We offer over a variety of workshops across 8 workforce development learning categories (see below). Every program is designed to improve individual and organizational performance. Every program is customized to your learning objectives and agency’s culture (visit Meeting Planners to learn more). Every program is actionable with specific take-aways and exercises matched to your learning objectives. And every program offers a safe and fun learning experience.


Ira Koretsky

CEO | Founder | Army Veteran

Sylvia Baffour

Trainer | Workshop Facilitator

Ira Koretsky, CEO of The Chief Storyteller® and US Army veteran, combines his business acumen, public speaking experience, facilitation expertise, training skills, improvisational comedy background, and storytelling skills to ensure your program is educational, engaging, and actionable (customers, past performance/success stories, video clips, and testimonials).

Ira and Sylvia Baffour, your workshop presenters, have worked with more than a dozen local, state, Federal, and international government agencies from around the world. They have presented to front line professionals to SES leadership. To learn more about their approach and delivery style, visit Meeting Planner and Video Clips pages.

Ira’s specialty is helping people with their written, spoken, and social media communication that work in complex, technical positions and where the stakes are high. Ira is also a US Army Veteran, where he was both a PAO and CIO in Healthcare IT. Sylvia’s specialty is helping you achieve peak performance by improving the way you and your organization leap beyond its barrier. Sylvia is a certified life coach, has lived in five countries, and speaks five languages.


Below are 8 accordion/windows listing the workshop titles. Press [+] to expand and [-] to close. Note each workshop is only listed once in its main topic area (8. Team Building has some overlap). For example, Executive Storytelling is in 2. Leadership Communication and Speak Like TED is in 6. Presentation & Public Speaking.

1 Storytelling

  • Storytelling for Scientists:  How to Engage, Persuade, and Inspire
  • Storytelling for Techies:  How to Engage, Persuade, and Inspire
  • Be Unforgettable:  Turn Your Personal Experiences into Message-Driven Stories that Generate Action
  • Storytelling for Better Workforce Alignment and Engagement

2 Leadership Communication

  • Executive Storytelling: How Leaders Use Stories to Engage, Persuade, and Inspire
  • The Language of Leadership: Inspire and Influence with Your Words, Body, and Voice
  • “Yes And:” Improvisational Humor Techniques to Improve Your Influence and Effectiveness
  • Executive Presence: Dramatically Improve Your Clarity, Comfort, and Confidence
  • Voice of Leadership: How Effective Leaders Succeed without Managing
  • Resilience and Flexibility: Peak Performance in the Face of Change


  • The Language of Leadership for New Leaders
  • Better Meetings for New Leaders

3 Outreach, Networking, & Relationship Building


  • How to Develop Powerful, Inspiring Success Stories/Past Performance
  • “Yes And:” How to Use Improvisational Humor Techniques to Engage Audiences Faster


  • The Deliberate Connector: 6 Steps for Building More Profitable Relationships at Networking Events
  • Relationship Building and Networking Fundamentals Inside and Outside Your Agency
  • Expand by 8:  Building Stronger Relationships Inside Partner Organizations and Agencies

4 Marketing, Culture, Organizational Communication, & Thought Leadership


  • “What Do You Do?” How to Develop a “Wow! Tell Me More” 30-Second Mission Statement/Story (Elevator Pitch)
  • Maintaining a Culture of Exceptional Customer Service
  • Build a Stronger Organizational Culture through Better Storytelling
  • Build Stronger Brands and Loyal Fans with Better Messaging and Positioning
  • How to Become a (Much) Better Storytelling Agency (Storytelling & Branding combined)


  • 7 Key Steps to Becoming a Recognized Thought Leader
  • How to Become a Recognized Thought Leader with Social Media

5 Social Media Workshop


  • Social Media Storytelling 101
  • Unleash the Power of Social Media Storytelling
  • Better Blogging


  • Build and Maintain a “I Want to Know More” LinkedIn Profile
  • Build Your Personal Executive Brand in Social Media


  • How to Develop and Maintain Thought Leadership in Social Media
  • LinkedIn Branding: Building and Maintaining Your Persuasive Brand
  • Getting Started with Social Media
  • Unleashing Social Media Storytelling (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter)

6 Presentation & Public Speaking


  • Great Presentations
  • Designing Persuasive Presentations
  • Storyboarding & Messaging – The Foundations to Every Great Presentation
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 101, 301
  • Data Storytelling: Telling Persuasive and Engaging Stories with Your Data
  • 3,887 Steps to Excite Non-Technical Audiences with Your Ideas
  • Develop & Deliver Great Webinars


  • Executive Presence: Dramatically Improve Your Clarity, Comfort, and Confidence
  • Speak Like TED: 5 Strategies to become as Inspiring and Memorable as the World’s Top Speakers
  • The Language of Leadership: Inspire and Influence with Your Words, Body, and Voice
  • Becoming a Confident and Compelling Public Speaker

7 General Communication Skills & Career Building


  • Active Listening: How to Make Conversations More Meaningful
  • Dealing With Difficult People
  • No More “But”Heads: Build Stronger Workplace Relationships with Positive Words and Body Language
  • “Yes And:” How to Use Improvisational Humor Techniques to Improve Your Influence and Effectiveness
  • Building and Enhancing Your People Skills
  • Inspire and Succeed with Emotional Intelligence


  • Etiquette – Telephone, Text, Email, & Social Media
  • Using Humor Effectively
  • Body Language Skills
  • Writing effective emails
  • How to Get Your Ideas Approved Faster and Easier (for younger professionals)
  • How to Talk about Yourself When You Hate Talking about Yourself


  • Personal Branding: Differentiate Yourself for Career Success
  • “Tell Me About Yourself?” 3 Steps to Develop a Compelling 30-Second Answer
  • Mastering the Interview
  • How to Build Your Persuasive, Personal Brand on LinkedIn

8 Team Building Workshop

  • No More “But”Heads:  Build Stronger Workplace Relationships with Positive Words and Body Language
  • “Yes And:”  How to Use Improvisational Humor Techniques to Improve Your Influence and Effectiveness
  • Active Listening:  How to Make Conversations More Meaningful
  • Dealing with Difficult:  How to Communicate Effectively with Difficult Personalities
  • 3,887 Steps to Excite Non-Technical Audiences with Your Ideas
  • Building and Enhancing Your People Skills
  • Peak Performing Teams that Consistently Win
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Treat Everyone Like a CEOTM



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  • Micro-purchase engagements welcomed


611430 – Prof. & Mgmt Development Training
541613 – Marketing Consulting Services


541611 – Admin. Mgmt & General Mgmt Consulting Svcs
541612 – Human Resources Consulting Services
541618 – Other Mgmt Consulting Svcs
541820 – PR Agencies
541890 – Other Svcs Related to Advertising
541910 – Mktg Research & Public Opinion Polling
541990 – All Other Prof., Sci., & Technical Svcs


– Helped the Library of Congress become the Federal government procurement Executive Agent for over $515M in information products (read more)
– Developed a unified set of communication materials for the CDC, helping secure funding for much needed programs (read more)
– Additional past performance

One of the most important aspects to the success of the program were 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 take-aways.

Employee (name withheld)United States Federal Government

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

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 MorganDepartment of Energy, Conference Manager

Ira has a unique and captivating way of looking at how organizations communicate–what they are doing today and what they should be doing. He engaged our participants with relevant ideas and made very practical suggestions that we could all use the next day.

Pete K.United States Federal Government

We had this excellent program inside NCHS/CDC that was designed to improve the health of communities/cities across the United States. After conducting telephone calls and visiting cities, we came to realize that neither our organization story or messages were compelling. The Chief Storyteller partnered with our team to help us develop a unified set of communication materials that would inspire both the community leaders and leaders within CDC. Within just six months, we had everything we needed! And within a year, we were able to secure additional funding to help even more communities.

Lewis B.United States Federal Government

That was a great joy being on Mr. Koretsky’s lecture “Three Steps to Tell Your Business Story” in Tbilisi, Georgia. The whole story told by him was so friendly, easy-going and well understandable. It brought me great pleasure. I suppose that the confidence and the knowledge came to him during his tremendous experience (speaking from the age of 15—wow!!) and I am very thankful to him and the whole CRDF organization for this very enjoyable conference.

Levan Shanidze, M.D.Neurosurgeon, Tbilisi City Hospital after Acad. O. Gudushauri, Tbilisi, Georgia

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