Survive & Thrive: How to communicate effectively and sell yourself...without saying a word


Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 17:30 to 20:00
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Middle Temple Hall

5:30pm: Drinks and networking with speakers

6:00pm: Presentation starts


At one end of the spectrum, Millennials feel comfortable communicating to a faceless audience via social media using hashtags, abbreviated words and videos of themselves and, at the other end, the Baby Boomer generation are still more inclined to stick with sending handwritten notes, writing greetings cards and interviewing people in person. How do we close the communication gap and what does the future of communication look like for those in professional life?

During this event we will introduce the concept of ‘Inspiring Courageous Conversations’ – in other words, driving more effective communication. Discover how much more effective you can be when you are non-directive, listening intently, ‘present’, mindful and at the service of those with whom you are communicating.

But how can you practise being mindful and ‘present’ without saying a word? Mindfulness: a practice that can be compared to Marmite as you either love it and practise it regularly, or you have tried it and found it wasn’t for you, but don’t know why this was the case. During this event we will hear from Mindfulness at Work - a company that works with professional individuals and businesses, teaching them how to become more ‘present’ in all areas of life and mindful of both themselves and others.

Embraced within these themes is selling oneself. Why is it that our American counterparts are often raised knowing how to sell and do it shamelessly, yet on this side of the Atlantic we are more reluctant to promote our attributes and sell our services to the point of asking for work. How can we develop ‘presence’ – the new way to sell oneself without ostentation in a modest way, taking inspiration from our American counterparts but ‘doing it the British way’.


Richard Hytner, former Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, now Founder of beta baboon - Until setting up beta baboon in 2016, Richard, a Cambridge law graduate, was Saatchi & Saatchi’s Worldwide Deputy Chairman, heading up its global strategy and innovation practice. Working with leaders of many Saatchi & Saatchi’s clients, Richard and his team helped them earn loyalty beyond reason among their customers and people. Board level engagements, involving facilitation with key customers, regulators, leaders and employees, have been for executive teams behind companies including: London Business School; Santander; PwC; Cushman & Wakefield and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe; Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Louise Chester, Founder and Managing Director - Mindfulness at Work - Louise first started practising mindfulness in 1994 when she was a Director at UBS Ltd. She found it helped her to have balance in her life, while sustaining a pressured career in investment analysis and fund management. Louise left the City and, in 2010, she founded Mindfulness at Work Ltd. with the express intention of enabling people to easily access highly-effective mindfulness training, to enable them to create value and thrive not just in the workplace, but in all areas of their life.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Igor Judge - Lord Judge was the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2008 until 2013. In 2015 he was appointed Chief Surveillance Commissioner. He has been President of the Selden Society since 2009. He has been awarded several honorary degrees, including a Doctorate of Law at Cambridge, where he is a Fellow of Magdalene College and Distinguished Associate of Darwin College. He is a Doctor of Laws at King’s College London, where, since 2013, he has been a Dickson Poon Distinguished Visitor and Visiting Professor. Lord Judge will be the moderator for the event.

Further speakers to be announced shortly.

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Members attend free-of-charge. Non-members £10.00 which is payable in advance.