January 01, 2012

Speak with Style and Authority

Steven Wisotsky

In practice, lawyers speak in a wide range of venues outside the courtroom. What follows is a set of guidelines for any lawyer wishing to sharpen his or her speaking skills.

Plan your time. A good speaker is sensitive to fitting his or her talk within the allotted time. The good speaker starts out with a definite length of time in mind and then structures and paces the talk to fit comfortably within it. Allow time for questions. Remember: Keeping your audience engaged is central to your task of pleasing and persuading.

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