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Courageous Conversations During Covid Times: For Brave and Not-So-Brave Project Managers”


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Do you find yourself doing projects where important things go unsaid and productivity suffers? Do you need to have a talk with someone but are not sure how to start the conversation? Is it extra awkward to have a courageous dialogue during the craziness of Covid-19? Come and acquire the tools for a new approach: 

  • Learn about the current brain science which explains why we tend to over or under react to situations, especially when under extra stress
  • Improve real and virtual communication with co-workers and management during tough times
  • Learn to collaborate with difficult personalities or unmotivated teammates by understanding how rank and power are at work behind the scenes


  • A new understanding of the brain science behind emotional moments
  • Practical ways to be careful yet direct, even in cultures where indirectness is the norm
  • Tools to create emotional safety when communication feels risky
  • Tips for talking and for listening, when you are working on important projects that seem stalled or stressed
  • Innovative tricks to use your rank and power skillfully to generate better result



Tom Esch has been having courageous conversations since 1969 when a wiffleball game ended badly in the backyard.  He has inspired more than 25,000 people with his unique and engaging messages related to communication, leadership and culture change.  Esch has a proven track record as a keynote speaker.  He is inspiring, enthusiastic, empathetic, challenging, engaging and funny. 

He has conducted highly reviewed full day trainings and morning and evening events for PMI Minnesota and many other associations for a long time. 

He is willing to address challenging interpersonal and organizational situations.  He will own his unconscious privileges and admit mistakes in communication, without getting stuck in a defensive posture.  He has heart for people on the margins, including lonely leaders.  He has a sharp mind for assessing, analyzing and consulting.  

He has two master’s degrees, one in “Conflict Resolution” and the other in Theology from the University of Notre Dame.  He is a former minister and spent 20 years in the construction industry as a culture change consultant and salesman.

He just published a book called Personal Accountability and POWER: How Contractors Can Build a Stronger Safety Culture. 

In the daytime he is President of Esch Consulting, LLC.  At night he is Fr. Vito Incognido, stand up comic.    




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Type of category: Events

Type of activity: Leadership

Date: May 20th, 2021

Hour: 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Number of PDUs: 1


Members: Free

Non members: Free

Students: Free