Feedback from My Public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” Seminar in Houston

In two ways, my approach to seminar testimonials has changed over the years. First, I no longer include the name and organization of the person providing a testimonial: I don’t think that information enhances the value of the testimonial, and I’m sure that many people who otherwise would give testimonials decline to do so because they don’t want me parading their name in public.

And second, I’ve been lazy about harvesting testimonials.

So after a long testimonial drought, except for overseas seminars, I thought it appropriate to do a spot check. I asked those who attended my recent Houston “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar for West LegalEdcenter to tell me what they thought about any aspect of the seminar, good, bad, or indifferent. Below are extracts of their comments. I included those comments that were of general relevance, and I did some light editing for clarity.

Very helpful—I hope to incorporate tips from the seminar into my company’s form contracts.

Great approach to simplifying some complex aspects to contracting and modernizing contracts.

Great seminar. Entertaining and intriguing!

You’re hilarious and witty and you make an otherwise dry subject fun and enjoyable. As a fairly new attorney and newcomer to the world of contacts this class was extremely helpful. Thank you!

Overall very good for a general course. Look forward to the book and blog for specifics.

Loved it! Ken is like a beacon of rationality in a world of bloated and robotic drafting.

I found the course to be very informative. Every covered section was relevant to the contracts I manage. You did a good job of keeping the attendees engaged.

Incredibly informative and very helpful way to draft contracts—what could be dull and dry material is made interesting and almost fun by Adams’s presentation style and sense of humor. Very glad I attended this class—it was a CLE that was useful!

I love the concept and examples provided to help draft clearer contracts.

This has been a great class—I’m looking forward to bringing this back to my team.

My supervisor often points me to your blog for tips. Reading the blog was/is great but being in person was awesome. Your energy, humor, and enthusiasm made a full day of “contract talk” fly by.

I believe this seminar was invaluable. Working through the drafting exercises shed light on the many errors I’ve made and have seen when drafting contracts. Thank you.

Very useful information. Ken Adams’s insight and wit made the class interesting.

Fantastic seminar. A must for all attorneys and contract professionals. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Good course and looking forward to applying the instruction received.

Excellent training. You cover most of the issues we face daily in drafting contracts. Thank you.

Enjoyable and engaging. This approach to drafting makes a lot of sense and is in line with comment interpersonal communication principles.

Extremely insightful class. Challenges traditionally held, archaic views and simplifies concepts for more efficient drafting. I highly recommend this course.

Categories of contract language was a very useful way to understand how to approach drafting a particular provision. The class was excellent. Sending us home with a copy of your manual is greatly appreciated. It will be a very useful resource.

This is the right course for anyone creating contracts.

One person wondered how others will react to my recommendations (that’s something we discuss in the seminar). And two people pointed to a total of three recommendations that they weren’t convinced by. Otherwise, no one had anything negative to say.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.

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