"Catherine Brown practised as a barrister for nearly 15 years, and spent almost every working day during that time having difficult conversations with judges, opponents, clients and clerks. After leaving the bar, she worked as a facilitator and qualified as a coach and became aware of how reluctance to address tricky issues head on was a consistent theme in those she was coaching.
At this point she took a step back and analysed the skills she had built up in her legal career and formulated the key points into a workshop to help others who have been avoiding confrontation or putting up with the status quo because it seems like the easiest thing to do.
In this workshop you will learn how to find your voice and become your own barrister. There will be plenty of time to raise questions and formulate your own plan of action.
We will cover motivating yourself to have the conversation, being clear about your ideal outcome, preparing to have the conversation (choosing where, when and how as well as the content), and we will finish off by looking at simple tips, safe in the knowledge that if they have worked in the courtroom for centuries, they can work for you."
1:00 pm Intros and Welcome
1:20 pm Identifying issues with difficult conversations - What makes them difficult? What strategies have the delegates developed already? How well are they working?
1:50 pm Explaining the principle: Become your own advocate, what non-lawyers can learn from lawyers.
2:00 pm Committing to the conversation (including questions that can help you commit to anything you've been putting off).
2:30 pm Write your closing speech first - establishing clarity about the ultimate goal
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Effective preparation
4:00 pm Becoming your own advocate - tips from the courtroom
4:30 pm Finalising Action Plan/Questions and Close.
NOTE: PLEASE ENSURE YOU BRING A NOTEPAD AND PEN AND IF YOU WISH TO BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP OR TABLET DEVICE PLEASE DO SO.