Are You Ready to Soar!


Carmen Payne delivers impactful messages with enthusiasm, encouragement, straight talk, and passion. Her uplifting topics and delivery, provide teams and organizations with tools to show up as improved versions of themselves.

During her talks Carmen is adept at shifting the energetic mindset and heart-space of those she coaches in the hopes it will positively impact all surrounding relationships with; colleagues, peers, clients, customers, and personal relationships.

As the owner of SOAR! Transformational Life Coaching, Carmen helps teams and individuals get clarity on what they want, remove hidden self-imposed obstacles and deliberately create the personal and professional life they desire.

All talks are tailored to meet the needs of your specific audience and can be delivered in person or virtually.

Leading with Your Heart

This is my most requested talk, it can be delivered in person or virtually in either a 30 minute or one-hour keynote format, 3 hour or full day workshop.

In this talk I help leaders cultivate an environment for transparency, collaboration and empowerment so they can create empowered, energized and exceptional employees and teams. 

We all lead, regardless of the many roles we play in our lives. Where are you leading from? I’ll share my five ways to lead with your heart helping you make huge changes in how you show up and create an environment for transparency, collaboration and empowerment leading to empowered, energized and exceptional employees and teams.

This talk will reveal:

  • The 5 fundamentals of leading with your heart
  • How to move toward heart-first leadership
  • How to use your heart-space to influence positivity and grace in others

Get Clear on what You Want

This inspirational and motivational talk can be delivered in person or virtually as a 45-minute keynote format and can include a one-hour breakout session. Highly requested by High Schools, Colleges and Organizations, this talk helps answer the question, where am I going? It helps you get clarity on important life decisions or clarity on organizational/team direction.

Contrast naturally appears in our lives, pulling us in the opposite direction of where we thought we were headed. When contrast appears, we can get stuck in what we don’t want. However, contrast, if used positively gives us that moment to pause and clarify our needs and desires, and to prioritize what’s important to us. We can take action and turn our aspirations into reality.

In this motivational talk, your will learn how to:

  • Identify your contrast
  • Find a path through contrast
  • Clarify your vision

Bondage vs. Freedom – You Always Have A Choice

This inspirational and motivational talk can be delivered in person or virtually as a 45-minute keynote format. It is ideal for professional networking groups and associations.

How many of you have ended up where you are by default? Sitting in the passenger seat, being driven through your life at the mercy of other people on what you should be doing, feeling, thinking? Existing in your day to day feeling like nothing is in your control? This talk will inspire you to shift your perspective and to alter your current reality! You do not have to be in a reality that is draining you and causing toxicity. Are you ready to get back in the driver’s seat and regain your personal power?

During this talk you will discover:

  • How going within changes what is going on “outside”
  • How to create boundaries
  • How to regain your personal power

Hire Carmen to Speak!

If you have questions or to book Carmen for your next event, contact us today. If you have a Keynote topic or theme in mind, we are happy to work with you to create one tailored to your audience.

About Carmen

Carmen Payne is the owner of SOAR! Transformational Life Coaching and is a professional and personal development coach and speaker with 25 years’ experience in the areas of leadership, coaching, mentoring, training, and project management. 

During her corporate career, Carmen traveled the world leading international IT projects. This included developing, testing, training, and deploying global solutions with large, international teams.

Today, as Carmen follows her passion for coaching and speaking, she helps leaders cultivate an environment for transparency, collaboration and empowerment, so they can create empowered, energized and exceptional employees & teams.

Her services include personalized coaching, workshops, consulting and speaking.

Carmen’s origins are from the beautiful island of Malta, she grew up in the UK before moving to the USA over a decade ago.

Carmen currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she is an avid hiker. She loves to spend time with her step daughter Olivia, and lives with her two very fluffy cats, Tiffany and Stephanie.

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Hire Carmen to Speak!

If you have questions or to book Carmen for your next event, contact us today. If you have a Keynote topic or theme in mind, we are happy to work with you to create one tailored to your audience.

Three years ago, when I was in what I consider now to be rock bottom, you had me do a visualization exercise of what I would consider “Being Happy.” The image in my head that you helped me paint through your coaching has come to fruition. The more I think about it, the more I re-created that, and I didn’t even realize it.

I would’ve never imagined that I would have been able to rebuild my life in three years, but I have, thanks in large part to your wisdom. So, thank you and now I’d like to see what’s next.


Coaching matters.

This statement is true whether we are speaking about sports teams, work teams, or simply ourselves (teams of one). The best among us – players, workers, students, whomever – will inevitably face challenges that call for the steady hand and sage advice of a capable coach. It may be a career arc bending toward a suboptimal direction, or a series of events leading to a critical milestone for which we could truly benefit from an objective perspective.

Carmen Payne, owner of SOAR! Transformational Life Coaching, LLC, is one such source.

I first observed Carmen in her role as educator during a PMI Phoenix Chapter Evening Event. She was presenting a learning module entitled “Interview with Confidence,” engaging with a large audience in a series of thought exercises focused on building skills for one-to-one interviewing.

Reaching out to Carmen several months later, I asked for her guidance in addressing a set of specific career situations. She asked insightful questions, provided reassurance that the issues were solvable, and developed a customized program over several weeks to help create a strategy and meet the challenges. The results were, in a word, transformational!

Coaching matters. Carmen matters.

Senior/C-Suite Life Sciences Executive/Entrepreneur/MBA/PMP®

I had the opportunity to meet with Carmen to talk over some areas that I wanted transformed in my life. She was fabulous!

Carmen helped me to see how I was allowing past emotions and experiences dictate who I am today. Together we put down words that described these feelings, and she helped me see the power I had been giving them. Carmen then reminded me that I get to choose who I am today, how I want to feel, and how I want to show up in all aspects of my life.

It was a very powerful, transformative time with Carmen. At the end of which, I left knowing that I am an amazing, powerful, gracious person, ready to live the life I design. The past no longer dictates who I am, nor how I choose to live my life.

Thanks to Carmen, I don’t have to waste another day living with all of those limiting beliefs, but instead I get to live my life to the fullest! I will forever be grateful!

D. Dockter

Carmen has taken my self-reflection/awareness up three notches.

Current C-Suite Coaching Client

Thank you so much for your awesome presentation last week at our Retreat. I’ve received awesome feedback and I wanted to share what our leadership had to say about you.


  1. GREAT
  2. I enjoyed her presentation
  3. The activities that she presented (I love you, I hate you and the breathing technique) really stuck with me.
  4. She was good, but her message was great!
  5. She was amazing! I loved her story and how it all tied into our management system.
  6. very good
  7.  I thought she was fantastic! She was engaged with us, open, sharing and warm.
  8.  Carmen was inspirational. I will take a lot of her ideas with me to implement into daily practice
  9. she was great, spoke a little soft at times though and couldn’t be heard.
  10. She talked very quietly– hard to hear her at times. But the information was awesome.
  11. Relevant to the job.
  12. Super inspiring, very engaging.

Thank you again for everything; we really appreciate you cultivating and nurturing our staff when they needed it most. We really hope to partner with you again in the future.

Toni N. Simmons

Executive Assistant – Southwest Region, Arizona Department of Child Safety

Thank you, again, for your time and your talk! It was extremely well received and enjoyed by all. I will say that it definitely resonated and hit home very strongly for some of our employees. The overall, albeit generic, feedback from most was that they loved what you had to say with regards to leading from the heart & how it makes them want to be a more empathetic manager versus disciplinarian. There are a couple of people that the message has not resonated with quite as impactfully as I would have hoped, but I was absolutely shocked when Victoria’s father, Joe, was speaking after lunch to the group and he referenced things you said a number of times. Joe is a very “old school” mind and was a fanatic disciplinarian when he was involved in the day to day operations. To witness your message striking him and for it to stick, that says a lot.

I did solicit feedback from the group in score & written form on a sheet handed out at the end. Because some people had to trickle out a little earlier than our end time, I received 13 responses, five of which mentioned you by name as one of the “2-3 things that you (they) liked most about the meeting”.

Jeff Corey

Director of Operations, Carolina's Mexican Food

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