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Lucille Ossai

Best-Selling Author, Communications Trainer & Advisor

Best-Selling Author, Communications Trainer & Advisor

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Lucille Ossai Biography

Lucille Ossai is an international award-winning communications trainer, coach, advisor, keynote speaker, and multi-award-winning blogger.

Her training company, Rethinking Business Communications Limited, offers coaching, training, and advisory services on nonverbal communication, public speaking, interpersonal communication, leadership communication, and business writing. She works with professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the private and public sectors worldwide to amplify their influence and results. She applies her significant experience facilitating highly rated lectures and executive seminars at the prestigious, double-accredited, globally ranked Lagos Business School. Her clients include World Commerce & Contracting, the Nigeria Stock Exchange, Nestlé Nigeria, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (Lagos Chapter), and Ischus Consulting.

Ossai’s Amazon bestselling book "Influence and Thrive" is an evergreen business communication resource that educates, challenges, and empowers. It's backed by research, relatable scenarios, and interviews. It also unveils her original constructs, including the "ABF Formula," the six-component "Flexible Communication Strategy," and the "Three Rules of Business Writing." Her recommendations will heighten your communication skills, so you thrive in business and your career.   Her expertise is globally recognized. In 2024, Global Gurus, the prestigious research organization, ranked Ossai, the only African to be featured, as the #8 communication professional in the world. In 2023, the International Association of Top Professionals (New York, USA) named Ossai the 'Top Communications Trainer of the Year 2023' for her “outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry."

Her alma maters have lauded Ossai’s work. In 2021, the University of Leicester featured Ossai’s book and highlighted her work in their alumni #CitizensOfChange initiative. In May 2020, the London School of Economics & Political Science named her 'Alum of the Month' for her profile and impact.  

For over a decade, she has provided deep insights and practical techniques on effective communication in her multi-award-winning Rethinking Business Communications Blog. Since 2017, it has been the only African-based website to rank among the top 30 in Feedspot's authoritative list of communication blogs.

Ossai’s thought leadership is also lauded. She’s profiled on Thinkers360, and the Case Centre (UK) has featured her technical note on business writing. Furthermore, her articles have appeared on renowned platforms, including BizCatalyst 360, Enterprising Africa, and BusinessDay Nigeria. She also regularly shares her knowledge of business communication on international podcasts, interviews, and virtual events. 

When this bestselling author doesn’t obsess about effective communication, she watches television to unwind. A huge fan of detective programmes, she fancies herself an expert in identifying the culprits. She also enjoys watching thrillers, (meaningful) action flicks, and dramas.

Lucille Ossai Speaking Topics

  • Female Leaders: Yes, You Can Be Assertive and Warm

    Globally, women are still underrepresented higher up the career ladder. According to the Women in the Workplace 2019 report (LeanIn, McKinsey & Company, October 2019, p. 9), only 21% of all women were represented in the C-suite, 4% of whom were women of colour.

    Therefore, as a top female executive or a female business leader from a minority group, you're faced with a difficult task: communicating assertively and inspiring people to produce results.

    Audience takeaways:

    • Adopt 'open' and warm nonverbal behaviours to boost credibility and trigger trust.
    • Use storytelling and rhetorical tools to win hearts.
    • Disagree without being disagreeable in high-stakes scenarios.
    • Express strong emotions with tact and grace.
    • Tame the impostor syndrome by developing a strong sense of self and using persuasive language.

  • Build Powerful Teams to Drive Success

    Great teamwork doesn’t just ‘happen’.

    You can drive teammates to work together for successful outcomes. With effective communication, teams can create powerful bonds that outlast ego trips, eliminate disengagement, and guarantee goal attainment.

    Audience takeaways:

    • Use three critical rules of engagement as a team member to drive the team's success.
    • Reduce interpersonal conflicts and increase collaboration with simple communication techniques.
    • Adjust your communication style for different team members.
    • Coax trust by being a 'servant' team leader.

  • Speak Persuasively to Win Hearts and Change Minds

    The US National Institute of Mental Health revealed that 73% of the population suffer from glossophobia • the anxiety of speaking in public. Yet, public speaking is an incredible asset to influence people • if done the right way.

    To succeed in today's global village, you must use your voice to win hearts, change minds, and generate massive support for your cause. But first, you must sharpen this tool and amplify it before releasing it to achieve incredible feats.

    Audience takeaways:

    • Understand the root of the dread of public speaking and learn how to manage symptoms.
    • Incorporate Lucille Ossai's original A-B-F Formula in your speaking arsenal for maximum impact.
    • Use storytelling to form bonds with your audiences.
    • Adopt four techniques to speak persuasively in your skin.

  • Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in the Digital Age

    The ongoing pandemic had accelerated alliances and increased culturally diverse teams. To spur cooperation, increase collaboration across borders, and get results, you'll need to navigate the nuances of communicating across regions.

    Audience takeaways:

    • Connect with non-native English speakers verbally and create a haven for them to shine.
    • Use Lucille Ossai's original three beacons of effective communication to generate quicker results.
    • Discern cultural nuances in nonverbal cues to avoid alienating potential business partners.
    • Communicate openness to accommodate cultural differences.

Lucille Ossai Videos

  • VIBE Summit 2023
    Professionals often believe that skilled negotiators generate results. Such a premise is true. Yet, experience tells us that a critical driver of...
  • David Meltzer's Office Hours with Bestselling Author Lucille Ossai
    Now you can catch the full video of David Meltzer's Office Hours show with bestselling author and communications trainer Lucille Ossai. David is...
  • Pointing Fingers, Invading Space, Animation - Cultural Norms to Note
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Lucille Ossai Books

  • Influence and Thrive
    Influence and Thrive

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Lucille Ossai is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Female Leaders: Yes, You Can Be Assertive and Warm, Build Powerful Teams to Drive Success, Speak Persuasively to Win Hearts and Change Minds and Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in the Digital Age. The estimated speaking fee range to book Lucille Ossai for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Lucille Ossai generally travels from Nigeria and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gina LaRoche, Lisa M. Johnson, SHRM-SCP, Deanna Singh, Cynthia Marshall and Amy S. Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lucille Ossai for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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