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Lend Me Your Ear...
About the Author, Michael J. O'Halloran


Since his election as his hometown's youngest-ever City Councilor, Michael J. O'Halloran has compiled an encyclopedic knowledge of the inner workings of national, state and local government. He is, quite simply, a master of community-based issues, including the fine art of building trust and understanding between citizens and their government.

Michael's experience spans business, education and government. As evident in this book, he's been on both sides of the table - offering tough questions as an elected official and providing education, guidance and action to all. He employs numerous techniques including facilitation, negotiation, mediation and training. His hands-on approach aims to reduce conflicts, improve discourse and attain desired goals.

Michael O'Halloran holds a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from the McGregor School at Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Science from Suffolk University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is a certified mediator and faculty member at Bentley University. His undergraduate students learn the art of Negotiation, Leadership, Organizational Behavior and Interpersonal Relations. Additionally, Michael has served as a Conflict Resolution Trainer at Brandeis University.

His public career includes over 25 years in elected and appointed office, including service as member of the Waltham City Councilor - four years as City Council President and two terms on the Waltham School Committee. He served as Director of Public Affairs with a regional Chamber of Commerce and as a Legislative Aide to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In addition, Michael has held senior policy-making positions with the Massachusetts Office of the State Auditor and the Massachusetts State Treasurer's Office.

In the private sector, Michael is the Principal Practitioner of Consensus Services specializing in community conflict management and he is frequently retained by political candidates and nationally recognized development, retail and service corporations.

Michael O'Halloran is an engaging and convincing public speaker. Using innovative narrative techniques, he has given countless presentations and talks in public forums covering subjects as varied as those discussed in Lend Me Your Ear. To inquire about his availability to speak in your area, please contact his office at michael@consensusservices.com.