IAM1744 – Communications Consultant Helps People Who Create With Mastery

Podcast Interview with Dana Ray

Why it was selected for “CBNation Architects”: In this episode of the CEO Podcasts, host Gresham Harkless interviews Dana Ray, a communications consultant who helps people who create with mastery. Dana's work involves finding the right words to communicate the value and purpose of her clients' work to the world.
She works with people from diverse fields, including fashion, design, dance, art, photography, tech, and activism. During the interview, we spoke about the journey of entrepreneurship and life. Dana shares her CEO hacks, which include not neglecting to do for herself what she does for others, hiring coaches to get the language for her work, outsourcing, and journaling.
She also talks about the people she works with who have anxiety about presenting and talking about their work. For Dana, being a CEO means taking on the work of language and communication. Overall, this podcast provides insights into the world of communications consulting and the importance of effective communication in achieving success in various fields.

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Dana Ray Teaser 00:00

I don't give my words to my clients. I help them find their words. So my secret sauce is how I'm able to study their voice, their body language, and their inflections of speech. By the end of the workshop, I am thinking and speaking in words that are going to resonate with them specifically. So no ground truth is exactly the same because it belongs to a person. That it belongs to you.

Intro 00:22

Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales, and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview?

If so, you've come to the right place. Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of.

This is the I AM CEO podcast.

Gresham Harkless 00:48

Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast and I appreciate you listening to this episode. If you've been listening this year, you know that we hit 1600 episodes at the beginning of this year. We're doing something a little bit different where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories or topics or as I like to call them, the business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business owners, and what I like to call the CB nation architects who are looking to level up their organizations.

This month we are focused on our greatest asset- talent management and hiring. Think from great resignation to the great renovation. And if you disagree with me, maybe these episodes might be especially for you. Life and especially business has changed. It has forced those that are within organizations to look differently at talent, and how it's being managed.

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When we talk about change, think about it, we have to realize that business as usual is no longer here. That's evident in attracting and retaining clients, but also in setting up people within organizations to succeed. Think onboarding, think DEI- diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. How it is working from home and even going back into the office.

Things are different. In this month. We are going to explore these topics by featuring CEO hacks and CEO nuggets, but also interviews that focus on these changes and how organizations can make sure they care for and attract the most valuable asset- their people. Sit back and enjoy this special episode of the I AM CEO podcast.

Hello, hello, hello, this is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast. I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Dana Ray of Dana Ray Consulting. Dana it's awesome to have you.

Dana Ray 02:19

Hey, everyone. I am so glad to be here. This is exciting.

Gresham Harkless 02:21

Definitely is exciting. Super excited to have you on the show, and what I want to do is just read a little bit more about Dana so you can hear about all the awesome things that she's doing.

Dana's job is to find the words for what your work is about and why it matters so you can succeed in the business of bringing it to the world. She works with people like you who have things to say. She works with people who create with mastery. They lead in diverse fields including fashion, design, dance, art, photography, tech, and activism.

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That work makes the world an interesting place to be. Her experience includes working as a content marketing writer and as the creator of art experiences. She was a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Bulgaria and holds a master's in literature and creative writing from Bucknell University.

Dana, are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

Dana Ray 03:04

I'm here and ready to go.

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