Communicating to Persuade

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Communicating to Persuade: Skills for Legal Professionals

Date & Time

Course [In Person]
December 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

As a legal professional, not only must you have a solid grasp of the law in your relevant practice area, you must refine many other essential skills to ensure your overall success. The most critical? Effective communication skills.


Whether you’re in a boardroom or courtroom, you must have strong communication skills. Why? You’re paid to provide a service. You need to think on your feet. You need to persuade and advocate. You need to defuse conflict. You need to build relationships with colleagues and staff. You must continually put your best foot forward to develop and sustain a prosperous practice. You must confidently (and competently) respond to questions – those that you expect and those that you don’t. No matter what the circumstance, strong communication skills are imperative.


In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll get the hands-on practical skills you need to refine and hone this vital skill. Lead by Joanna Piros, a communications consultant and trainer with over 25 years of experience, you will learn:


  • How to differentiate between performance vs. presentation
  • Persuasive communication techniques
  • Best practices in storytelling, leadership and language
  • The “What’s in it for the audience?” focused template
  • How to develop and further refine speaking skills by identifying your strengths and weaknesses when communicating
  • Physical and vocalization issues and opportunities
  • Strategic communication styles


To ensure an interactive experience, space is limited. Register now!


  • Joanna Piros, Senior Consultant, Counterpoint Communications Inc.


Fees include attendance, program materials, and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact for assistance.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Heather Gore Liddell

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