Testimonials & recognition
Members of Congress • State Legislators • CEOs
Organization Spokespeople • Policy Analysts
Scholars • College Students • Authors
“In this time of incivility and disrespect in our public discourse, Melanie Sturm presents an alternative – showing us how real leadership is about persuasion. It doesn’t take much intellectual rigor to simply call the other side “stupid,” but you can persuade them by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things the way you do.”
-Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Chairman and CEO Steamboat Institute
When it comes to communicating and convincing people about a better way forward, with common sense and proven principles, Melanie Sturm is one of our best advocates. Having witnessed her Engage to Win program and its easy to deploy lessons, I urge others to run -- not walk -- to learn persuasive communications from her."
– CO Congressman Scott Tipton, CD3
“Melanie is the face of a winning future and a persuasive voice for us.”
– Former Colorado Senate President John Andrews
"Melanie is a is a brilliant communicator who, through her newspaper columns and public speaking, argues effectively and persuasively for the ideas on which the betterment of American lives depend."
– CO Congressman Michael Coffman, CD-6
“Melanie Sturm is one of the clearest thinking and articulate influencers in Colorado, and beyond. Her breadth of understanding of major issues and ability to formulate and communicate solutions is exceptional. Melanie is a rare talent, indeed!”
– Former Congressman Bob Beauprez, CD-7
“I want to encourage anyone who has the opportunity to attend Engage to Win persuasion training to absolutely avail themselves. I am a current candidate for the position of Boulder County Commissioner, and was able to utilize the skills I learned the next day at a candidate forum sponsored by a women’s group. I was much better able to connect with the audience, finding common ground and answering their questions in a fashion that minimized conflict with the questioner.”
"I'm so grateful that I attended the Engage to Win seminar led by Melanie Sturm. As a candidate for the Colorado House, I know how important it is to make a positive first impression on the constituents in my district. Melanie provided me with new tools to engage voters by talking 'with' citizens instead of bombarding them with talking points. Subjects we covered included asking questions instead of making declarative statements, letting voters know the benefits of policies by focusing on fairness and compassion, illustrating policies with stories instead of facts and figures, and moving away from issues of disagreement and instead discussing issues where agreement is possible. Melanie offered real-life examples of potential arguments and how to respond with compassion and understanding. The seminar featured a plethora of valuable information. I highly recommend this seminar to anyone running for office and to their surrogates. It is a valuable tool for any campaign."
- Dahlia Jean Weinstein, House District 41.