Workshop: [SOLD OUT] Interpersonal Persuasion

Location: Marquis A&B, 9th fl.

Duration: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Day of week: Thursday

Level: All

Key Takeaways

  • Learn and embody the GK acronym-based model for any persuasive conversation.
  • Question-asking awareness and agility to navigate meetings and conversations intentionally rather than passively.
  • How to use storytelling and examples to illustrate and connect in a persuasive conversation.


Details to follow.

Do you ever find yourself at a loss in persuasive conversations? These situations can bring up assumptions and mental blockages about influencing and being too "salesy". Using an intuitive, memorable acronym-based model, GK Training presents a structured approach to any persuasive conversation. With a gestural, mnemonic activity, we engrain the model and the learning becomes kinesthetic, not just mental. This model includes question asking and answering agility, storytelling, and the importance and distinction of other-focus (rather than self-focus).

Speaker: Chiara Motley

Senior Executive Coach with GK Training

Chiara Motley is a senior executive coach with GK Training and has an extensive background in coaching and entrepreneurial development. She began in the field as a personal coach, and now works with GK, consulting with clients in the fields of law and finance. In her individual coaching, Chiara specializes in professional presence, vocal production, poise, composition, and movement training. She helps her clients determine what they want to present, how to organize the presentation, and how to communicate that content effectively, with poise, confidence, physical grace, and clarity. Chiara holds a Master of Fine Arts from The National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO and a BA from Stanford University, where she was awarded the Evelyn M. Draper Prize for Performance and graduated with distinction. She is also a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Chiara studied English, composition, and linguistics, as well as theatre. In addition to her work as a communications consultant, she has a background in ballet and contemporary dance. Her approach to teaching is informed by her own career in the arts. Chiara is a performer and voice over artist. She has appeared in several commercials, voice overs, and performed on stages across the country. Chiara has led workshops for Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Denver Center's Education Program, and has coached performers, businesspeople, and entrepreneurs. As a consultant, Chiara helped The Chef’s Connection develop their online written and video content to increase business and website traffic. She has coached chefs and restaurateurs, helping them to speak passionately and eloquently about their cuisine, their aesthetic, and their business strategy.

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