Testimonials

  • TED Talks
  • Coaching
  • Communication / Presenting
  • Leading
“Gitta was extremely helpful in helping me understand what makes a terrific TEDx talk, and she patiently helped my organize my ideas. This allowed me to write a talk that is personalized and powerful and I am getting interest from TEDx organizers! I could not have done this without Gitta. I highly recommend Gitta for her ability to help people write an impactful presentation.”
Melissa Congdon MD
Fibromyalgia Physician, CA (2020)

Shauna’s Testimonial 2016

TEDx

“Gitta was a phenomenal support and guide as I began to prepare my TEDx talk. She coached and guided me to dig deeper into my authentic feelings and my true voice during certain aspects of the talk. She has a deep intuition around public speaking and helped draw out my real voice.”
Juna Mustad
COACH AND FACILITATOR, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (2019)

TEDx

“Gitta was absolutely instrumental in creating and delivering my TED talk. She helped me with my confidence, voice expression, body language and character development. I so appreciate that she was available after hours in-between sessions and even helped me find my outfit. I received fantastic feedback saying I had done the best delivery they had seen in years. Since my TED talk I have received offers for more speaking engagements and many new opportunities are coming my way. I have enormous gratitude for Gitta! I cannot recommend her enough. Whether you are preparing for a Keynote, a TED talk or any other speaking opportunity, hire Gitta- her work pays for itself. Thank you for being such an important person to me in such an important time in my life!”
Allison Osborn
Coach, London (2017)

TEDx

“Gitta– it went so well!! I cannot thank you enough for all of your coaching and support. I got lots of compliments on my TED talk, all thanks to you. You are seriously amazing. Thank you for all of your support and coaching. I can’t wait to work with you again!”
Avery Bang
CEO AT BRIDGES TO PROSPERITY, CO (2017)

TED WOMEN

What leaders say about Gitta:

“Gitta is bold and creative while acting with commitment and integrity.”

“ Gitta is an energetic and charismatic woman with an exceptional gift for complete listening.”

"Gitta is inspiring others to step into their greatness. She leads with passion and compassion, while being keenly aware of other people, their strengths and weaknesses."

“Gitta is incredibly talented for seeing how others use or misuse body language. She notices subtle cues that most of us miss. She can read body language and empower leaders with their body language. This is really her super power!”

“She works empathetically to lead her clients to their highest performance and fulfillment. Gitta does not shy away from giving direct and actionable feedback in a way that is totally transparent. She leans into tough conversations when they are needed.”

"I wasn't quite sure what to expect when looking for a career coach, so I was a bit hesitant about employing one.
Gitta and I quickly made a strong connection: Her ability to show me what I could learn from a career coach and how I could be a more authentic version of myself at work instantly had an impact on not only my happiness at work, but my performance. Gitta really helped me understand what my superpowers were, how (and when) to use them, and how I could be more effective in communicating my ideas and plans. I could instantly feel a change in how people perceived my work and I've been able to move more nimbly and have a deeper impact. I cannot recommend Gitta enough."
Don M.
SR. PRODUCT MARKETING MANAGER, SF TECH COMPANY, CA (2020)
"Gitta's coaching has been immensely helpful for my personal growth. Gitta was extremely personable. She took the time to understand my needs as I had started working after a long break and was feeling unappreciated in some circles. She also provided me with tools that helped me stay focused and energized."
Pooja M.
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, SILICON VALLEY TECH COMPANY, CA (2019)
“I sought out Gitta because I was looking for a coach who could help me work holistically on my executive presence. With Gitta I found that and much more. I wanted more than simply presentation or career coaching; I hoped to feel and project more confidence, engagement, and professionalism in a warm and authentic way. Gitta is a versatile coach who helped me work on everything from identifying and articulating my values to speaking with authority and calming nerves to determining my professional goals and managing impatience. Her coaching has changed my relationship with myself and with my work for the better. I would recommend Gitta to anyone looking to lead a more thoughtful and engaged life."
Hilary G.
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER, SF TECH COMPANY, CA (2019)
“I have been a client of Gitta Sivander for the past seven months. During that time, we have met weekly as she has coached me through some career and life “tough patches”. Gitta has always brought 100% of her intellect, humor and intuition to our sessions. Even if I was not sure what I wanted out of our session, she was able to keep the focus on what was important and help me gain understanding of my situation. After that I always left with an action plan. My “Homework”! Working with Gitta was one of the best investments I have ever made. I have started approaching life in a much more effective way and getting the results I want. If you are considering working with a coach, speak with Gitta. You will be doing yourself a favor.”
Tony N.
Manager, Napa Valley, CA (2019)
“I cannot say enough about my work with Gitta. Game-changer is an understatement! I have broken through problems that have stopped me for years. In my few months of work with Gitta my health has gone from debilitated with chronic fatigue syndrome to unending energy. My sleep has gone from painful to nourishing. My romantic relationship has blossomed from frustration into partnership. Gitta’s coaching has freed up my power as a person. Her work is priceless!!!”
Imber C.
DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHY, ATHENS, ID (2018)
“Gitta has been such a gift to my life! For anyone looking to make vibrant changes in their life, Gitta will exponentially help you to get there. She brings a holistic and somatic approach to coaching that makes you truly feel rejuvenated so that you can conquer your goals with clarity. Gitta has a very warm and thoughtful approach and brings the most dynamic energy to every session!”
Kate P.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, LAKE TAHOE, CA (2019)
"Gitta gave me very clear coaching guidance and insights on redirecting my focus on the positive aspects of changes at my work place and future goals in my professional as well as my private life. She helped me to regain new insights about my future and therefore my priorities in both areas. Gitta is a fresh breath of air and truly professional in her guidance”
Jana B.
Director at GISSV, SF campus (2018)
"Working with Gitta has helped me improve my confidence, more skillfully approach conversations, and ultimately become a better leader."
Megan
CMO, West Coast Startup (2020)
“I cannot even describe all the important things I learned from Gitta, working with her has been truly transformative! One of the things she helped me master was to become an effective speaker on stage. I thought I was a good presenter but when I look at the video of my last presentation I was maybe a 5 versus my last talk after working with Gitta was a 9 or 10. After my last talk there were 30 people lined up and wanting to talk to me. Could not be happier with the work we did!”
Katharina V.
COO OF A BIOTECH STARTUP, SF-NY (2019)
“Gitta has worked with Zest Labs’s CEO, marketing and sales leaders to improve our presentation skills for a variety of formats, including videos, panel discussions, conference presentations and business meetings. She not only provides us with insights but also with tools that make it easy for us to improve our skills quickly. Her feedback is always provided in a positive and encouraging manner that makes the sessions not only informative but also enjoyable. She’s a pleasure to work with and quickly added value to our business.”
Kevin P.
VICE PRESIDENT, SILICON VALLEY TECH COMPANY, CA (2018)
Gitta is a dynamic speaker and terrific mentor! In just a couple of sessions, Gitta helped me improve my public speaking tremendously. She also made several simple yet significant suggestions to enhance my client presentations. I highly recommend Gitta!”
Johanna M.
OWNER, HOSPITALITY SALES, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (2018)
Gitta is amazing! She truly knows her craft and how to help you tap into the message to connect with your audience!
Dr. Cindy McGovern,
SALES, AUTHOR, CA (2018)
“As I was preparing for stepping into a new role, I wanted to hone the craft of public speaking to larger groups. I wanted to come across with authenticity, energy and charisma. Gitta's coaching style and techniques proved invaluable. I learned to be comfortable in my body, move with confidence and command space. The feedback I've gotten since our work is that I'm a "natural." I will recommend Gitta to anyone who wants to take their public speaking to the next level."
Ben T.
Executive Director, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA (2017)
“Gitta thank you for your amazing gifts and using your life to speak so others may do the same. What a Rock Star blessing you are!! I look forward to working with you again. I’m so touched by our courage to be vulnerable in order to move forward. And boy did we!! Freedom is the word I’m feeling. Hope so for you too. To our freedom and joy in allowing our lives to speak for the greater good, no matter the size our stage may be!!
P.
WOMEN”S TOASTMASTERS GROUP, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA (2017)
“Gitta is that rare person who is comfortable in her own skin and, as a result, identifies and works with your authentic self on stage. She is a master of subtle body language, and deftly attunes to how to get beyond your words to embody your meaning. Gitta’s work prepared me for a difficult speech by helping me deal with the emotions behind it and then step into a new paradigm of being me. I highly recommend Gitta to anyone who wants to show up as themselves.”
Elizabeth H.
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (2017)
“I didn’t know that I really needed what Gitta had to offer until we worked together. In my career, I meet with executives from various companies. Gitta has helped me understand and greatly improve how my non-verbal communication influences my client interactions. It’s fascinating to see how a little bit of coaching can go such a long way!”
Tracey M.
SALES TEAM, TECH COMPANY, CANADA (2017)
“I have been working with Gitta virtually on Skype/Zoom to improve my speaking skills for a video I am creating. The work has been tremendously helpful, Gitta lovingly enriched my experience to bring forward the best of me. Gitta really brought awareness to my performance and reassured that I have what it takes to shine in front of an audience and the camera! She is a serious professional that inspires you to polish your speaking abilities so that you can reach the next level. I highly recommend Gitta!"”
Lori B.
Clinical Hypnotherapist and Behavior Coach, Dallas, TX (2017)
“I asked for guidance at a pivotal career point. Gitta was the perfect coach -- with her deep intuition and practiced eye -- this goes well beyond anything you would find in books or online. Her personal coaching on my presentation skills refined my ability to communicate to wider and wider circles -- giving transformational speeches at my global organization. She understands the most subtle nuances that make a huge difference. The most important presentation that we worked on together allowed me to reach the minds and hearts of 500 senior leaders from across the globe. My work inspired our organization to launch a highly aspirational campaign with the assurance that we would achieve our mission. Powerful!”
Barbara
DIRECTOR AT A LARGE ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION, USA (2016)
“Working with Gitta was an inspiration! She helped me transform from a stiff and nervous speaker into a confident stage presenter comfortable using a range of different styles. I can now connect better with my audiences and am noticing a definite improvement in my revenue production.”
Chris L.
Osteopathic Health Practitioner, London (2014)
"I went to Gitta on a recommendation to improve my public speaking for one specific talk. As a non-native English speaker, I was most concerned with being able to speak clearly and concisely and keep the crowd engaged. After just one session working with her, I improved my delivery enough to comfortable booking 6 more talks in the same year!"
Emanuele
SECURITY ENGINEER, SAN FRANCISCO TECH COMPANY (2020)
“Gitta led our company-wide Team Connection workshop and it was fantastic! She truly cares about what she does and our team left the workshop feeling positive, energized and more connected. Gitta was very responsive with all communication from start to finish and was understanding our company goals and needs. I would definitely recommend a workshop with Gitta!“
Leah D.
LEAH D., MANAGER, SAN FRANCISCO STARTUP, CA (2018)
“Gitta helped us organize and hold a team offsite. She recommended a fantastic location and coached us on the agenda and the format of the offsite. During the offsite, she led several sessions, coaching the team in communication and teamwork. Everyone also really enjoyed her icebreakers and energizing yoga sessions! It was great to have her help before and during the event and I would certainly recommend Gitta if you were looking for similar help.”
Ken Y.
CPO AT SILICON VALLEY TECH COMPANY, CA (2018)
“Gitta is just incredible! She is a master communicator and teaches you to be the same. We have had the pleasure of hiring her for my company several times and we are always blown away by how much she knows and how well she teaches it. You will be so thrilled if you hire her for public speaking, movement, communication, or off-sites. I highly recommend [her].”
Mandy H.
CORPORATE AND CAREER COACH, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (2018)
“Gitta Sivander is a masterful workshop leader who brings equal parts professionalism, wisdom and play to the space. She immediately makes you feel taken care of and safe. In women's groups, she brings a very nurturing presence that allows women to connect in new ways, and form deeper friendships. Working with Gitta is a wonderful deepening experience that I highly recommend!!”
Iris McA.
LIFE COACH, FREEDOM FROM FOOD ADDICTION, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (2018)

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