object syndrome” and increasing efficient decision making around things like pricing, business model, and marketing strategy.

You’re nerve-cited to finally be around a bunch of down-to-earth-no-pretense-ready-to-grow people who can’t wait to normalize success and celebration and share the joy of their own #sassafras.

You’ll be able to sell your offers more effectively and speak with more accuracy around how you help your potential clients.

You see yourself as a business owner and are working toward uncoupling your identity from your work.

You want to show self loyalty in approaching your schedule, your policies, and your pricing, leaving you with a higher level of peace with your clientele.

You believe that hard, honest, calling in conversations with courage create change in our studios, the voice field, the micro-business community, and the world.

You seek to embrace difficult conversations so that relationships are restored quickly and everyone can all get back to the good, hard work.

You enjoy GIF’s. Like, a lot.

You’re relentlessly pursuing reigniting that passion for fun; you want to laugh and play again, and model what it means to take your goals seriously while not taking yourself too seriously.

Does a BeastyBoss sound like you? Or someone you strive to be?

We thought so.

Pull up a stool.


Join
The SpeakEasy Cooperative for $69/mo plus $100 one-time sign up

Testimonials

The fantastic things our members have to say about us will simply knock your socks right off your feet.

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Georgia Gray

Georgia Gray Voice Studio

Being in SECO is entering the room confused, stuck, frustrated and lost, and leaving the room with clarity, vision, support and drive.

My business has been forever changed by becoming a member.

The international network of like-minded independent teachers is fantastic, the resources for growing your business are phenomenal, and most of all, every interaction feels like a hug from your best friend – except your best friend 100% gets your business.

A recent Group Coach with Michelle left me inspired to be myself and trust my instincts on a tricky decision, with the support to dream huge. What are you waiting for?

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Dr. Heather Nelson

Vocologist

I’m investing further this year and going deeper because:

SECO members have a tendency to know just how to push/nudge/cajole me into taking steps I am not sure I’m ready for. I tend to try to build the foundation, and the walls, and the ceiling, and furnish the entire damn house before I feel ready enough to move into a new space. I’m learning to leap before I’m ready, and trust that I can build as I come in for a landing.

SECO celebrates and encourages the unique niche that each professional holds. There’s more than enough space for everyone.

I want to change my business, and along the way I’ll change my life.

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Joslin Romphf Dennis

JRD Voice Studio

My voice biz has changed so profoundly since I joined SECO in 2019, I almost don’t recognize myself! Like many teachers, I had a pretty decent, evolving handle on my pedagogical tools, and I was sure trying like heck to up-level my business, but beyond super intense studio policies, I was stuck.

Being exposed to such a diverse group of people, who are running all kinds of studio models in all corners of the globe is such an amazing thing – and it’s also lovely to be able to help others with my own skills that I never knew were of value to anyone else because I’m just…me.

I’m thrilled to be a member of this vibrant crop of mavens, and I truly cannot recommend the work Michelle does highly enough. What are you waiting for? Come play with us!

What's Included In Your Membership

The SpeakEasy Cooperative was built so that micro-business owners from every price point and market could invest a very small percentage of monthly revenue back into their own business, education, and co-working space.

Up to five continuing education opportunities a month

Access to Member's Only IN PERSON Retreats and Masterminds

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Open Studios & Collaborative Lessons

Book Clubs and CoWorking hours

Knowledge Drops & Truth Bombs from the Team

Access to Exclusive high-touch programs

Member's directory

Email and Policy templates

Sales and Marketing tools

Curated Community

But wait! There’s more!

Your investment of $69 per month includes:

TUESDAY TRAININGS (TT’s), VIRTUAL CHAMPAGNE BRUNCHES (VCB’s), Live Group Coaching (GC’s)

The second Tuesday of the month we dig deep into the nitty-gritty of running a business. These targeted training sessions include a robust Q&A, so you have an opportunity to ask all the questions you need as you hone your skills. (YEP! It’s real time business coaching that’s included in your membership!)

VCB’s are our community led continuing education. Learn from (and teach!) your fellow SpeakEasy Cooperative Bootleggers on their areas of interest and expertise.

Live Group Coaching is scheduled several times throughout the year. This is an opportunity to get 1:1 coaching from Michelle and other members of the team for an extremely low additional fee.

There are over 30 opportunities a year to meet in real time over Zoom so that you can be connected to real people in real time – increasing community and decreasing lone wolf syndrome.

Past TT and VCB Topics include:

    1. How to Price Your Ofers
    2. Policy Creation
    3. Planning and Time Management
    4. Marketing for the Online World
    5. Canva for the Clueless
    6. Triple Turns to Triple Threads
    7. Alignment vs. Posture in the Singer

    THE SPEAKEASY MEMBERS LIBRARY DASHBOARD

    Our member’s library includes over 100 hours of training videos on business, marketing, pedagogy, and __?. We record all Tuesday Trainings and VCB’s. They are housed in a member’s only self-guided library so that you can learn about what you need to learn about and implement changes to your business according to your timeline.

    You can use the robust search feature to self-curate your learning experience, or simply scroll through the library to choose your own adventure.

    Additionally, on the Members Dashboard, you can book 1:1 coaching sessions with the team for a reduced fee from our outside of SECO rates, browse upcoming events and add events to your own calendar, manage your billing and profile, access other SECO programs, and more!

    We custom create and curate this resource daily so that it meets the needs of our membership. We believe in bespoke platforms that allow for a more powerful member experience, rather than third-party platforms that leave memberships at the mercy of outside developers.

    DAILY HANGOUTS IN THE ACTUAL SPEAKEASY COOPERATIVE (SLACK WORKSPACE* and Private FB Group)

    SECO is always open! This is where we dig deep and get to work.

    Our very own Slack workspace* allow us to have ongoing asynchronistic conversation. You can ask questions by topic, post article PDFs, join the book club, attend open studios, and share your own videos.

    This paid interface allows for curation of topics, conversations, and resources that few platforms can. YOU WILL LURV IT. *Do you have no idea what Slack is? Don’t worry, we’ll teach you!”

    The Facebook Group Lobby is for saying hello and how-do-you-do and all that jazz. Um, yes, pun totally intended. Not open to the public.

    Bring your GIF’s.

    REGULAR KNOWLEDGE DROPS + TRUTH BOMBS FROM YOUR BEASTYBOSS TEAM

    We aren’t like other groups, where the leaders and facilitators hardly show up.

    We get all up in your business (literally!) with our combined 80+ years of experience as teachers, managers, coaches, and mentors. We curate relevant, up-to-date, vetted content about running your voice business, big or small – and we regularly drop that wisdom into the group.

    Whether you are asking about pricing, business models and fee structures, or how to answer that one tricky email, we show up regularly Monday through Friday, so that you can get the information you need to do what you need to do for your life and business with grace and grit.

    OUR FAVORITE PERK

    A society of folks with buy-in, ready to invest in growing each other, and offer their expertise.

    Honest advice, no judgment, all love.

    People who choose to learn to believe the best in you, support your goals, share your big hairy situations, and have been around block enough times to tell you that you’ve got what it takes when this ish gets hard.

    Being an entrepreneur is lonely. Being an indy voice person is lonely. Put that together and it’s a lot of lonely. The research behind what happens when groups come together for a common goal and mission is clearer than Pepsi circa 1992.

    A plethora of programs and opportunities exclusively for members to take advantage of… or not!

    Members are invited to an even higher level of accountability, business development, and support. Here are just a few of the small group intensives SECO members use to really amp up their personal and business development. We can tell you all about these programs once you’re inside!

     

    • How to Run Your Biz Without Hating Your Boss Business Accelerator
    • MTS (Multi-Teacher Studio) TapRoom for Team Based Businesses
    • SECOLive Mastermind and Retreat Weekends
    • VIPRoom Weekly Intensive Mastermind (by invitation only)


    Join
    The SpeakEasy Cooperative for $69/mo plus $100 one-time sign up

    The SpeakEasy Cooperative is for you.

    Literally. I made it for you.

    You are:

    • Very good at what you do AND looking to learn what to say so that everyone else knows about how good you are, too!
    • Love people deeply AND want to write more clear guidelines around your business so that people pleasing and codependency take a backseat to hospitality.
    • Not new to having people pay you AND very new to having them pay you the right rate for the right offer at the right time so that you are a better teacher or coach or service provider.
    • Overwhelmed by all you have to do AND ready to determine what to let go of using wisdom and savvy so that your plans actually happen.
    • Making money AND ready to make MORE money so that your mission and core values can be made manifest in your corner of the sky.

    You’re a business owner who has some connection to the voice world – a voice teacher, an original artist, some other kind of teacher, you’re a bodyworker, a web designer for voice teachers, a Speech Language Pathologist or Speech and Language Therapist, an accountant with a whole lotta voice business clients. Shoot! Maybe you have a good friend who is a voice teacher, and you just wanna soak up the mojo!

    We are voice peeps. And no matter your connection to voice-peeping, you are welcome here.

    Testimonials

    The fantastic things our members have to say about us will simply knock your socks right off your feet.

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    M.J. Johnson

    M.J. Johnson Voice Studio

    Joining the Speakeasy Cooperative gave me the tools and the support that I needed to transform my studio! There is a wealth of information and guidance available in the group both for my voice studio as a business and for me as a teacher. I’m so grateful to have found this fantastic community!

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    Nicky McGrath

    The Singers’ Circle

    After less than a month of being part of The Speakeasy Cooperative and working with Michelle, I am feeling a sense of calm and connectedness. It’s been a game-changing decision for my business, and for me. I hadn’t realized just how much I missed having colleagues and BOOM – here they are. Lots of them. With so much collective wisdom.

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    Natalie Huggins

    Miss Natalie’s Piano & Vocal Studio/The Songwriter’s Process

    SECO has dramatically changed my life. I can’t even believe the life I am living. I have learned how to balance teaching, boundaries, self-care, and my own art from all the content and coaching you provide. I am forever grateful I joined and the benefits will last a lifetime.

    Got Questions? We have answers!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    How do I join?

    Easy! Enter your info and pay your first month and the sign up fee. This sets off our fancy process to get you onboarded so you can access all the resources.

    What happens after I join?

    You will get several emails – check for them in your spam/promo/junk folders if you don’t see them within an hour. These emails will ask you to change your password (do this!) and provide links to join the Slack Workspace and Private Facebook group. (Once you join the FB group, look out for something special ;))

    One of our Bootlegger Buddies will reach out to you so that you have a fellow member (in addition to the team!) to connect with to answer questions or point you in the direction of where to find answers you may need.

    Our Community Manager will reach out to you to have you schedule your complimentary “How do you SECO?” Session

    You will be firehosed with love and information – don’t worry! We’ll help you sort it all out!

    How much "should" members participate?

    We don’t believe in shoulds. There are no expectations about how often you engage or how you take advantage of the provided resources. We LOVE seeing members on Zoom and answering questions in the group — AND we equally love our lurkers and those who are learning behind the scenes.

    I need A LOT of support… will I get it here?

    Define “A LOT” 😃… The SpeakEasy Cooperative is a community that is mostly DIY, with group support and several opportunities for in real time person-to-person guidance.

    If you’re looking for a specific structure, regular coaching, and consistent feedback, then we encourage you to join the How to Run Accelerator or book 1:1 coaching sessions with a team member.

    I’m not very tech-savvy, is SECO still right for me?

    Maybe, maybe not. Are you willing to learn? Dig around and spend time learning new systems and tools? Then yes, we are here to facilitate that learning as much as we can!

    However – if you are a self-proclaimed “Luddite” and have no interest in learning new tech, SECO will be difficult for you to participate in. Basic tech skills are required; a penchant for troubleshooting is even better.

    How can I find out more about your core values?

    If you are curious to know more about our company values, we invite you to visit the “Our Core Values” page.

    Do I have to join Facebook / Slack?

    No. There is PLENTY to sift through just on the member’s dashboard and library training areas. Still, we highly encourage you to join Slack and/or FB because the resource of conversation is invaluable.

    Having a place to discuss (or watch others discuss!) what you are learning and working out is essential for spiral learning and learning growth cycles.

    Do I need to be an independent voice teacher?

    NOPE! Our throughline is that we are connected to voice in some way or another – so active performers, singer/songwriters, creativity coaches, bodyworkers, therapists, SLP’s, web designers, accountants, social media managers, piano/djembe/violin/flute/didgeridoo teachers, people with a voice teacher friend… are all a part of SECO. If you’ve been connected to the voice world at some point in your life, you are welcome here.

    Many of our resources are focused on voice teaching and multi-teacher studios. However, we take great pride in the fact that our work can be applied to most service-based businesses. We serve both brick and mortar AND online businesses. Yes, there is a difference.

    And if you’re in academia and worried you won’t fit in? FIE, I SAY! We want you here, 1000000%!!! What you’ll learn here is translatable to yourself, your students, and your institution. We have many members who are full-time academics, adjuncts, and in administration. It’s a vibe.

    I run a Multi Teacher Studio, can my teachers (employees) join? (group rate?)

    Yes! Please contact Michelle to discuss any bespoke plans for your entire team.

    Is there a long-term commitment?

    Not unless you want there to be one! The SpeakEasy Cooperative bills month to month. Come when you can, leave when you must! You can cancel your membership at any time.

    What is your refund policy?

    The SpeakEasy Cooperative monthly membership doesn’t offer refunds – if you cancel, you won’t be refunded, but you will have full access to all resources until the end of your monthly billing cycle.

    Who’s in charge of this gin joint? Me.

    I’m Michelle Markwart Deveaux.

    I’m a CEO, public speaker, teacher, frequent podcast guest, workshop leader, author, singer, spouse of a REAL HANDSOME DUDE and mom of two FANTASTICALLY EXASPERATING kiddos.

    When I’m not making big decisions, overseeing programs, supporting the team, and figuring out all the ways we can implement The SpeakEasy Cooperative’s mission and vision, I run SECO’s parent company, FaithCultureKiss Studios for Voice & Acting, LLC.

    I started The SpeakEasy Cooperative because I firmly, adamantly, and passionately believe:

    A rising tide lifts all ships

    I changed my entire business model to be in alignment with that statement, because it’s a core value.

     

    Michelle Markwart Deveaux posing at SECO Live 2022

    Meet the Team

    SECO Team SECO Live 2022


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    The SpeakEasy Cooperative for $69/mo plus $100 one-time sign up

    See you inside…

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    Miki Rebeck

    Miki Rebeck Voice Studio

    SECO is such a nurturing, stimulating atmosphere. I had never thought of work as something I could enjoy, but in SECO everyone loves their work, and now I do too!

    Still not convinced? Take the quiz.

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