“Shana has managed speaker coaching at Ignite Denver since 2014. She facilitates an open, collaborative and supportive environment for presenters and workshop attendees, and the benefits couldn’t be more evident in the quality presentations on our stage! From the initial training sessions to pre-show warmups, she helps our presenters quell their own fears of public speaking and guides them to the confidence they need to present with clarity, authenticity and presence. We love working with Shana!”
— Dan Stones, Lead Organizer, Ignite Denver
I have seen Shana work rooms of 20 and rooms of 400. She commands a stage, but she is personable and connected when she is teaching, coaching, and working directly with others. As a speaker, she can whip out razor-sharp improv skills and think on her feet, or she can hit pre-timed slides to the second. As a coach, she can teach mice to roar like lions, and she can teach excellent speakers to be even better. Shana is a powerhouse talent everyone should work with.
–AJ Lavender, Interactive Manager, Comcast Spotlight
When I learned that I was going to give a book talk/signing at Boulder Bookstore for my newly released book, “Calmer Waters: The Caregiver’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s and Dementia,” I was so nervous that my son advised me take a swig of brandy before the talk. That was not an option for me. Instead, I called Shana and asked her to help me learn how to deal with my nervousness.
She was masterful at teaching me breathing techniques, diction exercises, and how to deal with every little challenge that could rear its head during the talk in order to stay grounded, focused and connected to the audience. The event was hugely successful and I felt confident and at ease.
SHANA IS A TRUE WIZARD AND A DELIGHT TO WORK WITH. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER AS A COACH FOR ANY TYPE OF PUBLIC SPEAKING OR PERFORMANCE ENGAGEMENT. SHE IS INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND A KIND, COMPASSIONATE, AND GENEROUS COACH.”
–Barbra Cohn, Cohn Writing Solutions and author of Calmer Waters: The Caregiver’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Shana recently hosted a Communications Workshop for our ops team which was very well received. NOT ONLY WAS THE WORKSHOP INFORMATIVE AND THOUGHTFUL, IT WAS FUN AS WELL. IT HELPED SOME MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM COME OUT OF THEIR SHELL AND LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH EFFECTIVENESS AND CONFIDENCE. We will be using her for future team needs. If you are looking for a team building activity or facilitator, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND SHANA AND HER TEAM!
–Krystal DePrinzio, Senior Manager, Operations at Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Shana joined my office team for our own internal workshop session, providing tips and tools to our team members to deliver successful presentations. She has gone on to work with several groups in our office on presentation and team building. Next, Shana graciously donated her time to me when I signed up to do my first official Ignite Denver talk. PUBLIC SPEAKING CAN BE TERRIFYING, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE TASKED WITH SPEAKING ABOUT SOMETHING YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT. SHANA HAS HELPED ME COME OUT OF MY SHELL and provided me feedback that will prove valuable for my Ignite Talk and beyond. HER ABILITY TO PULL EMOTION OUT OF YOU AND MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT IS A WONDERFUL ASSET to her teaching process.”
–Kelly Underell, Deputy Director at Colorado Innovation Network
We were fortunate to find and work with Shana on an internal group of professionals who present and speak on a regular basis. WE FOUND SHANA’S COACHING TO BE BOTH VALUABLE AND RELEVANT AND WOULD RECOMMEND HER WITHOUT HESITATION. Shana helped us think through our presentations from where the audience sits, which proved mutually beneficial in our delivery and speaking-associated fears.”
–Pam Lewis, Project Manager with Colorado Innovation Network at Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
Shana did an amazing job helping me prepare for a presentation. I am a pretty average speaker and she helped me realize some of the mistakes I was making with annunciation on the last word of each sentence and was very patient with me as she helped me correct them. WITH SHANA’S HELP I WAS ABLE TO GIVE A MUCH BETTER PRESENTATION AND I LEARNED SPEAKING LESSONS THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO USE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. THANS FOR YOUR HELP!”
–Paul Heffner, CEO Finance Pals – Financial Forecasting and Bookkeeping for Startups.
SHANA’S APPROACH WAS COMPASSIONATE AND MATTER OF FACT. She had the skill and wits to guide me, while holding me accountable to deliver a fantastic talk. She did this with such confidence and grace, offering me a safe environment to work through my fears of pubic speaking before the actual talk. With her coaching, I was able to keep connection with myself and the audience. The result is that I gave a talk that I am proud of.
“I am so grateful for Shana’s brilliant coaching—it made my talk possible and actually enjoyable. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT CREATING A PRESENTATION AND HAVE ANXIETY ABOUT IT, BOOK SHANA ON DAY ONE AND SHE’LL GUIDE YOU ALL THE WAY THROUGH. YOU JUST MIGHT AMAZE YOURSELF WITH THE TALK YOU GIVE—I SURE DID.”
–Solay Howell, Black Sphinx Productions
Shana has the technology to draw even the most anxiety-prone public speakers from their shell into the limelight…Through her fun and engaging process I am now speaking from my heart with passion and ease. I wish I had worked with her years ago!”
–C.H., Boulder CO
SHANA IS AN EXCELLENT COACH. I have personally experienced her methods which have been very helpful to me in the area of meaningful personal expression in a performance format. She is good at creating and giving exercises that get to the root of important presentational elements, helping to find a strong, truthful base for expression, and providing perspectives on what audiences actually see.”
–Peter Davison, Performer and Choreographer. PoetOfMotion.com
Shana Cordon is authentic, when she gets up in front of a room you immediately feel her energy. She is real, humble and has an unassuming confidence that is transforming. You can’t help but tap into that fearless source. She’s straightforward, connected and knows how to engage. She brings out the best, the biggest, and most dynamic part of yourself. Not only is she a fantastic teacher, mentor, tutor in the public speaking arena, but she has an eye for design and movement that helps bring your presentations alive, whether media based or purely theatrical.”
-Rohini Grace, Owner of Goddess Travels