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Navigating Difficult Conversations Around Money

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As a writer, you often need to navigate awkward money conversations both in business and in your personal life. The issue can be as simple as setting rates for a new project or a social obligation that’s out of your budget. Other times it’s a thorny area, like questioning your royalty statement or asking fellow writers how much they make. It pays to have the ability to tactfully set boundaries and feel comfortable asking hard questions. This webinar in our ongoing Money Matters series will cover a multitude of ways you can engage in awkward money conversations to diffuse the tension and get what you want.


Bradley T. Klontz, Psy.D., CFP® is an expert in financial psychology, financial planning, and applied behavioral finance. He’s an associate professor of practice at Creighton University Heider College of Business, co-founder of the Financial Psychology Institute, and Managing Principal of Your Mental Wealth Advisors. In addition to Money Mammoth (Wiley, 2020), Dr. Brad Klontz is co-author/co-editor of Facilitating Financial Health (NUCO, 2008; 2016), Financial Therapy (Springer, 2015), Mind Over Money (Broadway Business, 2009), Wired for Wealth (HCI, 2008), and The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge (HCI, 2005; 2008). Dr. Klontz is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a former president of the Hawaii Psychological Association. Dr. Klontz has been a columnist for the Journal of Financial PlanningOn Wall Street, and His work has been featured on ABC News’ 20/20, Good Morning America, and in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesTimeKiplinger’sMoney magazine, NPR, and many other media outlets and professional magazines and journals. Learn more about Dr. Brad Klontz at, his Money Mindset channel on YouTube  at, and @DrBradKlontz on social media.

Julien and Kiersten Saunders are the couple behind the award-winning blog and forthcoming book, Cashing Out under Portfolio Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. They are also producers of the video series, Money on the Table, and Money Editors at Success magazine. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, their mission is to inspire better conversations about money. The couple has used frugal living, real estate, index fund investing and their online business to build wealth and ultimately achieve financial independence. They’ve paid off $200,000 in five years and their story has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, CBS This Morning, Marketwatch and more. When they’re not sharing stories about their experiences with money, they are parents to their son Beau, traveling the world or searching for their next great meal.

Erin Lowry is the author of the three-part Broke Millennial series, including: Broke Millennial, Broke Millennial Takes On Investing and Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations. Erin’s been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on CBS Sunday Morning, CNBC and The Rachael Ray Show. She has written for The New York Times, USA Today, and Bloomberg Opinion.