Fall 2019 Workshops

Team Matters: Becoming a great team player

Thursday October 3rd, 12:30 – 2:00
Presenter: Professor Dan Ryan

Problems worth solving rarely yield to solo efforts. This is especially true of the complex problems 21st century lawyers and other professionals are called upon to help solve.

In this workshop, we will explore team dynamics and teach you concrete collaboration skills that you can add to your professional toolbox, such as:  

  • Recognizing and using six different types of “meeting talk” 
  • Building more effect team interactions around parallel thinking
  • Broadening your horizons around team norms
  • Appreciating and articulating the importance of teaming skills

This highly interactive workshop will group you in teams and take you through a number of fun, skill-building activities.

Effective Communication Skills (# 1): No one knows how toilets work

Thursday October 24th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Chris Graham

Using cases studies and the latest research, this workshop will explore how people form and defend opinions that lead to decision-making. In this session, you will learn:

  • How people form opinions based on limited information
  • Why opinions, even when poorly informed, are difficult to change
  • How to use curiosity and dialogue to create openness to new ideas and information
  • How to use communication skills to develop effective negotiation strategies
  • How to build support for ideas/advice with teammates and stakeholders

Building Your Professional Network

Tuesday November 12th, 12:30 – 2:00

Presenter: Christine Felgueiras

When done well, the benefits of networking can be significant to your career and professional aspirations.  In this session, students will learn the key components of how to optimize their networking skills, work any room with confidence, and quickly build valuable and lasting professional connections.