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Never Split the Difference – Interview with FBI Hostage Negotiator and Author Chris Voss

Never Split the Difference – Interview with FBI Hostage Negotiator and Author Chris Voss


Never Split the Difference – Interview with FBI Hostage Negotiator and Author Chris Voss

Episode 2 of Season 2 brings us a conversation between host Owen Matthews and Chris Voss, former FBI hostage negotiator, CEO of The Black Swan Group Ltd, and co-author of the book, Never Split the Difference.









listen to this episode to hear chris and owen discuss:

  • Chris’ background in the FBI and in hostage negotiation situations
  • The best way to succeed in any negotiation: hint – adapt to the other side
  • Cognitive Empathy vs Sympathy
  • Approaching negotiations with investors
  • Listening strategically, not passively
  • the ‘Proof of life’  concept in a hostage situations

and more

about chris voss

Prior to 2008, Chris 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 Chris’s 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.

Chris has taught business negotiation in the MBA program at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.  He has 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.

more from between 2 termsheets

Catch up on all of season one of Between 2 Term Sheets here, including conversations with:

* Bruce Croxton of Round13 (and Dragon’s Den)

* Ben Narasin of NEA

* Scott Lake of Hello Ventures (and co-founder of Shopify)

* Senia Rapisarda and Sophia Maizel of HarbourVest

* and many more

Subscribe to Between 2 Term Sheets on your favourite podcast player to avoid missing out on the rest of season two. We have lots of exciting conversations with amazing guests coming up, including:

* Jay Rhind from Vancouver Founder’s Fund

* Margaret Wu from Georgian Partners

* Vinny Pujji of Insight Venture Partners

about the host – alacrity chairman owen matthews

Owen joined Wesley Clover as a General Partner in 2004 and has invested in Echosec Systems, Encepta Corp., HYAS, Pretio Interactive, Referral SaaSquatch, Tutela Technologies, and Certn, among others.

Prior to joining Wesley Clover, Owen founded NewHeights Software, a pioneer in enterprise unified communication software which was eventually acquired by CounterPath Corporation. With his love of tech and creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs, Owen co-founded the Alacrity Foundation. Alacrity provides an intense incubation environment to prepare graduates for entrepreneurship in the tech industry.

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