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About Crucial Skills

The Crucial Skills Blog is the official blog of the Crucial Skills Newsletter—an award-winning, weekly e-newsletter from the authors of the New York Times bestselling books Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Influencer, and Change Anything.

Subscribers of the Crucial Skills Newsletter receive expert instruction for achieving results in their personal and professional lives. In addition to the Q&A responses from the authors, subscribers also receive weekly tips to improve their interpersonal relationships and leadership skills, crucial skills applications, insights from training experts and other thought leaders, and notices on events in their area.

Meet Crucial Skills’ readers.

About the Authors

Joseph Grenny

Joseph Grenny

Joseph Grenny is an acclaimed keynote speaker, four-time New York Times bestselling author, and cofounder of VitalSmarts. A consultant to the Fortune 500, Joseph has designed and implemented major corporate change initiatives on every major continent.
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Kerry Patterson

Kerry Patterson

Cofounder of VitalSmarts, Kerry has coauthored four New York Times bestselling books as well as designed the company’s line of award-winning training programs. As author of our most popular column, Kerrying On, Kerry shares his vision, experience, and advice through fun and insightful stories from his past.
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Ron McMillan

Ron McMillan

Four-time New York Times bestselling author, Ron McMillan, is a sought-after speaker and leadership consultant. As the cofounder of VitalSmarts, Ron has consulted with leaders ranging from first-level managers to corporate executives.
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Al Switzler

Al Switzler

Al Switzler is a renowned consultant and world-class speaker who has directed training and management initiatives with dozens of Fortune 500 companies worldwide. He also cofounded VitalSmarts and authored four immediate New York Times bestselling books.
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David Maxfield

David Maxfield

David Maxfield is a leading researcher and speaker on topics such as dialogue skills and performance improvement. Coauthor of three New York Times bestsellers, David did his doctoral work at Stanford University, where he studied personality theory and interpersonal-skill development.
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About VitalSmarts

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Named one of the Top 20 Leadership Training Companies, VitalSmarts, a TwentyEighty, Inc. company, is home to the award-winning Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Influencer, and Change Anything Training and New York Times bestselling books of the same titles. When used in combination, these courses enable organizations to achieve new levels of performance by changing employee behavior. VitalSmarts has consulted with more than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and trained more than 1.5 million people worldwide.

Learn more about VitalSmarts by visiting www.vitalsmarts.com