When coaching speaking skills, I’m interested in two language issues: what to say, and what not to say. Of course, the ultimate point of any coaching is to hone your […]
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Johnson & Hunter, Inc., is a legal communication consulting firm providing professional development for lawyers. We teach persuasion and advocacy for litigators and public speaking skills for transactional attorneys. Founded by Brian K. Johnson in 1980, our company trains lawyers—and only lawyers—through lectures, small group workshops, and individual coachings, and by serving on the faculties of trial advocacy skills and appeals programs. Our books, on-demand videos, and articles support our techniques for public speaking, advocacy, and mock trial training. Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter are the principal consultants. Our company is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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I’m exhausted from screaming. I’m sunburned in patches where I’ve torn out my hair. After decades of teaching that speakers should always gesture, I have failed completely. The utterly ridiculous […]
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Watching news programs lately, I’m struck by how often reporters are wearing masks. Some don standard-issue-looking white medical masks, others opt for colorful fashiony masks or even more industrial-strength N95 […]
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Dear colleagues and friends in the legal community, We hope you are staying safe and healthy as COVID-19 continues to spread. We are following the social distancing orders and keeping […]
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We’re excited to announce that our communication skills books for attorneys are now available as audiobooks! The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Motions and The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking for Lawyers are now available…
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by Brian K. Johnson
I recently observed a participant in one of our speaking skills programs, a guy well over six feet, who spent way too much time leaning on the lectern and touching the floor with one toe as…
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by Brian K. Johnson
I had an excellent follow-up question from a participant in a recent program. I thought it would be worth sharing my response here.
His question was: “Regarding the ‘structured improvisation’ method – what do you do…
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