A Communicator

An internationally recognized executive coach and trainer, Chi consults and mentors on communication, entrepreneurship, business development, and career transition at all levels of leadership. 

As the founder of The Applause Institute, he is passionate about powerful communication, creative innovation, and effective strategy in the marketplace. With expertise in design thinking, organizational psychology and stress management, The Applause Institute’s diverse faculty of Thought Leaders inspire business teams and leaders to perform at their best and maximize results. Your leadership presence is our passion. Learn more about The Applause Institute here.

Chi has facilitated workshops for diverse audiences and teams at multinational conglomerates, new-thought retreats the Kripalu Center and the Esalen Institute, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and correctional facilities. His work in the theatre also deeply informs his ability to empower his clients to achieve high levels of audience engagement. He compassionately and skillfully demystifies what it means to communicate more authentically.

When we communicate authentically, our listeners feel the impact of not just our words but — most important — our presence. Chi's provides effective and insightful coaching for clients struggling with relationships, career, finances, and health. Through The Work of Byron Katie and other methods, he guides them to examine underlying thoughts and beliefs that drive behavior and decision making. He is a graduate of The School for The Work.

Chi has coached executives and trained groups with these organizations:

  • BrandonCline

    Chi helped me radically transform how I share what I’m passionate about. Chi's guidance helped me create dialogue within the first 30 seconds with the founder and new CEO. No slides, just authentic engagement deeply anchored to all the facets of my presentation. I now have a flexible template for sharing what I want to do in the world. I cannot thank Chi enough.

    Brandon Cline / Change Lead, M Squared Consulting
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    You know you are in good hands with Chi on your team. He is easy to work with, shares his knowledge readily, and is engaging and dynamic as both a colleague and as a presenter. He enlivens the room with his ability to read and respond to the needs of the participants. Chi is a joy to work alongside: reliable, creative, and able to adjust at a moment’s notice.

    Janet Watson / Principal, Watson & Associates
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    Empowered would be the one word I could use to describe [the result of] my interaction with Chi during a recent leadership training. The structure of the course, having the skill set needed to deliver the course, and his ability to work with a group to provide a degree of individual attention created a great learning and networking environment.

    Maurice Spencer / Unified Collaboration CSE, Cisco Systems
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    Chi delivered outstanding communication training. He was able to install confidence and increase skills in all of us. He helped me to develop and hone my pitching skills, enabling me to have powerful conversations. I am now able to walk into any situation — from board room to community meeting — and pitch my ideas with success.

    Esther Foreman / Director of Movement Building, The Young Foundation
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    Chi's penetrating, hold-my-feet-to-the-fire facilitation strategies allow my mind to resurrect itself into positive self-reflection. Chi brings his personal self-empowerment to the task of sitting with clients. I respect his presence, his clarity of mind and his heart.

    Pamela Ellen Blodgett / Neurofeedback Provider
  • LizSwain

    Chi is a communicator. He is sensitive to the individual while working towards common goals and has a wonderful imagination. He has a sense of humor, endless patience, great integrity, and can work as a member of a team. His work is backed by an intellectual rigor that will inspire his students to know more.

    Elizabeth Swain / Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Marymount Manhattan College