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Ira Koretsky is the president of The Chief Storyteller®, a boutique marketing and sales consulting firm. He has delighted audiences around the world helping them achieve better business outcomes and accelerate their revenue with highly effective written, spoken, and social media communications. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after global speaker, columnist, consultant, and executive coach. Twitter @chiefstorytellr youtube.com/user/IraKoretskySpeaker
Looking forward to my workshop with the Society for International Development (SID) Washington, DC Chapter, which is the "largest and most active chapter of SID (See below).
My program, "The Deliberate Networker: Build Stronger & More Valuable Relationships," is always hands-on. We'll be doing my "Treat Everyone Like a CEO" Exercise (watch example on YouTube).
The Deliberate Networker: Build Stronger & More Valuable Relationships
The best networkers are relationship builders. They are deliberate with the people they spend time with, and at the events they attend. As an art, networking blends human behavior, storytelling, and trust. As a science, it requires you to act like a chess grandmaster. Join us for a fun and hands-on program as we explore proven ways to make the right “next moves” that can get you noticed by recruiters, accelerate career success, and promote your brand to establish yourself in your field.
Following the program, there will be an optional networking session with fellow participants in addition to a Happy Hour at Cities Restaurant & Lounge (1212 18th St NW, Washington D.C.).
SID-Washington is the largest and most active chapter of the Society for International Development (SID), an international network founded in 1957 to serve as a global forum dedicated to sustainable economic, social and political development. Through the locally-driven programs of our member organizations and individuals, the majority of whom work on the front lines of development, we are uniquely positioned to inform and promote more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable international development. Our network is spread across more than 30 chapters and 3,000 members in more than 50 countries. The Secretariat has offices in Dar es-Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), and Rome (Italy).
Our individual and institutional members include development practitioners from NGOs, the private sector, bilateral and multilateral institutions, think tanks, embassies, and universities. Our expansive membership contributes to the dynamic exchange of ideas and information that lies at the heart of SID-Washington.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my Irish friends around the world...And to everyone, as today you are Irish (smile).
I look forward to St. Paddy's Day as it is always festive. I wore my green tie and shamrock lapel pin.
It also is a day that starts with a fantastic breakfast event hosted by the Northern Ireland Bureau with Invest NI and Visit Ireland. Having done some workshop programs in Belfast, Northern Ireland, NI holds a special place in my heart.
I included a few pictures from the breakfast.
Here I am with Norman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau. And a big thanks to the entire team of Stewart, Lorraine, Tracy, Kirsten, and Kelsey.
Inside teh beautiful Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. Mr. Houston has just finished his remarks.
In front of the big Welcome sign.
A look into the goodie box everyone received. Delicious Irish Soda bread which we made at home, potato chips my daughter devoured, tea we enjoy, and fudge we have to bake with.
Thank you to Mr. Vera and Mr. Canada from the USAID OSDBU Office for inviting me to keynote at the third annual USAID Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC) yesterday.
I very much enjoyed spending the day with fellow veterans across all of the services. (Of course, I poked a little fun at them as well)
My topic was "Awaken the Storytelling Giant in You."
Description: What if the right story inspired government offiicals (both USAID and international), prime contractors, partners, and country managers to invite you to hear your ideas and your company's capabilities? What if the right story prompted the small business program manager or contracting officer to recommend your company? What difference could that right story mean to your company? Join Ira Koretsky for a lively and insightful keynote on how to turn your experiences into powerful stories that engage and inspire stakeholders throughout the USAID Community, nationally and internationally.
I shared three main ideas: 1) Think DeliberatelyTM; 2) Make Me Care; and 3) Awaken Your Giant. Several of my favorite videos were also shown including Historia de un Letrero (The Story of a Sign) and Jeff Hoffman's The Power of Wonder (You can find them in the playlist on my YouTube Channel here).
And ended with Treat Everyone Like a CEOTM. This is a high-energy, on-your-feet exercise where I challenge you to think very differently and very deliberately about how you engage people and then maintain relationships with them. (YouTube Channel).
A Navy veteran said to me, "You were really great. I especially liked how applicable your videos were. And I appreciate your energy and passion in helping Vets." A fellow Army veteran said, "Hooah! Your Treat Everyone Like a CEOTM Exercise was the best I have seen in all my years. It was fun, educational, and really, really made me think about how I use my words and actions."
Here are a few pictures...
All too often, I have witnessed less than successful presentations due to unplanned problems and issues.
Most, if not all, of the impact from an unplanned circumstance, can be minimized or eliminated with your own emergency presentation kit.
Here are some pre-event suggestions to ensure your presentation goes smoothly.
In next week's tip, I’ll cover some suggestions for you when you arrive on-site.
EMERGENCY PRESENTATION KIT
- Bring a flash drive with your presentation, workbook, video, and audio files. Test it from the flash drive
- Print your presentation with your delivery notes
- Bring a six-foot USB extension cord. You may need it for your flash drive and/or your presenter
- Bring your own presentation device with backup batteries. Bring only fully charged batteries
- Bring your own laptop with an extension cord. Charge fully your battery
- Print out your biography and/or introduction and bring with you
- Bring your own bottle of water (no caffeinated beverages)
- Bring your own timing device (e.g., watch, mini-sized clock, professional presentation timer) or purchase a reliable app for your smart device
- Print out driving directions
Two other pre-event suggestions:
- Test your presentation, every slide, ensuring the animations, audio, and videos work perfectly
- Research the organization’s key executive and planning staff including short biographies. Bring a printout and review.
Depending upon your own situation, some of the suggestions may or may not be appropriate. Make your own list. Print it out. Check items off.
USE YOUR CHECKLIST EVERY TIME.
Wishing all of the active duty service members and veterans a happy and healthy Veterans Day.
It all started in college in ROTC. Great experiences that then lead me to active duty in the US Army. I spent five excellent years supporting military health.