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We're All Skimming Now

Write Like People Read

By | Jul.09.18 | No Comments

Have you noticed that the way you read websites, emails, text messages — even magazine and news articles — has changed over time? A growing body of research suggests the internet is changing how people pay …Continue reading »


Performing Like an Athlete

Watch the Seams: Speaking Lessons from Tennis Stars

By | Jun.07.18 | No Comments

Do you get nervous before speaking in front of people? Before a court or tribunal, or making a presentation to clients or colleagues? Even worse: Do you have trouble letting go of your performance after it’s …Continue reading »


Be Careful Reading Fiction

Can Reading Fiction Help Lawyers Develop More Empathy?

By | May.07.18 | No Comments

A growing body of research suggests that reading fiction increases your capacity for empathy. The basic idea is that imagining the emotional world of fictional characters is good practice for empathizing with actual humans. (See …Continue reading »


Presenting with Self-Awareness

Your Emotions Rule How Effectively You Communicate

By | Apr.10.18 | No Comments

Did you know that how you feel affects how you communicate with clients, colleagues and everyone else? An example most people are familiar with is email: Have you ever sent an email when you were angry …Continue reading »


The Biggest Distractions

Don’t Compete for Attention

By | Mar.12.18 | No Comments

Have you ever been to Times Square in New York? It’s the busiest intersection in America’s busiest city. Thousands of people stream through, minute by minute, 24 hours a day. It’s a hurricane of human …Continue reading »


PRESENTATION SKILLS UPGRADE

Confidence Is Personal: Being a Better Public Speaker

By | Feb.12.18 | No Comments

“Why can’t I be more like [insert name of your favorite speaker]?” When lawyers ask this question, it usually means they’ve been on their feet in court or presenting to potential clients and it didn’t go …Continue reading »


Being clear isn’t just about “dialing down”

Need to Communicate Complicated Stuff? Talk About People

By | Jan.09.18 | No Comments

If you speak English and only English, does it make sense for me to explain something to you in French — even if I speak slowly? Of course not. While you probably never make this specific …Continue reading »