How to Deal with Conflicting Perceptions of Reality: Tips for Lawyers

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Event date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 13:00
Name of Organization: 
Seminar Partners
Location: 
Toronto, Ontario

As lawyers we encounter conflicting perspectives of reality every day. It happens in estates, family, criminal, employment, business, and other areas of law. We see it when documenting relationships, during negotiations, and in litigation. Clients, parties, opposing counsel, and colleagues sometimes hold on to their positions and their versions of the facts - even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

In this advanced presentation, lawyer, professor and internationally acclaimed conflict resolution expert Nina Meierding will explore how people develop very different perspectives of what has happened, what is right, and what is fair. You’ll learn how we each create, reinforce and remember our own realities, and specific reasons why it is so difficult for people to acknowledge they have made a mistake even when all the “facts” are against them.

Using examples from a variety of practice areas and legal settings, Nina will discuss four common reactions people have to conflicting realities: self-justification, rationalization, the power of irrevocability, and inconsequential decision-making. She’ll then offer specific strategies and customized practical techniques for what to do – and what to avoid – with each reaction type. By the end of the program you’ll know more about yourself, see new opportunities for a change in perspectives, and have practical tools to more effectively navigate emotionally charged situations. The lessons you learn will help you move yourself and others away from conflict, and towards agreement and resolution.

Live webinar with chat includes 60 day replay. This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A.