"I wanted to say thanks again for the amazing work you did in helping me to prepare and absolutely smash my biggest stage (~1000 people) in 2017 at the AWS re:Invent conference. This has set the stage for bigger and better things in my career ever since." -- Ben Thurgood, Senior Manager - Solution Architecture, Amazon Web Services

"If you have ever wanted to gain confidence in front of an audience, tell a gripping story, or generally be amazing on stage, go work with Montana." -- Jeff Pettiross, Staff UX Designer, Tableau Software

"Montana is definitely at the top of her field. She is a truly excellent coach and I am immensely grateful to have worked with her." -- Dinesh Chahlia, Engineering Manager, Google

"Montana is the best speaker coach I have ever worked with. Her guidance helped me go from someone who presents to someone who has a presence on stage. If you are regularly on stage (in person or virtually), this is an excellent investment in your skills and you will come to enjoy giving talks that are not just informative but inspiring and memorable." -- Eva Murray, Head of BI & Tableau Zen Master, Exasol

"Montana is perhaps the most effective coaching professional I've had the pleasure of working with. Within minutes she was providing actionable advice that was improving the quality of our messaging and the effectiveness of my delivery. I've worked with many trainers and coaches like Montana and there are many unique qualities that put her above the rest; she never misses an opportunity to improve, catching the smallest of details that when tweaked can make the largest of impact, and has no hesitation in giving you the hard, constructive feedback that is sorely needed. Without a doubt, I'll be coming back to Montana for every one of our critical communication needs."  -- Alec Matias, CEO, Pawzii

I want to tell you about how beyond thrilled I am with Montana von Fliss. She has made an amazing impact on my project and has been jaw dropping in her results. She is truly excellent. We have much work to do together in the coming months. I have some bigger plans in the works, and if they come to pass, will keep us all very busy.”  -- Kathleen Winder, Senior Director of Marketing, Microsoft

“Montana is an excellent trainer.”  --  David Talby, CTO, Atigeo Software

Thank you so much for coming out to Microsoft and providing two of the team members with individual speaker training. Both PMs felt that the speaker training was very useful. Tim and Todd both mentioned that they will take the lessons that they learned today and apply them not only to their video sessions but also to other areas when speaking in front of a group.  --  Roxanne Beaver, Senior PM, Microsoft

"Montana made me feel WAY more comfortable and confident than I would have felt. I rehearsed her comments and suggestions over and over again."--  Simon Lee, Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft

"Montana provided coaching for speakers at an upcoming technical conference. I was one of her students, and in less than an hour Montana provided quite a bit of actionable advice and insight that will go beyond just helping with my upcoming session, but will be useful for future speaking engagements as well. Excellent work!"  -- Joe Sack, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft SQL Server Database Systems

"I had the opportunity to get coaching from Montana on delivering a technical session for folks taking a certification exam. Her guidance helped me focus on the task at hand. I've received great feedback from the attendees of the session." -- Lou Carbone, Global Lead Solution Architect, Microsoft

"Montana is an excellent coach. I highly recommend her." -- Arvin Goberdhan, Manager of Business Intelligence, Con Edison

"As someone who rarely speaks in front of large audience, I was very nervous about presenting at the Amazon AWS Re:Invent conference. Montana listened to part of my presentation, asked what my concerns were, and then gave me some great advice to help calm my nerves, make me feel more confident, and make my presentation be more authentic. I took her advice to heart and it made for two successful presentations in which I received positive feedback from attendees. Montana is excellent and I highly recommend speaker coaching from her!" -- Mike Garrison,Technical Lead, Infrastructure Engineering, Toyota Research Institute

"I’ve had 3 coaching sessions via Microsoft and your coaching has been the most helpful I've ever had.  I appreciate how you find suggestions that are within my comfort zone that I can naturally incorporate into my presentation.  Thank you for making my session a success!" -- Chermaine Li, Sr Program Manager at Azure, Microsoft


For over ten years, Montana von Fliss has coached countless speakers all over the world. She is an expert at storytelling, content strategy, and helping people to perform and present with confidence in front of any audience. Her 30+ years as a  professional actor, director, and playwright helps to improve her clients' presentation, connect with their audience, and maximize the impact and effectiveness of their message.

Montana coaches regularly for Microsoft conferences such as MS Ready, Inspire, Windows Tech Summit, BUILD, Ignite, STRIKE and others. She also coaches speakers every year for Amazon’s AWS re:Invent conference and Tableau Software’s customer conference, including coaching the Tableau Conference 2017 keynote for an arena of 15,000 audience members. Other notable clients include Google, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, Honeywell, Olson/Kundig Architects, Adobe, InterWorks, RingCentral, Bazaarvoice, Davis Wright Tremaine, 9Mile Labs Startup Accelerator, Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany), and many others.

While she works on a broad range of communication strategies, her focus is always on helping people overcome obstacles in order to achieve clarity, authenticity and ease. She has a creative and sensitive approach to training clients, blending her technical expertise, speaking experience and humor to empower and motivate. Her passion for excellence is balanced with her relaxed style, putting clients at ease while fostering dramatic growth in a short period of time.

Montana specializes in training and preparing people for both live and on-camera presentations. She has also served as a script writer and design consultant on many campaigns from idea development, script writing/editing, design consultation all the way to on-set coaching at dress rehearsal and on the day of the shoot.

Recently she delivered an intensive, multi-day, one-on-one program on a variety of communication issues with an executive from Boehringer-Ingelheim, who made a trip from Germany to Seattle just to engage with Montana for a solid week. It was so successful that he had two of his directs fly to Seattle to engage with Montana on a number of communication issues. Since then she has been brought to BI's headquarters in Germany several times to train multiple speakers.

Montana offers excellent results in one-on-one training as well as group seminars, offering tried and true strategies and innovative techniques for outstanding results. Her passion is helping people be dynamic, powerful, and confident in their presentations.