Persuade, Don’t Preach by Karen Tibbals Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide Menu


Karen is an accomplished, passionate speaker who delivers a message that will change the way you think forever. No, really. Forever.

When people hear the principles behind Persuade, Don’t Preach, they’re electrified, and the questions come pouring in, one after the other. Every time. It never fails.

Through extensive experience and research, Karen has uncovered truths about human nature that are more than just interesting — they’re useful. So, first, she blows your mind, and then she teaches you how to use the new information you’ve just heard.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

November 1st: Housatonic Quarterly Meeting (Quakers) via zoom

November 5th: IIEx via zoom

November 11th: Oakland City University, Oakland City, Indiana

November 15th:  Bucks Quarter Quarterly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting via zoom

Options for Speaking Engagements

Karen offers talks to both large and small audiences and runs workshops with small groups. All events are interactive and engaging, and small groups take part in hands-on, experiential learning. Due to Covid-19 concerns, she is unable to offer in-person talks at this time, but you can still access all of the same information and have time for much-desired discussion during a webinar.

Karen’s basic talk — in real life or virtually — can be customized to fit the time you have in your agenda. Just don’t forget to allow time for discussion because, remember, people want — no need — to talk about the implications of this message once they’ve heard it.


Podcasts Karen has been on

  • Watch a replay of a discussion on the podcast "Three Things I Have Learned with Susan Dolci". 
  • Recently I had the pleasure of a deep conversation with my colleague Dr. Heather Clark, PharmD where we explored how to talk to people we disagree with, and how those productive conversations can help us become unshakable.  Listen (and subscribe) to her podcast, Unshakable Being, where she explores inspiration and practical tools to help you shift out of stress, stop going in circles, and get what you want in your life, body, and business. You can learn more—and get the transcript—at
  • I had a great conversation with Sandy Joy Weston on her podcast, Let's Keep It Real. You can listen here. You can hear one the problems that political polarization is creating with her neighbor. I didn't have a solution in the moment, but I came up with one later! You can read my solution on my upcoming newsletter Fractured Relathonships, sign up here.
  • In this HCI Webinar, Dr. Westover talks with Karen Tibbals about career shifts, marketing for leadership and business success, and the power of persuasion. Check out the podcast here:

Interested in booking a custom virtual webinar? Email Karen here.




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Would've gone on all night

"Karen was great to work with before and during her program. “Persuade, Don’t Preach” was well-attended at our library and patrons left having learned something new. The discussion portion at the end probably would’ve gone on all night if we didn’t have to close! I look forward to bringing Karen back in the future. " 

K.S., Programming Librarian, Franklin Twp Library

"I love how grounded Karen's talk is in research."

K.B., Programming Librarian, Piscataway Library

I recommend the presentation and the presenter

Steve Ross, Coach to Non-Profits

(We) thank Karen Tibbals for her presentation, “Persuade, Don’t Preach: Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide” on 2/23/2020. Her presentation on the ethical frames of people holding opposing political views engaged us in meaningful conversation to explore ways to understand each other’s values and ways to communicate and advocate effectively based on that understanding.  

Quakers of Orlando

Karen Tibbals @KarenTibbals