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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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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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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