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Public Speaking

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Thought Leadership Marketing for Lawyers

Your competitors are shouting “I’m an expert” across the web. Here's how successful thought leaders stand out amid the noise.

Jay Harrington - September 18, 2018
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Hey, You! Stop Sitting in the Back at Presentations

The next time you walk into a seminar and decide where to sit, consider sending the message that you’re attentive, respectful and came to learn a thing or two.

Stephanie R. Hanna - September 13, 2018
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Watch the Seams: Speaking Lessons from Tennis Stars

Do you get nervous before speaking in front of people? Even worse, do you have trouble letting go of your performance once it's over? For lawyers especially, it can be hard to shut off your mind. So it’s useful to think about another context ...

Chris Graham - June 7, 2018
emotions and communications

Your Emotions Rule How Effectively You Communicate

Our emotions are dynamic, changing all the time, and these changes are amplified by pressure and stress at work. Ignoring how we feel isn’t reliable or sustainable — or effective, given the tendency for our emotions to “leak” into conversations ...

Chris Graham - April 10, 2018

Don’t Compete for Attention

It’s highly unlikely that your law practice is anywhere near as noisy and chaotic as Times Square. Quite the contrary: When you go to meetings, or present to groups of lawyers or potential clients, the space is relatively calm and quiet. Most ...

Chris Graham - March 12, 2018
confidence is personal

Confidence Is Personal: Being a Better Public Speaker

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

Chris Graham - February 12, 2018

Need to Communicate Complicated Stuff? Talk About People

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 mistake with your clients, almost all of us commit a ...

Chris Graham - January 9, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth

Speaking and Lawyering: Balancing the Jobs

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 gigs yourself. What's a typical day in the ...

Ruth Carter - September 13, 2017
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Need a Confidence Boost? Try This Before You Speak

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 to feel or be somewhat different from what ...

Marsha Hunter - August 23, 2017
presentations

Are You Acting in the Courtroom?

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 same questions, with ...

Marsha Hunter - April 24, 2017