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Failure to Communicate: The Top 5 Reasons for Miscommunication across Cultures and Genders with Nina Meierding


Live webinar with chat*
includes 30 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)


*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Registration Fee

Save $25
Register on or before January 19, 2018
$135.00 + HST


Register after January 19, 2018
$160.00 + HST


ON: This program contains 1.5 Professionalism hours.

BC: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management.

SK: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours, all of which qualifies as ethics.

NB: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours.

Lawyers in all other mandatory CPD jurisdictions may count their actual attendance at the program towards their CPD requirement/plan.

Seminar Partners is an Accredited Provider of Professionalism content by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and a pre-approved CPD Provider of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Technical Information:

Live webinars allow you to hear faculty and see their presentation slides, and ask questions by chat. There is no video feed of the presenter(s). You will need a current web browser (Chrome 11, Safari 5 and up, Internet Explorer 8 and up), a wired (better than wireless) connection to the Internet of at least 2 Mbps, and Adobe Flash Player 12 or higher. You can test your internet speed/bandwidth here. You can find out whether you have Adobe Flash Player installed here. You can download the player directly here. If you miss the live program, you can access the archive, at your convenience, for 30 days.

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Who Should Attend

This program is designed for lawyers who want to better understand the cultural and gender issues that undermine successful communication, and learn practical strategies to address these dynamics in creative and effective ways.

About the Program

Differences in how men and women communicate, and how people across cultures communicate, can have a powerful influence on a lawyer’s professional and personal life. No single prototype applies to all members of a specific culture or gender, however there are proven, observable traits that tend to be more common in one gender than another, and that are recurring causes of misunderstanding between cultures. In workplaces, these differences can affect judgments of competence and confidence, levels of trust, who gets credit (or blame), and what gets done. In courtrooms and boardrooms, the same differences can inadvertently prevent you from obtaining buy-in on proposals, or working effectively with clients, other parties, opposing counsel, and judges and court staff. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Invest 90 short minutes with lawyer and acclaimed conflict resolution expert Nina Meierding and learn practical, customizable strategies to communicate more effectively. Drawing on current gender and culture research, and her own experience in conducting over 4,000 mediations, Nina will share her top five reasons for miscommunication, and strategies for how you can overcome them in your practice and in your personal life. You’ll leave with specific skills to avoid future misunderstandings, and fresh, new ideas for improving your own personal communication style.

Meet Your Presenter

Nina Meierding

Nina Meierding, MS, JD, is an international leader in the field of conflict resolution. A former civil lawyer, she is now a full-time trainer, professor, and conflict resolution consultant. She had mediated over 4,000 disputes and delivered training in negotiation, communication, mediation, and culture and gender issues in almost all 50 states in the U.S, and in Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden. She has taught at Pepperdine University School of Law for over 25 years and Southern Methodist University for over 18 years, and has been a guest lecturer at Judicial Colleges and universities throughout the US. She is the recipient of the Peacemaker Award in 1992 by the Southern California Mediation Association, the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award in 2005 by the Association of Conflict Resolution, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. She is an honorary fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and an emeritus fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

Program Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

High (Indirect) and Low (Direct) Context Communication

Rapport and Report Speech (including Rapport Apologies)

Monchromatic (Lineal) and Polychronic (Multi-active) Processing and Approaches to Time

High and Low Uncertainty Avoidance


Program Wrap-up and Evaluation

Praise from past program attendees:

“Excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed her presentation. BRAVO!”
“Very engaging manner of delivering valuable ideas and concepts. Fantastic!”
“Engaging speaker; her wealth of experience was clearly evident and communicated effectively.”
“One of the best CLE presenters I’ve seen!”
“Fantastic job combining theory with practical tools and examples from her own rich career.”
“You won't find an instructor with more knowledge, experience, and personality than Nina. If she teaches a class, enroll in it.”


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