Nicolle Merrill

Keynote Speaker Nicolle Merrill

I grew up in a family of magicians, so I was destined to love audiences. I might be the only person you meet that absolutely loves public speaking. Whether I’m teaching international executives how to network with social media or helping college students learn how to negotiate, I deliver new ways of thinking about careers and inspire audiences to take action. All talks are fast-paced and interactive.

Current Speaking Topics for 2016/17

Choose Your Own Career Adventure


Keynote talk

Careers aren’t linear but neither are the best adventures. This talk weaves together travel stories, career mishaps, career coaching tips, and lessons learned from my personal experience of job hopping and international travel, into a fun narrative that leaves audiences ready to tackle their job search or plan their next career move. This talk is ideal for college undergraduates, study abroad alumni, or international students.


Make the Ask


Keynote talk

A fast paced talk get your audience motivated to negotiate. This talk combines insights from years of coaching with anecdotes from professionals who overcame their biggest “ask,” to move your audience towards action. Whether your audience is college graduates needing to learn how to negotiate for their first time or freelance professionals learning to set prices, ask for a raise, or sell their services, this talk is designed to build confidence and help people make the business case for their next professional “ask.”


Networking without Pants


Interactive Workshop

Networking, reframed. This workshop is a twist on traditional networking perspectives. I teach participants how to create quality, engaging conversations at events. Participants practice their skills before leaving the session, ensuring they’ll meet new people and gain the confidence to start conversations with anyone. This workshop is a perfect kick off for the start of a conference or event.


Custom content is available on request. Topics related to global careers, networking, thought leadership and social media, can be combined for custom workshops or keynote talks. Contact for pricing details.



Recent Customized Speaking Engagements:

Networking without Pants, Women in Travel Summit

  • Audience: Travel bloggers and business partners
  • Locations: Irvine, CA (2016), Boston, MA (2015)

Beyond Likes: Social Media for Your Career

  • Audience: Healthcare executives
  • Location: New Haven, CT

Beyond the Webinar, Virtual Career Workshops, MBACSEA

  • Audience: Career Services professionals and vendors
  • Locations: Dublin, Ireland (2016), Atlanta, GA (2016)

The US Job Search for Executives

  • Audience: Global executives from the Global Network of Advanced Management
  • Location: New Haven, CT (2016)

LinkedIn for a Lifetime

  • Audience: Yale school of Management Alumni
  • Location: New Haven, CT



Contact Nicolle