Dr. Merissa Ferrara Elisei

Dr. Merissa Ferrara Elisei

Communicate for Impact

Dr. Merissa’s communication and presentation services, coaching, and training elevate your influence and ignite action.

Do any of these sound familiar?

Together, we can create meaningful change

Real change happens when we deconstruct what is not working and build positive communication skills for better outcomes. I have had the honor of teaching, workshopping, and researching interpersonal communication for over 20 years. Or sometimes you just want to celebrate and bond. I’m in for that too!

Why Work With Me?

Empowerment Essentials:

Unlock your potential for enhanced relationships and productivity by mastering key behaviors crucial for personal, interpersonal, and organizational success.

Social Science Solutions:

Backed by extensive social science research, our courses deliver proven strategies for mastering essential skills.

Practical Proficiency Programs:

Gain mastery over practical skills with our workshops, blending solid principles with actionable techniques designed for practice and refinement.

Dynamic & Enjoyable:

Life is too short to sit through a dull workshop.

Featured Workshops

Mastering Communication: Strategies for Success Workshop

Embark on a transformative journey in our engaging and interactive workshop designed to elevate your communication skills and empower you for success in today's fast-paced professional world.

Explore a diverse array of topics, from understanding the impact of verbal and non-verbal cues to navigating conflicts and building trust, each session is meticulously crafted to provide practical strategies and hands-on techniques that you can immediately apply to your work and interactions.

Discover how to exude confidence, clarity, and competence in your communication style, whether in virtual settings or face-to-face interactions. Learn the art of crafting impactful messages, building credibility, and influencing others throughout your organization.

Whether you’re aspiring to enhance your leadership communication skills, assert yourself confidently as a woman in business, or refine your business writing abilities, this workshop offers invaluable insights and tools to help you excel in your professional journey.

Join us and unlock the power of effective communication to propel your career forward and make a lasting impact in your organization and beyond.

Depending on your company needs we can tailor this workshop for interactions within the company, working with clients, onboarding, retention, persuasion, etc.

Mastering the Art of Persuasion: Strategies for Influence and Impact

Unlock the secrets of persuasion and elevate your influence in any environment, from boardrooms to family discussions. In this comprehensive workshop, we delve into the psychology of persuasion, equipping you with evidence-based strategies to effectively engage your audience, build trust, and reduce resistance to your ideas.

Explore key topics such as maximizing engagement, establishing trust and credibility, and leveraging self-persuasion techniques. Through interactive exercises and real-world examples, you’ll gain practical insights and develop a persuasion toolkit to enhance your persuasive impact in diverse settings.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll emerge with a deeper understanding of persuasion psychology, newfound persuasion strategies, and the confidence to navigate persuasive situations with ease and effectiveness. Join us and unleash the power of persuasion to achieve your goals and drive positive change.

*We can also cover negotiation strategies if there is an interest.

Social Media Simplified

Calling all small business owners! Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of managing your social media presence? Do you find yourself struggling to maintain consistency while still effectively engaging with your community? Join us for a dynamic 2-hour workshop designed to streamline your social media efforts, reduce stress, and enhance your visibility in the online community!

During this interactive session, we’ll break down complex social media strategies into manageable steps that are tailored specifically for small business owners. From considering your idea customer, content creation to scheduling and analytics, you’ll learn practical tips and tricks to optimize your social media presence without sacrificing precious time and energy.

But that’s not all – we’ll also explore strategies for fostering meaningful connections with your audience and building a strong online community around your brand. With our guidance, you’ll discover how to cultivate authentic engagement that resonates with your target audience and sets your business apart from the competition.

Say goodbye to social media overwhelm and hello to a more streamlined approach that delivers results! Join us for “Social Media Simplified” and take the first step towards less stress and greater community visibility for your small business.

*We will also provide feedback on how to increase your visibility on Google Maps/ Business Profile if you have a location based business.

Innovate with Impact:
Mastering Design Thinking

Design thinking is not just a process; it's a mindset that empowers us to innovate and solve complex problems in creative ways. Join us for an immersive workshop where you'll learn how to harness the power of design thinking to drive meaningful change and develop innovative solutions.

Throughout this workshop, we’ll explore the five stages of design thinking, understanding that the process is not linear but iterative, allowing for flexibility and adaptability based on user feedback and insights. From empathizing with users to prototyping and testing solutions, you’ll gain practical insights and hands-on experience in each stage of the design thinking process.

Learn how to frame questions using the “How Might We” technique to spark creativity and launch brainstorming sessions, opening up new opportunities for innovation. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be equipped with the tools and techniques to apply design thinking principles to your own projects and endeavors, driving positive change and creating impact in your organization and beyond.

More About Dr. Merissa Ferrara Elisei

Dr. Merissa Ferrara Elisei, a highly respected facilitator known for her work at The College of Charleston and now 4Ward Operations, where she’s dedicated to transforming both people and organizations through the power of effective communication. With over 20 years of experience in communications and education, Merissa has been shaping individuals and organizations to better serve their communities.

Throughout her career, Merissa has been a guiding force for positive change, sharing her knowledge with people all over the world and making a real difference in countless brands. She’s passionate about helping individuals unlock their natural talents, boost their confidence, and become influential leaders, speakers, and communicators, regardless of their experience level.

Merissa has a BA from Marquette University where she was the Golden Eagle mascot, a MA and PhD from Michigan State.

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