Dynamic Communication for Arts Leaders: How to Use Communication Styles for Influence and Buy-In


A major aspect of emotional intelligence is the ability to build and manage your relationship and dynamic communication is an important component of relationship management. I recently had the opportunity to teach these skills to the members of the 2014 Opera America Leadership Intensive group. One of their favorite communication tools was learning how to spot and use the 4 …

Communicating Under Pressure: How to Leverage and Flex the 4 Communication Styles

This past week, I led two sessions with the management team and the ushers at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on how to leverage and flex the 4 communication styles for world-class customer service. It was a thrill for me to be at the theater because I have been a balletomane since high school. In fact, when …

Power Up Your Communication: How to Leverage the 4 Communication Styles

Think about the last time you were at a party and had the opportunity to observe a lot of people in action:

  • Who dominated the conversation and put a premium on being right and convincing others to go along with his solutions?
  • How about the serious person who rather cautiously talked in precise detail?
  • And how about the person who was bursting with enthusiasm and could not wait to tell you her great idea?
  • Who walked into the room and began by introducing herself to others, spending time with each person to establish a connection?

These are examples of 4 different communication styles:

  • Driver:  the person who takes charge and wants solutions;
  • Analytical: the person who values accuracy and details;
  • Expressive: the idea person; and
  • Amiable: the person who prioritizes relationships.

Communication 101 for Music Entrepreneurs: Know Your Communication Style

In my recent post about what it takes to be a successful musician in the 21st Century, one of the skills that I mentioned was Communication Skills.  What do I mean?

Musicians need powerful communication skills in many different settings:

  • In ensembles to make sure that the group is on the same page musically, listening carefully to each other so that the music flows;
  • In collaborations with other artists to maximize the synergies and create a powerful experience for the collaborators and their audiences;
  • Engaging their audiences so that the audience members will appreciate the music and have a deeper and richer understanding of the performance;
  • Teaching so that their students understand how they can improve and grow and learn;
  • Creating something new, be it a festival, a non-profit organization or an ensemble, and getting people on board to support the new venture
  • Networking so that they can meet and connect with other people.

Effective communication is a powerful leadership skill.  It starts with knowing who you are as a communicator and what are your strengths.  One way to do this is to know your communication style.

Authentic Personal Leadership for Arts Leaders: Goal-setting for Leadership Development

Once again, I had the privilege and pleasure to train the mid-career leaders selected for Opera America’s Leadership Intensive 2020. Our work together centers on authentic personal leadership to prepare the participants to step into larger leadership roles. Authentic Personal Leadership Development Curriculum My curriculum focused on how to develop the necessary qualities and skills for taking on larger leadership roles …


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Workshops and Speaking

I embrace and harness the power of group learning by leading workshops and training sessions that are designed to take your leaders to the next level. My sessions start with teaching participants how to adopt a positive mindset and then teach skills through a variety of interactive modalities include live coaching, hands-on practice and role-playing so that participants can immediately …

Leadership Development for Arts Leaders

I present workshops at leading arts training programs including The Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education) and Opera America, as well as at  AmLaw 100 lawfirms.  All workshops are customized to meet the needs of your particular organization and its leaders. The following are examples …

Musicians, Conservatory Students and Music Faculty

Musicians,  Conservatory Students and Music Faculty I bring a unique perspective to workshops for musicians, conservatory students and university and conservatory music faculty thanks to my role as the Coordinator of Career Strategies and Lecturer on Careers in Music at the Yale School of Music.  I present workshops at leading music conservatories and music festivals including The Juilliard School, Manhattan …