Esther C. Bleuel, MA, MFT, MDR

President and Founder of Tough Talk Coach, Esther is an acclaimed expert in interpersonal communication and conversation. Passionate about empowering people with the skills and confidence to have successful and constructive conversations instead of conflict, believes that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”* Similarly, any relationship essentially develops one conversation and one interaction, at a time. Thus, the more successful each conversation, the more connected and trusting the relationship.

While studying for a master’s degree in Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Esther realized the power of conversation. She began to encourage and teach clients to have conversations as a means of preventing or diffusing conflict. Where others often see obstacles and challenges, Esther excels at seeing opportunities for growth and transformation.

The unique breadth and depth of Esther’s experience as a corporate executive, business owner, professor and psychotherapist provides her not only with a broad understanding and perspective, but also with the ability to teach and motivate others to embrace positive change.

Always interactive and fun, Esther’s talks contribute to the lives of others in meaningful and practical ways. Attendees always leave her with at last one tip or pearl of wisdom that can be used immediately.

Esther can speak on a wide variety of topics and each talk, presentation or training will be tailored to the needs of a client. Formats include:

  • Keynote presentations
  • Conference presentations
  • Half and full-day training sessions
  • Lectures
  • Workshops/seminars/panels

Always interactive and fun, Esther’s talks contribute in a meaningful way to the lives of others. Attendees always leave her presentations with a least one tip or pearl of wisdom that can be applied immediately.

Esther is eager to create a talk or training for your audience or team, adapted to suit your specific needs.

To schedule an engagement or discuss your specific needs, please contact Esther at (805) 517-4882 or info@toughtalkcoach.com.


 The Power of Conflict (Find the Opportunity)

The Power of Trust

Are You a Tumbleweed? (How to Take Charge of Your Life)

Managing the Generational Divide in the Workplace

Strategies for Preventing or Diffusing Workplace Conflict

10 Lessons of Conflict Resolution That You Can’t Ignore

Emotional and Social Intelligence in the Workplace

How to Read Nonverbal Communication

Understanding and Misunderstanding Conflict

When Smart People do Dumb Things

Keeping the Customer by Clearing the Conflict

Having Difficult Conversations Without Worry

Constructive Critique (How to Get and Give It)

Savvy Negotiation (professional or personal)

Mediation: facilitated conversations for problem resolution

Workplace Issues

Building trust and loyalty
Bullying or inappropriate behavior
Employment separation: questions to ask
Solving the right problem
Corrosive effect of secrets
Importance of listening and hearing

 Anger Management
Skills, concepts, strategies

Family Business Disputes; Succession Planning

Partnership Issues: start-up agreements, exit planning, how to resolve differences, decision-making

Managing Emotions of Estate Planning or Probate