In-Person Live Seminar
ITEM #:  1026691901   |   EVENT CODE:  270051    |   CREDIT STATUS:  APPROVED
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM   |   Check-In:  8:30 AM

Minnesota CLE Conference Center

600 Nicollet Mall # 370

3rd Floor, City Center

Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Strategic Negotiator: Advanced Skills Training

Dramatically improve the results of your negotiations... guaranteed!

Join Nina Meierding as she provides in-depth exploration of four areas that many lawyers struggle with:

    1. How to Negotiate with Highly Competitive People
    2. Understanding Power in Negotiation
    3. How to Promote Creative Solutions in Negotiation and Mediation
    4. Proactive Techniques to Move through Impasse

Take your negotiation skills to the next level!
Skilled negotiators know that negotiation is about more than understanding the conflict, the applicable law and the other side’s position. It’s also about understanding the process itself and the many moving parts within it. In this all new seminar, Nina Meierding builds on the concepts she outlines in The Strategic Negotiator to give lawyers a deeper understanding of the strategic and psychological dynamics of negotiation. 

Here’s what past attendees had to say: 

  • Excellent! I really enjoyed her presentation. BRAVO!
  • Engaging speaker; her wealth of experience was clearly evident and communicated effectively.
  • One of the best CLE presenters I’ve ever seen! Also approved for ADR credits!

Schedule times listed below are for the live seminar. Times for replays may differ due to varied start times and abbreviated lunch and break periods. Please refer to the DATES/LOCATION tab for individual replay start times.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Negotiating with Highly Competitive People – Techniques to Deal with Tactics
Some negotiators act competitively even when it is in their best interest to be cooperative. This session will focus on how to work with people who are intentionally trying to distract you from your negotiating goals through the use of tactics. You will learn:

  • How to recognize and identify specific tactics
  • How different tactics are used at different times of the negotiation
  • How to pre-empt the use of tactics with proactive techniques
  • How to strategically – not emotionally – respond to tactics
  • Ethical dilemmas in using or responding to tactics

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Power – Who Has It? Where to Find It? How to Use It?
Exploring sources of power and how it is used in both collaborative and competitive situations will assist us in being aware of the shifting dynamics of a negotiation. We will explore strategies to work with power imbalances – our own, our clients, or parties in mediation. You will learn:

  • The difference between power, rights and interests
  • How to proactively set the stage of your negotiation
  • How to assess power at the negotiating table
  • How to balance or shift power at the table
  • Ethical issues in the use of power

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

LUNCH (on your own)

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Increasing Creativity in Negotiation and Mediation: Helping Parties to Explore New Ideas in a New Model of Brainstorming
Why do people espouse creativity, but often reject creative ideas? Why does the traditional model of brainstorming often cause frustration rather than creating viable solutions? This session will focus on successful techniques that will create durable, innovative solutions. You will learn:

  • How a person’s fear of failure can create tensions that overpower the urge to try something new
  • Why status quo bias is comfortable and more secure than thinking outside the box
  • How high uncertainty avoidance is very different than distrust and how both factors inhibit creativity
  • How reactive devaluation can cause people to reject an idea simply because of the messenger
  • New brainstorming techniques that are customized to deal with the sources of resistance to creativity

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Overcoming Barriers to Settlement: Finding Sources of Resistance and Moving Through Impasse
This session will focus on exploring specific causes of resistance and how to customize both proactive and reactive strategies to move through the impasse. You will learn:

  • How proactive techniques used early in the negotiation can remove potential barriers in later stages of negotiation
  • How negotiation technique such as Boulewarism, red herrings, unbalanced pacing, non-strategic concessions and poorly designed opening offers can create impasse
  • How questioning, anchoring, strategic use of concessions, and other customized techniques can move the negotiation from a deadlock to resolution

Nina Meierding, M.S., J.D.
Nina Meierding is one of the most highly-rated speakers to have taught at Minnesota CLE seminars. She is an expert in negotiation and has taught thousands of lawyers worldwide how to be better negotiators. Nina Meierding was the Director and Senior Mediator at the Mediation Center in Ventura, California from 1985-2007 where she mediated more than 4,000 disputes. She is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law and Southern Methodist University, and has taught communication and culture seminars in England, Ireland, Sweden, Scotland, India and throughout the U.S. Nina has served as the President of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) and on the board of directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). Nina is the recipient of ACR’s 2005 John Haynes Award for distinguished service to the field of dispute resolution.

In-Person Live Presentation
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street & Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

In-Person Replays
Schedule times for replays may differ from those for the live program due to varied start times and abbreviated lunch and break periods. Start times are as indicated below. Please register at least one week in advance to secure your copy of the course materials on the day of the seminar.

Minneapolis – 6/25/19  (Registration 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Minnesota CLE Conference Center
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370
Seventh Street and Nicollet Mall, Third Floor City Center

Brainerd – 7/19/19 (Registration 9:00; Replay 9:15)
Brainerd Public Library; 416 South 5th Street

Detroit Lakes – 8/15/19 (Registration 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Becker County Courthouse; 915 Lake Avenue

Duluth – 7/19/19 (Registration 8:30; Replay 9:00)
Radisson Duluth—Harborview; 505 West Superior Street

Mankato – 9/20/19 (Registration 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Farrish Johnson Law Office; 1907 Excel Drive

Moorhead – 7/16/19 (Registration 9:00; Replay 9:15)
Moorhead Public Library; 118 5th Street South

Saint Cloud – 7/16/19 (Registration 8:15; Replay 8:30)
Rinke Noonan Law Firm; 1015 St. Germain Street

In-Person Live:  $245 MSBA members / $245 paralegals / $295 standard rate
In-Person Replay:  $215 MSBA members / $215 paralegals / $265 standard rate

Other discounts that may apply:

Scholarships available!
Minnesota CLE maintains a scholarship program for those individuals with a financial need. For more information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact Grant at 651-254-2111 or

Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 6.0 standard CLE credits. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this course is 6.0 credits.

Minnesota CLE also has applied to the Supreme Court ADR Program for 6.0 continuing education in ADR credits.

This seminar is not currently available for online purchase