Finding Your Voice as a New Lawyer

Jaqualine McMillan
Taking the time to craft your personal persuasive style now will pay dividends in the future.

Taking the time to craft your personal persuasive style now will pay dividends in the future.

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As lawyers, the ability to deliver a persuasive oral argument is critical to our success. Whether we are trying to convince a client that one strategy is best, convince the court to side with our position, or convince a partner that we are ready to take that contentious deposition, every day we use our voice to captivate, persuade, and command attention. But oral advocacy, and effective communication in general, is not something that can simply be taught in a classroom. It has to be practiced and refined, over and over again. And before you can fine-tune your persuasive speaking style, you have to know what yours is.

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