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VADR CPD – Nichole Cullen: the role of humour in Mediation

27/11/2017 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm AEDT

Mediation provides a serious forum for the resolution of challenging issues between disputing parties. It’s no laughing matter. Or can it be? In this contagiously humorous presentation, Nicole will reflect on funny moments that have arisen in mediation over her two decades of practice and the appropriateness or otherwise of her response. Covering topics such as the mediator’s opening statement, the role of the mediator, challenges with support people and managing high-conflict personalities, this presentation promises insights that will hopefully be forgotten by the end of the session. Nicole’s presentation will flirt with neurology, psychology, sociology and physiology, in no particular order.

Nicole Cullen https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolecullen1/ has a very serious background as a commercial litigation lawyer. Armed only with a wardrobe of dark-grey suits, she progressed from a medium-sized law firm to one of the big four firms, where she managed large-scale litigation cases and learnt how to apply numbers consecutively to documents. From there, the excitement grew as she worked for as a lawyer for a bank (described by many as a ‘double whammy’). Nicole was then coerced into managing a ‘hornet’s nest’ complaints resolution scheme in the finance sector, where she became adept at responding to media enquiries. From there, she plodded through five years as Deputy Chairperson of a federal tribunal. Having tried just about every other alternative, she ultimately established her own consulting practice, Cullaborate. Finally answerable to no-one but herself, she realised that humour was something to rejoice about and embrace rather than to hide from. Artfully finding the light side of a situation is a craft Nicole believes can be properly applied in mediation.

Event details are as follows:

Date:     Monday 27 November 2017

Time:     5.45 pm (registration/socialising) for 6.15pm to 7.15pm

Venue:   Coopers Inn, cnr Exhibition & Little Lonsdale Sts, Melbourne

Cost:      Free for VADR Members (non-members $25) 

In honour of the festive season, wine, beer and orange juice as well as finger food will be provided.  Other drinks are available downstairs.

The event carries one CPD point. If you would like to attend, please email admin@vadr.asn.au.


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Coopers Inn
Corner Exhibition and Little Lonsdale Streets
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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