Hi! I'm Debra Roberts

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For more than 20 years, 5 days a week, 6 hours a day, I have had conversations with people who find it challenging to say what they want to say at home and at the office.

I work with many companies to improve the communication of their staff as it directly affects productivity, company culture and creates an atmosphere of stress, tension, and even turnover.

I talk to people who are not living the life they want because they don’t know how to communicate with the important people in their life.

When there’s a breakdown in communication, people usually disconnect from each other. And when you don’t know how to recover or start the conversation, things can fall apart.

It feels complicated and layered. But not to me.

If you're hesitant to have an important conversation, or are avoiding or struggling with an ongoing conflict – you are not alone. 

Most likely, effective communication wasn't modeled in your childhood home, and you didn't learn about interpersonal skills in school. So, where were you supposed to learn these essential life skills? 

Right here! My communication model, the Relationship Protocol® (the RP) can change everything. It will give you the tools you need to have everyday interactions and address difficult topics too.

When you know how to say what you want to say, the shift from feeling frustrated and uncertain to self-assured can happen fast.  

Whether it’s an inner office problem, a situation that shattered your confidence, or you’re having trouble communicating with a loved one... it can help. Let me teach you my RP model.

If you're motivated and ready to feel more equipped to say what's on your mind, feel heard, and express yourself with confidence, then you've come to the right place. 

And I promise, there's nothing fancy here. These are practical, actionable, and common-sense tools that you can use in ALL types of interactions.  

For starters, take my Benefit of the Doubt challenge and experience a small sample of the power and simplicity of this work for yourself. 

The Benefit of the Doubt Challenge:

For the next 24 hours, give everyone you interact with (or only the important people in your life) the Benefit of the Doubt, and see what happens! 

 Depending on the interaction, giving someone the B of D means you are approaching them from the perspective that they also want to have a productive conversation, try their best, be honest, etc. Try it. Then notice how a small shift in your thinking can make a big difference in the outcome and how it makes you feel.

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In case you're curious ... I am an author, a conversation expert, developer of The Relationship Protocol® communication model, a trauma consultant (EMDR Certified), and an LCSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have many years of experience working with all types of relationships in my private practice and consulting with businesses. 

My unique combination of clinical skills, trauma training, and years of direct experience has resulted in my being recognized as an expert in the area of communication, relationships, and conflict resolution.

In my early years at nonprofits, I worked with troubled youths, poverty legal services, a mental health clinic, and a national health organization. Over the years, I also consulted with family businesses, educational institutions, and corporate entities. Its been impactful work. This is where I learned that communication shapes relationships, and always impacts the quality of our lives. 

I've been in the trenches working with all types of difficult and challenging relationships. I know what it takes to turn things around, grow confidence quickly, and put you, your relationship, or your organization back in the driver’s seat. And by the way, it doesn't take years or a complete overhaul... my practical tools for everyday interactions will do the trick, most often!

Here’s what people are saying about Debra:

“Debra is down-to-earth, kind, smart, savvy, and she knows how to convey her relationship tips in a straight forward and doable way. Debra shows us how to consider one another’s goals - in the moment - to get to an ideal outcome for both parties. If you have the opportunity to read her book, The Relationship Protocol, you’ll learn a lot. If you have the opportunity to work with her 1:1, or take one of her courses, grab it! ” .... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ........... ......... ..... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ........... ......... ......... ........ ..... ........ ...... ........ ........... ...... ....... ......... ...... ........ ........... ...... .......
 
Kate Paine
Personal branding consulting, Helping You Stand Out Online, LinkedIn profile coach
“Debra is a brilliant relationship expert. With her breadth of experience and her amazing Relationship Protocol model, learning from Debra will improve your relationships and your confidence. The best investment you can make for your happiness and life.” .... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ........... ......... ..... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ........... ......... ......... ........ ..... .... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ........... ......... ..... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ........... ......... ......... ........ ..... ......... .......... ......... ...... ........ ........... ...... ....... ......... ...... ........ ........... ...... ....... ......... ...... ........ ........... ...... .......
 
Susie Moore
International life coach, best-selling author and columnist
“Debra Roberts, a skilled and trusted colleague, has developed a unique protocol that is the new standard for mending relationships. Debra’s therapeutic training, years of experience, and her genuine down to earth quality is woven throughout her work and her book. She is a consummate professional who knows her stuff! I truly believe that Debra’s Relationship Protocol model should be used in every office and household to improve communication and relationships. ”  .... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ............ .... ... ... .. ..... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... .......... ....... ......
 
Phoebe Kessler, LCSW
EMDR Consultant and
Regional Coordinator
"Debra Roberts is the go-to expert for improving communication and resolving conflicts in your personal life or in your business. Debra will teach you and your organization how to be more effective communicators, make stronger connections and have more positive relationships. Her Relationship Protocol model is brilliant. Based on common sense and her years of experience working with relationships, Debra has created a simple, yet powerful way of communicating that can benefit everyone." ........... .... ... ... .. .......... ....... ....... ...... ........... ......... ..... ....
 
Farnoosh Torabi
America’s leading personal finance expert, Oprah magazine’s finance columnist

Here’s what people are saying about Debra:

“Debra is down-to-earth, kind, smart, savvy, and she knows how to convey her relationship tips in a straight forward and doable way. Debra shows us how to consider one another’s goals - in the moment - to get to an ideal outcome for both parties. If you have the opportunity to read her book, The Relationship Protocol, you’ll learn a lot. If you have the opportunity to work with her 1:1, or take her course, grab it! ”
Kate Paine
Personal Branding Consulting,
Helping You Stand Out Online,
LinkedIn Profile Coach
“Debra is a brilliant relationship expert. With her breadth of experience and her amazing Relationship Protocol model, learning from Debra will improve your relationships and your confidence. The best investment you can make for your happiness and life.”
Susie Moore
International life coach,
author and columnist
“Debra Roberts, a skilled and trusted colleague, has developed a unique protocol that is the new standard for mending relation- ships. Debra’s therapeutic train- ing, years of experience, and her genuine down to earth quality is woven throughout her work and her book. She is a consummate professional who knows her stuff! I truly believe that Debra’s Rela- tionship Protocol model should be used in every office and house- hold to improve communication and relationships. ”
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Phoebe Kessler, LCSW
EMDR Consultant &
Regional Coordinator
"I love Debra Roberts’ book, The Relationship Protocol. It’s an invaluable guide for everyday conversations and difficult interactions at home or at the office. The information is presented in a digestible and actionable format. It’s a great read!"
Farnoosh Torabi
America’s leading personal finance expert, Oprah magazine’s finance columnist
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“My Relationship Protocol® model
has practical communication tools –
proven, unique and powerful.”

In my book, The Relationship Protocol: How to Talk, Defuse and Build Healthier Relationships I teach people how to have effective and uncomplicated communication. The book describes the RP model in easy to read terms. The model itself is a common-sense approach that can benefit all relationships. And I know from many years of experience - if you give someone helpful, actionable tools for communicating, you’re not only going to improve their relationships, but you’ll grow their confidence and change their quality of life for the better.

Let’s transform how people think about communication! Learn how to resolve differences, speak thoughtfully and become stronger together.

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