YOUR SPEAKER COACH FOR PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING
My name is Ira Koretsky, and I started The Chief Storyteller® in 2002 (testimonials, bio). I did workshops and webinars here and there. I never thought of myself as a professional speaker. As I did more and more, I realized just how little I knew about the ins and outs of speaking.
Over time, with bumps and bruises, I figured most things out. Fast forward to today. I have delivered over 500 keynote presentations, workshops, and webinars to more than 36,100 people in nearly a dozen countries (success stories). Currently, I also am an adjunct professor, teaching public speaking, storytelling, and communication at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (customers).
When they contact me, speakers, trainers, and professionals alike ask, “How can I make a bigger impact?” “How can I be more memorable?” “How can I truly inspire action?”
I designed the Speaker Coach Learning Modules to answer these and many more questions. The Speaker Coach modules are based on The Inspire ActionTM Public Speaking System. The system helps you become the type of speaker you want to be. AND become the type of speaker audiences want to see.
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS WITH IRA KORETSKY, SPEAKER COACH
In the two windows/drop downs [+] below, you’ll find more detailed information on the goals I help you achieve and the types of public speaking I can help you with. Press [+] to read the speaker coach information and [-] to close the windows/accordions.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPEAKER COACH
I’m a different kind of speaker 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, Enterprise Communications, 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.
YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER FOR SUCCESS
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.
FLEXIBLE & CUSTOMIZED COACHING
Since starting The Chief Storyteller ® in 2002, I continually develop and refine our exercises, tools, and frameworks. And I continually refine speaker coach engagement. 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.