Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This post from the Lawyerist.com provides some tips to help law students and lawyers with their public speaking skills.
"If you find it hard to find the time to practice your speeches before you give them, you’re not alone. A study found that attorneys tend to overestimate their performance in trials and the more experienced the attorney, the more the over-estimation....
No Help From Law School
The biggest reason for the study’s findings is that attorneys simply aren’t trained speakers. Yes, we get paid to speak and persuade, but the vast majority of attorneys pick it up on-the-job. For some strange reason, the American Bar Association requires that law students only learn how to write like lawyers. There is no similar requirement to learn how to speak, no comprehensive training on the tools and techniques available to advocates to capitalize on face-to-face opportunities."
The post suggests that the solution is practicing a speech or argument and getting feedback from others. There are many opportunities for law students to receive training in and practice oral advocacy. Public speaking is important for all law students, not just the ones who want to be litigators. Law students should take advantage of these opportunities to build their speaking skills.