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The Articulate Attorney


By Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter

Whether you speak frequently to groups, or tremble in fear at the rare opportunity to do so, The Articulate Attorney will make you a more compelling communicator.


“This book should definitely be one of the most read, re-read, and earmarked books on a lawyer’s bookshelf.” Caren Ulrich Stacy, Lawyer Development Strategies LLC

“The helpful tips and advice provided by The Articulate Attorney have given me the confidence to step out and be a leader in my field. I find myself thinking about upcoming speaking engagements with anticipation now, rather than dread.”Thomas Cohen, Partner, Alston & Bird

Whether you speak frequently to groups, or tremble in fear at the rare opportunity to do so, The Articulate Attorney will make you a more compelling communicator.

Discover answers to these common questions:

  • How do I channel my nervous energy into dynamic delivery?
  • What’s the best way to remember what I want to say?
  • How do I stop saying um and think in silence instead?
  • Why is gesturing so important? What should I do with my hands?
  • What’s the best way to use PowerPoint?

Based on more than 30 years of experience coaching lawyers, Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter address the distinctive communication skills expected of attorneys. They offer practical, immediately useful solutions that integrate cutting-edge discoveries in human factors, linguistics, neuroscience, gesture studies, and sports psychology. These techniques will transform you into a more confident speaker, whether addressing colleagues in a conference room, counseling clients in a boardroom, or presenting a CLE in a ballroom.

About the Authors

Brian K. Johnson teaches persuasion to trial lawyers and public speaking to transactional attorneys. His international consulting practice takes him to law firms and training programs throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as overseas to the United Kingdom and Europe. For the past decade he has trained all new Assistant United States Attorneys at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center. He has been a communication specialist for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 1981. In 2000 NITA recognized his unique contribution to the teaching of advocacy skills by presenting him with the Honorable Prentice Marshall Faculty Award. He was the first non-lawyer in NITA history to receive this honor. Every summer since 1988 his courtroom communication skills lecture/demonstration with Marsha Hunter has kicked off the NITA National Trial Skills Session in Boulder, Colorado.

Legal communication consultant Marsha Hunter teaches persuasion for trial lawyers and public speaking for corporate attorneys. She works  exclusively with lawyers. Her specialty is human factors—the science of human performance in high-stakes environments. Hunter’s expertise in cognition and communication focuses on how people think, speak, feel, and act in dynamic situations. Her teaching is both technical and practical, drawing on techniques from sports psychology, linguistics, and cognitive science.

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages; all ebook formats
Publication: June 2013
Publisher: Crown King Books, 2nd Edition
Price: $24.99 US
ISBN-13: 978-0-9796895-9-8
Foreword by Caren Ulrich Stacy, Bibliography, Appendices, Index

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