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Influencer Behavior Change Training October 3-7, 1pm-3pm EST

Monday, October 3, 2022 – Friday, October 7, 2022, 1:00pm – 3:00pm


Please reach out to Emily Greene at for the registration password. Zoom link will be provided upon completion of registration.



WHO The Coastal Training Programs of the Wells and Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves are bringing the Crucial Learning (formerly Vital Smarts) behavior change course to the National Estuarine Research Reserves and the coastal management community.

WHAT Have you ever designed a program to improve the use of science in coastal decision making, foster environmental stewardship behaviors or increase equity and environmental justice in your community only to see it fall short of your expectations?

Have you ever found yourself asking, “What’s wrong with people, why won’t they change?”

Do you ever feel like your organization’s efforts to solve a massive and important problem are too weak and narrow to bring about change?

Attend the upcoming Influencer training and learn how to solve long-term, persistent, and resistant problems. Based on 50 years of social science research, the course teaches a change model that can increase your influence and ability to change environmental behaviors to benefit coastal communities.

To help you decide if this course is for you:  

  • Read about the course here

WHEN The sessions will be from 1pm-3pm EST every day from October 3-7. Attendance is mandatory each day.

COST $195 - nonrefundable after pre-course materials have been sent. Zoom link and pre-course materials will be sent two weeks before the event.


What Is Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue® Training?

Crucial Conversations 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 surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

What Is a Crucial Conversation?

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly or ignored—lead to strained relationships and dismal results.

What Does Crucial Conversations Training Teach?

Crucial Conversations teaches participants how to:

• Speak persuasively, not abrasively

• Foster teamwork and better decision making

• Build acceptance rather than resistance

• Resolve individual and group disagreements

For more information, contact Chris Feurt or Jen West 

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