Thinking Out Loud

Podcast Interview

I had the pleasure of recording a podcast with Kym Dakin of Voice Into Learning, LLC in July.  She interviewed me about my book on communication styles and how I apply my approach in consulting with businesses and organizations.  Kym was great to talk with as a fellow communication professional.

The recording (click here) is posted on the Association for Consulting Expertise website, which features ACE members talking about their work.

Communication Styles in the Workplace–A Workshop

On Thursday, May 19th, I’ll be in Lewiston, Maine conducting a workshop for the Maine Association of Nonprofits. This is a terrific organization, providing a wide range of resources to the non-profit community.  One of their primary objectives is to bring better business practices to non-profits, without losing the essence of who they are and what they do.  Maine has a very large non-profit sector.  The following gives an overview of what I’ll be offering.


Collaboration, creativity, and communication are necessary ingredients in a highly productive and harmonious work environment. The Communication Styles Framework developed by Robert V. Keteyian offers a structure to identify strengths and challenges, as well as a pathway to problem-solving and team-building.

You Will:

  • Discover your communication style strengths
  • Identify how those strengths can serve as obstacles
  • Develop specific tools to achieve understanding
  • Discover new pathways to collaboration

Restorative Practices In Education

I’ll be at Mouth Desert Island High School in Maine tomorrow giving a workshop to the faculty (about 70 educators).  We’ll be focusing on communication styles and conflict resolution to support their restorative practices initiative.  This is a very forward thinking school, looking beyond the traditional model of discipline, as they focus on building community, individual responsibility, and accountability.  I have a long history of working with this organization and admire their high standards and humanistic approach to education.

Leadership Hancock County

This the sixth year of Leadership Hancock County ( which begins on January 19th.  Deb Burwell and I have been the two instructors from the beginning.  We’ve developed a strong curriculum rooted in best practices, focusing on communication, decision-making, collaboration, conflict resolution, and networking.  Our host sites offer us opportunities to learn about different sectors of the economy, their vision and leadership challenges.  We have six diverse sites this winter and spring, and our participants cover a wide range of for-profit and non-profit organizations.

I’m truly looking forward to another great year!