Public Speaking


Nothing But the Ruth!

Speaking and Lawyering: Balancing the Jobs

By | Sep.13.17 | No Comments

As a lawyer and businessperson, you have two jobs in one. Some of us, including me, add the job of professional speaker to our already teeming calendars. Maybe you’ve considered taking on some speaking jobs …Continue reading »


Public Speaking

Need a Confidence Boost? Try This Before You Speak

By | Aug.23.17 | 1 Comment

When teaching speaking skills to lawyers, the first question is why participants are there. What do they want out of the session? The most common answer is they want to feel more confident. They want …Continue reading »


Trial Skills

Are You Acting in the Courtroom?

By | Apr.24.17 | No Comments

A law student is working on a direct examination during a trial skills program. She is practicing her presentation — how she stands, gestures and speaks. Each time through the examination, she asks exactly the …Continue reading »


Public Speaking

Make Eye Contact to Engage Your Listeners

By | Aug.01.16 | No Comments

Every group of listeners — whether a big audience, a small group, a jury or a single senior partner — is a multi-eyed monster that a speaker must confront, eyeball to eyeball. The only way to …Continue reading »


Get to the Point

Talk Like You Drive — With Care

By | Jul.25.16 | 1 Comment

Nothing draws a smirk or an arched eyebrow in certain circles as quickly as mispronunciation of the brand name of an automobile. This faux pas is especially damning when entertaining clients in businesses related to …Continue reading »


Dazzle without Being a Diva

Slide Presentations 101 for Lawyers

By | Jun.27.16 | 1 Comment

Presentation technology has come such a long way, “Death by PowerPoint” should be a thing of the past. How can you be sure the new visual and audio aids you are using enhance your message …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 »


Communication Skills

How to Look Them in the Eye

By | Jan.23.14 | No Comments

There’s no getting around it. As a lawyer, you must be able to meet the gaze of everyone you speak to, and you should always make eye contact when addressing an audience. Easy to say, of …Continue reading »