Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, Third Edition

  • 4h 45m
  • Al Switzler, Emily Gregory, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2021

The book that revolutionized business communications has been updated for today’s communication challenges. Crucial Conversations provides powerful skills to ensure every conversation―especially difficult ones―leads to the results you want. Written in an engaging and witty style, it teaches readers how to be persuasive rather than abrasive, how to get back to productive dialogue when others blow up or clam up, and it offers powerful skills for mastering high-stakes conversations, regardless of the topic or person.

This new edition addresses issues that have arisen in recent years. You’ll learn how to:

  • Respond when someone initiates a crucial conversation with you
  • Identify and address the lag time between identifying a problem and discussing it
  • Communicate more effectively across digital mediums

When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a Crucial Conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation poorly and suffer the consequences; or apply the lessons and strategies of Crucial Conversations and improve relationships and results.

Whether they take place at work or at home, with your coworkers or your spouse, Crucial Conversations have a profound impact on your career, your happiness, and your future. With the skills you learn in this book, you'll never have to worry about the outcome of a Crucial Conversation again.

In this Book

  • What’s a Crucial Conversation?—And Who Cares?
  • Mastering Crucial Conversations—The Power of Dialogue
  • Choose Your Topic—How to Be Sure You Hold the Right Conversation
  • Start with Heart—How to Stay Focused on What You Really Want
  • Master My Stories—How to Stay in Dialogue When You’re Angry, Scared, or Hurt
  • Learn to Look—How to Notice When Safety is at Risk
  • Make it Safe—How to Make it Safe to Talk about Almost Anything
  • State My Path—How to Speak Persuasively, Not Abrasively
  • Explore Others’ Paths—How to Listen When others Blow up or Clam up
  • Retake Your Pen—How to Be Resilient When Hearing Tough Feedback
  • Move to Action—How to Turn Crucial Conversations into Action and Results
  • Yeah, But—Advice for Tough Cases
  • Putting it All Together—Tools for Preparing and Learning
  • Notes
  • Choose What and If—How to Know What Conversation to Hold and If You Should Hold It


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