Paul Axtell provides consulting and personal effectiveness training to a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies and universities to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. A large focus of his work is how to run effective and productive meetings—to turn them from dreaded calendar items into vital, productive sessions with measurable results.

Paul has an engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He has fifteen years of experience in manufacturing, engineering, and management. For the last ten years, Paul’s focus has been devoted to designing and leading programs that enhance individual and group performance within large organizations.

He is the author of the award-winning book Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations, Being Remarkable, and Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life, which applies the concepts of his work to the special relationships between parents and children of all ages. Named Best Parenting Book of 2012, it has been translated into Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

In addition to interacting with kids, he loves playing golf, creating bonsai trees, fly-fishing, and reading mysteries. Paul lives with his wife, Cindy, in Minneapolis.


Paul is a recognized thought leader in the fields of meetings, personal development, and the power of conversation in creating and maintaining great relationships, both on the job and at home—especially with kids. He is constantly upping his game, keeping tabs on what’s trending in research and contributing his insights in a wide variety of forums.

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If we learn to trust ourselves  and the other person  and the conversation,  it will almost always turn out.  What are the conversations  we need to have together?

– Paul Axtell

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