Ryan and Carrie Sharpe absolutely love communication in all its forms— from simple conversations to professional networking to public speaking. It’s all about making a personal connection and doing it with confidence.
Carrie remembers first giving speeches when she was only 15. She won a local pageant, did quite a bit of public speaking through that, and was hooked. She went on to win more pageants and did more public speaking as a result. She loved meeting new people and listening to their stories. She prides herself on discovering the talents of others and encouraging them to pursue those talents.
Ryan was known in college as “The Mayor.” He earned that nickname because he was often the last hockey player to leave the rink after a game. He took his time talking to each fan and signing autographs for children. He made friends everywhere he went. He developed strong networking skills which have served him well since then. He looks people in the eye, listens, and remembers.
When Ryan and Carrie married in 1997, their communication dynasty began.
They followed their love of communicating to earn degrees in political science and psychology (Carrie) and criminal justice and loss prevention (Ryan). Carrie spent a short time in law school before deciding instead to be a stay-at-home mom. Ryan went into sales so he could do what he does best— talk to people, make friends, and problem-solve.
Their communication skills were tested and honed when their son, Maverick, almost died at birth. He spent weeks in the NICU, with Ryan and Carrie by his side wondering if he would live or die. That experience shaped so much of who Ryan and Carrie are today. They learned to communicate well with each other and with their other two children who stayed home with grandparents while Maverick was hospitalized. They learned to listen to each other and to the specialized doctors in charge of Maverick’s care. They had to work together to make life-or-death decisions on behalf of their son. Their communication skills grew like never before.
After Maverick got well and returned home, Ryan and Carrie were asked to share their story of that experience with audiences across the United States and Canada. They talked about the communication skills, faith, and leadership skills that were necessary to overcome that challenging time. He says, She says was born.
After Carrie gave birth to their twins a few years later, Ryan and Carrie shifted gears so they could travel less. They began with a blog and exploded into an online business. They are now in high demand as online coaches in the areas of sales and public speaking skills. Their love of communication has continued through podcast interviews, Facebook Lives, carefully selected speaking engagements, videos, and virtual workshops. They even lead occasional online marriage conferences and events to teach effective communication skills to couples.
Ryan has been a successful Sales Engineer for over twenty years now. He uses that experience and expertise to coach other sales professionals to sell with an emphasis on relationships rather than ineffective outdated high-pressure sales tactics. He is a firm believer in treating everyone with respect. He makes a friend and determines a need before ever trying to sell anything.
Carrie works from home as a Communication Consultant. She helps her clients gain confidence and connect with their audiences whether they plan to be on stage, on a Facebook Live, collaborating, networking, or interviewed on a podcast. She is able to do her work thanks to the internet, which means she has clients around the world and can work wearing pajama pants.
Ryan and Carrie live in northern Michigan with their five children, whom Carrie homeschools. They love bacon, coffee, hiking, working together, and snowshoeing (not necessarily in that order!).
1. Ryan and Carrie love to hike and snowshoe. Moonlight snowshoeing is their favorite!
2. Their children all have names that begin with M: Madison, Maguire, Maverick, Marin, and Moxie-Mae. Ryan's Dad referred to them as his "M&Ms." They also have five cats whose names all begin with M.
3. Ryan grew up in Canada and first came to the United States in 1993 to play hockey for LSSU. He won an NCAA Division I Championship while there. Before that, he won the Centennial Cup playing Junior-A hockey.
4. Ryan and Carrie met at LSSU and got married a couple years later, during the summer before their last year of college.
5. Ryan and Carrie lived in Memphis, TN, for several years after college because Carrie attended law school there before deciding instead to be a stay-at-home mom.
6. Carrie chose that law school because John Grisham wrote about it in his novels.
7. Ryan and Carrie both love country music. The first concert they attended together was Garth Brooks in 1996. They've recently enjoyed Rascal Flatts, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban in concert.
8. Ryan sings and plays guitar. He serenaded Carrie all the time at her college dorm, and he even won a few singing contests!
9. Carrie loves cowboy boots and still wears a pair she bought over 20 years ago at the museum store, Call of the Wild.
10. Ryan and Carrie love coffee. A lot. But they would never drink it cold (that's just bean juice!) or decaf (that's hideous).
What others are saying:
"Ryan and Carrie are a phenomenally talented couple and it has been a pleasure knowing and working with them. They have a heart for others and a passion to make a difference in people's lives. Both lead with integrity and stand on unwavering principles. I highly recommend them as public speakers and coaches. I know they will positively impact any organization they serve. I witnessed their success first hand!" -Robert Dickie III, President of Crown
"In order to succeed as an accomplished speaker, you really need a certain charisma, sought-after style, and real, relevant experience to share that adds value for the listener. Ryan and Carrie Sharpe certainly have all of that. I have had the fortunate privilege of seeing them in action on several occasions. Some speakers just have that natural gift, and Ryan and Carrie are two that have it and then some!" -Michael B.
"Ryan Sharpe is the master of building real relationships that lead to sales. He teaches actual skills instead of uncomfortable tactics. I'm closing more deals than ever before after learning from him." -John L., Sales Consultant
"I met Carrie Sharpe online a little under a year ago. When we finally had the opportunity to meet in person a couple of months later at a women’s business conference, it was as if I was meeting an old friend. Since that time she has become a phenomenal friend and incredible communications coach. She helped me hone my message for my first professional speech. She is a master communicator with the ability to break down complex concepts into manageable and digestible chunks. She has also been an integral part of my live video strategy which has helped me gain a great deal of credibility and influence. Working with her has definitely added revenue to my business bottom line. I am so grateful for her. Anyone would be privileged to work with her. She is down to earth and can make even the most novice speaker feel comfortable. If you are teachable and coachable and follow her instructions, you will also be singing her praises." -Damita McGhee, Marketing Strategist
"Ryan and Carrie share their lives, the ups and downs, with others in order to help people with their own journey through life. They are both very talented with communication, both in writing and speaking. I have heard them speak at various conferences, and they captivate the crowd with their honesty and humor. Anyone would be blessed to have this genuine, fun-loving, and compassionate couple speak and share for their group or conference." -Samantha McDonald, Virtual Content Creator at Virtual Services by Samantha