Public Speaking


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 »


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 »


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 | No Comments

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 »