Skills


PROFESSIONALISM

Like? Yikes!

By | Mar.01.16 | 1 Comment

Those of us who love language and value the ability to be well-spoken have every reason to feel, like, depressed. I fear we have lost the battle with mass culture regarding articulate speech. Witness the ubiquity (a wonderful word …Continue reading »


Presentation Skills

The Trap of Vertical Speaking Notes

By | Jan.27.16 | No Comments

I coach hundreds of lawyers one-on-one each year. When they plop their legal pads on the table as we work, I can see the notes they have created for public speaking or trial advocacy. With …Continue reading »


Nothing But The Ruth!

Write What? A Simple Solution to Blogger’s Block

By | Jan.13.16 | 1 Comment

As a blogger, I often have random inspirations for posts. They can hit me at any time — when I’m going for a run, talking to colleagues, reading my Twitter feed. The one time my brain …Continue reading »


Well Said!

Self-Destructive Language

By | Dec.03.15 | No Comments

Lawyers are hard-wired to be precise when writing and speaking. When practicing law they honor that precision rigorously. However, when it comes to interacting with their market, let’s just say their language discipline loses a …Continue reading »


Finish Your Sentences!

Stop ‘Rough-Drafting’ and Learn to Speak with Precision

By | Nov.10.15 | 1 Comment

When we speak, why do we so often fail to finish our sentences? Linguists must know the answer to this question, but I am at a loss. All I’m sure of is this: Lawyers find …Continue reading »


Law Practice Skills

It Takes Two: Competence and Confidence

By | Jun.18.15 | No Comments

The joke goes that some lawyers lack both competence and confidence; call them newbies. Some lawyers have competence, but lack confidence. Some lawyers are competent and have the confidence to let others know about it. …Continue reading »


Digital Dictation Tips

Be More Productive with Digital Dictation 

By | Jun.17.15 | No Comments

In “Getting Things Done,” productivity guru David Allen says dictation is one way to get what’s in your head out, and make it useable. I agree. Dictation can help get more stuff done with less effort. …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

How to Clean Up Your Writing

By | May.27.15 | 4 Comments

Maybe you’ve read the stories about the candidate who wasn’t hired because of spelling errors in the resumé. Or the firm that lost the bid in response to a request for proposal because of grammatical …Continue reading »


Communication Skills

Ladies and Gentlemen! Watch Your Language at Trial

By | May.12.15 | 3 Comments

It happens. You end up with a jury that is all one gender. That was the case in the trial of George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Six women …Continue reading »


Decision-Making Skills, Part 2

Choosing to Choose Well

By | Apr.14.15 | No Comments

Have you ever left a phone charger behind in a hotel room even though you carefully looked before checking out? Returned from grocery shopping only to remember you forgot the milk? Operated on someone, sewed …Continue reading »