Join Us for the Best Practical Contract Training Event in the Universe
(Well, at least in our solar system.)
ContractsCon is a training and networking EXTRAVAGANZA focused on the practical contract drafting and negotiating skills that in-house counsel and contracts professionals need to know.
This event is a zero-fluff, to-the-point training on the nitty-gritty details. ContractsCon includes:
- speakers who get the in-house experience and can explain why we draft the way we do
- training centered around provision-level playbooks for you and your company to use when you return to work
- workshops that provide a deeper dive into more nuanced topics and include interactive group activities
ContractsCon is the second annual conference hosted by How to Contract, a world leader in practical contract training for in-house lawyers and professionals. Almost 400 people attended (!!!) the virtual conference we held in January 2022. It was a huge success and we are thrilled to improve on it for 2023 under the name ContractsCon.
Our promise is to share with you the core skills and expertise you need to work in-house on commercial contracts.
All you have to do is show up ready to learn.
ContractsCon is NOT for everyone.
It is not about the mega deals.
ContractsCon is about the contracts you work on EVERY DAY. We want to help you learn how to draft and negotiate the deals you see all the time.
Because for every 100-page specialized contract sent to outside counsel, there are thousands of smaller but important ones that in-house counsel and professionals do day in and day out.
ContractsCon focuses on how we manage risk and make the tough decisions with less time and information than we need.
It is not a summary of recent case law.
ContractsCon is about providing actionable advice to help you do the work that you have sitting in your inbox RIGHT NOW.
It's not about case names or citations and we don't get into academic explanations.
ContractsCon focuses on the real-world expertise from experienced practitioners that you need to improve your contract skills and expertise and become better at drafting and negotiating in the real world.
It is not going to put you to sleep.
ContractsCon is about the fun and awesomeness of contracts. We are organizing it to be a true lovefest for everything contracts.
Why not combine learning about contracts with having fun?
You'll meet other lawyers and professionals passionate about contract drafting and negotiating. Our sessions and workshops feature contracting superstars who love what they do and will share their excitement with you. Plus we're planning a ton of activities on-site and online to keep you engaged.
So who is ContractsCon for?
ContractsCon is designed for in-house lawyers and professionals who want to learn:
- the insights and techniques needed to handle the commercial contracts filling their inbox every day,
- how experienced lawyers manage risk, work efficiently, and make the hard decisions in challenging circumstances,
- WHAT to say, WHY to say it that way, and HOW to reach the best-negotiated deal you can with your contract counterparties.
Give us two days of your time and you'll walk away with enhanced skills that enable you to better protect your company and clients.
You'll gain more confidence.
You'll finally leave those "I don't know" and "I'm not sure" frustrations behind you.
You'll also be able to network with other lawyers and professionals who share your desire to improve your skills and overcome any traces of imposter syndrome.
Virtual ticket holders get access to 6 HOURS of no-fluff practical contract training by experienced practicing lawyers.
While the virtual tickets are awesome, people who attend in person in Miami get a lot more: 12 HOURS of training, including 6 hours of interactive skills workshops. They also get to meet people who want to improve their contract skills.
I do want to make sure you don't wait too long to get your ticket if you are coming in person. You see, there are only 300 tickets to the in-person event. We expect the tickets will sell out quickly.
Don't risk being disappointed about missing the fun we'll have at the live event in Miami.BUY MY TICKET NOW
ContractsCon will use a unique playbook-centered training approach
Wouldn't you love to leave ContractsCon with a playbook that has all the drafting and negotiation strategies in a user-friendly Excel format?
We would for sure. That's why all the speakers at our training sessions will present in a playbook format rather than traditional slides.
What's even better is that you'll receive the playbook in advance so you can take notes right in the document during the event.
Meet Laura Frederick, your ContractsCon event host
My name is Laura Frederick. I'm the Founder and CEO of How to Contract. After 25 years of working as an attorney in Big Law and in-house in cutting-edge companies like Tesla, I decided to create the kind of contracts training I always wanted but couldn't find.
You see, I'd spent my career looking for the answers - exactly what I needed to know to work on the contracts that my clients needed me to handle. Yet, all I found were CLEs that were too vague to be useful or advice from academics that didn't match how I knew things worked in the real world.
I created ContractsCon to give you the opportunity to level up your contract expertise and learn how our panel of contract superstars draft and negotiate contracts.
My goal is to help you gain more confidence in working with contracts and FINALLY leave the "I don't know" and "I'm not sure" behind.
Our Featured Speaker
We are thrilled that Kwame Christian will lead TWO 60-minute workshops on negotiation techniques.
Kwame is the Founder and CEO of the American Negotiation Institute (ANI). He also serves as a business lawyer at the law firm of Carlile Patchen and Murphy LLP, is a contributor at Forbes, and professor of negotiation for The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, the top-ranked dispute resolution program in the country, and as a professor of communication and negotiation at the MBA program at Otterbein University.
Following the viral success of his TedxDayton talk, Kwame released his best-seller Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life in 2018. He’s also a regular Contributor for Forbes and the host of the number one negotiation podcast in the world, Negotiate Anything - which currently has over 5 million downloads worldwide.
These negotiation workshops and the other workshops at ContractsCon are available only to those attending in-person in Miami.
Check out the contract superstars speaking at ContractsCon!
Click through on their pictures or titles to access their LinkedIn profiles.
Training Session: Let's Limit Our Liability!
Workshop (In-Person Only): Conquering CLM and Contracting Chaos
Training Session: Let's Resolve Disputes!
Training Session: Let's Keep Secrets!
Workshop (In-Person Only): Your Counterparty Breached. Now What?
Training Session: Let's Hit Our Numbers!
Training Session: Let's Draft to Avoid Disputes!
Training Session: Let's Buy Services!
Training Session: Let's Terminate the Contract!
Training Session: Let's Go International!
Training Session: Let's Protect Our Intellectual Property!
Training Session: Let's Use Their Data!
Marcia Narine Weldon
Director, Transactional Skills Program @ Univ. of Miami Law School
Training Session: Let's Deal with Disasters!
Workshop (In-Person Only): Dissecting Indemnity Provisions
Training Session: Let's Form a Contract!
Workshop (In-Person Only): Data Problems Caused By Your Contracts
Meet Flo Nicolas, your host for ContractCon's virtual sessions
Flo has been at the heart of How to Contract from the very beginning, at first as a member and then as our Chief Community and Growth Officer. She's now an entrepreneur with her own tech startup and television show. While Laura is on the stage leading the in-person events, Flo will be in the room hosting the virtual event, talking in the chat, asking the questions posted online to the in-person speaker, and keeping it fun and interesting. We are so thrilled that she'll be part of this event.
Meet Lisa Lang, your co-host on ContractCon's main stage
Lisa Lang is so much more than the General Counsel of Kentucky State University. She has been the heart of the LinkedIn contracts community. She also was one of How to Contract's founding members and continues to share her wisdom and insights in our community. She'll be joining Laura on the main stage to host the event and help coordinate the amazing speakers and training.
If you are considering investing in yourself, you may be thinking: "What makes this event worth my time, money, and energy? Why should I go?"
Here's how Laura Frederick, Founder of How to Contract, would respond:
"Look, I know what busy is. For years I juggled working intense in-house counsel jobs with being a single mom and only parent raising my four sons.
But the truth that I figured out, and why I prioritized my contract skills training even when I didn't have the time or energy to spare, is this -
Your family and company depend on you.
And your professional skills are the most valuable asset that you have.
So don't you think investing in improving those skills makes a lot of sense?
Yes, you could stay at the office and run around dealing with all the emergencies that seem to happen every day, but that will be waiting for you when you return to the office after a few days at ContractsCon.
You and I both know that you deserve this. I also would bet you need this.
Plus your company will benefit immeasurably from this.
And it is not like this is a vacation. Yes, it is in Miami and yes, we are going to have an amazing time. But that's not why you are going.
Attending ContractsCon is investing in yourself to enhance your skills so you can work better and smarter."I WANT TO INVEST IN MYSELF
If you are considering investing in your team, you may be thinking "What's the ROI for sending them? Is it the best use of our training spend?"
Laura Frederick, Founder of How to Contract, has been there too and suggests you consider this perspective:
"Think about it this way.
How many collective hours does your team work on contracts each year?
If attending ContractsCon makes them just 5% more efficient, how much would that translate into savings at their collective hourly rates over the course of a year?
Then I'd ask you to think about the collective strategic value and importance of the contracts your team handles for your company.
If attending ContractsCon makes them 5% better at getting more favorable contract terms and reducing contract risk, what would that be worth?
By attending the ContractsCon, your team will learn:
techniques and insights that will help you work more efficiently
skills to better protect the company by improving how you manage contract risk
actionable steps, proven techniques, and insider approaches to take your contract skills to the next level.
The bottom line is that attending ContractsCon will help with your team's development goals and enable them to do their jobs for your company better and faster."I WANT TO INVEST IN MY TEAM
Check out what people loved about How to Contract's last contract training conference
Which Kind of Ticket Works Best For You -
Virtual or In-Person?
Here's some information about what's included and the schedule of events for each type of ticket.
Click here to see the schedule for virtual program
Click here to see the schedule for the in-person program
It's time to decide.
Are you joining us in person in Miami
or would you prefer to join virtually?
12 hours of practical contract training plus lots of networking and fun in person in Miami
ONLY 300 IN-PERSON TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE
How to Contract active paying members are eligible for a ticket at $1095. No other discounts are available for the in-person event.BUY NOW
6 hours of practical contract training that you can access from anywhere in the world
- How to Contract active paying members pay $495
- Government and nonprofit employees and legal translators pay $295
- University employees and full-time students pay $195.
Tickets at the $295/$195 price are not eligible for CLE credit.BUY NOW
Buy a ticket + membership bundle for a BIGGER discount
Purchase a ticket to ContractsCon and a How to Contract membership together to save $200 off the current price. Find out more about membership.
In-Person Ticket + Annual Membership
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Everyone attending ContractsCon will receive:
2 days of intensive practical training delivered by experienced attorneys hand-selected by Laura Frederick
A training agenda packed with practical, no-fluff, to-the-point techniques and expertise to do your job working on contracts
The ContractsCon Playbook, an Excel file with practical tips and pointers shared by the speakers and organized by provision and clause. We'll share the file with you before the event so you can use it to take notes during ContractsCon and then after you return home
Networking to make new connections for friendship, business contacts, and potential career opportunities.
- Access to the recordings through March 31, 2023, with an option to extend access through March 31, 2024.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!
Everyone who purchases a virtual or in-person ticket to ContractsCon will also receive these two extra bonuses:
BONUS #1 - As soon as you purchase your virtual or in-person ticket, you'll have online access to all of Laura's contract tips AND cartoons, organized by subject and searchable by keyword. This access lasts until March 31, 2023, so the sooner you buy the ticket, the sooner you can start using this amazing resource. (Value = $228)
BONUS #2 - You'll also get access to the recordings for six upcoming 30-minute pre-conference training webinars. We'll open up the live event to anyone, but only ContractsCon ticket holders and How to Contract members will have access to the recordings. (Value = $570)
"Whoohoo! I bought my ticket and I am coming to Miami. Where will the event be held?"
ContractsCon will be held at the University of Miami Shalala Center and co-hosted by the University of Miami Law School. (Go Hurricanes!).
This location is easily accessible from anywhere in Miami via the Metrorail's University Station.
"I'm so excited to be in the Coral Gables area in Miami. Where should I stay?"
You can stay anywhere, but we recommend you book one of the limited block of rooms we've secured at the THesis Hotel, a 4-diamond AAA hotel and the closest one to the event space at the Shalala Center. We've secured rates for Wednesday and Thursday nights of $219 for a king bed rooms and $239 for two queen beds rooms (plus tax).
Book right away because this block will sell out. It's a long President's Day weekend and coincides with the Miami Boat Show. It is especially important to secure your room as soon as you can. We'll share the link to book your room with other details after you purchase your ticket.
What about Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits?
We are offering CLE credits for anyone attending live ContractsCon training sessions and workshops either virtually or in person. There will be six hours of instruction available with a virtual ticket and 12 hours of instruction available with the in-person ticket.
We will apply for CLE approval from the state bars in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. We plan to apply for CLE approval from other state bars that mandate CLE if we sell by September 30, 2022 at least one CLE-eligible ticket to someone requesting that state. We will accept one state CLE request per ticket sold.
We are not offering CLE credits for watching the recordings after the live event. Note that some states will issue CLE credits for watching recordings based on the lawyer's own reporting or application. Please contact your state bar for information about that option.
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