Ira Koretsky, The Chief Storyteller®, has been in the world of public speaking and business storytelling since high school, some 25 years ago. His debate coach, Mr. H., helped his team mates and him understand the power of effective communication and understand the power of effective delivery–they went hand-in-hand.

Some 30 years later, NOTHING has fundamentally changed.

To be successful, we will always need effective communication…between people.

Ira has been coaching, mentoring, training, teaching, and consulting on communication in more than a dozen countries (testimonials, customers, success stories, video clips). He performed improvisational comedy with ComedySportz San Jose and ComedySportz DC for over 10 years. Also, he teaches public speaking, storytelling, and communication at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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Since 2002, Ira has built The Chief Storyteller® into one of the most recognized names in business storytelling. He has developed a variety of tools, templates, and proven frameworks to help you build and nurture a “Deliberate Communication” culture, which improves your individual performance improvement (IPI) and organization performance improvement (OPI).

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Inspire Action Speaking SystemTM

Market Entry Services (MES)

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

Allan KullenCEO, Americans All®

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

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

You are a genius. With over 200,000 employees worldwide, networking seemed nearly impossible. With your insights and suggestions, I identified the right people to build relationships with. Then, I spent time talking and meeting with colleagues inside and outside both my department and FedEx. Your advice in developing a specific plan to accomplish my goals made this process easier, manageable, and enjoyable. I cannot thank you enough!

Rajneesh JhaFedEx

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

The Chief Storyteller® is a valued communications partner. They guided us through a detailed storyboarding process to hone our messages, and then crafted powerful visual graphics to elegantly communicate those ideas. The final product was a branded presentation that really spoke our mission and values. We were very impressed.

Victoria Hale, Ph.D.CEO, Institute for One World Health

Ira truly knows how to bring the best in people and organizations. He asked probing questions that got us thinking about our target audience, message and value proposition, and how to position ourselves to attract the right clients and partners for us. He’s fun to work with and is always thinking about ways to help us. We’ve recommended him to our clients and continue to seek out his help year after year. He’s the best!

Lisa ClaydonCEO, CK Marketing Solutions

Ira helped bring out the very best in us. We learned insightful and invaluable approaches to presenting centered around delivering a compelling and sales-focused message. He helped us hone our story and graphics along with creating a powerful sales script. He molded his process to our individual and corporate requirements, ensuring that we had the utmost confidence in ourselves and our presentation. The Chief Storyteller® Program helped us form new partnerships and open new doors.

Hope K.President, New Media Communications Firm

The Chief Storyteller®‘s ability to make creative leaps is one of the reasons we have been able to articulate our ‘story’ to lots of new clients. They helped us develop a process, a framework for those discussions that help us explain the benefits of our business to new clients — they helped us tell our story.

Tom PencekCEO, Service for Profit

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Header from Unsplash, William Bout; Location: Le Phare du Petit Minou, Plouzané, France
Corporations: Deposit Photos
Government: Capitol, White House, Supreme Court all sourced Wikipedia
Associations: Unsplash Jim Cooke
Better Presentations Review: Deposit Photos with The Chief Storyteller® photo superimposed
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