There’s always something going on with Charleston AMA. From our monthly luncheons and annual awards program to our casual socials and coffee talks, you’ll find plenty of ways to connect with other marketing professionals in the Charleston region. Monthly luncheons are the first Thursday of each month at the Harbor Breeze Restaurant, 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.

2016 Upcoming Events

October Signature Luncheon: Conflict = Better; A Conversation

Thursday, October  13th: Join us for our Signature Luncheon as John Zinsser, Co-Founder and Principal of Pacifica Human Communications, shares his expertise. images

Humankind has organized itself for eons to achieve that which could not be done individually. But, when two or more people team to do anything, a third element will be created; Conflict.

Say the word. Feel it. For most it induces fear or trepidation. From this point of view, it diminishes us. So we have less mental and emotional ability. Why? How can we allow this to continue?

It does not have to be this way. Properly managed and even encouraged conflict can be a powerful motivator, unifier and creativity engine. Conflict is actually a renewable energy source. But only if we develop a better relationship to it, engage a different mindset, and apply the tools that lift us past the mindset of conflict as barrier, cost, hindrance, or trap.

So let’s look at conflict and talk about it in a whole new way and find how to put it to work in our personal and professional lives.

John’s engaging keynote includes Q&A time to answer your questions and these takeaways:

  • Reframe your relationship + reaction to conflict
  • Leverage disagreements into new motivations and opportunities
  • Add 5 ingredients to your interpersonal communications recipe book
  • And… Explore the advantages and flatsides of Conversational Presenting

johnAbout John

John’s achievements launch from his belief that increasing the quantity of quality human communication builds connection, empowers individuals and advances organizations.

Twenty-five years ago he co-founded Pacifica Human Communications, LLC.

Teaming with senior executives and first-line personnel alike, John has designed and delivered dozens of custom initiatives, from coaching to training to systems|culture change, so individuals, teams and organizations navigate past barriers to obtain goals.

A cum laude graduate of Kenyon College, John also holds a master’s of conflict management from the MacGregor School of Antioch University. He lectures at

Columbia University for the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Master’s Program in the School of Professional Studies.

Whether with global companies such as: Baker Hughes, Fidelity Investments, IBM, Novo Nordisk and OMV-Petrom or Charleston based organizations — Blackbaud, Boomtown, or Coastal Community Foundation — John innovates processes, humanizes organizations and inspires trust.


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