"As a sports psychologist and motivational speaker, I know the value of professional coaching. Jeff and Maureen worked with me to organize an important presentation for 200 people, which went extremely well. Their style of coaching works. They are warm and direct and very knowledgeable. They earned my 'two thumbs up!'"
Tom Mitchell, Ph.D.
Partner, MVP Performance
"Maureen Merrill kicked off the first session of our inaugural Leadership Fortuna with a workshop on Leadership Styles. Maureen's tailored message for our group created many "aha" moments throughout the four month program. Group members commented at our wrap-up session that the Leadership Styles session was one of the most valuable. The only complaint - they wished we could have had more than the two hours to devote to it. She has my recommendation without reservation."
CEO, Fortuna Chamber of Commerce
"As the CEO of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce and Director of Leadership Fortuna, I count on Maureen Merrill every year to join us in Fortuna and lead a weekend workshop on Leadership Styles. It's not just her knowledge of the subject--and she is tops in the field--it's also how she relates to the participants and her ability to get the most out of everyone in the room. She is so successful with the workshop we invited her to add Teen Leadership Fortuna to her client list.
Her Leadership Styles workshop always scores at the top of our Leadership program. Nobody does it better than Maureen!"
CEO, Fortuna Chamber of Commerce
"Maureen's helped our team immensely to get over their fears of public/group speaking. From individual to group coaching, her techniques help put to ease the fears many of our team have; from the "uhs, like, you know" overuse, or body language that most of us don't consciously realize the impact that has in exuding confidence. Many businesses might not realize their need for such coaching till after; but well worth it!"
George Blanckensee, CSW
Director of DTC and Hospitality, Chateau Montelena Winery
"I recommend this service for anyone who wants to polish a presentation to the public and get expert pointers on delivery."
New York Life licensed representative
Past Mayor, Windsor, California
"Maureen is an incredible communicator and coach, with an amazing amount of energy, enthusiasm and good humor. She is able to employ her extensive background and expertise in communications to help instill confidence and charisma into our organization's most important ambassadors and advocates."
President & CEO
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
"Maureen's speaking and facilitation skills are second to none! She offers the insight and ability to significantly "raise the bar" for individuals or an entire group. Any time spent working with Maureen provides an abundant return on investment!"
Craig Curreri, Broker Associate
Pacific Union & Christie's International Real Estate
"I came to Maureen with the most basic of speaking skills. She introduced me to the topic of public speaking and started me on a very satisfying path. Maureen has that balance between gentle guide and ninja trainer; caring and directed. Regardless of where you are in speaking, she will bring you to the next level."
MeL Konrad, Past President
Toastmasters Intl, Santa Rosa Noon Club
"I'm so glad that I attended Maureen Merrill's Flash Boot Camp for public speaking. I've attended classes with Maureen before--and I always walk away with new insights an how to be a better public speaker. Thanks Maureen!"
Toastmasters, Sonoma County
"I've known Maureen Merrill both as a mentor and as a professional collaborator in the people development field. She motivates her students, fellow partners and her audiences like no other speaker I've known. Her talents are contagious and truly inspirational."
Human Resources Executive
Coyote Valley Casino
"Maureen is an extraordinary person and consummate professional. Her masterful public speaking skills and intelligent delivery of messages capture the attention of audiences large and small. Most importantly, Maureen also speaks from her heart, engaging her listeners in an inspirational connection. Maureen's contribution is a highlight to to any service club or corporate group lucky enough to secure her for their schedule!"
Julie Nation, Owner
Julie Nation Academy, Model and Talent Management