The third annual AIPPI Young Forum shined the spotlight on Effective Communication

by Doron Davidson-Vidavski (Facilitator and trainer, Strevas Limited)

AIPPI established its successful Young AIPPI Forum back in 2017 and this year the third annual programme for young members took place at the World Congress in London in September.

Set in the magnificent Great Hall of the domed Edwardian One Great George Street – a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament – the Forum, which is now a regular programme open to AIPPI members aged 36 and under, focused on effective communication, in a bid to equip members with simple and easy-to-access tools and techniques that enable better conversations and interactions in the professional and social spheres.

As a former intellectual property lawyer myself, my goal as the facilitator of this year’s Forum was to help young members explore various elements of inter-personal communication, which – in our time-poor day to day lives as busy IP lawyers – we sometimes don’t have the capacity or opportunity to consider.

The session’s first segment looked at simple aspects of effective communication which are in our control – here we discussed the importance of body language, the semantic impact of using positive language even when the message, essentially, boils down to saying ‘no’ and the need to flex the so-called “lawyer-mindset” to a “people mindset” in order to uncover opportunities and encourage better outcomes.

We then zoomed in on the idea of the IP lawyer as a “brand”. Many intellectual property lawyers advise clients on how to create and protect their businesses’ brands. But what about the individual lawyer’s own brand? Here we explored the notion of the individual’s differentiators – the unique factors that act as our unique selling points – as well as how to build trust and establish oneself as a trusted advisor.

This was followed by a conversation about what makes up confidence and assertiveness and the Forum was introduced to the notion of limiting beliefs – the kind of beliefs we hold about ourselves and our capabilities, which may constrain us in our endeavours. We looked at straight-forward ways of minimising limiting beliefs and making an effective impact.

In the final part of the session, young members were encouraged to be better listeners and ask more questions – specifically open questions, which enable one to learn more about the other person and gather information that, in turn, may help facilitate better conversations in the future.

More than 100 participants attended the Forum and showed real engagement with the topic and a willingness to try new things out. When a networking session ensued at the end of the programme, the young members got the opportunity to practice some of the effective communication skills we had explored earlier that morning as well as meeting new people and making connections with other members from all over the world.

It was an absolute pleasure for me to facilitate the Forum and meet many of the young AIPPI members and I hope that the participants enjoyed the session as much as I did.

Doron Davidson-Vidavski  is a trainer and facilitator. Having qualified and worked as an intellectual property lawyer and, subsequently, as a music lawyer, he then retrained as an actor and now harnesses the skills gained from his two professional backgrounds into his work as a personal communications specialist.

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