Recommendations

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I can provide you with references relevant to any service I provide--just ask. Most of my business comes from referrals from satisfied clients. Here are a few:

About my speaker, presentation and media training

On LinkedIn, Marcus Webb, chief storytelling officer for the TEDMED conference, said, "It is a pleasure to write a recommendation for Denise Graveline. Actually, "recommendation" is an understatement -- this is more along the lines of a rave review. Denise is one of those incredible pros who makes excellence look easy...and who makes OTHER people look brilliant and talented. 

How does she do it? She combines profound knowledge of her craft with a broad array of polished skills and a savvy sense of self-confidence that is infectious. 

Here are the details: Denise worked with several of our speakers at TEDMED 2012 -- providing detailed pre-talk preparation for one or two of them. At the event itself, she provided all of our speakers (dozens of people) with three days of continual backstage coaching, hand-holding, and support. And boy, did they (and we) appreciate it. 

How good is Denise as a speech coach? I would call her a professional's professional. You can be in the business 25 years and still learn a lot from her, in part because she herself is always learning and growing. 

Denise's wise counsel and calming presence (not to mention her delightfully sly sense of humor) were invaluable assets in keeping our presenters on-keel and on track despite a high-profile, high-pressure setting that can unnerve even an experienced speaker. 

Equally impressive are Denise's specific skills and experience in dealing with scientists, policy wonks and government officials. She knows how to speak their language, how to talk in terms of their values, and how to help them communicate effectively with diverse audiences far outside of their own subcultures. 

As an added bonus, she's really fun to work with. 

We look forward to working with Denise for a very long time to come."



“As my speaking coach at TEDMED, Denise made me feel comfortable, confident and helped me to home in on areas that needed a tweak. She's perceptive, encouraging, and knows how to give advice that sticks, and works. It was a pleasure working with Denise at TEDMED!” – Christine McNab, TEDMED 2015 speaker and senior consultant, global health and development

“I was lucky enough to be able to get a chance to work with Denise at TEDMED 2015, where she served as coach to the speakers and cohosts at this wonderful event. Denise was perceptive, wise, warm, encouraging and very effective. Her suggestions were innovative, tailored to the individual speaker, and she even let me try out a last-minute idea on her moments before I went on stage. Denise is a pro in every way!” – PamBelluck, New York Times staff writer and TEDMED 2015 co-host

"I had a wonderful time working with Denise, who coached me for my TEDMED 2016 talk in Palm Springs! Holding a position where I have to speak publicly several times a week and having already worked with several speaking coaches over the years, I was skeptical that I would learn new things, but I was so wrong. Denise offered everything from TED-specific advice on things like the fact that the the cameras are at a different level than the audience (so look up!) to general insights on body language and gestures. The talk went splendidly, and I strongly endorse Denise to anyone who has the opportunity to work with her!" -- Nick Conley, biotech entrepreneur and CEO of EpiBiome, TEDMED speaker.

In a discussion about recommended media trainers among university public information executives on LinkedIn, Bucknell University's Tom Evelyn said, "I worked with Denise Graveline with my previous president and other senior leaders, and based on that great experience, I've asked her to come back later this month to provide training for my new president and several others. She's a real pro."  Amy Mone of the Johns Hopkins University Kimmel Cancer Center added: "Denise Graveline. Absolutely! I have worked with Denise many times, including in my former life at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She's outstanding."

Megan Moynahan, Executive Director at the Case Western Reserve University Institute for Functional Restoration, says, “Denise helped me immensely with my TEDx talk, providing edits to the content and expert coaching on my delivery, stage presence, and tone. She also had lots of very practical advice and tricks-of-the-trade that I'll be able to use for future presentations.”

Binghamton University's director of research advancement Rachel Coker wrote: "I recently attended Denise's one-day workshop called Be an Expert at Working With Experts. I found her instruction clear and insightful, her tips useful and her presentation style engaging. If you're looking for help as you try to get the best out of the people who speak on behalf of your organization, Denise can offer you practical guidance that you'll be able to put into practice immediately. I particularly appreciated her emphasis on understanding a speaker's needs and motivations in order to help them deliver the best possible presentation."

On LinkedIn, Barbara Hyde, who directs communications for the American Society for Microbiology, said, "We used Denise for the first time as a media trainer for our new American Society for Microbiology president this month. Denise's background in working for several scientific associations is a great asset in her training and certainly lends authority to her presentation. Her day-long session was well-organized and flowed smoothly and she covered all the bases quite nicely. Our president was highly complimentary of the training and thought it was extremely helpful. We will definitely hire Denise again." 

You'll find an extensive list of comments from my public speaking and presenting trainees and workshop participants on The Eloquent Woman, my blog on women and public speaking.

A communications director who hired me to train her top executives in media interview skills and presentation skills wrote, "They were so impressed with your presentation that all I need to say now is, 'Denise said...' and they jump back into line!"

You can read two articles here about the "Communicating Science" workshops I facilitate to help scientists communicate clearly with public audiences, with more feedback and insights.

About my consulting and strategy work

Paul Jellinek, philanthropy consultant and former colleague of mine at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says, "Denise is a brilliant, high-energy communications expert with a sophisticated understanding of the power of modern communications to drive positive change--and how to harness that power on behalf of her clients. She puts her all into every assignment, mastering the details of even the most arcane subject matter, and in my experience, always exceeded expectations. To top it off, Denise has a great sense of humor, and is an absolute delight to work with.

Kate Perrin, CEO of Professional Solutions, LLC, says, "I don't know a more up-to-the minute, savvy professional when it comes to maximizing use of the latest techonology, message development, or re-purposing projects and materials for cost effective returns. Denise is a natural at training, making things clear when they had seemed muddled, simple when they had seemed difficult. She's a whiz!"

Ann Davison, senior vice president and senior partner at VOX Global, says, "Denise is a top-notch communications advisor - always on top of the latest trends and able to provide practical advice to a wide variety of audiences. She provides excellent counsel in both individual settings as well as with groups. And mixed in with all the expertise is a great sense of humor."

Amy Friedlander, a writing pro and consultant who worked for Shinkuro, Inc., helping to coordinate a major federal cybersecurity effort for which I've provided communications planning and advisement, says, "Working with Denise was great. She created and implemented a communications program for a small IT firm, trained the staff, and became a strategic adviser."

Robin Ferrier, communications manager at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County campus, says, "I hired Denise to train some of my senior team on the ins and outs of social media. While I believed this was an area we needed to be delving into deeper, I knew an outside voice would be needed to convince the skeptics. Denise was wonderful to work with from start to finish. We talked ahead of time -- more than once -- so she understood my goals and the audience. She tailored her presentation to our needs. And she convinced the team that we needed to be entering the "scary world" -- their words, not hers or mine -- of social media. Though we haven't yet implemented all the ideas the day generated -- mostly due to lack of time -- there's no question that she helped provide the knowledge and motivation the team needed to understand why social media was important."

Ginger Pinholster, who directs the Office of Public Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Denise has provided a high level of science communications services for AAAS. In particular, she facilitates daylong training workshops for scientists and engineers who want to hone their communication skills. This task requires developing programmatic content, public speaking, program facilitation, and moderation of all activities throughout the day. Denise is a dynamic, effective media trainer, and also extremely reliable and well-prepared at all times. We are pleased to recommend her."