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Hello… My name is Ira Koretsky, founder and CEO of The Chief Storyteller ® (bio). For more than 25 years, I have trained thousands and provided coaching to hundreds of professionals around the world (customers).

I ensure you Deliver THE Expected Experience ™ with better communications. Learn to simplify the complex and communicate effectively when the stakes are high. Storytelling in all its forms is our specialty and our secret sauce

I regularly work with leaders, executives, and rising stars in associations, government, and corporations. More about me is below.

Coaching leaders and experts to simplify the complex and to communicate effectively when the stakes are high

Top 10 Executive Communication Coaching Company

We are honored and proud of the award from Manage HR Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Emerging Executive Coaching Companies for 2022.” Manage HR Magazine is one of the premier human resources, training, and talent development magazines internationally.

As part of the award, CEO Ira Koretsky was interviewed by the editors. He talks about how he started The Chief Storyteller®, some of today’s communication challenges, our coaching methodology, and more.

Learn More & Read Ira's Interview


I’m a different kind of coach. More like a 1-on-1 consultant. I blend together the best of my experience and expertise from being a consultant, professional speaker, trainer, and adjunct professor.

I am an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, where I earned my MBA. My course teaches public speaking, communication, and business storytelling to about 70 honors students. The student final is a five minute, TED-Style Talk. Each student picks his/her own topic, develops engaging presentation visuals, crafts a compelling narrative told through the eyes of a personal story, and teaches us something new, as all good TED and TEDx speakers do.


Depending upon what we are working on, sometimes I act like a coach, sometimes like a consultant, and sometimes like a professional trainer. The professional trainer comes into play when you need to build, hone, or maintain various communication skills. I draw from over 100 written and verbal Smart Exercises developed by The Chief Storyteller ® team.


Since starting The Chief Storyteller ® in 2002, I continually develop and refine our exercises, tools, and frameworks. And I continually refine our approach to coaching. Consistently,  I have found co-creating your engagement structure for our meetings works best. The structure will be a blend of your goals, milestones, timetable, and availability.

Sometimes we will practice, sometimes we will collaborate, brainstorm and strategize, sometimes we will revise, sometimes you’ll do some exercises, sometimes you’ll share your activities and the results. I use a combination of in-person meetings, Zoom video, telephone calls, and email during your coaching engagement.

Whatever we do, my approach to your coaching, is to ensure you achieve your personal and professional goals, in your own authentic way.

Achieve your personal and professional goals, in your own authentic way


The Chief Storyteller ® offers seven tailored coaching services to improve your communications. Most coaching clients blend one or more coaching services into their engagement.

If you are seeking a training + coaching option for your organization, please visit The Academy of Better Communicators Club ™.

become the type of speaker you want to be. AND become the speaker audiences want to hear

for people with a goal of taking business storytelling to a whole new level

for sales professionals that want to close more deals, faster

for executives and rising stars seeking practical advice and hands-on help

Raise more funds, faster with powerful storytelling and “languaging” techniques.

for aspiring, new, and seasoned professional speakers looking to dramatically upskill

for CEOs and Founders seeking to maximize the sale of their company


Collaborating for Success

Collaborating for Success

More Confidence. More Viewers.

More Confidence. More Viewers.

“You Saved the Day!”

“You Saved the Day!”

Storytelling Increased Revenue 80%

Storytelling Increased Revenue 80%

Successfully Sold ~$70M Family-Owned Business

Successfully Sold ~$70M Family-Owned Business

Doubled Revenue Over 3 Years

Doubled Revenue Over 3 Years

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