Allison Pollard & Marcus King

Allison Pollard
Barry Forrest


Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you are navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to your reaching your goals? Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. When organizations suffering from a lack of trust, it costs them speed, productivity, and collaboration.

Join Allison Pollard and Barry Forrest as they share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for speaking the truth in a way that builds trust. In low trust environments softening the truth can feel comfortable, simpler, and nicer—and can make you look like a team player. On the other hand, stating the truth in all of its ugliness is risky and potentially career-limiting. Finding the sweet spot of communication to become a trusted leader takes self-awareness and practice. Allison and Barry help you learn to recognize how your behavior is—or is not—building trust and to practice speaking the hard truth so others can hear you.

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

Barry Forrest is a Principal Consultant with Improving in Dallas, Barry Forrest is a web developer, Scrum Master, and agilist. Barry loves helping make work life better for teams and leaving things in a better state than when he was introduced to the situation.  Barry is also an award-winning home-brewer and an avid amateur photographer.