Becoming a Great Communicator Takes Practice

That’s good news, because it means that no one is doomed to sound like a robot, stumble over their words, or struggle to get their true meaning across. I’ve helped thousands of professionals—through one-on-one coaching or group workshops—learn to present their ideas, even to tough audiences, with greater confidence and impact.

No matter what your title is, you have to gain buy-in, share tough news, speak in a variety of settings—and do it all in a way that instills confidence in your message. The words of a leader (at any level of an organization) can comfort, inspire, inform, or redirect. You truly have the power to craft what you say and how it will be received. You can become a more confident, persuasive, and polished communicator, which will help you succeed in your current role, in your career, and in life!

Core topics include:

Presentation Skills

Learn how to command undivided attention, speak with confidence and gravitas, keep your group engaged, balance data and stories, present technical information to non-technical audiences, and present with credibility and authenticity.

Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback

Learn how to give feedback to your direct reports, colleagues, and your managers in a way that is most likely to be heard and received without defensiveness from them, as well as how to take concrete, timely action when you’re on the receiving end.

Navigating Conflict and Tricky Conversations

Learn how to approach difficult conversations with skill and confidence, how to identify the root causes of common workplace conflicts, and gain simple, effective language that can improve (almost) any conversation.

Communicating With Impact and Influence

Learn how to create a climate of trust and psychological safely, take a coaching approach to critical conversations,  and how to address what your key contributors need to become more self-directed, self-motivated, accountable professionals.

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Special Offerings

“Magic in the Middle”
Mid-Level Management Program

Give your mid-level managers  the attention and support they deserve! Middle managers need to do “magic” every single day, including influencing with mixed authority, presenting ideas to get senior (and junior) buy-in, and managing multiple stakeholder relationships up, down and across. This transformative program combines “quick win” workshops with individual coaching sessions customized to help your middle managers grow their skills, confidence and influence.

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Just Launched:
New Online Microlearning Opportunity

Are you looking to strengthen your communications skills today but you’re short on time? My microlearning course covers presentation skills, giving and receiving effective feedback, navigating conflict and tricky conversations, and communicating with impact and influence.

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Meet Deborah Grayson Riegel

Everyone wants the opportunity to be heard and understood; to have the words and know how to deliver them when the pressure is on. I love that I get to help people realize they’re capable of doing this—regardless of their starting point and current comfort level communicating.

Communication is key to success, both personally and professionally. I work with individuals and teams around the world to help leaders at every level share their message more effectively and become better speakers and managers. I’ve worked with people across all sizes of organizations, from newly promoted middle managers to C-level leaders of Fortune-50 companies. I also teach Management Communication at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, and Executive Communications at the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, China.

My approach combines evidenced-based concepts with my decades of experience to deliver significant value. I employ proven techniques from behavioral and social psychology, public speaking, and coaching. Additionally, I believe professionals learn, retain, and share more when they’re engaged; so, I focus on making all of my programming enjoyable, as well as informative.

I hold a degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. I’m a graduate of Coach U and Coaches Training Institute, and a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.

I live in New York with my husband Michael, my twins Jacob and Sophie, and my rescue dog Nash, who knows I will always sneak her a treat when nobody is looking.

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