Donny Ebenstein on the Other Side of the Story

When it’s time to ask your boss for a promotion or a raise, the conventional wisdom is to role play the conversation with a friend standing in for your boss to give you a chance to script what you want to say. Donny Ebenstein has some unconventional wisdom: switch places, put yourself in your boss’ shoes. This approach to communication, understanding the point of view of the person you’re talking to, is the cornerstone of Donny’s new book I Hear You, published by AMACOM, where communication isn’t just about hearing but also about understanding.


Donny Ebenstein is an international expert in negotiation, communication, and conflict resolution. Beginning in 1996, Donny worked in the Middle East. During that time he co-founded the Jerusalem Mediation Institute, one of the first mediation centers in Israel. Donny’s work in the Middle East included training for the Israel Defense Forces on how to collaborate more effectively on joint patrols with their Palestinian counterparts, and joint workshops for Israeli and Palestinian Border Crossing Staff on skills for resolving conflict. In 2000, Donny formed Ebenstein Consulting Incorporated to serve clients in negotiation, communication and conflict resolution. In addition to being the founder of Ebenstein Consulting, Donny was a co-founder and managing member of Consensus Brokers LLC, a consulting firm that existed from 2005 – 2013. He has worked with professionals of all levels of seniority, from recent college graduates to partners, directors, and the top levels of management. Donny is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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