Gigi customizes workshops and speeches for your event or audience of 8 to 100. Some topics include:

5 Steps to Nail Your Next Presentation

In this workshop, customized for your team, participants learn how to find their story, engage the audience and calm their nerves when giving public presentations.

Gigi teaches storytelling and performance tools and techniques that participants can use right away in all their presentations. In this hands-on session, she covers the 5 steps to creating a compelling presentation with ease including topics such as how to:

  • Organize your information into a story

  • Encourage audience participation

  • Handle a Question & Answer session

  • Add appropriate drama

  • Find the humor

  • Calm your nerves before and during a presentation

  • Give feedback to colleagues as they prepare for a high-stakes presentation

 

5 Steps to Nail Your Elevator Speech

How do you answer the question “What do you do?” Join public speaking coach Gigi Rosenberg and learn how to write and deliver your outstanding 60-second introduction. Gigi leads participants through the 5 Steps of creating and finessing a powerful elevator speech. You’ll leave the workshop with a workable speech and practical tips for delivering it with presence. In this workshop you’ll learn how to

  • Hone your message

  • Deliver it with authenticity

  • Practice it wherever you go

 

Fund Your Project: Grant Writing for Artists

In this hands-on workshop, artists and writers learn to write compelling and lively grant applications to fund their artistic projects. Participants discover how to research funding, decode application questions, and let the grant-writing process focus career goals. In-class demonstrations reveal how to enlist colleagues and friends to help write a successful grant. This workshop is based on Gigi’s book The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing. Participants learn how to:

  • Discern when grant writing is the best use of an artist’s time

  • Research grants: where and how

  • Answer the questions that many applications don’t ask

  • Employ techniques that make proposals irresistible to funders

 

What people are saying about Gigi’s workshops:

Gigi brought insight and knowledge to my staff at MSN that dramatically enhanced their communication skills. She listened, observed, coached individuals to understand unique skills suited to their specific needs. She has an instructional mastery that I have rarely seen. Hire her.
— Stephen Cvengros, former Senior Director at Microsoft's MSN
Gigi is a realist with an optimist’s heart. She knows fundraising is tough, but also how to get it done. Her workshop was concise and candid, and she teaches with warmth and humor. Time well spent!
— John McMahon, Artist Services Director, Idaho Commission on the Arts
Gigi’s talk in Boulder was absolutely first rate. She brought excellent content, clarity, concision and enthusiasm to her talk. And a good time was had by all. I’m working on an exhibition and exchange in Kunming, China in early November and will use all her help.
— Alice Renouf, alicepaints.com, Director of the Colorado China Council
I met Gigi at an Artist Trust workshop in Tacoma, Washington in 2012 where she spoke about marketing. I had just sold my first piece and now five years later, using some of her advice, I’m a fulltime professional artist.

I fondly remember her New York-ish-ness and the feeling that I had chosen the right direction for my art. Her enthusiasm and information increased the confidence I felt in aggressively, strategically, and joyfully placing my art in front of a world audience.
— Chris Maynard, featherfolio.com, Olympia, Washington
I attended Gigi’s workshop at the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Since then, I’ve been awarded two fellowships, three professional development grants, and two project grants from local and state agencies. Gigi put all of that in motion for me a decade ago. Thank you so much!
— Margaret Malone, margaretmalone.com
 

More workshop and speaking topics include:

Your Artist Talk: How to Talk about Your Art

In this lively workshop, artists learn 10 tips for giving an outstanding presentation whether it’s to one person or a crowd. From formal public talks to informal conversations, an artist’s ability to cogently discuss her work can ensure opportunities, connections and sales. Learn how to rehearse even for off-the-cuff talks, enjoy the limelight, manage a Question & Answer session and connect with your public. Participants leave with ideas for where they could be talking right now.

 

DON’T GO SOLO: ENLIST A VILLAGE For YOUR PROJECT

Successful artists and writers don’t work in isolation – they know that “success is a social activity” and that the key to a brilliant career is collaboration. To write The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, I interviewed dozens of flourishing artists from across the country. Although they came from diverse disciplines, they had similar tendencies that helped them succeed. The most striking one was the ability to collaborate. Learn how to use a village to propel your brilliant career.

 

Give a Good Reading

It's time to come out from behind the desk and meet the audience. Writers learn 10 tips for giving an outstanding reading, whether to a small gathering or an auditorium of listeners. Discover how to read work aloud with confidence, enjoy the limelight, and connect with an audience. Come prepared to practice with a supportive coach who provides practical advice for taking your writing into the world through stellar public readings. Bring up to five pages of writing to read. 

 

Create Your Artist Action Plan

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll re-align your career goals with your own true north. What do you want to be celebrating in your artist career this coming New Year’s Eve? How can you make these next few months not only your most productive but also your most creative where you look forward to time at the writing desk or in the studio ? Using energizing exercises and brainstorming techniques, you create a practical, doable action plan for your brilliant career. You'll leave the workshop with both a vision and practical tips you can implement right away.

 

More testimonials about gigi’s events:

Gigi’s class was fun, well-paced, and practical, and her observation about my elevator speech hook was astute. What works in writing doesn’t always translate well into spoken form. After I pitched the agent with the revised elevator speech, he requested my book proposal. Success! Thank you!
— Kate Kaufmann, writer, Portland, Oregon
The lecture series Gigi presented in South Florida provided artists with such valuable lessons in how to succeed in the marketplace. Broward County artists learned to talk about their art, write about their projects and collaborate. We look forward to working with her again.
— James Shermer, Grants Administrator, Broward Cultural Division
Gigi’s keynote address truly grounded our Arts Symposium. Her down-to-earth advice, personable demeanor and entertaining presentation kept the audience rapt. People walked away buzzing with ideas and energized for the other sessions.
— Naomi Strom-Avila, Cultural Arts Specialist, City of Tacoma, Washington
I just received a $5,530 Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant! Gigi’s grant writing workshop for artists was so helpful. I received many pointers on how to write a compelling grant application. I will use the funds for canvas, paint and marketing materials for “As the Bee Sees; a Pollinators Perspective,” an exhibit of nine 48” x 72” original paintings of food crops such as apple, zucchini, cherry, blueberry, cucumber from the point of view of the bee.
— Susan Curington, artist, susancurington.com