Better Communications. Better Organizations. Better Performance. Based on nearly three decades of experience, Ira Koretsky, The Chief Storyteller ®, developed his keynote presentations, workshops, and training to improve individual and organizational performance. Within minutes, he will forever change the way you approach communicating. Ira...
- Is an in-demand speaker and coach, inspiring over 30, 000 people around the world
- Encourages you to put your ideas into action with his passionate speaking style
- Fosters enthusiastic participation with fun and relevant exercises and examples
- Creates a memorable event by blending improvisational humor and storytelling into your program
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 15 - 1440 minutes
What to Expect
Inspiring. Engaging. Entertaining.
Inspiring: Encourages audience members to put their ideas into action with his passionate speaking style
Engaging: Fosters enthusiastic participation with fun and relevant exercises and examples
Entertaining: Creates a memorable event by blending improvisational humor techniques and storytelling into your program
Ira is happy to blend programs together as well as customize content to suit your needs. Your program is tailored to the theme of your event and your talent development goals.
Ira spends time with the planning team and executive leadership to ensure the concepts, exercises, and take-aways are aligned to your goals.
"Ira has spoken at several ASAE Great Ideas Conferences and he always receives very positive feedback. His style is very engaging in that he provides a good mix of audience interaction and formal presentation. Anyone who attends his sessions walk away with new ideas on how to approach relationship building, networking, business storytelling and much more. I highly recommend him to speak at other conferences and events!"
— Megan Denhardt, Senior Manager, Learning, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
"When I was the executive director at IWPA, Ira rocked the house at our annual conference. When I transitioned to NWPCA, Ira was my first and only choice for our sales-themed annual conference. Ira’s keynote on blending storytelling and selling inspired our members. He challenged them to think deliberately (his catch phrase) about how they message and communicate their brand stories. I knew he would deliver another fantastic program, and he did."
— Brent McClendon, Executive Director, National Wood Pallets and Container Association (NWPCA)
Better Communications. Better Organizations. Better Performance.
- Catapult Your Success: How to Awaken the Storytelling Giant in You
- Executive Storytelling: How Leaders Use Stories to Engage, Persuade, and Inspire
- Developing Peak Performing Organizations: How “Deliberate Communications” Will Dramatically Improve Your Organization’s Success
- Speak Like TED: 8 Strategies to Become as Inspiring and Memorable as the World’s Top Speakers
- Treat Everyone Like a CEO™: Create Better Experiences through an Empowering Perspective
It all began over 30 years ago, at a high school science fair. Ira Koretsky had presented his computer program on the heart and the circulatory system. One by one, the prizes were announced... third...second...first place. After nearly 100 hours of programming evenings and weekends, he slumped his shoulders and thought to himself, “I lost.” Then...Ira heard the chairwoman announce, “We are awarding the grand prize to a young man who could sell me my own pair of shoes!” And he was stunned to hear his name called.
He was a US Army Captain in the Medical Service Corps serving as both a public affairs officer (PAO) and chief information officer (CIO) in the military health system. He designed presentations for himself and over 40 military and civilian executives in technology and healthcare. At just 21 years of age, he gained invaluable insights into messaging, communications, and storytelling.
Ira has held various leadership roles in marketing and product management. After earning his MBA from the University of Maryland, Ira entered into the world of leading edge technology in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas. It is there he started The Chief Storyteller® in 2002. In 2014, he started ExpandUSA™, helping global companies and executives accelerate their success in the United States.
Like all good communicators, Ira loves the stage. He performed improvisational humor professionally with ComedySportz in a career spanning 12 years and more than 1,000 shows. He put to good use these skills as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and has continued to guest lecture at Maryland along with George Washington and Georgetown universities.
Ira improves your individual and organizational performance. You’re sure to be inspired by his mantra, “Think deliberately.” For 28 years, Ira has been a global speaker, blogger, in-demand trainer, executive coach, and has had over 40 articles published. He has accelerated success for fast growing companies to Fortune 50 corporations, non-profits, charities, and government agencies around the world.
Additional Booking Notes
- Prefer a raised stage
- Strongly prefer lavalier microphone
- Good audio/visual and sound setup. I use visual and video examples
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