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Public Speaking

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Slide Presentations 101 for Lawyers

Presentation technology has come a long way. With so many new tools to use, "Death by PowerPoint" should be a thing of the past. How can you be sure that all the visual and audio aids you are using enhance — and don't detract — from your ...

Catherine Sanders Reach - June 27, 2016
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On Deck: Pro Tips for Creating Masterful Presentations

For Friday Five+ Tech Tips, we invite a dream team of law practice technology experts to give their best advice for tackling the everyday tech quandaries that plague us all, to help your practice run just a bit more smoothly. This month’s ...

Joan Feldman - May 27, 2016
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Lawyer Presentation: Stop ‘Rough-Drafting’ and Learn to Speak with Precision

We would never leave a written sentence unfinished. Why don't we speak with the same care? Instead, we seem to be constantly editing, hitting the delete button, starting over, revising and rough-drafting out loud. There is a fix for hanging ...

Marsha Hunter - November 10, 2015
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Five Ways to Make Speaking Engagements Pay Off

Let’s say you’ve been invited to speak at the annual meeting of a group of not-for-profits next month. Specifically, they want to know what, if anything, they should be worrying about relative to your specialty — say trademarks and brands. ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - September 19, 2014

How to Look Them in the Eye

There's no getting around it. As a lawyer, you must be able to meet the gaze of everyone you speak to, and you should always make eye contact when addressing an audience. Easy to say, of course, but somewhat harder to execute. I’ve heard lots ...

Marsha Hunter - January 23, 2014

Perfecting Your Presentation Skills

There's a misplaced belief among lawyers, one that many may hold as a self-evident "truth": Rehearsing and practicing is for lily-livered, milksop fraidy-cats.

Marsha Hunter - October 15, 2013

Presenting With Your iPad

You stand at the front of the room to make your presentation, but this time it's different: You are doing it all with your iPad! With a little preparation and practice, you can use your iPad as a sleek, subtle tool to educate and convince your ...

Carol Gerber - August 20, 2012
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The Best Public Speaking Advice

I have had the pleasure of being a public performer for 22 years as a gymnast, a classically trained singer, a flash mob performer and, more recently, a speaker on legal topics. Despite all of my experience, I still get nervous. Before most ...

Ruth Carter - May 15, 2012

Fear of Speaking?

Yes, we can hear the jokes now. A lawyer who is afraid to speak is like a vegan at a steakhouse—not only rare (no pun intended) but also a bit laughable. But wait. To many a lawyer, fear of speaking is not funny, it is an unhappy reality. But ...

Mary Ellen Sullivan - February 9, 2012