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What We Do

Montana von Fliss and her team of trainers transform presenters into passionate, powerful, and confident storytellers. For the past 16 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.

Clients Served





Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany)

Cisco Meraki



Data Literacy

Davis Wright Tremaine

Attorneys at Law

dinext (Germany)

Electronic Arts

Exasol (Germany)



Fenwick & West LLP

Fidelity Bank (Ghana)



Highland Private Wealth



The Information Lab (UK)

Johnson & Johnson



Launch Consulting Group




Olson/Kundig Architects

Parker University

Providence Health & Services

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency





The School of Visual Concepts

Seattle Chocolates

sepago (Germany)



Tableau Software




Washington Health Plan Finder


Zonar Systems

2A Consulting


Conferences Served

Amazon Accelerate

Amazon AdCon

Amazon Freight Partners        


Amazon AWS re:Invent

Amazon AWS Summit


GitHub RKO

GitHub Satellite

GitHub Summit

GitHub Universe

Grace Hopper Celebration

Microsoft Azure + AI

Microsoft Black Hat

Microsoft Build

Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Inspire

Microsoft Ready

Microsoft STRIKE

Microsoft Windows Tech


Tableau Conference


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.

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.

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 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.

Dakota von Fliss // Communication Coach & 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

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