Improve Your Communication Skills in Just 3 Months
Gain confidence as a speaker and storyteller
Create Your Personal Brand
Get that promotion at your work 
Interview well and land your dream job 
Get rewarded for thinking outside of the box


Had an amazing opportunity to present yourself

to a hiring committee, an important client, or your new team –

but you felt you didn’t know WHAT to say?

And you felt you didn’t know HOW to say it?

Been the only diverse person in the room?

And you wanted to make sure that you express yourself authentically including your culture, heritage, and identification or orientation?

Felt you stood out because your ideas or thinking were different? And you wished you could find a way to streamline your process to better convey your thoughts and projects?

Felt anxious about completing a high-performance work task

so much so that you sense your well-being and health are at risk?

AND you have trouble with confidence, speaking anxiety,

being understood, or telling your story?

If so, let me help you SPEAK YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS


Hi, I’m Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner, communication coach and consultant,

and cultural/digital storyteller.


I use a whole-person, holistic approach to include WHO you are, WHERE you come from, the WAY you process information and think, and HOW you identify. So you don't sound like a version of someone else. But you sound like a better version of yourself. 


Coming out in mid-life, I know first-hand the struggle of diverse people. As a gay / queer biracial woman, I know the difficulty of being talked over.


Of being passed over for promotions. 


Or for acknowledgment for a job well done.


I even know the upset when someone steals your ideas or work. And passes it off as their own. 



Hi, I’m Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner, communication coach and consultant and thought leader.


I use a whole-person, holistic approach to include WHO you are, WHERE you come from, the WAY you process information and think, and HOW you identify. So you don't sound like a version of someone else. But you sound like a better version of yourself. 


Coming out in mid-life, I know first-hand the struggle of diverse people. As a gay / queer biracial woman, I know the difficulty of being talked over.


Of being passed over for promotions. 


Or for acknowledgment for a job well done.


I even know the upset when someone steals your ideas or work. And passes it off as their own. 

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Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner |

Communication Coach & Consultant | Thought Leader 



Learn  how to tell your story:

 in an interview
for a webinar
for a speech
for your personal brand
or for a podcast or vlog

Get special attention 1-1 and an individualized program made just for you, to help you stand out and shine as the speaker and storyteller and the person you always knew yourself to be.


Because you’re not a clone of someone else and you can only improve as yourself! 



NO Fixed Formulas
NO Fixed Program that leaves out cultural differences and speaking issues unique to you
NO buzz words or pressure to conform to another person’s idea of what you should sound like


ONLY On-the-Spot, Hands-On Workshopping
ONLY Individualized Programs Created Just for You
ONLY Culturally-Sensitive Approaches
ONLY LANGUAGE and EXERCISES that speak to you and your culture


MAINTAIN WHO you are, WHERE you come from, and HOW you identify.
STOP feeling Like You’re Living Someone Else’s Life
SPEAK with ease, intimacy, and the Acumen of a Professional Speaker

No matter if you are in the Boardroom, at the High-Pressure Zoom Call, or on a TedTalk Stage.


This program is for those who have trouble with confidence, speaking anxiety, being understood, and telling their stories! Including:

  • Non-native Speakers

  • Native Speakers

  • Diverse Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Students

  • Asian & Pacific Islanders and BIPOC  

  • LGBTQIA+ Individuals

  • Genderqueer, Non-Binary, Trans Individuals

  • Job Seekers

  • CEOs, SVPs, Branch Chiefs

  • Academics

  • Mid-Level Employees

  • Graduate Students

  • Graduate School Applicants

  • Creatives

  • Innovators

  • Disrupters

  • The Multi-Talented

  • The Multi-Passionate

  • Non-Traditional Learners

  • Visual Learners

  • Experiential Learners


90-Minute Evaluation

For 90-minutes, I will get to know your goals and work toward developing a clear step-by-step plan to meet them.


Whether you meet with me for 3 months


Or one year


I create an individualized program designed specifically to help you improve.

3-Months of Communication Coaching & Consulting

For 3-months we’ll tackle your communication issues. We’ll go through your job presentations. Webinars. Pitches. Speeches. And mock Interviews.


I’ll guide you through each obstacle and demonstrate professional public speaking.


You’ll try it. And try again. And again.


So WHEN  you go into that boardroom, interview, Zoom call, you are prepared. Inside and Out!


Everyone notices that you no longer shrink in the midst of pressure.


You shine. You are radiant.


You are the leader you always knew yourself to be.

1-1 Workshops to Correct Unintentional Speaking Habits and Mannerisms

On-the-spot Coaching from a professional and Ivy League professor to correct pesky speaking habits including but not limited to:

  • Fidgeting

  • Quiet or Monotone Voice

  • Under Enunciating

  • Lack of Eye Contact

  • Sweating

  • Speaking Too Quickly

  • Feeling Lost


And More Speaking Anxiety Symptoms

Public Speaking

I have taught my diverse clients how to speak persuasively to reach their desired results.

  • Learn how to compose, organize, and deliver your message

  • Learn how to speak persuasively to engage your audience:

    • Without sounding canned or feeling uncomfortable

    • Without leaving behind your culture or identity

  • Learn all aspects of public speech from composition and organization to the anxiety most of us feel when speaking in front of a group

  • Prepare for a variety of different public speaking engagements from the informal such as a wedding speech to the large-scale speech such as a conference, a keynote address, or TedTalk

Accent Transition

(formerly known as Accent Reduction)

Our Accent Transition Program:

(This is a separate program from Speak Your Way to Success with different starting rates. Ask us about how it works.)

Would you like to gain confidence as a speaker?

  • A thorough evaluation and report of your speech

  • An individualized plan to transform your accent

  • A free textbook, lesson materials, and recordings of sessions

  • Lessons on how to pronounce the phrases, vocabulary, and slang specific to your industry

  • Lessons on the accent spectrum between your native language and American English to transition your accent

  • A mid-term evaluation and/or end-of-the-package closing evaluation to show your progress

  • A 3-month certification celebrating your achievement to complete the course

  • As a multicultural person and long term ESL coach, I offer a culturally sensitive approach

Personalized Resources

As a coach and consultant, I’ll provide you with resources and tools to help you succeed including:

  • Mapping Goals

  • Short-Term and Long-Term Planning

  • Time Management

  • Strategies To Level Up in your Career

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Vocal Practice

  • Finding Your Unique Voice

  • Natural Movement and Use of Hands

  • Exercises for Stronger Stage or Screen Presence

  • Thought Leadership

  • Public Speaking Demonstrations

  • Mock Interviews

  • Critical Thinking

  • How to Research

  • Processes for Writing

  • Critical Thinking

  • Developing Scripts to Stand Up for Yourself

  • Working Through Writing/Speaking Anxiety

  • Learning to Love the Way Your Voice Sounds

  • Holistic Coaching Tools to Help You

    • Build better self-esteem and motivation with:

      • Affirmations and visualizations

      • Meditations catered to your needs and personality

      • Self-care practices

      • Life-work balance routines

      • Gain clarity of mind for better focus and productivity at work


  • Learn better conflict resolution and non-violent communication skills

Intercultural  Communication

As a communication team leader in cross-continental, East-West settings, I provide the resources and tools to help you communicate with yourself and with others including:

  • Conflict resolution and Conflict Avoidance

  • Learn how to communicate and negotiate with your diverse coworkers, supervisors, and clients

  • Exercises to take stock of your gifts and assets as an expert in your field, including your culture

  • Processes to work out negative self-talk

  • Communicating within and Between Different Cultures

  • Affirmations to support your growth and wellbeing

  • Strategies and language to exercise your active voice at work:

    • To deal once and for all with office bullies

    • To make sure you can finish and say–“I’m Speaking.”

    • To strut your cultural heritage and cultural pride


  • Learn how to replay the most difficult communication conflicts at work to compartmentalize emotions and reach your goals

Rhetoric and Critical Thinking

As a public speaking & critical theory professor I can support you to learn how to:

  • Detect misinformation from reputable research

  • Learn how to back up a claim

  • Learn how to form a thesis and supporting points

  • Learn deductive & inductive reasoning

  • Use how to be persuasive using Logos, Ethos, and Pathos

  • Practice and improve your critical thinking skills

  • Learn ethics and how to express your core values

  • Diverse and International forms of reason and argumentation

Personal Brand Storytelling 

How difficult is it to be fired when you become the face of your company's brand? Very, very difficult!

Personal Brand Storytelling covers public speaking, but with a focus on your personality and storytelling capability:

  • To learn how to tell your narrative to explain your company's origin story

  • To explain your non-traditional path to an executive position

  • To grow your personal brand by telling stories about your interests, expertise, and experiences to speak to future employers and target clientele

  • The option to highlight your personal brand story to:

    • Host tutorials and podcasts

    • Create blogs and vlogs

    • Interview and network with cutting-edge diverse professionals, intellectuals, activists, and artists

  • To develop your personal brand by learning how to tell your story with emotion, the narrative arch, an active plot, and engaging characters



Tailor Made Textbook, Session Notes, & Recordings!

From the first week, you receive session notes for each session including homework and assignments and recordings of sessions.


At the end of the program, you receive your own one-of-a-kind textbook that you can return to for lifelong learning.


       Meet and Greet!

Meet with Dr. Shannon and other diverse professionals for a fun and helpful 1-hour session on how to work through speaking anxiety.

Gain support from other diverse professionals like you. And receive professional coaching from professional speaking coach & consultant, Dr. Shannon.


Strategies Video!

When you sign up for Speak Your Way to Success, you will receive Dr. Shannon's exclusive video.


On how to prepare for an interview or important executive strategies call. Specifically designed for obstacles that are put in front of us as diverse people. 


Join me for 3-months and learn how to Embody Your Speech with natural movements and hand gestures, speak with a confident and strong stage/screen presence, articulate your words clearly, and learn cultural storytelling and oral interpretation to deliver your lines with feeling and conviction. Learn how to tell your story combining both traditional and non-traditional methods.



I took a short, but intense course of accent reduction with Dr. Lerner and I can say first hand that she will be willing to work with you using very specialized tools and tailored to fit exactly your needs.


I've been working in IT for the past ten plus years, and I never realized how important it is to have effective communication with others, and how that could take or not your career into a different level, but once you are in the other side of the fence, you'll certainly know it.


My customize course was as comprehensive as I thought it would be, with three sessions per week during a 6-month period, were enough to boost my confidence and had a direct impact on my career.


Speak to others in a language that isn't your mother tongue it's hard, and in addition to that Silicon Valley it's all about networking so, talking with confidence it's an invaluable asset.


I'm profoundly thankful to Dr. Lerner for the mentoring and advocacy she demonstrated to my person during our sessions for accent reduction.


Me, being a non-native English speaker, I always struggled with making myself understood with my heavy accent, gradually I could see myself making progress in the daily basis as much as the sessions with Dr. Lerner were taking place. Now I can talk more fluently with confidence knowing that my colleagues and the people around me will understand me without any problem.


We worked together to address my language needs for around 6 months in the first quarter of 2019, which untimely helped to land a different position with greater confidence.


From the beginning until the end of our sessions she spent the right amount of time and dedication to review my progress and make adjustments to our sessions accordingly, so you I was never having that feeling of not making progress for whatever reason.


I encourage to whoever is looking for an excellent professional in the matter to contact her and let her guide you to a path of success. Alex Arguello, Software Engineer from PayPal

I worked with Shannon from Mid-May until late July. Shannon is fantastic to work with; she did a wonderful job on my resume, cover letters and linked profile page! She is extraordinarily engaging and show genuine interest in working with you. I appreciated that she spent good quality time talking with me one-on-one to get to know me, my story and what I wanted to do. She's an intelligent and caring professional that is completely relatable. I highly recommend Shannon not just for the things I mentioned above, but for any type of coaching for the intangible aspects of leadership and management. Fred Alejo from Whole Brain Consulting

I highly recommend Shannon for anyone who is looking for an interview coach! She is kind, culturally competent, and very knowledgeable! I have been working with her for a total of 4 sessions during the month of September. She has given so much tools and perspectives to better communicate during my interviews. I had two very important interviews this month for grad programs and I honestly would not have been confident as I was without her assistance. I am looking forward to working with her on an ongoing basis to help with my communication skills for my job. Maria Rodriguez, Medical Assistant

Shannon is one of the most dedicated educators that I know. She is passionate about her students and clients and helping them learn in effective and creative ways. She cares about seeing individuals as a whole-person and approaches her clients to meet them where they are, and adapts her services to their needs. What I’ve observed with Shannon, is that whether she’s working on a research publication, developing course curriculum, writing an article, creating a podcast or a youtube video, she puts every ounce of her knowledge, expertise, and passion into what she creates. She goes above and beyond and it shows. I’ve been inspired by Shannon’s approach to helping her clients become stronger and more confident communicators, and recommend her services regularly, especially when clients need a highly customized holistic approach. Jennifer Fink, Founder and CEO of Fink Development, Career Coach

I have worked with Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner from August of 2018-now on a variety of different projects. From professional writing and copy editing to speech and accent reduction, Dr. WL has done all sorts of services to help me as a professional. Since I have been seeing Dr. Shannon, I have been able to get ahead in my career for writing, for conference presentations and speaking engagements, career coaching on strategies and steps to take, and for forms for work. Below, I break down how she helped me. (See complete review on LinkedIn) Keiko Tsuda, Tim's Music

I took public speaking / presentation / interviewing coaching / consulting sessions with Dr. Wong Lerner for about a month from March 2018 until mid-April 2018. I had a high-stakes presentation to deliver for work happening in a short period of time. I had drafted some ideas for my presentation topic, but I hadn't put it all together yet. I also hadn't been in a situation such as this one in many years.


Here is what I took and still take away from Dr. Wong Lerner's sessions:

• she made me feel at ease and that my task was completely feasible, even though I wasn't sure when I first started, improving confidence and helping me feel grounded

• she helped me with feedback and comments/edits for the actual writing of the presentation which was invaluable support I needed

• she helped me with delivery, gestures, and voice, and even breathwork exercises

• she helped me feel comfortable with responding authentically to on-the-spot Q&A because of my expertise in my field, and how to situate myself in this somewhat new subject matter.  (See complete review on LinkedIn) 

Chip Dalby, Senior User Experience Designer at Stanford University's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner and I have worked together for the past 11 years from January 2009 -- continuing in March 2020 in collaboration for theatrical productions, as a student of mine, I served as a vocal coach, and now as a voice specialist consultant. We have worked since January 2016 -- continuing on accent reduction projects.


My work with Dr. Shannon Wong Lerner has been fruitful for my own business and education. Dr. Shannon hired me as a voice specialist consultant to work with speech and accent reduction clients from multiple cultures.


Dr. Wong Lerner and I have been working and collaborating on projects surrounding voice in many different ways, and I have worked with her to continue her education about voice and voice studies. The aptitude and level of her understanding of the way voice works is one of the reasons why we continue our partnership.


I have trained Dr. Shannon as an opera singer, and we have worked on a production of a co-created operetta that she performed solely. I have seen her challenge herself in voice and technique in a similar way she does for her clients. It has added a new dimension to the voice evaluation and pedagogy that is the foundation of my voice studio.


With each case we work on, she provides plenty of detailed testing to get a clear overview of the client habits and make specific recommendations for modification. Dr. Wong Lerner's method is not only scientific to measure the sounds clients can or can't make at the time of seeing her, but it is also being sensitive to their cultures and very humanistic. I have witnessed her working with clients, and she seems to have a way to connect with them to establish trust and to show them what lengths to they can go to improve upon their speech and professional development. I look forward to continuing our working relationship. I recommend Dr. Wong Lerner wholeheartedly without reservation. Monifa Harris, Voice Coach at Impact Online Voice Studio

Alex Arguello, Software Engineer 

from PayPal

Jennifer Fink |

CEO and Founder

of Fink Development

Keiko Tsuda | Tim's Music

Maria Rodriguez, Medical Assistant

Fred Alejo, Experienced Executive/Manager | Consumer Packaged Goods 

Monifa Harris | Voice Coach at Impact Online Voice Studio

Chip Dalby | Senior User Experience Designer | Stanford University's SLCA National Accelerator Laboratory
See all of these reviews and more on LinkedIn 

Introduce yourself! Let me know something about yourself, your background, and your needs. Describe how you envision yourself writing or speaking professionally. I look forward to meeting you.

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Hi, Please sign up for a 30-minute complimentary session with the booking option. I look forward to speaking with your soon. Sincerely, Shannon Wong Lerner Ph.D.

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