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The Art and Science of Storytelling.


Gabrielle Dolan can tell you a story or two.

In fact, it was while working in a senior leadership role at National Australia Bank that she realised the power of storytelling in effective business communication. Since that epiphany, Gabrielle has found her calling as a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling.

Current Work

A highly sought-after keynote speaker, educator and author, Gabrielle has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world and helped countless of Australia’s top 50 companies and multinationals to humanise their communications - Accenture, EY, VISA, Uber, Australia Post, National Australia Bank, Amazon and International Committee Red Cross to name drop a few.

Bringing humanity to the way business people communicate isn’t just a career, it’s a calling. The ultimate expression of her passion for the cause is her Jargon Free Fridays movement/ global revolution.

Gabrielle is also the bestselling author of Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results (2015) which reached the top 5 on Australia’s bestselling business books. Her other published books include Storytelling for Job Interviews (2016), Hooked: How Leaders Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling (2013), and Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling (2017). Her latest Wiley publication, Real Communication: How to be you and lead true, was published in May, 2019.

Previous Experience

Education: She holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Swinburne University, an associate diploma in education and training from the University of Melbourne, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in both the Art and Practice of Leadership Development and Women and Power: Leadership in a New World.

Talking Points

The Art and Science of Storytelling

Over the last decade business storytelling has emerged as a powerful communication skill and
leadership competency. In this high impact keynote, Gabrielle will provide compelling
reasons and insights for why leaders need to embrace storytelling to connect, engage and

The audience will experience first hand the power of sharing personal stories to communicate
business messages. In addition they will gain valuable insights on what makes a story a story
and how to avoid the most common mistakes when sharing stories in business.

In a World of Fake why we Need to be Real

This keynote explores how fake news is e?ecting our levels of trust and how the battle for truth means that leaders need to respond with real communication.

This compelling keynote will fundamentally challenge the audience’s perception on authentic leadership. By providing real life examples the audience will be motivated to embrace authentic leadership and to communicate in a way that is more genuine. Gabrielle will discuss the aspects that hinder our ability to communicate in a genuine way, including what helps us to be real as leaders and communicators.

From Jargon to Genuine

In this highly entertaining keynote, Gabrielle will highlight the absurdity of corporate jargon and our excessive use of acronyms. Showcasing to the audience the serious issues this causes for e?ective communication in business.

Gabrielle will challenge the audience to move away from the default language of jargon with all its hidden consequences and to speak in a way that is more genuine truly connect and engage with your audience.  
Gabrielle Dolan is an inspirational speaker who draws from her experience as a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling to connect with and wow audiences across the globe. We had the great fortune to engage Gabrielle as the opening keynote speaker for our IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C. In front of our international group of more than 1,000 people, she demonstrated an exceptional ability to capture and challenge our audience while delivering some great tips about becoming better leaders and communicators using the art of storytelling. I highly recommend Gabrielle as a keynote speaker for your next event. City of New Orleans

I could not recommend Gabrielle more highly: this is a tough subject topic - senior leaders can be very suspicious of the bene?t of storytelling - but Gabrielle drives home the message elegantly. She has a great connection with the audience whether they be CEO's of businesses or front line team leaders - she passes on years of learning into a very easy to understand chapters. She is very 'low maintenance", needs little or no introduction; the event organisers all commented that it was a pleasure to work with her. Gabrielle is highly entertaining - but her message hits the target and resonates. Not surprisingly she received the highest rating from all 700 delegates - the star of the event.

Spark New Zealand

Gabrielle Dolan has presented at a number of major conferences for Gartner over the years, including our Emerging Leaders in Multinationals, Women in Multinationals and HR Teams events. Gabrielle brings great warmth, humour and empathy to every presentation and always leaves delegates with a set of tools they feel con?dent in using straight away. We see hundreds of presentations each year in our forums and Gabrielle is among the very best - an engaging speaker backed by compelling detail. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gabrielle for a major conference, on-site workshop or anything else in between!"

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