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Kim Barnes to Speak on Empathy and Influence at ATD 2023 this May

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Kim Barnes will be presenting at this year’s ATD Conference to be held in San Diego, California on May 21-24. Kim will be speaking “on demand,” which means that her presentation will be pre-recorded, and will be available to both in-person and virtual attendees during the conference, but at their own convenience.  Kim’s session will be made available to all attendees beginning on May 20, 2023. 

The presentation, part of the Leadership and Management Development track, is entitled, “The Power of Perspective: Influence Through Empathy.” Below is a brief session description and the session objectives.


As leaders, we need to be creative and flexible when influencing others to act. No approach works for everyone or under all circumstances. In this session, you will learn how to explain, reassure, negotiate, or modify your idea, proposal, or request so that others are more open to suggestion. 

Attending this session will help participants to:

  • Anticipate and prepare for issues, objections, and hopes related to your influence objective.
  • Demonstrate flexible leadership and influence behaviors for your cohort or team.
  • Apply a process for achieving support from important stakeholders.

For more information, or to register, visit the ATD website.

Virtual Catalog of All Barnes & Conti Programs for 2023

Barnes & Conti catalogOur new catalog listing all of our updated virtual offerings is available on our website. We hope you will find topics that resonate with you and your organization.

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Our virtual programs consist of  multiple webinars combined with pre- and post-course activities. Optional micro-learning components emphasize practice and application. Remote 1:1 coaching is also available.

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Book on Constructive Debate by Kim Barnes

Building Better Ideas bookKim Barnes' latest book, Building Better Ideas: How Constructive Debate Inspires Courage, Collaboration, and Breakthrough Solutions, is based on our popular program, Constructive Debate: A Collaborative Approach to Building Better Ideas. We developed that program at a client’s request a number of years ago, but it has once again become timely.

The focus of both the book and the program is to help organizations engage a broad range of people in ideation and to create a culture where unusual and innovative ideas get a hearing and there is a clear process and encouragement for critiquing and improving ideas. Another important outcome of learning these skills is to institutionalize a civilized and effective way for inviting, welcoming, and using disagreement, thus avoiding “groupthink,” reducing the reluctance to speak out, and supporting innovation and change. Watch this page for the publication date. Kim says that she is excited to be working with a new publisher, especially one with Berrett-Koehler’s excellent reputation and track record.

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Did you know that Barnes & Conti has a quarterly e-Newsletter? The entire archive—from November of 2001—is available on our website. Our newsletter is not just news, but features articles about influence, negotiation, innovation, risk-taking, leadership, and team building. As a special bonus, we include at least one recipe, which, more often than not, is from one of the countries in which we have clients and/or partners.

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