Episode 119: Conflict Avoidance

During this episode, you’ll hear your host Rob Booker talking with the producer about conflict avoidance. Rob begins by comparing and contrasting styles of dealing with conflict as represented in the HBO television show “Girls” and the Showtime television series “House of Lies.” This comparison leads Rob to observe that not closing losing trades and avoiding conflict tend to go hand in hand.

Rob and Jason also discuss how becoming conflict-driven can help your trading (and your life), and it can assist you in learning to pounce on opportunities when they occur. Rob talks about how one can improve as a trader by saying exactly what’s on one’s mind. Rob discusses how these principles might apply to job-interviewing techniques, for instance, and Rob tells a fascinating story about a job interview that he once had with a company was so successful that he unintentionally caused a stir within the company. So, if you want to be more explicit in expressing what you want out of life and out of your trading career, then listen to Episode 119.

Links for this episode:


Rob on Twitter: @RobBooker

The Traders Podcast on Twitter: @TradersPodcast

E-mail us! Producer@TradersPodcast.com

4 comments on Episode 119: Conflict Avoidance

  1. Scott says:

    Hi Rob and Jason,

    I like the fact that you have conversations off air that you can turn into pod-casts, it shows you both to be very interesting conversationalists. I consider myself a tactful straight shooter but I believe that on some level we all avoid conflict.

    Your negotiation comments reminds me of negotiating for a (job) position some time ago….the best negotiating advice I ever got was “never talk money until you know there’s an offer” as money follows value, if anyone talks money before you’ve established your value, you will always be on the short end of the stick.

    Pretty much the advice was refusing to discuss money it at the first, second interview, perhaps even the third unless they offer you the job. I think it was in a book called “marketing yourself” by Dorothy Leeds, worth a read.

    For the Podcast I most enjoy when you talk to traders about how and what they are doing. So I want more conversations where you talk real traders!! How about an interview?

    I would also enjoy hearing about writing a trading book as well, what the steps are, how you sell the concept to a publisher etc.


    1. robbooker says:


      Thank you!

      We just produced two episodes answering your questions!

      Always love to hear from you. I appreciate that you took the time to write to us.


  2. Keith says:

    Rob – Jason,
    This was perfect, just this morning I was talking to my trading partner about conflict avoidance, but not in this sense. He was wanting to avoid his internal conflict of a losing trade and I told him he needed to embrace it and reassure himself that his system did indeed work and that some trades were just not going to work out, but that was okay. 🙂

    I enjoy your Podcasts. Really do.


  3. Scott says:

    Thanks Rob, I’m always impressed by your dedication to traders!

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