Some Feedback from My Chicago “Drafting Clearer Contracts” Seminar

On 2 May I did a “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in Chicago, at the Standard Club, for Thomson Reuters. For the heck of it, here’s what some of the 45 people in attendance had to say in response to the question “How could the conference be improved?”:

I don’t think it could. The location staff were fantastic, the food was delicious, & Ken is a superstar presenter & VERY knowledgeable. A+ for the day.

No commentary required. This was one of, if not the, best conferences I’ve attended.

Offer it more frequently in Chicago.

Pretty great—no suggestions.

And someone said this in response to “Please include additional comments”:

Already followed Ken online, had 4th ed. of book, really enjoyed the chance to learn from him directly.

But here’s my favorite comment:

Hire a sign-in guy.

At my U.S. seminars for Thomson Reuters I’m not only the speaker, I’m also the sign-in guy: I unpack boxes, set up the room, arrange name badges and such, greet participants, then pack up at the end of the day. I assume that the participant who made this comment thought I might be spared that. But it actually gets me in the mood. And I used to have a sign-in person, but it was a waste of time and money to have someone do an hour’s work then sit around for the rest of the day.

These comments weren’t cherry-picked. Others gave me 4s and 5s without leaving detailed comments. One person said something about explaining some points better. And that’s it.

I enjoy doing my seminars. Besides the drafting nerdiness, they involve elements of stand-up, improv, and revival meeting.

Next up, Boston on 19 September.

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.