About kwame

The best things in life are on the other side of difficult conversations.

Kwame Christian Esq., M.A.

Bestselling author and speaker Kwame Christian Esq., M.A. is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and a subject matter expert in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. Kwame has conducted workshops throughout North America and abroad and is a highly sought after national keynote speaker.

The host of the world’s most popular negotiation podcast, Negotiate Anything, Kwame is dedicated to empowering others through the art and science of negotiation and persuasion. The show features leading experts in the field to deliver the best-in-class content. Now downloaded more than 1,500,000 times, Negotiate Anything has a dedicated and growing following with listeners in more than 180 countries around the world.

Kwame’s TEDx Dayton talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was the most popular TEDx Talk on the topic of conflict in 2017, and has been viewed over 120,000 times. His book, Nobody Will Play With Me: Finding Confidence in Conflict, is an Amazon Best-Seller and has helped countless individuals overcome the fear, anxiety, and emotion often associated with difficult conversations through a branded framework called Compassionate Curiosity.

As an attorney and mediator with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Public Policy, and a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree), Kwame brings a unique multidisciplinary approach to making difficult conversations easier. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Otterbein University’s MBA program, as well as The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in the top-ranked dispute resolution program in the country.


The State Bar Association of North Dakota hosted our Annual Meeting with keynote speaker Kwame Christian.

Kwame’s presentation Negotiate Anything: How to Get Better Deals and Build Relationships was well received by over 250 judges and attorneys. His presentation was certainly dynamic, and his audience was engaged throughout.

Our bar association will certainly invite Kwame for future!
Carrie Molander
State Bar Association of North Dakota
Kwame was selected by Senior Executives and the Deputy Director for Management at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to deliver the keynote address on the sensitive topic of managing conflict.

Not only did he blow away expectations with his charisma, engaging speaking style, and humor - he also covered an abundance of substantive, timely, and practical information on the topic of managing conflict.

As a coordinator for the event, I was told repeatedly by attendees afterward that this was one of the best seminars they've attended while in the federal government and they felt they had been given actual tools to have difficult conversations and manage conflict in their offices in a productive way. After seeing his work in person, I cannot recommend Kwame enough as a speaker, whether it be a small workshop setting or a large engagement, his style works effectively for both scenarios.
Dustin Hatfield
National Institutes of Health

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