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Christopher Voss        

International Crisis & Negotiation Expert; Public Health Advocate

Christopher Voss has used his many years of experience in international crisis and high-stakes negotiations to develop a unique program and team that applies these globally proven techniques to the business world.

Prior to 2008, Voss 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. During his government career, he also represented the U.S. Government at two (2) international conferences sponsored by the G-8 as an expert in kidnapping. Prior to becoming the FBI lead international kidnapping negotiator, Voss served as the lead Crisis Negotiator for the New York City Division of the FBI. Voss was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years. He was the case agent on such cases as TERRSTOP (the Blind Sheikh Case – Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman), and 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 Voss' 24-year tenure in the Bureau, 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.

Speech Topics

Tactical Empathy: Negotiation Secrets from an FBI Negotiator

Inspired by his Wall Street Journal bestselling book, "Never Split the Difference," FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss shares one of the most powerful tools for successful negotiation: tactical empathy. In this riveting program, he shares how empathizing with the ‘other side’ can lead to true collaboration and a win-win solution in business and in life.

Communication Skills & Strategies to Get What You Want

Former FBI lead hostage negotiator Chris Voss delivers high-powered communication skills and strategies in this motivational talk. A dynamic speaker, Voss debunks the myths of negotiation, sharing actionable takeaways and game-changing insights, inspiring audiences to approach negotiation conversations in an entirely new way and get more of what they want out of life.


'Daily Show' Uses A Real Hostage Negotiator To Reason With GOP
he brought in Christopher Voss, a 15-year veteran of the FBI who used to ... We'll let you guess whether Voss considers the GOP to be reasonable assailants.
Shutdown Crisis: We Need a Hostage Negotiator - The Daily Beast
Oct 6, 2013 ... “It actually reminds me of a prison siege,” says Christopher Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator, as he surveys the dysfunctional ...

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