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Douglas Noll

We have all been there. Either we have been the one that is in a highly emotional state, or we have had to deal with someone that is so irrationally angry there is no talking them off the proverbial ledge. Or, if we try to we go and say the worst possible thing; something like “calm down” “is it really that bad” or any other hair-trigger trope. So, is there really a way to handle these situations that don’t leave charred wreckage in its wake? This week on The Malliard Report, Jim welcomes Doug Noll to the show who just so happens to be an expert in this field.

“Doug Noll speaks about and teaches people how to solve difficult, intractable, and highly emotional problems. He was a business and commercial trial lawyer for 22 years before turning to leadership development, problem-solving, and peacemaking. He is a Senior Consultant with Mobius Executive Leadership and maintains a high-level mediation and arbitration practice. For his innovative work, Doug Noll has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2005, by US News & World Report and has been recognized since 2006 as a Northern California Super Lawyer. He is listed in the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediators. He has been honored as Lawyer of the Year in 2014 by Best Lawyers in America. In 2014, Doug was honored as a Purpose Prize Fellow by In 2018, Doug was named the Distinguished Neutral of the Year by The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Along with his colleague Laurel Kaufer, Doug Noll was named California Attorney of the Year in 2012 for their pro bono Prison of Peace project. Doug Noll is the author of the book De-Escalate: How to Calm an Angry Person in 90 Seconds or Less (Simon & Schuster, September 2017), which was the winner of the Book Excellence Award for 2017.”

Doug provides some excellent insight in how to deal with yourself or others when in an escalated situation. You can find Doug’s book through all major online retailers or his website Make sure to head over to to catch up on all past shows, sign up for the newsletter, buy merch, and join the live chat every Tuesday at 9 P.M. EST. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe through your favorite podcasting app and connect with Jim on all social media @malliard.