An interactive seminar, “Power Poker from the Board Room to the Card Room, first presented by Wendeen Eolis at the Friars Club, for members of the elite Women’s Forum of New York (WFNY), showcases an innovative “playbook” for deal-making. It is now available for law firm retreats, corporate management, and charitable events.
Wendeen knows from whence she speaks; inventor of the legal search industry and the first woman to be appointed 1st assistant to the Governor in New York State, she has been interviewing hard-to read lawyers for 50 years and navigating corridors of political power almost as long. and and she stands as the first woman to “cash” in the main event of the World Series of Poker. Wendeen counts 10 record-setting performances for a woman in major poker competitions around the world—in her spare time.
At the WFNY event, Wendeen got down to business quickly, calling on three eager attendees to leave the room while she assessed their “negotiating DNA,” based on a cursory review of their high-profile biographies, and a few tidbits of information gleaned in conversation with them at the earlier cocktail party. She used her basic theories about negotiating DNA, to guess the most and least favorite negotiating strategy of each one of them and proved her points when they returned. She guessed right–for all three of them.
Wendeen’s program moves from negotiating strategies onward to the anatomy of people reading prowess, with an upfront warning: “Good listeners can be disastrous negotiators at any table unless they hear and process accurately.”
Revealing her “people- reading secrets” for women, at the Friars Club, one of New York’s last bastions of male rugged individualism, Wendeen got hearty laughs, and knowing applause when she explained how she overcame sexist abuse at her first poker tournament. She made a key decision on a hand, while staring at his most precious asset—not his chips.
Wendeen ticks off the surefire combination of verbal and behavioral people-reading techniques to master, offering a primer of clever tips and tells at a poker table that travel well back to the office. And, she includes her foolproof observation to determine, if a person is happy to meet you—within seconds of an introduction! Wendeen closed the seminar with her mantra, “Poker is a mind-bending game of bets, raises, calls, and folds that is only sometimes played with cards.”
Wendeen’s seminars can include a No Limit Texas Hold’em competition, with crib notes for the players, explaining the basic rules of the road and tutors to assist at the tables. Alpha players bet their chips with highly calculated gusto!
Note: Recognized as the “Grande Dame of Poker” at the legendary World Series of Poker, Wendeen is a celebrity player on Poker Night in America (CBS Sports Network). For further information and to book Wendeen: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 212-472-4000