Learn More About Brent Darnell

As Engineering News-Record states, Brent Darnell connects his ”emotional intelligence” training approach to business success.

Brent Darnell is an international best-selling author and leading authority on Emotional Intelligence. He is President and owner of Brent Darnell International, a training and consulting company that maximizes companies’ success by tapping into the “soft” skills, or the Emotional Intelligence of each employee. Brent was recently awarded with the prestigious honor of being named among Engineering News-Record’s Top 25 Newsmakers for his transformation of the construction industry’s Alpha Males.

His best-selling book, The People-Profit Connection: How Emotional Intelligence Can Maximize People Skills and Maximize Your Profits has sold over 30,000 copies worldwide. In this book, 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 deep 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.

Brent lives in Atlanta with his wife Andrea and their dog Ginger. He practices yoga and is an avid reader. He is fluent in English and conversational in both Swedish and Spanish. Read more about how Brent also shares his talent with the community to give back.

Watch Brent in action! The video clip below shows one of Brent’s signature programs “Throw Away the Box Creativity and Innovation”


5 Responses to Learn More About Brent Darnell

  1. Terry Estes says:

    Thanks for your time today in Cincinnati. Your work is terrific. As we discussed we are currently working with Steve Anderson and he is doing a great job for our company. I signed up for your emails and will follow up with you in late fall of 2013 or 2014. We need to digest what we learning from Steve. Thanks again, you are awesome. Terry Estes

  2. Liz Skidmore says:

    Hi Brent,
    I’m a 25-year union carpenter and I wanted to thank you for your article in ENR in April about Inclusion (Inclusion: A Business Tool). I’d also like to introduce you to the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues. We’re having some success smashing barriers keeping women out of high-pay, high-skill union construction careers in the greater Boston area. You can learn more at http://www.policygroupontradeswomen.org. I think our work is potentially mutually supportive, and it might be worth a conversation at some point.
    Thanks again,

    • Hi Liz, I would love to talk more. I’m submitting a proposal for the AGC National Conference next year to have a panel discussion on diversity. Would you be interested in participating? Not sure how many people they will let me have or if they will even choose this session. Let me know. Brent

  3. Liz Skidmore says:

    Hi Brent,
    Sounds like we should talk. How about you email me your number? My email is eskidmore2@aol.com

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