From the courtroom to the boardroom, Linda Byars Swindling, JD, CSP, knows firsthand about high-stakes communicationnegotiating workplace drama, and influencing decision makers.


Her specialty is helping people communicate powerfully so that others will listen.

Linda is an engaging and fun keynote speaker. She delivers take-home strategies which work in the real work environment. Her material is innovative, based on original research and more than twenty years of experience. You won’t hear anecdotal or intangible theories based on books she read. Instead, you get negotiation strategies that produce breakthrough outcomes and lasting results.


With a talk show host’s timing and advanced facilitator training, Linda is quick on her feet and customizes to get your message heard.

A frequent media guest and a TEDxSMU speaker, she is interviewed most often about her recent books, Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want and Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done. Linda is author/coauthor of several books and created the popular Passports to Success book series, which includes 13 titles to fast track your communication and leadership results in negotiation, coaching and counseling employees, customer service, change, goal setting and strategic problem solving. Clients like the additional value she provides.


A “recovering” employment attorney and business owner, Linda knows what works with business owners, boards of directors, organizational teams, organizational leaders and high potentials.

Her clients include the Fortune 500, companies from a wide variety of industries, governmental entities and many international associations. Linda served as a Vistage chair, a national officer and board member of the National Speakers Association and as president of the National Speakers Association/North Texas.

She first addressed employment and workplace communication issues as a successful attorney and a mediator, which led her to working as a consultant and an executive coach. When her book The Consultant’s Legal Guide (coauthored with Elaine Biech) was released in 2000, Linda left her legal practice to focus full-time on Journey On, her Dallas-based, woman-owned business offering speaking, original content development and communication and leadership programs.


In addition to real world experience, Linda is recognized as an expert in her profession and a leader in several industries.  

She has the credentials and awards. Linda holds the Certified Speaking Professional, the highest earned speaking designation, and is certified by the International Coaching Federation and is a Board Certified Coach. She is the recipient of the NSA/NT’s highest honors including the Zig Ziglar member of the year, the president’s award and the Joseph J. Charbonneau award. She was chosen as a Meeting Professionals International Platinum speaker and awarded the DFW Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s Speaker of the Year three times.




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