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Unreasonable Expectations: A Trusted Lawyer’s Guide to Manage Client Expectations and Creatively Negotiate Superior Results

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The number one cause of client dissatisfaction is unreasonable expectations. This program helps lawyers better manage client relationships by facilitating clients to define reasonable expectations, and also improve negotiation skills to better achieve client objectives. Lawyers will further have the opportunity to examine their own law practice expectations, and learn simple ways to improve life as a lawyer. In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Manage clients to establish reasonable expectations.
  • Negotiate more effectively with other lawyers using a three phase approach that minimizes acrimony.
  • Lead your law practice towards increased success and satisfaction.


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PRICE: $199.00



2:15 - 3:15   Managing Client Expectations
This section teaches lawyers how to facilitate clients to shift from pie in the sky goals to a more realistic and reasonable range of both substantive and transactional expectations.
3:15 - 3:45   Controlling Difficult Clients
Do you have a few problem clients? Learn a set of very effective tools to control and manage clients who are demanding, needy and otherwise difficult.
3:45 - 4:00   Break
4:00 - 5:00   Three Phases of Negotiation
Positional bargaining and acrimony often shut down creative thought and preclude expansive solutions. Learn a three-part negotiation model that enables the discovery of a wider variety of options and more satisfying resolutions.
5:00 - 6:00   A More Sustainable Law Practice
Does your law practice sometimes feel unnecessarily rewarding and stressful? In this hour, you will learn effective tools to increase your professional success and your satisfaction as a lawyer.
6:00   Adjourn


Brian Hammer

Brian Hammer, M.A., J.D., is the founder and a facilitator for The Likeable Lawyer. Brian practiced law for over ten years before starting The Likeable Lawyer in 2003, and has designed and delivered thousands of highly-praised programs to law firms, corporations and organizations nationwide. He is a frequent speaker at bar conventions, law firm events and other professional association meetings. Brian is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, the University of North Carolina School of Business, and holds a Masters of Psychology degree from the University of Santa Monica.

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"Excellent and extremely eye opening. This really is worthwhile!"
Doug Grinnell,
Epsten Grinnell & Howell

"The class exceeded my expectations in providing clear tools for any litigator to be more persuasive and effective in negotiating and arguing on behalf of clients."
Randy Canche,
Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr

"Extremely practical how-to course filled with useful negotiation tools. Provides insight into diagnosing the needs of your negotiation opponent that will allow you to increase the chances of obtaining successful outcomes."
Shawn Doorhy,
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

"This class will be very useful, giving great practical analysis of ways to communicate and persuade, and help move my positions along in all parts of my life, professionally and personally."
Michael Jaskolsky,
Quarles & Brady

"Very good value. Valuable and dynamic material. The course exceeded my expectations."
Mary Bittence,
Baker & Hostetler