Crucial Conversations Training Released in Four New Languages

September 29, 2009—Provo UT—VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, released its award-winning Crucial Conversations Training 3.0 program in four languages: French, German, Latin-American Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

Andrew Shimberg, VitalSmarts CEO, says this language release is a direct response to increasing global demand for Crucial Conversations Training and an effort to help clients manage the challenges and opportunities inherent in globalization.

“We’re excited to make these principles available to companies worldwide,” says Shimberg. “We’re confident the skills delivered in Crucial Conversations Training will help our current and future clients build a cultural operating system where their employees are better equipped to communicate across cultural boundaries and achieve results.”

Denise Wolf, manager of global employee learning programs at Sun Microsystems, has facilitated Crucial Conversations Training to Sun employees around the world and says the program is ideally suited to help people communicate more effectively, no matter their culture or ethnicity.

“The Crucial Conversations concepts are universally true and the skills are globally effective,” says Wolf. “All around the world—Madrid, Munich, Moscow, Hong Kong, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and beyond—it’s been a delight to see people use crucial conversations skills to achieve results.”

In addition to the language expansion, the Crucial Conversations Training 3rd edition platform version 1.5 includes the following new features:

  • Built-in time management system
  • Fully-dubbed video with closed-captioning
  • PC and MAC compatibility

Crucial Conversations Training is an award-winning course backed by the New York Times bestselling book of the same title. The training teaches people skills for reaching dialogue in crucial moments when the stakes are high, emotions run strong and opinions vary. To date, more than 500,000 people from Fortune 500 companies around the world have been trained. For more information on VitalSmarts global training offerings visit


About VitalSmarts

An innovator in corporate training and organizational performance, VitalSmarts is home to award-winning training products that deliver powerful tools for enriching relationships and improving results. The company also has three New York Times bestselling books, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, and Influencer. VitalSmarts has taught more than 2 million people worldwide.

Note to editor: Andy Shimberg, CEO of VitalSmarts, is available for interview. CONTACT: Brittney Maxfield of VitalSmarts, L.L.C. +1-801-724-6272, or

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