Melissa was a new volunteer at the Seattle University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center this year, but quickly stood out as one of the most effective coaches I have worked with in the Business Plan Competition I run. She served as one of a handful of Expert Pitch Coaches for our four Finalist teams and was instrumental in making this year's Final presentations "the best ever," as several of our long-time supporters told me...I cannot thank Melissa enough for the time she has provided to the Seattle U entrepreneurial students, the impact on them and their businesses is more than I can express --without her helping me craft the story!
Amelia Marckworth, Director, Entrepreneur & Innovation Center, Seattle University & Founders Live
"In two decades of coaching entrepreneurs, we tell them constantly to convey the passion that lead to their business. Now that I've seen Melissa in action--I have come to realize none of the rest of us has had a clue in how to effectively bring out the expression of that passion. Melissa combines her extensive background in corporate sales, theater, improv, and storytelling to expertly guide entrepreneurs and business executives to find and tell their story in a very impactful manner. Melissa fills a need in the coaching realm that has been sorely missing."
Scott Milburn, President, Sage Management
"Working with Melissa was a fantastic experience. She got to know me personally, which was instrumental in pulling out the true story of why I started my business. By helping me portray this story, I was able to show investors and customers the passion I brought to the table. I was able to paint the picture in their minds of how my company is solving real problems. This all culminated in placing 2nd in a business competition as well as having several angel investors interested in funding my business! Melissa will get you results. She will make sure everyone knows and loves your story."
Daniel McConnell, CEO, Teak & Timber
Have you ever tried to stay on the elliptical while you’re nonchalantly sneaking glances at the guy on the treadmill behind you? Melissa has. Have you lifted weights with the Secret Service staring at you while they’re mumbling into their earpieces? Melissa’s done that too. What about slowly sinking into a former president’s sweat as you trade places with him on the bench press? Yes, Melissa has touched presidential sweat! And she was still pretty giddy when she told us about it. Thank you, Melissa, for giving us some of the biggest laughs of the night.
Paul Currington, Director, Fresh Ground Stories
"I worked with Melissa to put together a very important presentation to my BNI Chapter that will essentially be my sales force as they refer me leads and business. She helped me boil my ideas down to only the most important, and helped me compose a story to tell instead of just deliver a presentation. People loved it! I felt so confident and comfortable going in this direction and it was actually fun! I'd recommend working with her, no doubt."
PJ Glassey, Founder/Inventor, XGym Fitness
"Melissa was unbelievably impactful as my pitch coach. She was able to take the meager nuggets that I brought to the table and help me construct a powerful narrative around my business that led to me not only win the pitch competition that we prepped for together, but also be invited to a number of other opportunities. I credit Melissa for bringing out the best of what we have to offer and really helping us to shine!"
Sharon Probodnik, Founder, Go Love Yourself
Chloe Autumn Mandell, CEO of Mandell Experiences, hired Story Fruition for her virtual key note to the USAC Women In Climbing Summit. They collaborated on all the personal stories she'd share and tie them to elements of entrepreneurship--as well as create a beautiful presentation deck to reflect her stories. Chloe hit it out of the virtual park! Hear Chloe's thoughts about working with Story Fruition.
Tennyson has plenty of positive feedback to share regarding Melissa's storytelling workshop!