For the first time in our 22-year history, we have one easily understood and unifying message.
— Allan Kullen, CEO, Americans All®
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 Denhardt, Senior 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
They quadrupled our revenue in just 6 months.
— Michael Whitecar, CEO, TCIG
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 Scarcella, Executive Vice President, IntelliDyne
One of the most important aspects of the success of the program was the pre-interviews. Ira spent time with each participant getting to know them and getting to know their important issues. When it came time for Ira to conduct the training, his research was appreciated by everyone in the room. His examples, stories, and exercises were are all customized to my team’s needs and what I wanted the learning opportunities to be. Over the past few months, I have seen positive changes in our team effectiveness due to his training program and my executive team’s reinforcement of the key takeaways.
— Employee (name withheld), United States Federal Government
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. Brewer, Educational Programs Manager, American Bar Association
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 Odio, Chief Operating Officer, PointAbout
It’s the best presentation I have been through on social media and I have been through many!! I need to think about our messages and processes as we help our members be better business owners and marketers. Your ideas, approaches, and tools were outstanding. They will help us move into the 21st century of marketing. You present this topic in such an eloquent way!
— Cathy Mrosko, Director of Government Affairs and Industry Outreach, National Systems Contractor Association
I thought your presentation was one of the better sessions in my 8 years in Vistage. I appreciate the discussion we had on my personal story and business stories and I look forward to working with you on them.
— Vistage Member
I first met Ira during his Elevator Pitch Value Proposition Workshop. After watching for just a few minutes, I knew he would be an excellent facilitator for our global programs. As expected, the feedback received from his first trip, from audience members from three separate countries, was excellent. He provided invaluable assistance on their presentation design, their origin/founder’s story, and their public speaking delivery. Subsequently, we partnered with Ira on several additional trips. What set Ira apart, was his advance preparation. He spent considerable time researching the culture and participating companies. His research really, really made a difference. His bespoke [customized] programs were hands-on with actionable take-aways, that the participants really appreciated. He was always a favorite facilitator of the participants.
— Natalia Pipia, Director, CRDF
Ira’s presentation was definitely my best (and most useful) Vistage session to date.
— Vistage Member
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 Morgan, Department of Energy, Conference Manager