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Deborah Grayson Riegel
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Deborah Grayson Riegel is an internationally recognized expert in presentation and interpersonal communication skills as the President of Elevated Training Inc., Engineers Are People Too and

Deborah’s clients range from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, and span the industries from financial services, internet and automotive to technology, medicine and pharmaceuticals around the world. Her clients include American Express, Dell, IBM, Monster Worldwide, Nokia, Novartis, NASDAQ, Pfizer, Toyota and the United States Army.

Deborah is a visiting Professor of Executive Communications at the Beijing International MBA (BiMBA) Program of Peking University, China, where she trains and coaches international business leaders from multinational corporations in the art and science of presentation skills, business writing, and executive presence for a growing global marketplace. She also teaches Presentation Skills at New York City’s Fordham Graduate School of Business.

Deborah is a member of the exclusive National Speakers Association, The American Society for Training and Development, and is a credentialed, certified member of the International Coach Federation. In addition, Deborah is a graduate of Coach U. and the Coaches Training Institute and is a certified DiSC® Behavioral Inventory trainer and coach.

Deborah’s unique, energetic and results-driven style combines her background and experience in behavioral and cognitive psychology, adult learning, presentation skills, group facilitation and improvisational comedy, which she performed in many of New York City’s top comedy clubs. As a result, there is no audience that Deborah cannot handle!

Deborah is a cited expert and contributor for the New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg Business Week, American Express OPEN Small Business Forum, Choice: The Magazine of Professional Coaching and the New York Jewish Week. She is the author of “Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success.” (Behrman House) She is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.
Deborah holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

Deborah and her husband live in New York and are the proud parents of middle school twins, Jacob and Sophie.

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Entries by Deborah Grayson Riegel

10 Big Things You're Not Noticing That Are Right in Front of You

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 3:50 PM

If I were to look around my office right this minute, here's what I'd notice:

• It's 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning. I notice my belief that I should be sleeping rather than writing this.

• I notice that my piles of paper are starting to take over my...

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My Most Important Life Lesson From My (Fifth!) Business Trip to Beijing

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 1:46 PM

I am writing this from an airport lounge at JFK airport where I sit in a comfy armchair nursing a cup of coffee and a raspberry yogurt before taking off on my fifth business trip to China. To be honest, the coffee is passable and the yogurt is just OK,...

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FWIW (For What It's Worth): Don't Judge Me By My Generation

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 8:20 PM

"Why don't people just speak to each other anymore? Why do you have to text when you can talk? What happened to having a regular conversation?"

I'm not surprised that these sentiments exist. I'm also not surprised that these sentiments were expressed to me, about me. But you might be...

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'I Don't Deserve to Be This Happy' -- A Conflicted, Self-Inflicted Confession

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:28 PM

One of the hardest parts of being on the road, for work, for almost two weeks is (not surprisingly) missing my family. But one of the most delightful parts is getting the opportunity to reconnect with old (ahem, long-term) friends from school and work. In Chicago last week, a former...

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The One Crucial Conversation Every Manager Should Be Having (But Probably Isn't)

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:15 PM

"All organizations are perfectly designed to get the results they are now getting. If we want different results, we must change the way we do things." -- Management expert Tom Northup

Whether you have a manager, are a manager, or both, you know that on many days, you barely have...

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How to Guarantee You'll Be Less Productive and Never Have Any Time for Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 10:25 AM

For years, my to-do list gave me a sinking feeling of déjà-vu: It looked suspiciously like the to-do list I had seen the week before, and the week before that... and yes, the week before that.

Sound familiar? (I can see you nodding).

Why was my to-do list so clearly...

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Giving Effective Feedback Means Knowing When Not to Give It

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 1:46 PM

It was prolific writer and British Baptist preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who first wrote, "If you want a thing well done, do it yourself."

Little did he know that his remark would resonate painfully inside the heads of managers worldwide who have been charged with delegating responsibilities, despite their gnawing...

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"But I Didn't Prepare Anything!" Three Public Speaking Lessons From the Worst Golden Globes Ever

(3) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:49 AM

I was ready: I had my frozen yogurt and my fleece blanket and my children had been banned from speaking to me unless there was blood. It was the Golden Globe Awards, one of my favorite nights of the year. I couldn't wait to see the fashion do's and don'ts,...

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5 Ways to Make Your Life Simpler in the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 9:45 AM

I spend a significant amount of time in my work life facilitating things. I facilitate workshops, I facilitate difficult conversations between colleagues, and I facilitate "learning about self" for my coaching clients. I also spend a lot of time in my family life facilitating, too: facilitating the morning rush to...

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How to Tell Your Boss He's Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 2:31 PM

In the heartbreaking and heartwarming 1987 romantic comedy Broadcast News, Holly Hunter plays Jane Craig, a television producer with an unshakeable commitment to being right. In a heated exchange during layoffs, network executive Paul Moore remarks to her: "It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always...

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7 Reasons Why Your Holidays Are As Stressful As Work

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:13 AM

Last week, I was catching up by phone with my mother, and our conversation headed to the upcoming holiday.

"So what is your family doing?" my mother inquired.

"Not too much," I answered. "We're a small group this year so we'll just have dinner. No big deal."

"That sounds nice,...

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Wow. Ouch. Thanks: How to Hear Feedback Without Fighting It

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Last week, my 12-year-old daughter Sophie was talking to me excitedly about her upcoming cross-country running meet at school. As I was listening (ok, half-listening), I suddenly remembered that I hadn't told her what time I would be meeting her at the race. "Oh, by the way, Sophie," I began....

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Three Business Lessons I Learned at CrossFit

(7) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 10:50 AM

As a working mother, I must admit that I sometimes look forward to my business trips. While I would never tell my husband this (no worries -- I don't think he reads my articles), I love ordering room service to my hotel room and having complete control over the remote...

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