What We Do
Montana von Fliss and her team of trainers transform presenters into passionate, powerful, and confident storytellers. For the past 14 years we’ve been coaching regularly for companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Google—as well as a myriad of start-ups and individuals—on a broad range of communication issues, including content strategy, storytelling, and of course, seamless delivery. Our many years as professional actors, directors, and playwrights give us unique insight into how to disrupt the tradition of boring presentations. Our passion is helping people own the stage and find ease, confidence, and a new toolset to tackle the daunting task of public speaking.
Serving the Community
Montana & Co. offers pro bono coaching to 1-3 low-income clients every month to help prepare for job interviews or presentations. Priority is given to women and people of color.
Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany)
Davis Wright Tremaine
Attorneys at Law
Fenwick & West LLP
Fidelity Bank (Ghana)
Highland Private Wealth
The Information Lab (UK)
Johnson & Johnson
Launch Consulting Group
Providence Health & Services
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
The School of Visual Concepts
Amazon Freight Partners
Amazon AWS re:Invent
Amazon AWS Summit
Grace Hopper Celebration
Microsoft Azure + AI
Microsoft Black Hat
Microsoft Windows Tech
Meet the Co.
Montana von Fliss // Communication Coach & CEO
Montana has coached countless speakers all over the world. She loves helping people become better speakers. Her 30+ years as a professional actor, director, and playwright gives her unique insight into storytelling, content strategy, and knowing how to build relationships and trust with an audience.
John Osebold // Communication Coach & COO
John received his BA from the University of Washington and has worked extensively as a theater director, performer, writer, storyteller, and public speaker. As a communication coach, John has trained speakers at Amazon, Microsoft, and GitHub, and has written and edited content for Microsoft and Woot.com. John has a passion for storytelling and he loves to help people stand up and tell an impactful story in front of any audience. He also serves as video editor, animator, and Chief Operations Officer for Montana & Co.
Kate Kraay // Communication Coach
Kate received her Masters Degree in Theater from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has been a professional actor on stage and screen for most of her life. As a communication coach, Kate has trained speakers at companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Raymond James Financial to help their employees prepare for conferences, deliver pitches, and improve their workplace culture and Emotional Intelligence. Kate loves to help people to speak confidently and concisely, presenting in a manner which is clear, well-organized and persuasive.
Marianna de Fazio // Communication Coach
Marianna received her MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Washington, after which she began coaching dialect for stage and screen. This focus on voice and speech led to coaching accent modification in addition to presentation prep. Clients past and present include individuals and workshops at the Archdiocese of Seattle, Shell Corporate, Applied Materials, Humanities Washington Speaker Bureau, University of Washington Law Library, Prettybooks Accounting, and WeWork Corporate, to name a few. She has coached presenters at several tech conferences (AWS Re:Invent, Tableau Conference, Microsoft STRIKE and Tech Ready) and was recently an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University teaching Voice for Theatre.
Dakota von Fliss // CCO
Dakota has a long tenure in creating customer connection and a passion for making people's day a little brighter by helping them overcome obstacles, technological and beyond. At Montana & Co., Dakota manages client relations and works behind the scenes in social media management, marketing, and systems analysis.
Photo of Montana von Fliss by Naissance Photography