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Mirivel to Host Launch Party for New Book on Positive Communication for Leaders

Dr. Julien Mirivel
Dr. Julien Mirivel

Dr. Julien Mirivel, a professor of applied communication at UA Little Rock, is hosting a book launch celebration for his latest book, “Positive Communication for Leaders: Proven Strategies for Inspiring Unity and Effecting Change.”

The Positive Communication Network, which includes Mirivel as a founding member, will present the Positive Communication Book Series, a one-hour event designed to celebrate great books that inspire better social worlds, noon – 1 p.m. July 28.

Co-written with Alexander Lyon, a professor of communication at the State University of New York, Brockport, the book provides a practical model of positive communication that will immediately inspire unity and influence change in organizations.

“This is a book for emerging and mid-level leaders who want to improve the skills they need to create a positive workplace,” Mirivel said. “We focus on six critical behaviors and show how to apply those behaviors to build meaningful connections in one-on-one interactions, at the group level, and across the organization. Lots of people talk about how important communication is, but not many people show you how to do it. Our book is different: we give concrete behaviors to implement right here, right now.”

In the book, the authors provide a clear roadmap to:

  • Connect genuinely with people
  • Create strong relationships
  • Foster a positive team that achieves great results
  • Motivate, influence, and inspire others
  • Make a workplace of compassion, mutual support, and fairness

Drawing on decades of research in the fields of communication and leadership and combined experience consulting and training leaders across many professions, the authors offer concrete practices and strategies to lead effectively, create community, and inspire positive change.

Arvind Singhal, the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service, describes the new book as “one of the most significant books of the decade in the communication discipline.”

The event will include a 25-minute leadership training based on the book with Mirivel and Lyon, a 15-minute fireside chat with the authors moderated by Amy Young from the Michigan Ross School of Business, as well as a 10-minute Q&A session with all the participants moderated by Maggie Pitts of the University of Arizona.

“We are going to show participants how to use positive communication to shift what happens in interaction,” Mirivel said. “What we will focus on are simple techniques that will transform difficult moments. Our goal is for professionals who attend to leave with one key skill they can implement immediately. We will overview our model, practice and interact, and have fun too.”

Additionally, attendees will also receive a free positive communication plan they can use to develop their own leadership skills, a special discount rate for the book, a free nine-day email class, and opportunities for free virtual speaking engagements with classes.

The virtual event is free and open to the public. Online registration is available at