About Michael Grinder

Michael Grinder

Michael Grinder is a world renown expert in non-verbal communication, author of 13 books translated into 7 languages.

Michael Grinder is a master of, and world renown expert in, the power of influence — the science of non-verbal communication, non-verbal leadership, group dynamics, advanced relationship building skills and presentation skills.

After years of experience as a teacher, Michael has been speaking at conferences and conducting seminars on his areas of expertise across the world. He has for years been seen as America’s educator of educators and he is an expert on learning. His work with many education districts and schools has transformed the levels of teaching and learning.

Working both in the corporate world and within schools — with consultants, trainers and educators — Michael is dedicated to the concept that we are in love with the influence of power, when we really need to be in love with the power of influence.

Michael teaches others how to use influence verbally and non-verbally. If one manages for the sole outcome of gaining compliance, then one is operating from power. We want to operate from influence. The power template is short-term, focuses on the issue level of the communication and is results-oriented. Whereas influence is longer term, focuses on the relationship level of the communication and is more process-oriented.

Michael has spent his life studying, dissecting and teaching the complexity that underlies all communication. He has developed a unique, new science of influence through non-verbal communication that is rich in practical, immediately applicable skills that can transform and improve all professional and personal relationships and help you communicate to be heard and understood.

Michael Grinder is the pioneer in teaching others how to perceive non-verbal communication in a group setting. He was personally trained by two well-known experts in the field of communication: Carl Rogers, the wellspring of rapport and relationships, and Michael’s brother Dr. John Grinder, co-founder of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Michael is National Director of NLP in Education. He and his wife, Gail, live in Battle Ground, Washington, which is across the river from Portland, Oregon.

Michael and Gail Grinder, with their dog Mac.

Michael and Gail Grinder with their dog Mac.

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