Can learning about the differences in communication among the genders help us be better professionals? The Edwards Wildman Women’s Global Collaborative (WGC) hosted its firm-wide quarterly program series from London on September 24 with guest speaker, Sarah Brummitt. She has more than 20 years’ experience in business-to-business sales, leadership, training, coaching and professional development roles.
Lawyers, both male and female, from 14 of the firm’s offices participated in the webinar presentation to learn how to recognize and overcome limitations of verbal and visual communication styles in an effort to maximize overall relationships. Brummitt explained the basics of unconscious gender bias, and explored how men and women communicate differently and the impact this can have on our perceptions of those we work with. She led lawyers through a discussion, gave offices time to review case studies and then allowed for findings and observations to be brought back to the full group on what was learned. The program looked at useful strategies we can all use to increase the impact and influence of what we say and how we say it. It was an interesting session and many offices continued the discussion after the webinar ended.
Stay tuned for the next quarterly program presented by the WGC relating to the development of skills and providing resources and tools in an effort to strengthen the skills of all firm professionals.