The Book

“Many things about this book delight and inspire me. It is simple, clear, and generous in what it offers, making it highly practical as well as motivating. We all suffer from our collective inability (and disinterest) in taking time for genuine conversations. Using the practical wisdom offered here, may we all commit to engaging with one another. Thank you, Nancy!” – Margaret Wheatley, Author of 10 books, including “Leadership and the New Science and Turning To One Another”

Fear. Avoidance. Division.

The safest path can feel like the one without dialogue in conversations about equity and diversity. What if you offend the other person? What if they challenge your beliefs? What if you ruin a relationship? 

When it comes to hard topics, effective communication skills are an asset, vulnerability is necessary, and forgiveness is vital. In Let’s Talk About Race (And Other Hard Things), communication expert and equity consultant Dr. Nancy Dome provides you with a framework to recognize feelings, interrupt flawed patterns, and repair relationships.

Utilized in business, education, and communities throughout the country, Dr. Dome’s process makes space for vulnerability and helps participants engage in empathetic dialogue. Conflict is normal and survivable, and you don’t need special skills or experience to navigate it—you just need practice.

Complete with extensive qualitative research and case studies, this step-by-step guide shows how to lean into difficult conversations, recognize the role emotions play when we are not in control of them, and create a solid foundation for change, progress, healing, and resolution.

“Dr. Dome continues leading the way by guiding us to engage in more productive conversations on difficult topics. During a time in our history when people are anonymously attacking one another or using social media to encourage divisiveness, Dr. Dome provides an alternative. Compassionate Dialogue® is how we will heal our communities, one conversation at a time.” — Dr. Julie Vitale, Superintendent Oceanside USD

“The world is crying out for all of us to learn ways to speak together, even in the most difficult of situations, in compassionate dialogue. The good news is that Nancy’s book shows you the protocol that will help you make it happen. My suggestion? Read the book. Learn the RIR Protocol™. Use it everywhere!” — Dr. William DeJean, Founder & CEO Unleash Learning, Author of “Make Learning Stick for Everyone”

Book Signing

Schedule Dr. Nancy Dome for an in-person
appearance at your local book store today!

Conversation Starter Cards

Epoch Education’s signature Conversation Starter Cards are a great tool for learning to engage in Compassionate Dialogue using the RIR Protocol™.

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