Brent Darnell Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

Brent Darnell    

International Best-Selling Author; Leading Authority on Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Communication Speaker

Brent Darnell is an international best-selling author and leading authority on Emotional Intelligence. He is President and owner of Brent Darnell International, a company devoted to the training and consulting of individuals and entire companies to help maximize their success by tapping into their "soft" skills, or Emotional Intelligence.

In his best-selling book, The People-Profit Connection: How Emotional Intelligence Can Maximize People Skills and Maximize Your Profits, Brent introduces his unique approach to teaching Emotional Intelligence skills in technically trained professions. He has been called "...relevant to performance on every job and any industry," by Emotional Intelligence pioneer Kate Cannon and is a recognized expert in his field.

Brent earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1981. Prior to becoming an author, he held numerous positions in the construction industry as Senior Project Manager and Mechanical/Electrical Coordinator on various construction projects. Because of these firsthand experiences, Brent speaks with a deeper understanding of his audience and the problems they commonly face.

A sought after speaker, trainer, and lecturer, Brent has spoken for numerous influential groups including the National Association of Women Business Owners in Atlanta, Design-Build Institute of America, and the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. But more than just a speaker, Brent is an experienced educator. He has taught masters classes in Emotional Intelligence at institutions such as Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Auburn. Brent has also donated his skills by speaking to dozens of Rotary and Kiwanis clubs throughout the Southeast.

The impact of Brent's unique programs spans the globe to places such as Stockholm, Sweden where he presented to a group from Nobia, a multi-national kitchen manufacturer and supplier. He has conducted presentations for notable construction companies such as Hardin, Skanska, Clark and McCarthy. Brent is an experienced speaker who has led hundreds of training sessions reaching thousands of participants.

Over 70 companies in more than 15 countries have experienced Brent's life changing techniques and have become more efficient and successful as a result. Could your group be the next to benefit? Contact Brent today to find out!

Speech Topics


We Are the World: Multi-Cultural Issues

As companies expand internationally, they encounter many different cultures in both clients and employees. Brent tackles the many different aspects of diversity that affect the way we interact and do business. This program allows employees to explore each other's diversity in a safe framework. Brent will talk about how to take diversity into account in terms of leadership styles, teamwork, and decisions making.

We Are the World: Multi-Cultural Issues

As companies expand internationally, they encounter many different cultures in both clients and employees. Brent tackles the many different aspects of diversity that affect the way we interact and do business. This program allows employees to explore each other's diversity in a safe framework. Brent will talk about how to take diversity into account in terms of leadership styles, teamwork, and decisions making.

Tightening Up the Ship: Quality and Productivity

When you run a tight ship everyone works together, following the captain's orders. While this is the ideal way to run a company, it is not often the reality of what takes place. This program focuses on the relationships between managers and employees and how to improve these relationships and improve quality and productivity. Brent teaches the techniques behind tightening up your own ship by tightening up the relationships and communication that exist within your company.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Poor Industry Image

Year after year, construction jobs are ranked near the bottom in terms of desirability. This program will help you get to the heart of the issue and show you how to excel in this area. Using Brent's Emotional Intelligence-based approach, your company can reap massive rewards by differentiating your value proposition, recruiting the best employees, and learning how executives and managers play an important role in improving the industry image as a whole.

Presentation Skills: How do People Perceive You?

This enlightening workshop shows participants how their posture, voice and movement affect an audience both positively and negatively. They will learn how to use these factors to create more effective, memorable presentations. From storytelling to metaphors, participants will learn the techniques behind creating interesting and inspiring speeches.

Killer Communication Skills

Through this presentation participants will gain the essential basics of powerful communication. They will learn the pitfalls of communication and how to communicate clearly. They will also learn how to motivate and persuade others without resorting to the traditional command and control approach.

Show more speech topics
Full Steam Ahead: Emotional Intelligence - Foundation for Your Future

Through this program, Brent teaches the foundation of Emotional Intelligence. He examines its importance, how it is measured, how it can be improved, and the powerful results it has on your company's bottom line. Enlightening and entertaining, this program shows participants how to use relationship building skills to leverage the full power of their employees, both intellectually and emotionally.

Emotions & Business: Tap into the Emotional Side of Business and Avoid Becoming a Commodity

In the newest addition to his speaking portfolio, Brent first covers the basics of emotional intelligence and goes one step further, teaching you how to then use these unique skills to improve your business. Interactive discussions revolve around how construction companies can no longer compete within these slim margins and how to differentiate yourself in the marketplace so that you are no longer competing on price alone.

Show less speech topics

Related Speakers View all


More like Brent