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Become the Visionary Entrepreneur
You Were Born to Be

I work with visionary business builders and emerging thought leaders
to create an exceptional business and life.

As an impact-driven entrepreneur, you’re likely wearing many hats.

You have lots of ideas that could grow your business and your income,
but you feel the pressure of being pulled in several different directions.

You know that offering your very best is
non-negotiable and you can’t afford to be
overwhelmed or unfocused.

The reality for so many self-funded business builders is they have a tough time keeping up with the increasing workload and responsibilities of a growing business and having a life. Many feel unproductive as days, weeks and months go by with little or no progress being made.

I want you to know that there is a simpler, more elegant way to approach business that doesn’t involve doing more. In fact, it’s about doing less.

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What Is Business

Business Performance Coaching is about focusing on the right activities, at the right time, at the right stage of business that you’re in. It’s about getting 100% clear on your most important outcome and focusing on one project at a time before moving on to the next one. It’s about committing to creating something so meaningful that you can’t afford to not to step up your game.

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People say…

“Michael has helped me get clear, focused, and plant plenty of patience as my business grows through a powerful community and service.”

Andrea LedaBefore I started working with Michael I was a coach who really wanted to give her clients an incredible experience and earn an income while doing it. Now, I am a transformation company who helps people go within, change their story, heal their past, and lean into futures they once thought only a dream. I have turned toward, not a business, but a purpose and my mission to help people wake up from within and lean into the fullness of their soul and brilliance.

Michael has helped me get clear, focused, and plant plenty of patience as my business grows through a powerful community and service. I don’t use social media. I don’t have to pay for marketing or advertising. My business is 100% built on referrals and doing the work. I grew my profit base from $4,000/year in year one, to $35,000/year in year two and then I hired Michael and am now projecting close to $450,000 for the year in year three. I even had a $30,000 month!

Is it about the money? If you’re a business, then yes. AND it’s about serving from my purpose lane in only the way I can and this is why the money has flooded in. I got clear on not only what I do but WHY I do it and for whom. I have more time and freedom than ever before and can say with total confidence that having Michael in my corner is the best investment I have ever made.”  

Andrea Leda Wilborn – Portland, Oregon
Coach, teacher, writer and spiritual leader at


“I have made more progress in the first 7-weeks of this program than in the previous 10 months of trying to get my idea off the ground.”

Nicole Lasher – Portland, Oregon
Emerging gluten-free wellness expert and coach


testimonial-image1“All you know is that you were put on this earth to share your gifts, to serve with a higher purpose. Before trying to figure out how to achieve all this on your own, it’s good to have a wing man. Being coached by Michael is to be fully met exactly where you are.”

Erin Houlihan – Portland, Oregon

“Whether you know the next step to take, or you have no idea how to create better, you need to have Michael Knouse in your life.”

Presentation Coach

Michael Knouse is amazing!

So many of us are struggling to find out what fulfills us in our businesses and we keep looking for a solution that makes having a business sustainable in this economy. Whether you know the next step to take, or you have no idea what to do next, you need to have Michael Knouse in your life.

Michael is not only an amazing person, he is an outstanding resource for anyone looking to find their confidence or connect with their professional passion. His coaching guided me through practical actions that took fledgling ideas and cultivated them into an entrepreneurial venture. I wouldn’t have done it without him, and I am so much better off for having worked with Michael.

Michael’s skill and expertise, his friendly and approachable personality, and his passion for helping people find a better solution, come together in his coaching like no one else.

If you want results, he’s the one. Hands down.

Rob Bingham – Portland, Oregon
Presentation Consultant at Presentation Authority

Business Performance

Michael Knouse Business Coach

The Specifics…

You are successful and you are ready for more. You make an impact in the world (or you are ready to) and you are curious about what it would be like to show up fully in your business and life.

Is it possible to re-wire your future?
Is it possible to be an exception?
Is it possible to create an extraordinary business while living an extraordinary life?

When I meet someone interested in coaching, I ask them to tell me about the impact they want to have. And then I help them to dream bigger than they have ever thought possible. Then, I help them see a way to create a business and life that showcases their brilliance while fueling their desired lifestyle.

To live an extraordinary life, you have to be willing to do things differently and be open to the possibility that everything you want is closer than you think.

Are You Ready for an Extraordinary
Business and Life?

What I do is help my clients see their world differently. Because when you help someone see their world differently, their world changes.

And when someone’s world starts to change for the better, they begin showing up differently, and they create results that looked impossible before.

The work I do is intense – deep, one-on-one coaching that uncovers your hidden truth and gives you insights and tools you need to have an extraordinary life and business.

My clients make an IMPACT in the world (or they are ready to). My clients know what it means to be at the top of their game, in at least one area of their life – whether they are a founder or a solo-entrepreneur, a speaker, a thought leader, an industry expert or a coach. And my clients are ready to find out what it would take to reach the next level – and beyond. They are ready to experience true fulfillment and prosperity in all areas of their business and life.

If you work with me, you are already successful. BUT (and read this carefully) what has helped you get to your current level of success is EXACTLY what will hold you back from your next level of success.

Business Performance Coaching
is for established business builders
with a deep commitment to
expansion from the inside out.

I offer powerfully transformative
coaching partnerships that are
tailored to your specific needs.

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Business is complicated.
Let’s make it fun anyway.

What if you kept stretching your own edges?
What if you kept getting clearer, braver, and fiercer?
What if you spoke, worked, and showed up as the best version of you?
What if you let yourself show up fully?
Here’s the thing. To create a world class business and life, you have to design it.

That’s why you need an ally.

I’m a focused, playful, adventurous, freedom seeker that’s dead set on liberating the genius within every business builder I encounter. I’ve deliberately created a life and a business I love. I’ve made unconventional choices, I’ve busted through my own upper limits all over the place, and I believe that being an entrepreneur is the most sacred act there is.

Yes, of course, I get tired, overwhelmed, and I occasionally say things I regret just like any other normal person…but I also taste the joy and deep satisfaction that comes from creating a life of meaning through a business with Soul.

Building a business can be complex, but it’s also the most fulfilling work in the world. I am alive for every minute of it. And you can be too.

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Even more People say…

“In my first meeting with Michael, it was immediately clear to me that “he gets it” and he is deeply committed to helping people define their businesses on their own terms.”

The investment has been invaluable – it helped me clarify and re-affirm my personal and professional values and desires. And, in my case, it prevented me from taking an entrepreneurial leap that wasn’t in line with my true definition of “work freedom” – something I could not have understood without the benefit of Michael’s leadership and coaching.

Laura Kreofsky – Portland, Oregon

“Michael has helped me channel my energy again into places where I can be of greatest service – by working in a zone of profitability while also creating something lasting and meaningful in the world. Win-Win!”

testimonial-image2Michael’s coaching process helped me find absolute clarity and has allowed me to focus in on how I truly want to spend my time and energy. Before coaching with Michael, I was spread so thin trying to manage three different projects and I wasn’t really being successful at any of them. I was taking on everything that came my way for fear of missing an opportunity and as a result, the quality of my work was starting to suffer in all facets.

Since working with Michael, I have learned to embrace saying ‘no’ to the things that do not serve me, to make more time to practice self-care, and to spend more time pursuing the things that truly make me happy. Michael has helped me channel my energy into places where I can be of greatest service – by working in a zone of profitability while also creating something lasting and meaningful in the world. Win-Win!

For anyone thinking about working with Michael, I say GO FOR IT! It’s simply an amazing experience for the sheer personal transformation you’ll receive from it… but it will also change the way you think about approaching your business. It just might be the difference between staying stuck in overwhelm or creating the business of your dreams!

Jennifer Van Zeipel – Portland, Oregon
Founder of Sweetbird Photography

“The most important thing for me was the traction I was able to gain so quickly. I’ve really got things going now.”

I decided to enroll in Michael’s coaching program because it’s specifically designed for people like me. Before this program I believed that it was possible for me to build a business, however I had no idea how long it would take or what specific actions should be done in what order. Now I have a clear picture about how I can reach my goals and I know what to do next. In fact, I have a roadmap that gives me more confidence and has saved me so much time.

The most important thing for me was the traction I was able to gain so quickly. I’ve really got things going now.

Michael’s coaching will help you develop a business that is truly meaningful to you. Being in business for yourself can be lonely but Michael helped me through all the ups and downs. I highly recommend Michael’s coaching. I doubt there’s anything else comparable out there.

Marc A. – Cologne, Germany
Founder of Spread Your Talent

“…figuring out what I truly wanted energized me to do the work I needed to do, but to also move forward on my number one heart’s desire and to create a solid business plan based on my passion and life’s purpose.”

Michael helped turn my life around. When Michael started coaching me, I was working 6-7 days a week. I felt tired, dissatisfied, and overworked. All my creative projects pulled me in so many directions that I wasn’t making progress in any of them, leaving me feeling deflated and overwhelmed. Using techniques that Michael developed, he taught me to quantify and measure every one of my projects.

It became clear exactly what my top priority should be and where to focus my energy. Within a month of commencing coaching with Michael, my schedule went from all work and no play to a calendar filled, not only with my responsibilities, but regular pockets of joy. The result was figuring out what I truly wanted and this energized me to do the work I needed to do. And most importantly, this propelled me to move forward on my number one desire and create a solid plan to execute on it.

Michael is a talented coach who not only guides you through the rough spots but who encourages and supports your successes. If you don’t have someone supporting and reassuring your business goals and dreams, you need Michael in your corner. So many coaches tell clients what they think they should do. Michael helps you figure out what YOU want to do and then teaches you how to build a solid plan to achieve it with joy.

Peggy Jaegly – Centreville, Maryland
Writing Coach and Published Author

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