Shed The


Speaking, networking, facilitating - whatever feels awkward - can feel natural if you drop what's holding you back.

Why Engage The Room?

ETR is an unconventional training studio for service based business leaders to relinquish formal protocols stifling their personality and ideas.

Because you can’t advocate for yourself or your genius hiding behind: “I’m too busy,” perfectionism, data, PowerPoints, collaborators who get all the credit, or the belief you need more credentials.

Plus, human connection is impossible when you are acting like a robot.

Boring, bland and basic are default settings – but they aren’t the only settings. With the right setting, you can drop learned behavior that never felt natural in the first place, step out of the conventional bubble and engage the room with who you really are.

What We Offer


For Companies

Better meetings. Better client relationships. Better leadership.


For Individuals

Gain the skills you need to stand out, sell your ideas, and turn strangers into devoted fans.


Consulting & Facilitation

Organizing an event? Prepping for a high-stakes meeting or presentation? Creating audio or video content for your website?

Who Are Your Facilitators?

Stacey Shipman

Stacey Shipman

A podcast host, facilitator and creator of Engage The Room, Stacey makes people feel comfortable in uncomfortable settings. She continues to “shed the formality” in her own life through stand-up comedy classes and singing lessons, sharing elements of both in her work.

Michel Shipman

Michael Shipman

An executive coach & facilitator, Michael makes learning fun. When he’s not facilitating a group, he’s developing himself as an organic gardener and competitive sailor.

Latest Updates


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