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Gabrielle Dolan Travels from Melbourne, VIC

Gabrielle Dolan


  • Author
  • Business Skills
  • Communication
  • Engagement
  • Female Speaker
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development
  • Presentation Skills
  • Sales

With over 35 years in the corporate world Gabrielle knows a thing or two about leadership and communication. She is Australia’s leading strategic storytelling expert and a highly sought-after keynote speaker on authentic communication. Gabrielle is the author of six books including her latest book, Magnetic Stories: Connect with customers and engage employees with brand storytelling.
Gabrielle’s experience in the corporate world and Strategic Storytelling authority have made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker on authentic communication.
Through her own stories and real-life examples, Gabrielle introduces the audience to the concept of Strategic Storytelling and how it can be used to drive better business results.
Her passion for changing the way we communicate in business led to the creation of Jargon Free Fridays – a day of the week devoted to actively and consciously simplify communication and move away from the ghastly corporate jargon that has infiltrated almost every aspect of corporate life.
Gabrielle Dolan can tell you a story or two.
In fact, it was while working in a senior leadership role at National Australia Bank that she realised the power of storytelling in effective business communication. Since that epiphany, Gabrielle has found her calling as a global thought leader on strategic storytelling and real communication.
A highly sought-after keynote speaker, educator and author, Gabrielle’s extensive client list includes Telstra, EY, Accenture, VISA, Australia Post, National Australia Bank, Amazon, Vodafone and the Obama Foundation.
She holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Swinburne University, an associate diploma in education and training from the University of Melbourne, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education.
Gabrielle is also the bestselling author of Real Communication: How to be you and lead true, a finalist in the Australian Business Leadership Book Awards for 2019. Her other published books include Stories for Work (2017), Storytelling for Job Interviews (2016), Ignite (2015) and Hooked (2013). Her latest title, Magnetic Stories: Connect with customers and engage employees with brand storytelling was published by Wiley in March 2021 and debuted at number two on Australia’s best-selling business books.
Bringing humanity to the way businesspeople communicate isn’t just a career, it’s a calling. Her dedication to the industry was recognised when Gabrielle was awarded the 2020 Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators Asia Pacific region.

Keynote Titles

  • The Art and Science of Storytelling
  • Magnetic Stories: Connect with customers and engage employees with brand storytelling
  • From Jargon to Genuine


If you’ve worked in organizations where the leadership didn’t “get it,” and where their corporate jargon filled the workplace like a dull grey fog, then you’ll find Gabrielle’s messages about authentic strategic storytelling to be as refreshing as a cool sea breeze!

Communication Executive | Healthcare & Technology Industries,Texas

I could not recommend Gabrielle more highly: this is a tough subject topic - senior leaders can be very suspicious of the benefit of storytelling - but Gabrielle drives home the message elegantly. She has a great connection with the audience whether they be CEO's of businesses or front line team leaders - she passes on years of learning into a very easy to understand chapters. She is very 'low maintenance", needs little or no introduction; the event organisers all commented that it was a pleasure to work with her. Gabrielle is highly entertaining - but her message hits the target and resonates. Not surprisingly she received the highest rating from all 700 delegates - the star of the event.

Group Human Resources Director | Spark New Zealand

We see hundreds of presentations each year in our forums and Gabrielle is among the very best – an engaging speaker backed by compelling detail. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gabrielle for a major conference, on-site workshop or anything else in between!

Director | International Executive Forums | Gartner Technology Industries


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