Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast

Gabrielle Dolan – Tell Me A Story

October 10, 2021 Marie Gervais Season 4 Episode 19
Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast
Gabrielle Dolan – Tell Me A Story
Show Notes

Bio for Gabrielle Dolan 

Gabrielle Dolan is considered a global expert in business storytelling and real communication. She is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker and best-selling author of seven books. 

Episode highlight

Listen in on how Gabrielle Dolan has been training business leaders on how to tell their stories for the last 17 years. 


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“It’ll be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” 

“A life lived in fear is a life half lived.”


Childhood Incidents

Gabrielle’s father was a storyteller, and she credits him for passing on this trait. As one of eight children, she “had to tell a good story to get anyone’s attention” and learned to be self-reliant to get by. 

Her parents encouraged her to never give up. At 18, when she found the job she interviewed for advertised in the paper, her mother told her to apply again and she got the job.

Influential Groups 

Gabrielle is a 5th generation white Australian born in Melbourne. She grew up on a middle-class suburban street and felt close to her extended family. She went to a Catholic school. 

Gabrielle believes that being a part of the corporate world has shaped who she is today. Many of her clients become her buddies. 

She is also a part of Thought Leaders Australia, a group of solo entrepreneurs like her, who inspire and support her.

Temperament and Personality Influences

Gabrielle is an extrovert and likes to be a part of groups. She also claims to be very laid back and “willing to give anything a go.” 

Her daughter called her out on her resistance to admit when she’s wrong. She works to be a better listener instead of offering actions as solutions.

Cultural Epiphanies

When Gabrielle travelled to the Northern Territory in Australia, she learned about the stories of the indigenous populations and how they have kept their culture alive for ages through storytelling. 

Advice to an Employer 

As an entrepreneur, Gabrielle helps her employees and clients be their best through challenging each other. She also finds that she grows closer to them due to the personal nature of storytelling. 

More Great Insights! 

Gabrielle urges business leaders to consider incorporating storytelling in business to better connect with employees and customers. Visit her website to get started and to read her books

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