Beth Person

4. Getting Clear on Communication & Potential Practice Areas

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Introduction 00

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Anticipate a different sort of time management in 2L, one that is all about balance. You are no longer following a set curriculum with the rest of your cohort and you’ll need to choose opportunities with care so you can obtain the greatest benefit from the commitments you do make. There are now clinics and other hands-on classes in addition to the more traditional classroom-based sessions. To enable wise, informed choices about your academic path, getting clear on what matters and what practice areas might be a match has never been more important. You’re also likely engaged in extracurriculars like moot court or mock trial, law review/journal, or clubs and law societies. Knowing what speaks to you, and where you might find likeminded souls, helps you make activity choices that are in synch with who you are and will encourage your continued growth and development.

How to Talk to Me 01

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Specific tips on how to better communicate and talk with each person

How to talk to Beth:

Logical & Ingenious

”Let’s change the system”

Motivating Words

  • Develop
  • criticize
  • theorize
  • conceptualize

Beth responds best to communication when you:

  • Present the vision

    Start by telling about the vision and what Beth’s intellectual contribution to advance the vision is or could be. Present options.

  • Focus on competence

    Establish credibility quickly. Be convincing. Recognize theoretical knowledge and competence. Remember that focus on problem solving is important.

  • Describe the big picture

    Talk about concepts and themes and clarify correlations and context. Avoid too many details unless Beth requests this.

  • Focus on the long-term perspective

    Be future-oriented. Talk about the opportunities for strategic progress and improvement of the current structures – especially in the long run.

  • Be open

    Acknowledge proposals about new and different ways of doing things. Try not to reject ideas too fast. Give autonomy. Ask open-ended questions.

  • Debate ideas and analyses

    Present exciting challenges to conquer. View questions and critique as a contribution to a better analysis and a better strategy. Be prepared to argue. Beth appreciates a good debate.

  • Be direct

    Be objective, systematic, logical, analytical and straightforward in your communication. Do not soften your message. Tell it like it is.

  • Acknowledge ideas and accomplishments

    Appreciate Beth’s ability to think outside the box and challenge the existing notions. Acknowledge results and “intellectual mastery”.

How to Talk to Me Authors
Original work by: Mette Babitzkow Boje Tina Brøndum Kristjánsson © Step Research Corporation