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December Executive Book Club discusses "Crucial Conversations"

Posted November 17, 2009

POWELL, Wyo. - "Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High" will drive the Executive Book Club discussion Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Northwest College Center for Training and Development.

The "Crucial Conversations" discussion will focus on mastering conversation skills in life's most difficult and important situations at home, work and play, with emphasis on preparing for high-stakes situations with a proven technique, transforming anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, making it safe to talk about almost anything, and being persuasive instead of abrasive.

The book, written by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler, is available for purchase at the college bookstore.

Rick LaPlante, a retired executive of Microsoft Corp. and avid reader of business and leadership texts, will facilitate the discussion.

The book club meets every six weeks and is open to anyone who's interested, especially Big Horn Basin business, education and agricultural leaders. Discussions center around core ideas presented in some of today's most well known and often read business and leadership texts. Time is also reserved for discussion of agreement and disagreement with the author's ideas and application of the ideas presented in real-world situations in the Big Horn Basin.

There's no cost (other than the book) to participate, and drop-ins are welcome. Click here to reserve a spot, or call the NWC Center for Training and Development at (307) 754-6062.