As a female attorney, you’ve likely admired more seasoned women lawyers and looked up to them as role models. How do these successful law professionals inspire such respect, credibility, and admiration? A big part of the answer is how they manage their body language and their overall image as attorneys with outstanding track records.

In this eye-opening presentation, Drs. Janet Larsen and Neal Larsen Palmer, the founders of the Communication Excellence Institute, share crucial insights on the role nonverbal behaviors play in making or breaking a woman attorney’s ability to be taken seriously. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of posture and how it affects your impact, whether you’re standing or sitting. You’ll discover which gestures and facial expressions build your credibility, and which ones are immediate “power-robbers.” Finally, you’ll get the latest research on appropriate dress and how to manage your image through your professional photo and your presence on the Internet. All the tips apply specifically to women, are easy to put into practice immediately, and make a huge difference in the way you are perceived. After this talk, you’ll KNOW, not guess, about the impact you’re making—in person and on your firm’s website.

Janet has a B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. from the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Neal has a B.S. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Janet is the author of three books and many articles, and consults on communication with individual executives, universities, healthcare organizations, and corporations, both in the U.S. and Europe. Janet has won over 25 national and regional awards for her teaching, research, business leadership, and public service in communication. Formerly the top Dale Carnegie instructor in Southern California, Neal taught communication at the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and the University of Redlands. A linguist and Project Manager in Eastern European research at the Library of Congress, Neal worked closely with the intelligence community in Washington D.C. He reads and speaks twelve languages. Janet and Neal are both faculty members of the Executive Leadership and Management Institute at Stanford University and the Executive Doctorate Program of the University of Pennsylvania, which offers specialized programs on communication skills (particularly body language) for academic professionals and business leaders. The Palmers also have extensive experience working with attorneys to prepare their clients for testimony.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Sheldon Mak and Anderson, 100 Corson St., 3rd Floor, Pasadena, CA 91103
Members $15, Non-members $25
Check-in, lunch and networking at 11:30, presentation will begin at 12:00 pm.

Please RSVP to me at or 626-796-4000.