Thursday, May 23, 2019

A new book on public speaking skills for lawyers

The ABA just published a new book by Faith Dianne Pincus, a California lawyer and legal consultant who's spent over 25 years helping attorneys, CEO’s, non-profit leaders and executives improve their presentation skills, called Being Heard: Presentation Skills for Attorneys (also available from Amazon here). According to the publisher's synopsis:

Public speaking is a skill that can be learned, just like any other skill such as writing, playing an instrument, a sport or being a chef. A quick and easy read, this book provides you with basic and advance techniques, and insider knowledge that you need to improve your presentations, whether in or out of court. Attorneys and non-attorneys alike will find a multitude of techniques that can be used immediately to improve their presentation skills.


It may seem unnecessary to offer legal professionals advice on how to present information in public. But this book does just that for two reasons. First, although public speaking is a core skill for anyone in a law firm, there’s a big difference between just speaking and really communicating. If you work in a law firm, you can bet that you’re going to have to talk to a crowd of people sooner or later. Professionals know that being able to speak well in public has a positive impact on a career. Good public speakers are seen as leaders. And the reverse is also true. So why not become the best public speaker you can be?


The second reason is that there's always room for improvement. The author has spent over 25 years helping attorneys, CEO’s, non-profit leaders and executives improve their presentation skills. She has run seminars, taken part in oral argument prep and privately coached numerous attorneys – both newcomers and old hands – and they all had one thing in common: They all improved significantly.


Being Heard: Presentation Skills for Attorneys consolidates the most helpful and effective tips of the trade in order for you and your staff to become better public speakers. These tools have been time-tested and will help to ensure that both in and out of the courtroom, the reader projects the image and message that you want.


It would be difficult for anyone to implement all of the ideas in this book (or any how-to book), but by trying out a few new ones every time you speak, one speech at a time, and you’ll improve—each time.

Sounds like a worthwhile title to pick up whether you're a law student trying to polish your oral argument skills or a lawyer trying to improve a client pitch. You can order a copy here.


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