About Dr. K’s Blog

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on March 3, 2008

Hello!  I’m Dr. Rick Kirschner.  Welcome to my blog.

rkclevelandhdshtEach week, I post fresh content here about change, communication, politics and life.  I write about topics that I think will prove helpful to people who want to make a difference.  Since you were curious enough to click the ‘About Dr. K’s Blog’ button, I’d like to tell you something more about who I am and why I write this blog.

They say the lucky man thinks he’s smart, and the smart man knows he’s lucky.  I’m smart enough to know I’ve been very fortunate throughout my life.  I have pursued my dreams, from rock and roll music in Hollywood in the 60s, to organic farming in the 70s, to a private practice in the 80s, corporate training and professional speaking in the 90s, to coaching, teaching, writing books and making audio and video programs that both entertain and educate, right up to the present.  In the past three years, I got a new book into bookstores, ‘How To Click With People,’ published by Hyperion, and a new audio product in the iTunes and markets, ‘Dealing With People You Can’t Stand,’ published by MacMillan, along with a 3rd revised edition of my first book, the coauthored ‘Dealing With People You Can’t Stand,’ published by McGraw Hill and now in 25 languages.

I like exploring the boundary conditions of our lives.  I enjoy catching audiences by surprise, moving the learning out to the edge, building a bridge of accessibility to new thought and possibility.  I’ve interviewed thousands of people about the core issues of their lives, counseled a hundred plus couples and families who were caught up in pointless conflict and seemingly unable to change course on their own, spoken to hundreds of thousands of people over a speaking career that spans 28 years. I’ve heard a lot of questions and gotten plenty of feedback along the way.

So Much To Share

I’ve now worked in the field of personal and organizational development for close to three decades.  I’m a student of humanity, an observer of patterns.  I have devoted my entire adult life to understanding motivation, behavior, and human nature.  And I can promise you this.

If you have ever wondered why bad ideas win out over better ones, if you have ever had to resign yourself to ‘the inevitable’ because you didn’t know how to change someone’s mind; missed out on an opportunity because you lacked the right connections; if you have ever wished there was a way to stop being an outsider and start being an insider; and if you are ready to use your positive influence to improve your personal and professional life–this blog is for you.

I will provide you with strategies, information, observations, tips and techniques to help you to become a more powerful, persuasive, connected and functional human being. The insights and experiences I share here, along with the techniques and strategies I recommend, will help you to raise your game and play your part in shaping the world around you.

I Don’t Ask Much

The purpose of this blog is to create a helpful dialog around connection, persuasive communication and life skills.  Your comments and feedback are welcome, and I really appreciate hearing from you.  I’d like to know what you think of what I write, even if it’s just a few words of encouragement or feedback.

The first line in my book Insider’s Guide To The Art Of Persuasion is this:  If you have to be right, you’re doing it wrong.  I’ll do my part to create a positive atmosphere.   I ask that you:

1.  Be decent

2.  Be reasonable

3.  Behave

4.  Be persuasive

5.  No FLAMES.

Here’s to an excellent conversation about making a difference in and through our relationships with people.


About Dr. Rick Kirschner:

Dr. Rick Kirschner is a bestselling author, speaker, executive and life coach, faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies, thought leader with CanDoGo, and adjunct faculty with Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is a 1981 ND graduate from National College of Natural Medicine, a 4 year Naturopathic medical school in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Rick Kirschner presents entertaining, engaging and powerful keynote speeches, training programs, group and individual coaching sessions through his company, The Art of Change LLC. The Art of Change Skills for Life™ empower people to deal successfully with professional and personal challenges and bring about positive change.  Dr. K has worked with such client organizations as NASA, Heineken, Progressive Insurance, Providence Healthcare, Starbucks,Texas Instruments and YPO.  He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including CNBC, FOX and CBC. His ideas on communication and conflict resolution are found in magazines and newspapers including USA Today, London Times, The Wall Street Journal and Executive Excellence.

Dr. Kirschner is the author or coauthor of 7 books, including the international bestseller ‘Dealing With People You Can’t Stand,’ ‘Life By Design,’  ‘Love Thy Customer,’  and his comprehensive communication program, ‘Insider’s Guide To The Art of Persuasion,’  available at

Dr. Kirschner’s most recent book, ‘How To Click With People: The Secret To Better Relationships In Business And In Life‘ is in book stores, both online and offline.  Learn more at

In the news:

Dr. Kirschner’s Macmillan Audiobook based on the international bestselling book by the same title, ‘Dealing With People You Can’t Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst‘(Kirschner & Brinkman, McGraw-Hill)

“We’re very excited about this release from Macmillan Audio.  People have been asking for a spoken word version of our bestselling book for years, and this is it.   We hear from numerous people every year about how this material has helped them to reduce conflict and increase cooperation in their lives.  Making it available as a set of CDs or a digital download means more people can avail themselves of these tried and true patterns for effective communication under difficult conditions.”