By Popular Demand! Building Your Professional Practice: A Workshop

  • July 19, 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • One Preserve Parkway, Suite 120, Rockville, MD

July 19 and 20, 2018 

Building Your Professional Practice:  A Workshop

Our next workshop is scheduled for two consecutive days: Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20

This workshop is presented jointly by MCDR and Barry M. Weissman & Associates, illustrating one of the many benefits given your membership in MCDR.  As described below, this presentation offers you as a participant the opportunity to self-assess and apply those recognized, tried and tested tools with which to establish and improve your practice.  Please continue reading for more information and to register.


Are you just starting out or have you reached a plateau, now wishing to grow or expand your professional practice? Barry, drawing on his over forty years of highly successful business and sales experience, will personally lead this workshop.  Barry's C.V. can be found on LinkedIn.


Workshops are held in Rockville, One Preserve Parkway, Suite 120 in the main conference room.  Street parking is free; guest parking for a fee is located adjacent to the building.


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Class size is limited to 7 participants on a paid, first come first serve basis.  Coffee, hot tea, cold bottled water and soft drinks as well as candy are made available at no charge.  Cost for the two sessions is $100.00 for MCDR members, $150.00 for non-members.  The $150.00 charge for non-members can be applied in total to a first year MCDR membership. 


As an abbreviated example of the material to be covered:  This workshop includes handouts, an interactive presentation, and discussion covering several topics:


            Your Personal Inventory:  Human Capital

                        Strengths as you see them

                        Strengths as others see them in you

                        Talents and gifts



                                    Life Experience

                                    Professional Training

                        Personality type from a sales perspective

                        Sales training


                                    Telephone skills


                                    Concept sale  (Intangible) vs. product (Tangible) sale

                                    Service, service, service

                                    Maintenance sales and referrals


            Selling Yourself  =  Selling Your Professional Practice

                        On your own


                        Alliances and networking

                        Colleague as competitor

                        Developing a market niche

                        Marketing your practice

                                    Ethical restrictions and limitations

                                    Print material

                                    Using Social Media

                                    Active or passive website


                                    Presenting your C.V. to a prospect

                                    How to get hired or “closing the sale”

                                    Reputation building                                                    

           Just Starting Out?  What you need to do before hanging out the shingle.

           Been Doing It for a While?  Prepping your business for sale.

           What you might have missed or what you might want consider changing

                        Your business plan, if you have one

                        Liability and E&O Insurance

                        Home office or office rental

                        Business structure

                                    Sole Proprietorship



                                    IRS Hobby classification

                        Mission Statement

                        Banking issues and accounting for a retainer

                        Monthly Client Statements

                        Fee structure and disclosure

                        Forms:  Agreements and Documents


Day 1 will focus on sales and sales strategies; Day 2 will focus on marketing strategies.  In order to personalize the discussion, making it more relevant, participants are invited to prepare topics, issues and questions for discussion during the workshop.


Please e-mail me: with your contact information and intent to join the workshop. Follow up your e-mail with your check made out to Barry Weissman mailed to:

Barry Weissman, Treasurer

The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution

10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247

Bethesda, MD 20817

Once the e-mail is received I will get back to you with confirmation.



Class size is limited to 7 participants on a paid first come, first serve basis.


Cancellations:  A full refund will be made with one week’s notice of your need to cancel.  Please allow two weeks to receive your refund.


Cost for the two-session workshop is $100.00 for MCDR members, $150.00 for non-members.  The $150.00 charge for non-members can be applied to a first year MCDR membership.  Again, in order to complete your registration you must send in your check made payable to Barry M. Weissman.


Cell Phone:  314-223-2661



Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 247
 Bethesda, Maryland   20817

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