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Communications Coaching

For Nonprofit Program Directors & Staff

In the social sector, program directors must have issue AND advocacy communications expertise.

Gisele's coaching gives directors and their staff the advocacy communications knowledge and techniques they need to be effective in their roles. Every client is unique, so she customizes her approach to explore and build a variety of new skills such as: 

  • Presentation, spokesperson and news media interview skills

  • Assessing and mapping advocacy communications efforts

  • Fleshing out a program brand and key messages

  • Breaking down strategies into actionable work plans

  • Participatory communications techniques for maximizing community engagement 

  • Increasing partnerships, grassroots communication and mobilization


For All Professionals

Coaching can hone communications skills—an important component of professional success. 

There are many reasons some people have trouble expressing themselves clearly and persuasively in the workplace. Most often, it is due to a lack of training. Also, it may be related to personality, racial inequities, cultural

background, challenges in speaking English as a second language, and a fear of being assertive—to name just a few.  


Gisele applies her experience collaborating with professionals from around the world to examine and improve her clients' communications capabilities. Challenges she commonly helps her clients master include:​​

  • Negotiating skillfully

  • Managing difficult conversations

  • Delivering complex ideas in simple, clear ways

  • Feeling comfortable saying "no" to unfair requests

  • Cultivating active listening and emotional intelligence

  • Understanding body language and using it to advantage

Leadership Coaching

Advancing a mission requires a leadership skillset that balances strategic vision with execution.  Competing priorities can derail goals and outcomes.


Gisele improves her clients' executive presence and credibility through one-on-one or team coaching. She explores the strategic and tactical skills necessary to become an exceptional leader, such as:

  • Managing and resolving conflict

  • Driving cross-functional collaboration

  • Encouraging staff to speak up, share ideas and take the initiative

  • Establishing a rapport and an authentic connection with key audiences

  • Building trust and getting people on the same page

  • Better understanding leadership dynamics and how they impact internal and external audiences

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