At The Narrative Body, we believe that the body is the most influential factor in communication.


 Our goal is to empower individuals by developing a stronger nonverbal presence and a greater sense of body awareness. We demystify the concepts of body language and nonverbal behavior and uncover how we can utilize this knowledge to influence our inner and outer narratives.

Karla Beltchenko founded The Narrative Body to empower individuals, groups, and businesses to find an authentic and confident nonverbal presence and connect and communicate with others on a deeper level. This journey began in 2008 when Miss Beltchenko developed body awareness classes that were taught in three-star Michelin-rated restaurants and luxury hotels. Since then, these classes have grown and evolved into The Narrative Body, expanding our scope to accommodate corporate clients, organizations, and one-to-one clients. 

What sets us apart from other professional development coaching and soft skills training is the focus on the mind-body connection. We look to the body as the primary vehicle for communication, uncovering fundamental nonverbal skills that are too often overlooked. We take the time to detail the power behind anatomical awareness and understanding of one's body and discuss emerging research in the field of nonverbal communication and body language studies. 

After working with The Narrative, Body will begin to notice a shift in how you sit, stand, and interact with others; this will permeate into your personal and professional life, allowing you to exude confidence to stand out from the crowd. 


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Now offering virtual sessions!

June 01, 2020

We work with clients on developing nonverbal skills for success in the virtual space. Learn to be more comfortable presenting behind the camera, and incorporate fundamental nonverbal skills to help you and your team connect and communicate better during video conferences. One to one and group sessions available. 

Corporate Training

Each Narrative Body training will encompass the physical and mental aspects of body language and nonverbal communication that will render stronger employee morale, productivity, and professionalism. Technology has changed the way we communicate over the past decade. Because of this shift, when we do have face to face communication our nonverbal skills are less refined. Implementing team training in body awareness, mindful leadership and nonverbal communication will not only benefit employee performance and retention it will also improve authentic, thoughtful and confident interactions with others. We work with each company to understand the brand ideology and the type of experience they would like to offer their employees and clients. In turn, training sessions are customized to meet organizational goals.

One to One Coaching

We empower individuals to help them find their authentic self through the power of nonverbal communication and body language. We work with individuals on a case by case basis to bring forward their body awareness and nonverbal strengths. Our sessions cover a variety of topics including:

  • Public speaking coaching

  • Improve your on-camera presence

  • Building Nonverbal confidence

  • Executive presence

  • Career transition training

  • Presentation preparation

  • Interview preparation

  • How to own and read your room

Customer Experience and Hospitality

We have worked with luxury hotels as well as Michelin rated restaurants to establish the power of body awareness within their service culture. Implementing The Narrative Body training will transform the way employees and customers experience service. We work with management to develop nonverbal service standards within the organization. These standards are then put into practice through group training exercises which focus on the physical and mental implications of these standards becoming habitual within the culture of the company. Instituting nonverbal customer experience training will differentiate your company, your staff, and your brand, allowing your service quality to rise above the competition.

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Karen K

London UK

These classes were exactly what I was looking for. My friends noticed the difference it made in my confidence. Karla is a complete professional at what she does, so I would highly recommend her services to anyone!

Dawid Klimek

 Argent Restaurant Manager Dana Hotel and Spa Chicago

This is what luxury should be; the best accommodations and every need met before you knew you needed it by the staff, which is meticulous, elegant and more then happy to assist. I would recommend Ms Beltchenko’s [Narrative Body] classes to anyone, for yourself or for your business as it will give you confidence and most of all elegance. 


I look forward to bring training  by Ms Beltchenko to my restaurant and any venture I will be involved in.  

Vincent Burneikis

V.P. of Hospitality for Caruso

Karla is fantastic! She has a unique ability to train people on elegance without an ounce of pretention. I highly recommend her services for any guest facing position.



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