Communications Skills for Junior Lawyers

The key to a successful career is often credited to good communications skills.  Yet so many young lawyers struggle with issues of gravitas and ‘presence’. Female lawyers in particular report feeling undermined and judged by clients, colleagues and/or senior partners and often fail to do themselves justice on conference calls and in presentations.   These issues can erode confidence at a crucial phase in their career.

  • Are you often interrupted by (senior) colleagues?
  • Do you know how best to respond when you’re feeling undermined?
  • How often do you feel that your views are not listened to?
  • Do you hesitate to speak even though you have something valuable to contribute?
  • Do you react well to challenge?

The key to solving these common problems lies in establishing robust communication habits. By addressing your mind set and your skill set you will be better able to deal with challenging situations; you will be more in control and therefore more confident.

Our one-day bespoke, interactive and highly practical programme will cover the fundamentals of good communication, in a range of different contexts: one-to-one, conference calls, presentations, client facing and team meetings, pitches, networking. It will address your individual challenges and objectives, and equip you with a range of techniques which you can put into practice immediately.

The workshop also includes a unique 6-month programme of post-training support, to encourage attendees’ on-going engagement and commitment. This involves email communication to check on progress; support for subsequent presenting/speaking opportunities; sharing examples (articles, clips) of good/bad practice. You are thus able to consolidate and develop what was learned in the training room.

During the programme you will:

  • Acquire practical tools to exude gravitas and ‘presence’
  • Learn how to command respect and communicate credibility
  • Build your own brand as a communicator
  • Develop your individual strategy for dealing with interruptions
  • Learn how to be heard
  • Grow in confidence.

This programme is suitable for groups of 6 to 8 delegates, offered in-house.

Your Trainer: Jayne Constantinis

Jayne’s range of experience includes: live voice-over announcing on BBC TV; business reporting on BBC World; fronting corporate programmes for blue-chip companies; facilitating live events. Her BBC TV series on Mexico was nominated for a BAFTA and, having learned journalism at the LCP, she has written for Condé Nast Traveller and Good Housekeeping. She has an acting diploma from the Royal Academy of Music and a Modern Languages degree from Cambridge. She started her working life at one of the world’s leading branding agencies – Wolff Olins.

Jayne now harnesses all she’s learned from three decades in front of a microphone/camera/audience and uses it to train others. Working with Olympic superstars has prompted Jayne to dispel the myths around confidence in communications – she has consequently developed a unique approach to empowering those who want to be skilful, effective and memorable communicators. She has particular experience and expertise in the legal sector.