From negotiating with the North Korean regime to easing tensions on the Korean peninsula to sitting down with Saddam Hussein and the Taliban to leading sweeping reform initiatives as the Governor of New Mexico, few can match the wide-ranging experience and dedication to public service of Bill Richardson. On the world stage as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, global diplomatic troubleshooter and human-rights champion, Richardson’s tireless efforts to extract hostages, bring peace and resolve intractable problems led to multiple nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize. As Governor, Richardson’s bold leadership style moved his state forward in several important areas including making New Mexico a leader in clean energy, building a high-speed rail, investing in schools, cutting taxes to encourage business investment and spearheading the growth of the commercial space industry. With his combination of domestic, political and high-visibility global experience as well as candor, wit and charm, Richardson helps audiences make sense of the issues confronting us today including working with a divided government, the economy, domestic policy issues, immigration, energy independence, U.S. foreign policy and global diplomacy. Richardson is the co-author of, How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator (October, 2013), in which he shares his incredible stories, and offer readers a lesson on how to better manage the sociopaths, dictators, and narcissists in their own lives. In his speeches on the same topic he offers audiences a candid and entertaining glimpse into an insider’s world of high-stakes power plays and the tools for anyone who wants to come out on the winning end of a negotiation.
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