Christopher Voss

Former Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator for the FBI and CEO of The Black Swan Group  

Christopher Voss is a negotiation expert, top keynote speaker, former kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, and author of a national bestselling book, Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As if Your Life Depended On It. Chris has been featured in TIME, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, The Washington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, and on numerous TV programs including Squawk Box, CNN, ABC News, and more.  At the end of 2020, Chris came out with a Masterclass on Negotiation. Book Chris today, and see how his tactics can change your life.

  • Christopher Voss` Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Christopher Voss`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $30,001 - $40,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

  • Christopher Voss`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Christopher Voss`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $30,001 - $40,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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Never Split the Difference

After 24 years with the FBI, Chris Voss has assembled a toolbox of effective tactics for high-pressure negotiations. In his talk, Voss shares the specific things you can do to turn the tide of a negotiation in your favor—illustrating his points with both riveting, high-...

After 24 years with the FBI, Chris Voss has assembled a toolbox of effective tactics for high-pressure negotiations. In his talk, Voss shares the specific things you can do to turn the tide of a negotiation in your favor—illustrating his points with both riveting, high-stakes stories of criminal negotiations and humorous, personal anecdotes from his trips to the mall alike. From why you always want to get your counterpart to say your name to why “yes” is the last thing you want to hear, Voss explains how to move a conversation along, how to startle people in the right way, and how to uncover what someone’s real motivation is. By the end of this talk, you’ll understand why a notorious terrorist once told Voss, “I hope they’re paying you a lot.”

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About Keynote Speaker Christopher Voss

Chris Voss is a negotiation expert, keynote speaker, former kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, and -author of the national bestseller Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It. Voss uses examples from hostage negotiations to show audiences how they can close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems between senior management and employees. more.  At the end of 2020 Chris came our with a Masterclass on Negotiation. Book Chris today, and see how his tactics can change your life.

Chris Voss Full Bio…

In 2008, Chris founded The Black Swan Group, which specializes in solving business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. In May 2017, he published national bestseller Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.”

Chris has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high stakes negotiations as an FBI agent to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems between senior management and employees. 

Prior to 2008, Chris was the was the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as the FBI’s hostage negotiation representative for the National Security Council’s Hostage Working Group. Before becoming the FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, Chris served as the lead Crisis Negotiator for the New York City Division of the FBI. Chris was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years. He was the case agent in such cases as TERRSTOP, the TWA Flight 800 catastrophe and negotiated the surrender of the first hostage taker to give up in the Chase Manhattan bank robbery hostage taking. 

During Chris’s 24-year tenure in the FBI, he was trained in the art of negotiation by not only the FBI but Scotland Yard and Harvard Law School. He is also a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the FBI Agents Association Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service. 

Chris has taught business negotiation in the MBA program as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has also taught business negotiation at Harvard University, guest lectured at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, The IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and The Goethe School of Business in Frankfurt, Germany. 

 

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