Patricia McGinnis is the author of Change Pain to Gain; The Secrets of Turning Conflict into Opportunity. She comes to her subject with many years of experience in conflict work, and a distinctive perspective. Patricia embraces the opportunities that come from addressing conflict directly, candidly and carefully. She believes - and has a lifetime of proof - that with a change of perspective, everyone can turn conflict pain into productive gain. As a teacher, parent, mediator, and an expert in resolving high conflict problems, she brings understanding, wisdom and pragmatism to her audiences.
Patricia has a degree in education form the University of Minnesota; she taught for 23 years and she parented her own, occasionally quarreling children to "work it out with talk." For fifteen years she coordinated the Minnesota Department of Education Special Education Alternative Dispute Resolution Services and prepared parents and educators to amicably resolve often highly emotional disagreements over student education programs. Through her company, Turning Point-Training, she and her co-trainers provide training across the country, and coach professionals facilitating high conflict meetings. In addition, she teaches "Resolving Conflict" for administrators at the university graduate level, and is a qualified neutral mediator for divorce and post-divorce conflict.
Patricia delivers keynote presentations for small and large groups who want to work together better; contracts with the United States Department of Defense Education Activity to provide a 37-hour facilitation training for special education leaders on American bases around the world; provides follow up coaching so participants continue the learning, as they implement new knowledge, skills and strategies; and presents at local and national conferences.
Patricia McGinnis: From Conflict to Opportunity
Stop wasting time with debate that goes nowhere—instead, learn to become a conflict resolution superstar and transform frustrating disputes into satisfying solutions.
- Conflict Resolution
- Productive Discussion
- Meeting Facilitation
- Streamlining Communication
- Bridging Perspectives
- Published author: Change Pain to Gain: The Secrets of Turning Conflict into Opportunity
- Keynote speaker
- Effective and efficient meeting facilitator
- Trained over 1,000 people
- Professional member, National Speakers Association, and a Distinguished Toastmaster
Discover the Opportunity in Conflicting Views
Can you imagine a meeting where clashing perspectives actually make for better clarity, focus, and understanding?
It’s more than possible, it’s within your grasp—and Patricia is here to show you how. As an author, mediator, speaker, and workshop facilitator, Patricia has perfected fun and simple ways to share her strategies and empower you to start creating change now.
Over the past two decades, Patricia has trained over 1,000 people. These leaders in turn have used her teachings to train thousands more. You’ll leave her talk pumped and ready to go beyond just resolving disputes, to actually using conflict to create faster and deeper collaboration and growth.
Whether you’re planning a Home Owner Association conference, or just sick of bickering Board members or owners, it’s time to stop wasting time and start creating solutions. Beyond her popular keynote addresses, Patricia offers breakout sessions and even seminars to make sure you’ll leave excited and ready for action. In fact, you’ll learn to head off conflict before it even happens!
Choose one of these topics for your next program:
- Change Conflict’s Pain To Gain!
A new method for HOA Managers and Community Association Boards to approach and resolve disputes.
- “Got Conflict?”
Learn to be courageous, considerate, and strategic—and build a community that thrives!
- “De-escalate Conflict?
But How?! ” Clear communication is key.
For your next conference, why not get your attendees excited AND send them home with valuable learning?
Get started by contacting Patricia today!
- International Toastmasters' "Distinguished Toastmaster" (DTM), the highest honor awarded in the organization.