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John Nielsen

Coarsegold Coach, Mediator’s First Book Focuses on ‘Effective Communication’

COARSEGOLD — Communications coach and mediator John Nielsen has authored his first book — “Effective Communication Skills: The Foundations for Change.” The Coarsegold resident’s debut as an author offers a comprehensive guide to “strategically and purposefully” communicating with others, teaching reaches readers how to “connect and disconnect” so that they can collaborate more efficiently.

In “Effective Communication Skills,” which retails for $7.99, Nielsen taps into basic communication techniques to share practical tools for analyzing communication scenarios and provides engaging prompts in a workbook format. Each chapter addresses a specific step in the communication process and explains in simple language how certain behaviors can hamper communication and others can bolster it.

Using these techniques, readers can learn how to establish immediate rapport, initiate and facilitate change, and reduce stress by learning how to conquer difficult situations, whether in social life or their professional environment.

“There are many books on the market that purport to increase the levels of communication between and among people,” said James S. Vuovcolo, a “Master Certified” coach. “Many of these [books] are based upon the latest fads and offer little depth. John Nielsen has brought years of personal and professional expertise to any reader who wants to develop authentic ways of deepening their experience of communicating with others while fostering the gift of mutual understanding. This is a work that couples, groups, and professionals alike will embrace and use.”

A California native, Nielsen is the founder and director of the Communication Skills Training and Development Center in Hayward. A licensed and experienced mediator and coach, for 23 years he was also an ordained pastor at Community of Grace Church in Hayward.

Nielsen’s life story is compelling: A former Marine, after recovering from drug and alcohol addiction that wrecked his first marriage and drove him into bankruptcy, Nielsen turned his life around and now has been sober for 33 years — and married to his wife Debbie since 1993.

Prior to his recovery and spiritual transformation, which began in 1987 when he rededicated himself to Christianity, Nielsen was a successful entrepreneur who built a multi-million-dollar regional distributorship business that he sold in 1984.

For over 25 years, Nielsen has focused on equipping business owners, teams and leaders with the tools of communication, collaboration and conflict resolution. To learn more about Nielsen and his new book, click here.

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