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The Elevated Communicator

How to Master Your Style and Strengthen Well-Being at Work

Discover your communication style and elevate consciousness at work to build trust, strengthen collaboration, relieve stress, and improve wellbeing.

Our work lives revolve around effective communication. It is essential for cultivating trust and team collaboration, as well as strengthening our motivation and wellbeing at work. And with teams experiencing more anxiety, stress, and burnout than ever before, strong communication skills have never been more essential.

The key to this clear and effective communication begins with understanding our own personal communication styles. Bringing our whole and authentic selves to work improves relationships and teamwork. The better we understand what drives us, how we impact others, and how our wellbeing impacts our communication, the faster we can close communication gaps to build healthy, successful, and satisfying work lives and more intentional careers.

Drawing on more than a decade of original research on communication tendencies, as well as proven mindfulness and habit-formation techniques, Maryanne O’Brien has developed a proprietary model of communication styles: Expressive, Reserved, Direct, or Harmonious.

In The Elevated Communicator you will find:
-A self-assessment to discover your own personal style
-An in-depth style profile to strengthen self-awareness and help you play to your style’s strengths
-The connection between emotional health and communication patterns
-Strategies to manage your communication style under stress
-Practices to improve your well-being and reduce conflict
-Ways to care for your communication style and improve your wellbeing
-Methods to flex toward other styles to communicate more effectively with people
-Advice on building healthy, trusted, and productive working relationships

Perfect for fans of StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies, The Elevated Communicator’s personalized, mindful approach inspires readers to develop daily practices to spiral up, raise consciousness, inspire accountability, and discover their full potential at work.

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Maryanne O’Brien has spent decades guiding people and cultures to foster open communication, cultivate empathy, and deepen trust. She has a depth of experience building iconic brands and purpose-driven organizations and helping businesses to consciously transform. She’s worked with big brands like Nordstrom, Coca-Cola, and Apple, as well as small, independent businesses. Her background in advertising, consulting, and corporate coaching taught her to value authentic leadership and healthy cultures, and inspired her to found Conscious Company. Maryanne is dedicated to supporting shifts in conscious leadership, communication, and well-being. She also leads classes in intuition development and energetic healing techniques—mentoring people on a path to higher consciousness. She lives with her husband on a hobby farm just outside Minneapolis, where she leads retreats. Visit her online at

“Being an effective communicator requires thoughtful internal and external work. Maryanne’s approach holds these two paths in elegant balance, helping lead you toward your own authentic voice.” —Michael Ventura, author of Applied Empathy and founder of Sub Rosa

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of communication in business. As an executive coach, I have seen first-hand how important it is for leaders to understand their communication style and the impact they have on others. The Elevated Communicator is a refreshing, insightful, and user-friendly way to raise your level of communication, build healthy relationships, and find more satisfaction and success in your career.” –Tara Peyerl, Executive Coach and Success Director, Salesforce

“If you want to be successful in business, you must learn to genuinely connect and build trust with all kinds of people. Whether you’re managing a team, growing a business, or serving as the CEO, The Elevated Communicator gives leaders the tools they need to optimize their personal communication style, build positive teams, and achieve higher levels of success at work.” –Chris Naylor, Certified EOS Implementer for BetterTraction and owner of OECS Workplace Safety Experts

“I’ve been amazed by Maryanne O’Brien for over a decade now––a woman who is in a constant state of learning and then passing on that knowledge, with enthusiasm, so everyone can benefit. In The Elevated Communicator, Maryanne has taken her joyfully acquired wisdom and shared it in a way that allows the reader to not only know themselves better but make their business and life better––a place of conscious and connected communication. It’s not an overstatement to say it’s what the world could use right now. –Joan Steffend, author, speaker, TV host, wonderer