Crucial Conversations:
Turn Disagreement into Dialogue

Crucial conversations take place in every organization, every day. These are conversations where there are high stakes, differences of opinions, and strong emotions. Conversations like:

  • Talking to a coworker who behaves offensively 
  • Increasing team communication and productivity
  • Helping a direct report to improve their performance
  • Giving the boss feedback about their behavior
  • Helping stakeholders understand compliance efforts
  • Repairing strained relationships

Get the Skills to Speak Up When It Matters Most

Whether they take place at work or home, with your supervisor or peers, crucial conversations can have a profound impact on your career, your happiness, and your future. When handled badly or ignored, these conversations lead to strained relationships and poor results.

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 an organization. When you learn the 14 specific skills on how to speak and be heard, you will be able to:

  • Prepare for high-impact situations.
  • Make it safe to talk about almost anything.
  • Be persuasive, not abrasive.
  • Keep listening when others blow up or clam up.

Turn crucial conversations into the action and results you want.


After completing the Crucial Conversations program

3 out of 4
felt confident resolving disagreements between themselves, individuals, teams, or stakeholders.
felt prepared to have healthy and respectful discussions, even when tensions are high.​
said they could create an environment where others feel comfortable expressing themselves.


Participant Testimonial

"Since completing Crucial Conversations, I try to listen more with the intent to understand where the other person is coming from and what their needs are. When stuck in a conversation, I try to step away, reflect, and think about the best approach to tackle an issue to gain a mutual and positive outcome."

—UA Employee


Registration Process: Enroll Yourself or A Group

Course Cost: $318 per person

Eligibility: You must be a current University of Arizona employee to enroll in this course.

For group registration: Build shared language and acquire powerful tools for your team. To enroll four or more people, please email before registering. 

Online Course Options - UA Employees Only

Time Commitment: Four separate three-hour sessions. You must be able to attend all four sessions within a cohort. Please read the entire Participation and Financial Policy for all details before registering. 

Location: Zoom. The zoom link and a calendar invitation will be sent to you after payment is verified.

Class Time: All Zoom classes occur from 9 AM – 12 PM daily.

Register for an Online Crucial Conversation Course

In-Person Course Options - UA Employees Only

Time Commitment: Two all-day sessions. You must be able to attend both days. Please read the entire Participation and Financial Policy for all details before registering.

Location: Tucson Main campus; location shared after registration is confirmed

Class Time: Classes take place from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily. There is a one-hour break for lunch (not provided).

Register for an In-Person Crucial Conversation Course

Advanced Course Options

Crucial Conversations Advanced Skills Workshops

Have you completed the Crucial Conversations course but want to dive deeper? Join us for hour-long workshops once a quarter to explore new ways to utilize the skills learned in the original course.

See course topics and dates and register below.

Register for a Workshop

Crucial Conversations 1:1 Office Hours

Need to practice having a crucial conversation or discuss a specific situation? Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with a Crucial Conversations certified facilitator. These 25-minute office hour sessions are held through EDGE Learning. 

Register for an Office Hour Session

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How to Address Your Concerns with a Difficult Coworker

We've all had at least one difficult co-worker or other person whose behaviors have negatively affected us. How can you mentally prepare to talk to this person in a way that's open, clear, and gets results?

  • Stop and Think
  • Be Specific
  • Understand Boundaries