Hi, I’m Hal Runkel.

I teach leaders the hard soft skills.

You know, the ones we think should come naturally, but actually take years to master:

Communication, Conflict Management, Relationship Dynamics, Decision-Making, Mental Health, Leadership, and something I call ResponsAbility.

Hard, technical skills get you hired, but soft skills like these get you promoted. Hard skills get you in, but it’s soft skills that set you apart.

Through my coaching, speaking, writing, and videos, I help leaders master these skills so they can level up, maximize their freedom, and increase their influence (and income).


I’m the New York Times bestselling author of three books, which have sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide. My work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Fox & Friends, and in Business Insider and the Huffington Post. Click here to learn more about my work.

I’ve had the great pleasure of speaking to audiences in over 20 countries and 40 US states. By far my most frequent and most rewarding work has been with the U.S. Dept. of Defense--I’ve led trainings at over 250 military installations worldwide. I’ve also spoken at schools around the world, along with U.S. universities like Pepperdine and the University of South Carolina. Other speaking clients include Penguin Random House, Business Insider, Porter Novelli, and numerous YPO events. Click here to learn more and submit a speaking request.

You can also find me on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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My blog, The Leader’s Pause, provides practical wisdom for improving your life, love, and leadership. My readers include leaders of all ages, from CEOs to chefs, from parents to Presidents, and many other fine folks who aspire to grow in both freedom and influence.

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