James MacNeil

James is known to many as “Canada’s Verbal Aikido” coach. He is one of the most diversified creative thinkers of our time with his first major doctrine in linking our personal emotional and communication styles with the non-adversarial philosophy of the Japanese martial art Aikido.

The backbone of his philosophy stems from his passion in the psychology and science behind communications and relationships. He is President and Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of EQ Communications Inc., a coaching, consulting and training company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario primarily focused on providing innovative behavioral change programs to corporations seeking sustainable business growth.

James is an uplifting motivational speaker, personal coach and a certified Experiential Learning Technology facilitator. He inspires his audiences to challenge themselves and apply the “Verbal Aikido” fundamentals to manage change effectively and thereby achieve their goals.

Since 1992, he has spoken to over 1,500 audiences, many of them for Fortune 500 companies and professional groups around the world. James lived for a few years in New York where he co-hosted an international daily radio program that supported young people in the development of social responsibility and life skills. In 1994, James became a best selling author of Success Secrets of King Solomon, the Richest Man Ever, a book reflecting his passion for living a purpose-filled life.

A natural in front of the camera, James has recorded numerous training videos with several behavioral change topics available on the EQ Communications Inc. website encouraging participants to stretch their mental boundaries including The Ultimate Rapport Strategy. As an innovative business executive, his vision is to make a difference to both the individual and organizations he serves with an expanded learning
product line of home study videos on “Verbal Aikido” and an online community membership, verbalaikido.ca to be launched by the end of 2011.

James has a heart for making a difference using the talents he has been given and supports a number of non-profit activities in facilitating leadership and management development seminars for organizations such as LeaderImpact Group. When James isn’t researching, writing or teaching, you will find him practicing to speak Spanish, learning to dance Salsa and spending time with his family and friends.

To learn more, visit his website www.eqcommunications.com or to learn how to set goals and change your life visit www.VerbalAikido.ca.

Articles by James MacNeil

Becoming a Natural Communicator

We all need air to breath.  Communication between two people is the same as inhaling and exhaling with breath – there is a give and a take, a time to listen and a time to speak.  In this video, James describes this process and ways to make communicating more natural.  Are you an extrovert or […] Read More >

Building Rapport

The bridge between two souls is called rapport. But how do you generate authentic rapport? In this video, James will walk you through the steps to create authentic and genuine relationships.  Do you have someone in your life that you have good rapport with? Watch the next video in the series Related Readings: Becoming a […] Read More >

Keeping Conversations on Track

What happens when the conversations get off track and take different directions? How do you get it back to the task on hand? In this video, learn to effectively bring conversations back on track. Next: Striking the Right Chord in Conversations Related Readings: Be an Effective Communicator Read More >

Obstacles in Communicating

Do people listen to you or do they just stare blankly at you? In  this busy and chaotic world, its hard to be heard and to get your point across.  There are many obstacles in today’s society that affect communication. In this short video, James MacNeil will outline the major obstacles in communicating properly. Next: […] Read More >

Secret Communication Basics

Communication is a complicated skill. It’s almost a science.  Often there are unspoken rules to communicating that not many people are aware of.  In this video, James goes through the unspoken rules.  Are you communicating your thoughts effectively? What are your barriers to communicating properly? Next: Three Things That Can Kill Communication Related Readings: What […] Read More >

Strike the Right Chord

Communication is often described as a dance. One person moves and the other responds. A conversation plays out like the rhythm of the music. What happens when you get out of sync? What are some steps you can take in communication to strike the right chord with the other party? Related Readings: Connect with body […] Read More >

Three Killers of Effective Communication

Has fear stopped you from voicing your needs and wants? Fear, pride, and confusion have the power to not only affect your relationships but also your communication with others. With practice and planning you can take control of your communication habits. James MacNeil discusses ways to overcome the three killers to effective communication. Next: How […] Read More >