IMPROVE INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATION PERFORMANCE

Customer experience IS the difference between your competition and you.
Organizational culture IS the key to long-term employee retention.
Great communication IS the glue for everything inside and outside your organization.

To ensure your organization has all three, The Chief Storyteller®‘s founder, Ira Koretsky, designed over 100 Smart Exercises and Smart Icebreakers (examples below).

BUILD & MAINTAIN EMPLOYEE SKILLS

These exercises and icebreakers are customized to your training and learning objectives. They help your teams build, enhance, and maintain a variety of skills such as listening, interpersonal, customer service, sales/development, creativity, team building, communication, storytelling, and leadership.

Ira started developing these exercises the day he started performing improvisational comedy professionally. That day was April 1, 1994. That was the day his eyes were opened to a whole new way of thinking and a whole new way of appreciating the personal and professional worlds around him. Combining his business experience with his improv skills, Ira continuously develops and refines new experiential exercises and icebreakers.

HANDS-ON & CUSTOMIZED

All exercises are hands on and customized to your professional development learning objectives.

Together, The Chief Storyteller® and your planning team collaborate on what exercises would work best for your event. Then you collaborate on the learning objectives, takeaways, level of involvement (individual to group), emotional level (fun to serious), best size (10 to 10,000), and so much more (visit Meeting Planners to learn how The Chief Storyteller® team works with you).

Contact us and let us know about your upcoming retreat, all-hands meeting, off-site, training, meeting, or conference.

Watch a clip of Treat Everyone Like a CEOTM. This is the number one executive leadership and strategy exercise on YouTube today, with over 158,400 views.

the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, workshop with the National Association of Catering and Events, Ira leads the participants in No More
the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, department of energy keynote with Treat Everyone Like a CEO exercise
the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, sylvia baffour explaining her From A to Be exercise
the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, workshop with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Ira leads the participants in Yes, And exercise to expand perception and key an open mind

EXAMPLE BUSINESS EXERCISES

Here are several examples. We always customize our programs to your learning goals. Contact us to learn more.

EXERCISE CATEGORY BRIEF DESCRIPTION
Treat Everyone Like a CEOTM Appreciation This is the number one executive leadership and strategy exercise on YouTube. It is a very powerful exercise. It gets you thinking VERY differently about how you view others, treat others, and in the end, how you view and treat yourself” (view all of our videos).
1-2-5-10 Presentation/Public Speaking A favorite of Ira’s, 1-2-5-10 improves your public speaking skills dramatically. First, you create and deliver a one-minute presentation. Then, you expand it to two-minutes, five, and 10. Following our process will equip you with fundamental tools you can build upon, to up your presentation game (learn more).
What’s Your BTMTM Messaging What is the main message, the one BIG idea you want to communicate to your audience? At The Chief Storyteller®, we call this your Promise of a Better Tomorrow MessageTM or BTM. This exercise is a cornerstone for great messaging and powerful positioning statements.
My Name is Alice Thinking on Your Feet An exercise based on repetition, My Name is Alice challenges you to think on your feet faster.
Delicious & Crispy Tofu Creativity Exercise partners build upon previous statements, by adding a new twist. For example, Person A says, Tofu. Person B then says, Rotisserie Tofu. A says French Rotisserie Tofu. B responds with, Crispy French Rotisserie Tofu. And the exercise continues a few more turns. Then a new word starts the exercise again.
Boulder Toss Listening The premise is simple–participants throw objects back and forth. The execution is challenging. The participant “describes” an object with just body language and sounds. Each clue paints a picture to the person catching the object. Objects can be any size, any weight, anything… a guitar, space shuttle, spatula, boulder, ant, ???
Yes, And Appreciation This is a quintessential business exercise. It is designed around the foundation in improvisational comedy of accepting other people’s ideas. Yes, And  “forces” you to build upon these other ideas and points of view.
Buy More Water Critical Thinking A more advanced exercise, Buy More Water, is modeled after Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Ira’s experience in High School Debate inspired this exercise). Participants are provided a topic and a side – either Pro or Con. Each participant then develops his/her Promise a Better Tomorrow MessageTM, supporting messages, opening, closing, etc. Each participant then attempts to influence, persuade, and inspire the audience with his/her presentation.
the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, department of energy keynote with Ira Koretsky explaining his Treat Everyone Like a CEO exercise
the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, vistage group developing their executive business and leadership stories with Ira Koretsky
the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, workshop with the University of Maryland Terp Alumni Network and the Montgomery Country Chamber of Commerce, Ira leads the participants in That's Interesting, Tell Me More executive storytelling exercise
the chief storyteller smart exercises and smart ice breakers, workshop with the United Way Emerging Leadership Conference, Ira leads the non profit heroes in That's Interesting, Tell Me More business storytelling exercise

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