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Crucial Conversations is a course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-¬stakes, emotional or risky topics — at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest¬-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Engage in extensive in-¬class practice, group participation and personal reflection as you explore and master these crucial skills.

Participants learn how to:

  • Speak persuasively, not abrasively
  • Foster teamwork and better decision-making
  • Build acceptance rather than resistance
  • Resolve individual and group disagreements

About the Trainer

Judith Honesty brings more than 25 years of experience in training, facilitation and organizational consulting to the VitalSmarts Facilitator faculty. She specializes in helping individuals, teams, leaders and organizations increase organizational effectiveness, achieve bottom¬ line results and become measurably more vital.

Judith Honesty
Certified Trainer

Areas of Expertise

  • Team Development and Effectiveness
  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Team Facilitation
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Corporate Training

Notable Clients

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • AMRI Global
  • AmerisourceBergen
  • Avon
  • Boeing
  • Baxter
  • Capitol One
  • Coca-Cola
  • Computer Associates
  • Disney
  • Estée Lauder
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • LSG Sky Chefs
  • The MacArthur Foundation
  • Noramco
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Sears Automotive
  • The Shoah Foundation
  • State Farm
  • Whirlpool

Certified Trainer

Judith is a master certified trainer in Crucial Conversations and a certified trainer in Influencer Training. She has extensive experience introducing and teaching these crucial skills to groups ranging from senior executives to frontline employees of organizations, in industries including technology design and development, consumer products and services, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, education, government and not-for-profit. Clients continually praise Judith for her ability to help them achieve hard-hitting results in the areas where they need them most.

Judith is a dynamic facilitator who skillfully weaves participants’ comments and experiences into each client session. Clients value her ability to inspire change and help participants continue their growth and improvement beyond training.

Dynamic Speaker

In addition to her experience as a consultant and facilitator, Judith is a skilled presenter, addressing audiences on the topics of organizational culture, leadership, team development and employee engagement. Audiences range from small executive retreats to large organizational meetings.

Business Results Expert

Judith worked with leaders at Baxter to launch Crucial Conversations Training in support of a strategic initiative to foster constructive debate. Using crucial conversations skills, leaders were better able to engage the necessary stakeholders required to make better business decisions.

Judith also used Crucial Conversations with a new executive leadership team at Sears Automotive to build cohesion that resulted in more effective decision-making at the executive level. She also worked with middle management to apply crucial conversations skills to improve information sharing within a newly reorganized regional division of a national corporation.

Other notable clients Judith has worked with include Computer Associates, AMRI Global, Noramco, Royal Caribbean and AmerisourceBergen. With her help, these clients leveraged their cultures to successfully execute major organizational changes, including new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, systems implementations and employee retention and engagement. In addition, Judith has been a faculty lecturer in the M.B.A. program at the Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.


Judith received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.