Better Performance

through better communication. Our specialty is helping organizations with highly complex services, especially when the stakes are high


Paint by Numbers

How to Craft a Story Using Data - Customized Workshop and Keynote Programs


Better All-Hands Meetings

Better meetings. Better experiences. Better results.


When stakes are high

Coaching for Executives, for Public Speaking, for Storytelling, for Speakers


A speaker who speaks to you

Customized keynote presentations that inspire, engage, and educate



Immersive and customized workshop programs designed around your real-world challenges


Smart Exercises

More fun. More learning. More impact.



Build a Culture of "Deliberate Communication" in Your Organization



Inspiring keynote presentations and hands-on workshops


Customized services to improve individual and organizational performance


Practical programs designed to meet your real-world challenges


Hands-on advice to improve your communication, speaking, and storytelling


Can you pass The Grandma Test?  Would your Grandma understand what you do, quickly and easily after hearing your elevator pitch? Your capabilities presentation? Reading your website? And so forth? You know what you do and why you do it. Do your target audiences know and appreciate your value? Do they REALLY care about your organization, your products, and your services?

Our specialty is helping people and organizations simplify the complex and when the stakes are high. We ensure your written, spoken, and social media communications relate and resonate with your target audiences. That your target audiences do care about you.

We offer a variety of hands-on and strategic communication services, coaching, and speaking/training. Since 2002, The Chief Storyteller® has worked with corporations, associations, charities, academia, and government agencies of all types and sizes, across over 30 industries, in 14 countries (testimonials, success stories, customers).

We are a different kind of company, offering a different approach to messaging and communication. Read more about our differentiators and our team.



Presentation Worth $94 Million

Presentation Worth $94 Million

Collaborating for Success

Collaborating for Success

More Confidence. More Viewers.

More Confidence. More Viewers.

“You Saved the Day!”

“You Saved the Day!”

Need an inspiring keynote presenter? Engaging workshop facilitator?

I was in Ira’s session at VETS2015 and could not leave the room! Everyone hung on to every word. I said to myself, “I need to get Ira to speak at my other conferences!” We did. Ira was fantastic, again! Attendees hung on every word (again). He delivered his messages on better communications and storytelling while challenging them in a good way. Ira ended his keynote with his “Treat Everyone Like A CEO” exercise — a BIG hit. To see 950 people laughing, smiling, and communicating created a very positive atmosphere and set the tone for the rest of the conference. Ira hit “a home run.”

Earl MorganDepartment of Energy, Conference Manager

Never before in our six years of being in business has the entire management team agreed to a new business story. The Chief Storyteller®’s approach helped solidify our direction, identify our story in our customer’s eyes, differentiators, and most importantly, the value that customers appreciated and desired. Their approach was the lynch pin in our winning a $94 million dollar multi-year contract.

John ScarcellaExecutive Vice President, IT Professional Services Firm

Ira has spoken at several ASAE & The Center’s Great Ideas Conferences and he always receives very positive feedback from attendees. His speaking style is very engaging in that he provides a good mix of audience interaction and formal presentation. Anyone who attends his sessions will walk away with new ideas on how to approach relationship building, networking, business storytelling and much more. I would highly recommend him to speak at other conferences and events!

Megan DenhardtSenior Manager, Learning, ASAE & The Center

Your executive storytelling program was the key reason I chose to attend the overall event. In fact, it was somewhat of a life altering experience for me! I thoroughly enjoyed and valued your teaching moments and wisdom. You not only shared excellent insight but you made it interesting and fun! I recognize how critical this skill is to ensure I am a more influential leader primarily for my organization’s and team’s sake.

Juanita W.United States Federal Government

You eat the lunches of the other communication training firms. I learned more hands-on and immediately applicable techniques than with the other guys—and I have been to several of them. Working with you has made a huge difference with our online events.

Wayne JacksonSenior Advisor, Charles Schwab

We knew after the first week that this would be the best investment we ever made. We have been in business 10 years and The Chief Storyteller® did more in terms of sales and marketing than any previous firm. Ira listened and tailored his Power Story Process to our business and our personality. Our new proposal design, sales process, and updated web site content are winning more business. Ira has shown us the tremendous value in telling OUR story.

Lisa LoperCOO, Database Specialists

They quadrupled our revenue in just 6 months.

Michael WhitecarCEO, The Chief Information Group

Ira is the best messaging guy on the planet. Period. His company, The Chief Storyteller®, has helped me with three different startup company ideas. In just a few hours, he makes an impact. It’s what his company does over the long term that makes the real difference. They help with messaging of your company, products and services across all potential touch points for clients and prospects. I strongly encourage you to see how they can make a difference for you.

Daniel OdioChief Operating Officer, PointAbout

Ira’s process for telling vibrant stories is a revolution in business communication. My passion is helping leaders explore possible futures, and Ira has given me the tools to make sure my stories really stick with people. It’s inspiring to work with a master of his craft. He is helping me become my own "Chief Storyteller®."

Eric GarlandAuthor of Future, Inc.: How Businesses Can Anticipate and Profit from What’s Next and Keynote Speaker, Competitive Futures | Published by Amacom

Learning and applying The Chief Storyteller® techniques greatly improved our message content and our visual design. The key messaging exercises and charting ideas were easy to follow and implement. Our new presentation enabled us to reach partners faster and demonstrated greater credibility. We are using our new skills with every presentation.

David GilbertOffice of The President, Director of Life Sciences Project, University of California at Berkeley

When I was the executive director at IWPA, Ira rocked the house at our annual conference. When I transitioned to NWPCA, Ira was my first and only choice for our sales-themed annual leadership conference. Ira’s keynote on blending storytelling and selling inspired our members. He challenged them to think deliberately (his catch phrase) about how they message and communicate their brand stories. I knew he would deliver another fantastic program, and he did.

Brent McClendonPresident/CEO, National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA)

In all the years as executive director, I cannot remember watching a keynote from start to finish. I’m typically handling any number of conference-related questions or issues. For Ira’s keynote, I stayed the entire time. His warmth, humor, and passion engaged the audience members from the first few words. Ira energized the audience with a variety of insightful approaches to being stronger communicators and better business storytellers. Six months later, our members are still talking about him.

Torryn Brazell, CAE, CMPExecutive Director, National Grants Management Association (NGMA)

For the first time in our 22-year history, we have one easily understood and unifying message.

Allan KullenCEO, Americans All®

Ira inspired our more than 800 attendees. He inspired them to think differently about how to present themselves verbally and in writing, through the entire job hunting process. He underscored the importance of telling your story through your client or prospective employer’s eyes. We received many favorable comments about his topic. We were very glad to have Ira as part of the panel of ABA speakers.

Esther D. BrewerEducational Programs Manager, American Bar Association

Ira Koretsky made me look good. I recommended him as a personal development speaker at our annual meeting in Denver. As one of ten concurrent sessions, this type of program generally pulls about 100 participants, tops. More than 400 people showed up for Ira’s session and stayed. The real estate industry relies on strong personal relationships and trust. Increasingly, demands make it easy to lose sight of this. Several industry legends told me that Ira’s program was something of an intervention, putting them back on the game where it belonged—with people. Thanks, Ira!

Ann OliveriSenior Vice President, Strategic Development, The Urban Land Institute