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Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA left a successful career as a trial lawyer to become a peacemaker. His calling is to serve humanity, and he executes his calling at many levels.

co-founder, creator, and renowned for

Prison of Peace, and De-Escalate Emotional People (DEEP) skills.

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About Doug.

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 Encore.org. 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.

In addition, Doug Noll is the author of Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus Books, April 2011), winner of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) International Peace and Justice Book Award for 2011, Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage (Auberry Press 2006), with John Boogaert, and Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict (Cascadia 2002) and, numerous articles on peacemaking, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation, and is a mediator trainer, lecturer, and continuing education panelist. Doug Noll is an adjunct faculty member of the Pepperdine School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and teaches The Psychology of Conflict Communication and Decision Making in Conflict.

Doug has many interests and vocations. He is a PSIA Level III ski instructor, a second degree black belt and tai chi master, whitewater rafter, a fly fisherman, and a jazz violinist and folk fiddler. He flies airplanes and helicopters and runs a backhoe like a pro. If you are lucky enough to be in his kitchen, be prepared for sumptuousness. Doug learned how to code in 1969 and has been a technology early adaptor since then.


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The Book.

Discover how to successfully and efficiently calm an angry person or diffuse a volatile situation in ninety seconds or less with this proven and accessible peacekeeping method by self-described “lawyer turned peacemaker” Douglas E. Noll.

We live in an increasingly divided world and most of us have encountered our fair share of aggressive people and difficult confrontations. Fortunately, we now have the tools to become peacemakers and transform emotionally volatile situations and hurt feelings to calm, non-aggressive ones.

Tested on prison inmates, De-Escalate offers a new set of social listening and communication skills, based on the latest findings in neuroscience and meditation. Along with practical exercises and scenario-based examples, each chapter focuses on specific themes, such as dealing with emotionally charged teenagers and frustrated coworkers. Additionally, Noll shares practical tips on how to be civil in an uncivil society.

With De-Escalate, we can bring peace to all facets of life, cultivate healthier relationships, and participate in creating a more caring and compassionate future for us all.

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  1. How to Calm An Angry Person In 90 Seconds or Less
  2. How Become An Emotionally Competent Leader By Developing This One Skill
  3. How to Defuse Confrontations While Remaining Calm and Compassionate
  4. How to Build Instant Trust, Rapport, and Intimacy With this One Weird Skill
  5. How to Listen Other People Into Existence

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  1. Tell us about your background and life.
  2. Why do you say that we are 98% emotional and only 2% rational?
  3. What is emotional invalidation and why do you call it the first deadly sin?
  4. Can you really de-escalate an angry person in 90 seconds or less?
  5. What do you mean by “Listening others into existence.”
  6. What is the difference between emotional intelligence and emotional competence. Why is this difference crucial?
  7. What are some of the attributes of an emotionally competent person?
  8. Why isn’t emotional competency taught to us?
  9.  What is the Prison of Peace project?
  10. Where can people go to learn more about your work?

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