Misha Glouberman
Negotiations Expert; Co-Author of The Chairs Are Where The People Go, Emcee

Misha Glouberman is an expert on the subtle arts of negotiation and communication. He takes the principles of good negotiation and better listening, and applies them to a broad set of circumstances to help people solve problems together, reach mutually beneficial agreements, and communicate more effectively—in all walks of life.

Misha Glouberman is passionate about how people connect with each other—at work, at conferences, in cities, anywhere we meet. The New Yorker named his breakthrough book, The Chairs Are Where the People Go, one of the best of 2011. The Harvard Business Review described one event he facilitated as “reinventing the way stakeholders collaborate with decision-makers.”

At conferences, Misha Glouberman’s presence is transformative. He has worked with a variety of organizers to spark vital conversations among participants—conversations that clarify or change the entire direction of the event. One+, the Meeting Planners International magazine, recently ran a feature on his work as a conference facilitator. It described him as “humanizing relationships—one event at a time.” The Globe and Mail compares Glouberman to a mash-up of “Peter Mansbridge’s smarts and Conan O’Brien’s wit”—a man who can “turn a Q&A session into a surprisingly sincere collaboration.”

“Glouberman will win you over with a simple and good-spirited reasonableness that leaves you feeling uplifted by the power a voice of common sense can still have in the world.” — Jonathan Goldstein, This American Life contributing editor

Misha Glouberman is the host of Trampoline Hall, a lecture series which has sold out every show in its home city of Toronto since its inception, in 2001, and which has toured around North America. (“We love it”—The Village Voice). In everything he does, Glouberman combines a creative people-centered approach with analytic rigour: he was previously a software developer, and has a philosophy degree from Harvard.

Glouberman is an expert in conflict resolution, communication, and negotiation skills, and teaches an ongoing series of classes on these topics entitled “How to Talk to People about Things.” A collection of his thoughts, The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City, co-authored with Sheila Heti, was called “a triumph of what might be called conversational philosophy … hilarious and humane” by The New Yorker.

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